Try before you buy

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 27 July, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 27 July, 2008, 12:00am

The Niji Bistro, in Tsim Sha Tsui, is billed as the first concept store by Japanese brand Noritake, better known for its high-end tableware. The food in the bistro is served using the brand's china, glassware and cutlery, and if you like what you see - for a wedding gift, perhaps (do people buy formal chinaware for themselves?) - the Noritake shop is only steps away.

The bistro favours the simpler designs of tableware - to allow the food to take centre stage - but more elaborate patterns are available in the store. Noritake produces everything from casual dinnerware to top-of-the-line bone china, which would make a most generous gift as it costs up to HK$2,000 for a five-piece place setting (dinner plate, salad plate, cup and saucer and cake plate).

The bistro is serene, decorated in neutral tones with bright accents. There's a long space for counter seating as well as standard tables and chairs. Unsurprisingly, the cuisine is Japanese inspired, with an emphasis on healthy dishes; the Niji salad (HK$68), for instance, consists of organic greens with potato salad and a choice of dressings such as goma (sesame), ume shiso, wasabi cream, mango or thousand island.

Niji Bistro and the Noritake shop are at unit 3208, The Gateway, Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui, tel: 2175 0203. They are open from 11am to 11pm, daily.