440 Jaffe Road
Tel: 2410 0098
Grub: Japanese. Sushi, rice and noodle dishes, and snacks
Vibe: spacious eatery with both bar and table seating. Decor is modern. The staff was friendly, but not all speak English well. There are photos of dishes on the menu.
Whom to take: a good place to stop after shopping with friends.
What's hot: the menu boasts several pages of sushi. All the familiar items, such as salmon, octopus, tuna and clam, are included. For the more adventurous, there is a page called Creation Sushi, which offers some less common variations. Some of them use an inari, or fried tofu pocket, to form a little boat shape that is filled with rice and topped with roe or pork floss. Dragon boat sushi is roe and sea urchin on rice with a piece of salmon wrapped around them.
Parched sushi is for people who don't like raw fish. All the popular types shown are lightly cooked, garnished and served on the familiar cube of rice. The spicy crab is delicious. It is marinated before being cooked.
The side dishes include a wide range of deep-fried and tempura options, grilled fish and skewers. They come in a dizzying range of prices, but both the mushroom skewers and the grilled smelt are reasonably priced and shouldn't break the budget.
Some unorthodox dishes include bite-sized deep-fried cheese balls, dumpling pizza and foie gras toast. All sound intriguing but are not convincing as part of a Japanese meal.
The ramen dishes are good and filling, though none is particularly outstanding. The spicy ramen includes crab stick, egg, corn and seaweed.
What's not: poor choice of desserts. The only ones on the menu are fruit-flavoured ice, consisting of a sugary syrup poured over a mound of crushed ice. The problem was that the granules of crushed ice had fused together, and what was on the plate was just an iceberg in a puddle of syrup.
Cost: sushi is from HK$12-38. Rice dishes are HK$28-38, ramen HK$38-45. The side dishes mostly vary between HK$30 and HK$45. There is a 40 per cent discount on weekdays from 3-5pm.