Xuan Sushi

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 20 October, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 20 October, 2011, 12:00am


3/F Parekh House, 63-65 Wyndham Street, Central
Tel: 2537 5555
Open: noon-2.30pm, 6pm-10.30pm
Cuisine: Japanese

Price: about HK$500 without drinks and the service charge.

Ambience: the main dining area has a large sushi bar, with most seats taken on the night we visited. We wanted a quiet evening, so sat in the smaller area overlooking Wyndham Street.

Pros: the sushi chefs serve the raw seafood with fresh wasabi. A delicious and varied appetiser selection, which includes simmered lotus root, fried shrimp ball and tender pork neck, is served to all diners. Staff were attentive and frequently filled our tea cups.

Cons: we should have stuck with the raw fish dishes because the cooked food (other than the appetisers) was weak in comparison. Assorted tempura (HK$250) was generous, and included shrimp, fish, shishito peppers, sweet potato and yam. The batter, while light, was slightly oily, and the fish and shrimp didn't have much flavour. Saiko cod fish (HK$100) was dry, lacking the rich oiliness we love about cod. Beef udon (HK$80) had smooth noodles and tender, fatty meat, but the broth was one-dimensionally salty. Flying fish roe salad (HK$100) tasted washed-out; the only flavour we could detect was that of mayonnaise, but the fish roe popped crisply in the mouth.

Recommended dishes: mackerel sashimi (HK$40) was rather small, but was tender and rich. Botan ebi sashimi (HK$40) was fat, sweet and glistening; the head, fried to a crisp, was served later. My favourite dish was the Hokkaido sea urchin sushi (HK$100). Whole 'tongues' of uni were piled high on the delicate, warm rice then wrapped in a sheet of nori that was still crisp.

What else? The bill wasn't itemised so it's hard to tell if we were charged correctly.