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Hong Kong restaurant reviews

Restaurant review: Mikasaya Sushi, Tsim Sha Tsui - stand-out fare

Leave the choice up to the chef ... you’re in good hands at this omakase place

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 26 November, 2015, 7:30pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 15 December, 2015, 11:20am

We had been hearing good things about Mikasaya Sushi Restaurant, which until recently was known as Sushi Toku. Friends told us to try it as soon as possible, and when we sat down, the diners sitting next to us couldn’t praise it highly enough.

While Mikasaya offers à la carte dishes, as with most top sushi restaurants, it’s best to leave the choice up to the chef. There are five omakase menus, ranging from HK$900 (sushi only) to HK$1,580 (sashimi, grilled dish, wagyu beef, hot dish, sushi, soup and dessert). We chose one of the cheapest options: HK$1,200 for sushi, soup and dessert.

The chefs started us off with two appetisers: a delicately flavoured fish roe tofu and grilled gingko nuts.

The first piece of sushi – hirame (flounder) prepared us for the chef’s style, which is for firmer rice that’s seasoned with red vinegar.

Of the 16 sushi pieces we were served (including toro negi maki), several were stand-outs. We loved the finely scored ika with yuzu; sanma topped with chives and grated ginger; and shime saba (marinated mackerel). Tako (octopus) topped with ground sesame seeds was unusual and delicious, and if asked to choose my favourite piece, it was a toss-up between the kawahagi (filefish) with the fish’s liver and minced chives, and anago with sansho.

Ikura gunkanmaki and uni gunkanmaki were served at the same time (everything else was served piece by piece), which was a pity because it meant that for at least one of them, the nori sheet would get soggy because it wasn’t eaten immediately.

The sushi course ended with tamagoyaki – not the sweet, damp rolled omelette served at lesser places, but the more complicated cake-type one made with mountain yam and shrimp paste (it’s far more delicious than the description sounds).

Mikasaya Sushi Restaurant, 2/F Cameron Plaza, 23-25A Cameron Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, tel: 2301 3555. Price depends on which omakase menu you order.