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New names, same quality at Lai Sun’s revamped restaurants in Wan Chai

The Cross Lane area is now home to Japanese restaurants Takumi by Daisuke Mori, Sushi Masataka and Kaiseki Den by Saotome, and Asian restaurant Old Bazaar Kitchen

PUBLISHED : Friday, 30 June, 2017, 1:03pm
UPDATED : Friday, 30 June, 2017, 1:03pm

Lai Sun Dining Group has completed several months of renovations to its stable of fine-dining restaurants in Cross Lane and Wood Road, Wan Chai, including some name changes – but the quality of the food remains as high as ever.

What was previously known as Wagyu Takumi (a restaurant with one Michelin star) is now Takum i by Daisuke Mori – though the concept of presenting French-Japanese cuisine by chef Daisuke Mori hasn’t changed.

It offers four-course and six-course menus for lunch, and an eight-course menu for dinner, all with the option of wine pairings. The main event is charcoal-grilled Japanese wagyu beef that’s finely marbled and practically melts in the mouth.

Next door is the nine-seat Sushi Masataka , formerly Sushi Rozan. Executive chef Masataka Fujisawa specialises in omakase (chef’s selection) dinners.

Exceptional dishes include a series of sushi pieces, along with items like grilled kinki fish, octopus with fresh tofu skin, and Hokkaido hairy crab.

Another outlet to have been revamped is Wagyu Kaiseki Den that used to be on Hollywood Road in Sheung Wan and has now relocated to Cross Lane. It has been renamed Kaiseki Den by Saotome and is led by executive chef Hiroyuki Saotome.

Here guests can tuck into a 10-course menu featuring luxury ingredients such as black and white truffle, caviar and, French Challans duck – all prepared using Japanese home-cooking techniques. Fans of the restaurant will be relieved to know the signature sea urchin clay pot rice with truffle is still on the menu.

For those hankering for traditional Asian dishes with a twist, there’s Old Bazaar Kitchen, which has also undergone renovation.

Restaurant review: Old Bazaar Kitchen in Wan Chai – well-made Chinese/Southeast Asian dishes

On the menu, executive chef Billy Chung reinvents dishes such as Fujian-style bak kut teh, curry king crab, Hainan chicken with herb-stewed rice casserole, and yellow and white curry with grouper fillet.

There are also interesting dishes such as drunken goose liver in Chinese wine, lychee ice cream sandwich and of course, Hong Kong classic, milk tea.

Takumi by Daisuke Mori, Shop 1, The Oakhill, 16 Wood Road, Wan Chai. Tel: 2574 1299

Sushi Masataka, Shop 2, G/F, The Oakhill, 18 Wood Road, Wan Chai. Tel: 2574 1333

Kaiseki Den by Saotome, 32-38 Cross Lane, Wan Chai. Tel: 2851 2820

Old Bazaar Kitchen, 32-38 Cross Lane, Wan Chai.Tel: 2871 1993