Newly opened: Yayakiya for yakitori, Bocadito for tapas and cocktails
Tsim Sha Tsui East has a new yakitori place called Yayakiya (tel: 2723 9833). At the entrance where the grill and bar are located, there are comical cartoon masks to greet customers, setting the tone for a fun and delicious evening.
The bulk of the menu consists of skewers, but it also lists sushi, sashimi and rolls. One must-try is the waffle chirashi sushi with mixed seafood (HK$45). It's crunchy, soft, savoury and slightly sweet all at once, featuring tuna and uni on seasoned rice.
We also liked the spicy tuna on a cube of crispy sushi rice (HK$70), and with spicy mentaiko (HK$70) - an interesting texture and flavour combination. The tuna pickle roll (HK$65) is hearty and refreshing.
Skewers are placed thoughtfully on a bed of lightly seasoned chopped cabbage so that the juices from the meats can add flavour. We loved the juicy wagyu beef sukiyaki rolls with an egg yolk dip (HK$55), and the beef skirt skewer (HK$40) was another tasty bite. The minced chicken meat stick (HK$28) was alternately crunchy and tender.
The aburaage bean curd sheet pockets filled with natto, or fermented beans (HK$19), or cheese (HK$22) were light, airy and delicate.
Go Spanish at Bocadito (tel: 2549 2878) on Staunton Street, which promises killer cocktails to complement tapas that include stuffed jalapenos, croquettes, garlic prawns and churros.
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