FOOD & WINE

Restaurant review: Niku Niku, Tai Hang, yakiniku - impressive meat

The beef at this small, intimate restaurant is a stand-out, with the deluxe tenderloin and prime ox tongue particularly good. A fine choice if you're in the neighbourhood, but you'll find better elsewhere

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 15 July, 2015, 7:05pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 07 February, 2017, 11:32am

Niku Niku is a fine choice for yakiniku if you're  in the Tai Hang neighbourhood.

Cuisine: Japanese

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

Ambience: small, quiet and friendly.

Recommended dishes: the chef's selection of finest cuts (HK$540) gave a good overview of five types of the top-quality deluxe Japanese meat available. While all of them were deliciously fatty, we especially liked the deluxe tenderloin and tendon, but weren't as impressed by the sirloin and ordinary tenderloin. Chunk prime ox tongue (HK$165) came in thick, meaty and tender pieces. Assorted kimchi (HK$80) was a mixed lot: the cabbage and cucumber were dull but the chunks of radish were so good we ordered a dish just of them (HK$80).

Pros: the servers were happy to recommend dishes, and told us the order in which we should try the selections on the assorted meat platter. The beef selection is impressive, and there are a few pork, chicken and seafood dishes available for the grill.

Cons: the tomatoes in the tomato salad (HK$80) were not particularly sweet. Cold noodles with ox bone soup (HK$120) was terrible: the noodles were too thick and firm, and the tepid broth, which should be icy cold, lacked flavour.

What else? While I prefer the yakiniku at Irori and 298 Nikuya, I'd be happy to eat here if I was in the neighbourhood.

Niku Niku, Kam On Court, 18-20 Shepherd Street, Tai Hang Tel: 2997 0488 Open: Tuesday to Sunday 5.30pm to late