Restaurant review: Sushi Sei, IFC Mall - fine fish, prize pickles
A meal of good-quality sashimi, some of the best Japanese pickled vegetables we've tasted, and light, crunchy tempura was marred by staff spraying smelly cleaning chemicals on sushi bar next to us as we ate
Price: about HK$800 without drinks or the service charge.
Ambience: it was very quiet on a weeknight and by the time we finished dinner at 9.45pm, we were the only customers in the restaurant.
Recommended dishes: The five-selection sashimi platter (HK$580) was of good quality and attractively presented, with generous slices of golden-eye snapper, surf clam, yellowtail, yellow jack and kawahagi — thread-sail filefish, which was served with some of its rich, creamy liver. The assorted Tsukiji Juichiya pickles (HK$72) that we ate as our final dish were some of the best we've tasted in Hong Kong — three types of radish, all of which had different textures and flavours, as well as sesame-flecked burdock. We also liked the smoky grilled turban shell (HK$130) and the spring vegetable tempura (HK$108) which had a light, crunchy batter covering the okra, asparagus, white radish, kabocha and eggplant pieces.
Pros: we told the staff we didn't want any tuna on our sashimi and sushi platters so they substituted other seafood.
Cons: the staff started cleaning the restaurant at 9.30pm while we were still eating, and sprayed smelly disinfectant on the sushi bar, which we were seated next to. The 12-piece sushi platter (HK$540) was served only minutes after the sashimi platter, which meant we couldn't eat the sushi at the optimal temperature. Sea urchin somen (HK$168) was too creamy and bland.
What else? Sushi Sei is run by Epicurean Management, which also has restaurants such as Post 97, Agave and The Peak Lookout.
Sushi Sei, Shop 2016, IFC Mall, 8 Finance Street, Central. Tel: 2387 3377. Open: Monday to Friday 11.30am-3pm, (Saturday and Sunday, noon-5.30pm), 6pm-10.30pm