EXQUISITE TASTE OF ZEN
With its angular lines, understated tones and natural materials, this traditional Japanese eatery has an unmistakable Zen quality. Specialising in sushi, sashimi and teppanyaki, Edo Japanese Cuisine has an extensive, almost overwhelming menu. There are salads, soups, simple rice, noodle dishes, bento boxes and a parade of chef’s specialities – the prawn tempura is sublime.
We opted for an all-you-can-eat teppanyaki set, which was excellent value. We started with a delicious vegetable salad, moving on to a mouthwatering array of sashimi. The US beef melted in our mouths. It was complemented by well-seasoned fried rice with garlic and vegetables. The Nameko miso soup was pungent and flavourful. For dessert, we had a banana fritter with vanilla ice cream – an indulgent finish to a delicious meal. The tempura ice cream is extraordinary.
Edo has cold and warm sake, plum wines and Japanese and international beers. You can also order from the hotel’s extensive wine cellar. We started with a pinot grigio, moving on to a dry riesling, the freshness of which proved a perfect match for Japanese food. Michael Taylor
EDO JAPANESE CUISINE
SOFITEL DONGGUAN HUMEN ORIENTAL
HUANGHE COMMERCIAL TOWER
HUMEN AVENUE TOWN, DONGGUAN
(86 769) 8288 8888
This contemporary Japanese eatery is popular with locally-based Japanese expatriates and visiting Japanese businessmen, attracted by the sashimi, sushi and such signature dishes as teppanyaki crab, grilled snowflake beef, grilled live abalone and deep-fried prawn cutlets. The boiled abalone with sake was tender and moist. Imported from Australia, the abalone was marinated in sake for 24 hours. Imported from France, the fresh oysters were served with seawater still inside and homemade tomato sauce.
With shredded apples, Hami melon and crab roe, the crab meat salad was light and refreshing. Marinated for 48 hours, the grilled cod had a hint of grapefruit and the prawn tempura was among the best we have tasted. The Okinawa beef rolls were absolutely mouthwatering and the maki rolls had a different twist – lightly fried in a tempura batter.
For mains, you can’t go wrong with the fried rice with Matsuzaka beef – a mixture of rice, diced meat, vegetables and scrambled egg. Finished with a hint of brandy, the fried Haagen-Dazs ice cream with banana was absolutely divine. Michael Taylor
SAKURA JAPANESE RESTAURANT
1/F, PULLMAN DONGGUAN FORUM HOTEL
32 DONGCHENG ZHONG LU
DONGCHENG DISTRICT, DONGGUAN
(86 769) 2336 8888