New in November: Sleek Japanese and a Red Velvet Revival
Why we love it: If you’re like me and normally avoid the labyrinth inside Harbour City at all costs, you may need to rethink a visit soon for the omakase. This Michelin-starred import opened a few weeks ago, and already boasts a full house each night, thanks to its exclusive 18-person seating, chefs flown in from Tokyo and premium grade sushi, including some of the highest quality toro and uni in the city. In fact, the owner is good friends with one of the top tuna suppliers at Tsujiki Fish Market, which means the best cuts are going straight from the source to your plate (the same supplier also stocks the original Sushi Tokami in Tokyo and the renowned Sushi Saito). The décor is minimalist, the aged cypress counter wiped clean to a tee, and the sushi—flavored with “akasu,” or red vinegar—a truly wonderful experience.
Why we love it: Kee Club’s private dining room has been feeding dim sum to Hong Kong’s elite for years, and now the owners are trying their hands at Japanese with a more laid-back venue. For a sophisticated meal without the membership fees, head first to the intimate terrace for sake-based cocktails and bar bites (think tempura rock shrimp and grilled chicken meatballs) before settling down in the main dining room to feast on sake-steamed clams, crab and uni rice, and Black Angus beef served with miso sauce. Don’t miss the notable sake list, curated by ex-footballer and fashion icon Hidetoshi Nakata.
Why we love it: Red velvet was all the craze a few years back, and while the hype may have died down now to a passable level, we have a feeling the new Red Velvet cakes are going to sell like hot cakes for the holiday season. Already a hit in the Big Apple, the Red Velvet makes it debut in Hong Kong just in time for eager Christmas shoppers to snatch up the brightly-hued, cocoa-rich sponge cake with gorgeous layers of fresh whipped cream and cream cheese. Priced at $680, these festive cakes can be ordered online for pick-up, or by the slice in both the Harbour City and IFC locations ($68).