Eat Tempura, Endless Thai and Oysters All Around
This week's new and noted restaurants.
Jan Jan Kushikatsu
The wave of native Japanese restaurants opening Hong Kong outposts is showing no signs of slowing anytime soon, and our city’s latest casual izakaya hails from the food capital of Osaka. Jan Jan Kushikatsu is helmed by Osaka native chef Hideki Abeyama, who’s bringing the popular Osaka snack, kushikatsu, to town: Heftier than traditional tempura due to the addition of bread crumbs in the batter and paired with a tonkatsu dipping sauce, we predict it won’t be long before the lines start to form, given our obsession with anything deep-fried and/or served on a stick. But this is no street food shack: Jan Jan offers a cozy, 1,000-sq.-ft. of wood and concrete details in a modern, edgy space, along with two private rooms for group dining.
Issaya Siamese Club
If you haven’t yet made it to Issaya Siamese Club, now’s a good time to go and try the new semi-buffet weekday lunch (Mon-Fri, noon-3pm, $238-350). The original Bangkok restaurant recently rose from 39 to 19 on Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants list, and is known for its colorful and playful menu that’s replicated to a T here in Hong Kong. While dinner can run upwards of $600, lunch is reasonable, with a buffet of signature items like yum som-o pomelo salad and the banana blossom and heart of palm salad with crispy shallots. Options for mains include grilled Iberico pork in a khao soi curry sauce and slow-cooked smoked salmon with Jerusalem artichokes. Don’t miss the homemade Thai-flavored macarons and ice cream for dessert.
Seafood palace Fishsteria is jumping on the oyster happy hour craze with a pretty great promotion: $10 bivalves with a purchase of any drink at the bar from 5-7:30pm (also available Thu-Sat after 10pm). Slurp down the aphrodisiacs—freshly imported from France—in-between sips of hand-crafted cocktails by mixologist Mario Calderone. There’s also a sardine-themed set menu for March ($328 for four courses) with dishes including a hearty, Sicilian-style spaghetti with sardines, bread crumbs and fennel, or Spanish grilled sardines with parsley pesto. Finally, ladies planning your next girl’s night out should take advantage of “Mermaid” nights on Mar 16, Apr 13 and May 11 with first cocktails going for $18, DJs and discounted oysters and bottles of wine.