The gentrification of Mongkok continues with the opening of two restaurants by Epicurean Management. Funky Fish (below left) serves Japanese cuisine, but don't expect a serene, Zen-like experience. Funky Fish is modern Japanese, decorated in bright primary colours and with a DJ playing popular Japanese, Korean and English music. Ingredients for the 90-seat restaurant are air-freighted from Japan six days a week. The menu includes the customary sashimi and sushi, appetisers and cold dishes such as Hokkaido crab miso tofu ($38), French-style duck breast ($48) and appetiser box (bottom left; $98), while hot dishes include black and white sesame fried cod fish ($88), grilled freshwater eel and foie gras ($148), and crab meat, crab miso and shiso fried rice ($78). There's also a good hot and cold noodle selection ranging from $52 to $78. Funky Fish is at 12/F Langham Place, 8 Argyle Street, Mongkok, tel: 2782 6886. Upstairs from Funky Fish is modern-Shanghainese restaurant, Ming Ya Fe (below right). The menu includes braised snails with wine and chilli ($108), crispy eel with honey ($55), whole mandarin fish (bottom right; $168), braised pork knuckle with Shanghai cabbage ($168), and deep-fried bean curd with salty egg yolk ($58). Ming Ya Fe is at 13/F Langham Place, tel: 2782 2200.