Tokoro Robatayaki & Bar Langham Place Hotel, 555Shanghai St, MongKok, 35523330 When Langham Place Hotel opened in Mong Kok, it seemed to be out of place. Two years on, it looks to be blending in just fine and the dining options it has brought to the district are all worthy. The latest addition, Tokoro - Robatayaki & Bar, has been touted as the city's 'newest must-see dining and entertainment destination' and it 'captures the essence of Tokyo's famous Roppongi district'. That might be a bit of an overstatement, but we appreciate the endeavour. On one side there is the bar - a proper one - where bartenders can whip up a martini or serve you the signature wine flights. There are a few choices of wine flights, each of them with a theme. On the day we visited we had the sauvignon blanc choice, which featured 2006 Wither Hills, Marlborough, New Zealand, 2006 Rochford, Yarra Valley, Australia and 2004 Pouilly Fume, Loire, France, priced at a reasonable HK$77. The other choices include chardonnay of the Old World (HK$77), chardonnay of the New World (HK$77), chardonnay in a first-class seat (HK$127) and pinot noir (HK$497). On the dining side, the focal point is robatayaki, Japanese barbecue that's become popular elsewhere in recent years. The chefs prepare the food in a kitchen on an open grill, and deliver it to the customers on big wooden paddles while enthusiastically proclaiming what it is. It's supposedly part of the energy of the whole experience, but sometimes it's just plain noisy. The rim of the robata counter is decorated with ingredients available that day and, beside more common items such as scallops (HK$47), soft bone chicken (HK$37) and sea eel (HK$47), there are also items such as French goose liver (HK147), Alaskan crab leg (HK$297), Japanese beef (HK$397) and fresh lobster from the tank (HK$557). We were surprised to find semi-dried kinki (an indigenous fish from Japan, mostly harvested in Hokkaido, HK$417), which the chef expertly grilled in front of us with a torch. It would have been nice if there wasn't excessive salt rubbed on it. All in all, the food is done well - the liver is like butter inside, the meat succulent and vegetables, such as asparagus (HK$27), crisp and juicy. The sushi and sashimi (with platters priced at HK$137-HK$387) are top quality considering the price, and other dishes such as tempura are not bad either. The interior design is very textural, with a blend of lush timbers, stone and fabrics creating an upscale feel. For that quality and price, and the fact that it's in a neighbourhood deprived of fine-dining options, Tokoro is a gem.