Hong Kong restaurant reviews

Three Hong Kong restaurants you must try in August – for Japanese barbecue and casual plates, and Peruvian-Chinese fusion fare

We ate really well at these places – now it’s your turn!

PUBLISHED : Monday, 30 July, 2018, 6:16pm
UPDATED : Monday, 30 July, 2018, 6:15pm

If you haven’t eaten at these restaurants already, make a date for them in August. We tried all three in July, and had three really good meals.

The two top places serve Japanese food. First up is Yakiniku Jumbo – a branch of the original in Tokyo which is where Takashi Saito (of the famed Sushi Saito) likes to eat in his down time. The restaurant was so new when we visited that the only dinner option was yakitori omakase, although you can now order à la carte.

Try the different cuts of beef, which are cooked on the table top, to see which you like best. We forgot to mention in our review that the ventilation here is great – you won’t come out smelling like cooked beef!

Yakiniku Jumbo, Shop 302, 3/F, Man Yee Building, 60-68 Des Voeux Road Central, tel: 2151 3887. Omakase about HK$1,300 per person without drinks or service charge.

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We also liked the Black Sheep group’s newest restaurant, Fukuro. As befitting an izakaya (a Japanese pub that serves food) it’s a casual, noisy spot. They don’t take bookings so we went at 6.30pm, before it got crowded.

Our favourite dishes were the pickled mackerel, crispy caramel butter corn, yaki udon (with crab miso butter and snow crab – super oishii!) and the beautifully fried vegetable tempura. Oh, and dessert – a monaka marked with an owl face (Fukuro means owl) and filled with black cherry jam and seaweed ice cream.

Fukuro, Winly Building, 1-5 Elgin Street, Central, tel: 2333 8841. About HK$400 without drinks or the service charge.

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Ironically, our favourite dishes at Chifa Dumpling House weren’t the dumplings – there are other places we prefer for those. But we’d go back again to this Peruvian-Chinese establishment for the fried chicken with aioli verde, char siu open buns, suckling pig with pork jus, and vegetable chaufa rice. Oh, and the excellent service.

Chifa, 26 Peel Street, SoHo, tel: 2311 1815. About HK$230 without drinks. There’s no service charge (so tip accordingly).

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