Three great new places in Hong Kong to eat Japanese for US$50 per head or less
- Fukuro in SoHo, Hanami Koufuku in Tsim Sha Tsui and Mokumoku Yakiton in Causeway Bay offer top-quality food at reasonable prices
- Don’t miss the leaf lard skewer at Mokumoku Yakiton
Short of visiting the land of the rising sun itself, there are few places better than Hong Kong for Japanese food in terms of both food quality and the huge range of options available.
Often, though, you’ll have to pay for the pleasure – wolfing down wagyu or going loony over uni at the city’s more well-known establishments can set you back well over HK$1,000 before you can say oishii (delicious!).
But you don’t always have to pay big bucks to enjoy great Japanese food in Hong Kong. Here are three new places we’ve eaten at recently that really know how to deliver a special Japanese experience without eye-watering prices to match.
(Prices are per person and exclude drinks and service charge.)
Fukuro doesn’t take reservations so it’s best to get there early. The menu is short but tempting, with the prawn gyoza, yaki udon and seasonal vegetables pickled in yuzu proving particularly scrumptious.
There’s only one dessert, but it’s a good one – a monaka ice cream sandwich filled with black cherry jam and seaweed ice cream.
About HK$400 per person. Click here for the full story
Tsim Sha Tsui
Hanami Koufuku is a restaurant for anyone who has ever wanted to have a go at being a teppanyaki or okonomiyaki cook. They provide the ingredients, tell you how to prepare them (including how long to leave them on the grill) and also give you whatever seasonings and sauces you need.
The Japanese A5 wagyu beef rib eye steak was lovely and tender, as was the Hanami beef tongue. The gyoza were delicious and the Japanese peach sherbet tasted as if we were eating a fresh peach.
About HK$375 per person. Click here for the full story
Yakiton restaurants – which specialise in a wide variety of skewered and grilled pig parts – are not that common in Hong Kong, but Mokumoku Yakiton is trying to fill that gap.
The smoked pork flank was succulent with a nice layer of fat, the liver was perfectly cooked and the inside of the pig brain roll was gooey and delicious. The recommended leaf lard, meanwhile – which is just pure fat – was simply fantastic.
About HK$350 per person. Click here for the full story