Kyoku offers a haven of hope to lovers of Japanese cuisine
G/F, 38 Haven Street, Causeway Bay, 2156 9888
Nestled at the end of Haven Street in Causeway Bay, next to a high-end service apartment block, Kyoku's stylish entrance provides a hint of what lies inside.
The interior of more than 3,000 sq ft has a sushi and teppanyaki counter, and three private rooms. Décor is minimalist, subscribing to a zen aesthetic with wooden counters around the two food preparation areas, while service is attentive.
The extensive dinner menu includes set meals ranging in cost from HK$1,400 to HK$3,000, with a long list of à la carte dishes and sake which may overwhelm if you are not familiar with Japanese cuisine.
We decided to sit at the sushi counter and try the Omakase menu. We ordered the Hagi set (HK$1,650) which comes with appetiser, eight kinds of sashimi, a hot dish, five pieces of sushi and a soup. The table setting was immaculate, with sauces and pickles beautifully laid out and wasabi prepared fresh from the root.
While we watched, engawa, scallops, serf clams, snapper and halfbeak were meticulously sliced and plated with different sauces to suit each dish. Needless to say, the ingredients flown in on a daily basis from Japan were fresh and delicious.
The manager suggested we try some teppanyaki and we obliged by ordering the Ennju set (HK$1,700). Soon, little plates of abalone, scallops, big clams, cod, wagyu beef and fried rice and vegetables - all perfectly cooked - made their way to our table.
For dessert, we tried the sherbet and green tea pudding. The latter was smooth, creamy and delicate, which justified our decision to opt for that dessert.