Hit and miss at the izakaya

Tenkei HK offers fare ranging from fairly good to unsatisfying, but its superb location amid some of Hong Kong’s classiest venues makes it a popular place to stop off

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 06 September, 2018, 12:10pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 06 September, 2018, 12:03pm

Tenkei HK

3/F, 1 On Hing Terrace, Central

Izakayas are more or less the Japanese version of pubs, where nine-to-fivers head after work for some awesome food and some equally good drinks to wash it down. Perched on the third floor at On Hing Terrace in Lan Kwai Fong, Tenkei shares the same address as cool clubs and lounges such as Play and the recently opened Studio.

We kick off the night with a Shizuka cocktail (HK$118). The drink is a mix of Cointreau, yuzushu, yuzu liquor and ginger, and the combination of citrus fruits and ginger worked well as an aperitif before our meal.

First to arrive was the Tenkei gunken (HK$98), the ingredients were fresh but spicy tuna, scallop and uni (sea urchin) sushi isn’t anything to write home about and there was no surprise element in this dish at all. Next up was the renkon tempura (HK$88), which was gyoza filling sandwiched between two pieces of lotus root, battered, then deep fried. Our serving of lotus root was too thick and undercooked, making the bite uncomfortable and awkward on the palate.

Luckily, the tulle gyoza (HK$88) fared much better. Staff informed us that they only had wagyu beef instead of pork that evening and we think this is the best idea for dumplings, as we could taste the fragrant meat with its juices sealed in.

To end the meal, we opted for the beer-battered fish and chips (HK$118), and while the fish was fried well, the chips were actually seaweed powder-covered potato crisps, making the menu item very unsatisfying. We liked the crisps on their own; maybe that would work better as a snack on its own.

There are some good and some not-so-great things on the menu at Tenkei, but given its central location, we think many a merrymaker will make their way here anyway.