Shunsen Kaihou: A Little Gem (8.3)

If you can't wait to travel to Japan again mainly to eat and to feel like you're in Japan, you might consider paying a visit to Shunsen Kaihou, a small and little known Japanese izakaya in the heart of Causeway Bay. Many diners who frequent the place are Japanese, and the people who run the… Continue reading Shunsen Kaihou: A Little Gem (8.3)

Kyo: A Disappointment (7.0)

In all honesty Kyo was a disappointment for us and not quite worth our time. Its market positioning and location were somewhat of a bizarre mismatch to start with, and amenities and fittings within the restaurant simply couldn’t catch up with proper sushiyas. The air conditioning was a bit loud and blasted streams of cold… Continue reading Kyo: A Disappointment (7.0)

Sara: A Real Gem (9.0)

9.0 is an extremely high rating from me. But Sara deserves it. A review on the restaurant is long overdue, as we have been visiting this restaurant a dozen times since summer began. Sometimes I tend to leave out restaurants that become our canteen, not only so that we can keep the good place to… Continue reading Sara: A Real Gem (9.0)

Tokyolima: Nikkei blends Peruvian food with Japanese techniques (7.5)

It’s prime summer right now, and despite covid and evening dining restrictions, restaurants are busy as ever during the day, especially on weekends. Another of Pirata’s restaurants, Tokyolima does Japanese-Peruvian fusion (or Nikkei cuisine) and offers a pretty big mishmash of a brunch on weekends at $395 per person. The ten dishes included in the brunch… Continue reading Tokyolima: Nikkei blends Peruvian food with Japanese techniques (7.5)

Uma Nota: São Paulo’s Street Food with an Oriental touch (7.0)

Uma Nota is more of a boteco than a restaurant, which is a kind of a pub where bohemians in Brazil would get together for drinks and cheap snacks. The menu is very compact and other than salads, it's mostly grilled meat or skewers coming in petit portions. Uma Nota didn't even use to have… Continue reading Uma Nota: São Paulo’s Street Food with an Oriental touch (7.0)

Kona at the Corner: Fancy Kappo (8.2)

Kona is relatively new to the game, tucked in a quiet corner behind Second Draft in Tai Hang and offering a rather compact menu that features a variety of small plates from sashimi to grilled dishes and skewers to donburi. A glance at the offerings would be enough to give you a sense of how… Continue reading Kona at the Corner: Fancy Kappo (8.2)

Sushi Made in Heaven (9.5)

Chef Chiba Hirobumi-san (千葉博文さん) focuses intently on the fish and all kinds of ingredients and condiments before him and talks with passion and warmth about where all the fish we are eating have come from and the point of the seasonal cycle we are at for each of them. It took us an hour and a… Continue reading Sushi Made in Heaven (9.5)

Artsy Restaurant-Bar (7.8)

Lee Tung Avenue has become one of our favorite after dark hang-outs lately thanks to its ostensible likeness to our former home in London's Covent Garden (forgetting about the omnipresent national flags for now). As one strolls along the main pavement it's difficult to miss an artsy restaurant-bar as conspicuous as DJAPA, showcasing its colorful… Continue reading Artsy Restaurant-Bar (7.8)