Crown Super Deluxe: A Brief Stop in Kobe (8.5)

Black Sheep has always been one of my favorite F&B brands because their hospitality is just so over and beyond the typical standard that you get anywhere in the city. Granted, sometimes their hosts are way too attentive and chit-chatty that it seems to overwhelm locals who are, well, culturally less adapted to this genre… Continue reading Crown Super Deluxe: A Brief Stop in Kobe (8.5)

柏屋: 灌注數千年智慧及執著、層層精密計算的美麗料理 (9.0)

今日提前預訂的是十二月的菜單(師走の献立)。「師走」,日文 「しわす」(shiwasu),是十二月的別名(以前更是指農曆十二月)。十二月是一年最後的月份,快到過年之時,需要為節日的儀式忙碌地奔走,才有“師走”的別名...

Ganguya: Otaku-style izakaya (7.3)

Ganguya literally means "toy store", and the storefront looks exactly like one, with a life-sized ultraman and lots of anime figurines lining the cupboard on display. But once you open the door, you are led down to a basement restaurant that's decorated more like a home than an izakaya. The main dining room is centered… Continue reading Ganguya: Otaku-style izakaya (7.3)

Ishiyama: A guardian of the past (7.0)

Ishiyama used to be a hangout for Japanese expatriates in Hong Kong, and its chef owner has been running the izakaya for over a decade in an old residential building just across Sogo on Lockhart Road. The entrance says "Members Only" but you just book like it was any restaurant and get in. How long… Continue reading Ishiyama: A guardian of the past (7.0)

Iwate-Kin: Mom-and-pop izakaya (7.5)

I saw news about Iwate Kin's opening in a Japanese magazine. It's operated by a local chef who has quite some experience as a chef in Japanese kitchens and who I suppose had just decided to venture to open a shop of his own. I tend to feel that sometimes people who do that are… Continue reading Iwate-Kin: Mom-and-pop izakaya (7.5)

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)