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Best sushi in Hong Kong?

Nict Aug 12, 2008 02:33 AM

Have tried a few so far and the stand out has to be Sushi Kuu on Wellington St. Anybody here have any other recommendations for a similar standard, quality and price?

  1. Sher.eats Feb 15, 2009 07:45 AM

    Sushi Qube has closed....

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    1. re: Sher.eats
      Peech Feb 16, 2009 01:34 AM

      Already?! Guess it's too much of a bull market place...

      1. re: Peech
        Sher.eats Feb 16, 2009 02:15 AM

        1k5 for sushi omakase right? compared to the ~1k for places mentioned here...

        still can't find a true matsudo replacement

      2. re: Sher.eats
        K K Apr 13, 2009 12:08 PM

        In 2002 we ate at this place inside the New World? hotel at Tsim Sa Tsui, facing the harbor/pier with a spectacular city lights view. Very expensive, on the order of like HK$200 for tekka maki. We spent $700 to $800 for two and were not full, but it tasted like Japan. Chefs spoke Cantonese but understood what aji tattaki meant etc. Anyone know if this place is still around and the name? I want to say it was called Ginza something but I think it may have been something else.

        1. re: K K
          kosmose7 May 25, 2009 08:01 PM

          Yes, it should be Ginza inside the New World Center. They were not really that famous like Nadaman or Kaetsu, but you are right, they served real authentic Japanese foods. I used to be their regular customer up until 2003, when I was still living in H.K. After that, I revisited the place on my trip to H.K. and it was still good enough, but didn't have that charm it used to have. I noticed the main chef had been replaced.

           
           
           
           
          1. re: kosmose7
            K K May 26, 2009 09:17 PM

            Yep yep, this was the place! Your photos are now flooding my memory banks again. Loved the place, but not the portions or the price. We had to fill ourselves up at Hui Lau Shan HK dessert, as we left hungry and poorer.

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              k1net1kz May 10, 2012 01:14 AM

              Yes I loved this place too! Although it was pricey, the authenticity of the food was second to none in HK.

              Fortunately I have since found out that the Head Chef opened his own restaurant in TST (a 5 min walk from East TST MTR station.

              The restaurant is now called Ginza Okura, located inside the Oriental Crystal Finance Centre on Chatham Road on the First floor (107-109 Chatham Road South, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong).

              I recently went there and the food was still as good as ever! Definitely would recommend a visit if you miss the old Ginza!

          2. re: Sher.eats
            kosmose7 May 25, 2009 07:55 PM

            When I mentioned Sushi Qube in a conversation with Mr. Imada Yousuke, chef owner from Tokyo's Sushi Kyubei, he said they had NO MORE relationship with Sushi Qube. That was last fall, so I guess Sushi Qube really had a very short support from Kyubei, probably only a couple months after their opening.

            BTW, Is Sushi Qube really closed? I called them up just now to confirm (yes, international call from Korea, haha) and they answered "Chosan. Sushi Qube".

            1. re: kosmose7
              e_ting May 26, 2009 11:17 PM

              Yes Qube has reopened, but no idea of its affiliations...

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                golfess May 27, 2009 08:32 AM

                I asked Kyubei's Imada-san about expansion before and he said he would never do that because of quality control concerns. Qube is actually the closest I reckon that one can get in terms of an authentic Ginza-esque sushi experience in HK. I haven't had dinner there but I liked the emphasis of white fish at lunch.

                Sorry to spoil the party, but I think Kenjo, Shota etc. etc. all offer the freshest fish but they never have the refinement and ambience demanded by a top notch sushi-ya. I always feel I'm being served "piles o' sashimi"; bigger does not always mean better, but sadly the HK market wants this. On one occasion at Kenjo, I was also most unimpressed when the Chinese chef scolded the junior apprentice while serving customers, not what one expects when shelling out top bucks.

                1. re: golfess
                  HKTraveler May 28, 2009 02:29 AM

                  what do you like about Qube and what do you think make it the best/most authentic in HK?

                  i don't think you will get disagreement here that the best sushi restaurants in Tokyo are better. but that's stating the obvious, not spoiling any parties. for almost all of the sushi places listed by kosmose7 above, i don't find the fish "over-sized". thought all these good sushi places are past that stage already. at the kaitan places, it is definitely bigger = better.

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                    omakasekt May 29, 2009 04:22 AM

                    Hi HK Traveler, I ate with Golfess at those establishments, so if I can offer my humble two cents:

                    Qube appears authentic because 1) like many Ginza sushi shops, there are no glass cabinets displaying various slabs of seafood in front of diners - uncommon in HK. 2) the sushi is also served at warmer temps like it should be, which some but not all shops do in HK 3) the emphasis of white fish is tended more towards the taste buds of the Japanese, whereas HK people's core favourites have more "red" emphasis.

                    Hard to say if Qube offers the "best" sush thoughi: there are many definitions, but I think ambience and refinement can be relevant factors because of sushi's artistry.

                    On the size point, I agree with Golfess that at Kenjo, and definitely Shota, the "sashimi piles" syndrome is evident based on several visits.

                    1. re: omakasekt
                      HKTraveler Jun 1, 2009 07:32 AM

                      Since it comes so highly recommended, will give it a try then. Did you try before or after they reopened?

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                        omakasekt Jun 1, 2009 08:45 AM

                        I went there a few times before its re-opening. Would love to know what you think.

                        Small caveats - I have only tried lunch there, and portions are smaller and more expensive than other places in town.

                      2. re: omakasekt
                        Peech Jun 2, 2009 02:06 AM

                        Hmmm interesting. I haven't been back for a long time, but the old Qube certainly did have the glass cabinets. I've got pictures! For our omakase we also didn't have too much white fish.

                        A few friends have recently given thumbs-up to Sushi U. Looking forward to trying it out for myself.

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                          omakasekt Jun 3, 2009 01:32 AM

                          Thank you for pointing out my memory lapse - I may be mistaken on the glass point perhaps due to the "promotional connection" in my mind with Kyubei.

                          Sushi U does have a glass-less counter (in the back room at least), although it wasn't manned when I sat there for lunch last week. Would be interested in comments about dinner quality there.

            2. kosmose7 Oct 28, 2008 06:43 PM

              Sushi Shota
              Sushi Kato
              Imamura
              Tenjaku
              Sushi Hiro
              Rei Sushi
              Takehachi
              Kenjo
              Sushi Toku
              Sushi Qube

              Any of these are above average, IMHO.

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                sundaydriver Nov 23, 2008 12:01 AM

                personal favourites :
                sushi Toku (but that will require a hop over to tsimshatsui)
                Matsushima (in cwb - continental diamond building next to sogo, one floor next to Imamura)
                Ko shu (or Kosyu) - Jardine Center (bit of a dive decor wise, but the fish is very good)

                1. re: sundaydriver
                  Peech Feb 16, 2009 01:35 AM

                  Matsushima is the new Tenjaku...which I prefer over the old Tenjaku

              2. dumpycactus Oct 19, 2008 05:49 AM

                absolute favourite is genki ippai in miramar plaza in tst
                they have alot more than just sushi in their repertoire, but the nigiri is still fantastic!

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                  siuyeh Sep 21, 2008 08:32 AM

                  Try Tomokazu Japanese Restaurant (友和日本料理) in Causeway Bay or Ten Jaku on Tung Lung Street (also in CWB). Enjoy!

                  1. Peech Aug 29, 2008 03:08 AM

                    The usual suspects at the top end are Kenjo, Imamura, Tenjaku (I prefer the new one)... I would also mention Qube and Hiro (Bekkan upstairs). You would have a very good omakase at any of these places.

                    Have only been to Kuu for lunch and agree that it's nothing special.

                    1. HKTraveler Aug 13, 2008 09:51 AM

                      The best for me is Kenjo. Have been to Kuu only for lunch and the quality is no different from what I can get at any place in town. I have heard good things about dinner though but haven't had the desire to go back. Which ones have you tried in town?

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                        esf2003 Aug 14, 2008 11:50 PM

                        +1 for Kenjo. A stand out in HK.

                        Kenjo is probably the best and not THAT terribly expensive... on a side note DO NOT order anything that's not on the menu, anything the waiters recommend you... you will regret it. They charge exhorbitant price for stuff not on the menu.

                        I find places like Unkai, Kuu, etc. to be very average... maybe a step about conveyor belt, but not enough to justify the price difference.

                        1. re: HKTraveler
                          K K Aug 28, 2008 10:58 PM

                          So what does an average nigiri sushi only meal cost at Kenjo and/or Kuu? Just want some idea in case I get the raw fish munchies next time I visit.

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                            HKTraveler Aug 29, 2008 10:16 AM

                            at kenjo, prob 900 to 1200 per head

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                            ckbear Oct 27, 2008 06:39 PM

                            kiko at the landmark is very good. i also like the yuu at knutsford terrace and senryo in ifc mall (although significantly less fancy)

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                              yvonnebb96 Apr 12, 2009 08:25 AM

                              Kenjo is good but only go there if kenjo san himself is there, sushi quality could be different when he is not around. Also made reservation to sit in front of him at the sushi counter!
                              Dinner in kenjo would be around $890 - $1200 HKD per head.
                              For Uni lover, to be honest u are going to be disappointed with the uni quality in kenjo so don't bother ordering the uni. The rest are good and fresh quality fish and seafood.
                              Also by the end of ur meal do not order the fruit! They charge $150 hkd for a few slices of melon just take the ice cream or the tea.

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