Ladies who lunch is one of the oldest tropes out there, especially in Hong Kong. The thing is, given half a chance, everyone would lunch at leisure whenever they could. So good on ’em I say. Which brings us to Kishoku in Causeway Bay, a Japanese fine dining joint with a serious lunchtime omakase. Enough to send me home more than replete, let alone the petite army of elegantly-dressed ladies around me.
It’s an epic roll out of some exquisitely-executed dishes from chef Dragon and his all male brigade of chefs who work seamlessly and swiftly to deliver some excellent renditions of fine Japanese produce
Beautiful contrasts in the first two dishes, uni on soy sheets, Monkfish liver on seaweed. There would be much more uni to come in the omakase menu that runs $1250 but can go up to $1850. That’s a lot of money, but the produce was faultless.
Tangerine jelly topped an outstanding huge Kyushu oyster. There wasn’t the maritime rush you often get from French, but a distinct flavour and sweetness all its own, even before the clever citrus soothe of the jelly.
White shrimp, Hokkaido uni, caviar. That’s all you need to know.
Amazing seasoned oily toro to be wrapped in seaweed. One of the best things I’ve eaten in 2017.
Sea urchin and crab. Again delicious, but I prefer the vinegared rice, Edomae sushi style.
Fanda fish fin with truffle oil. A crazy good combo.
There were some other very good dishes besides, notably other sushi, while overall Kishoku reminds that reminds that in Hong Kong you often need to look up from street level to get some of the best food – and best deals – around.