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Morihachi Yakiniku, Central, Hong Kong

I love Yakiniku – a Japanese style grill, so when my dear high school friend, the auditor suggested we go to Morihachi Yakiniku I was excited. We went to the Lyndhurt Terrace, Central branch and the restaurant is quite spacious and has open-area tables, booths and small bar. We left all the ordering to the auditor and I have to say she definitely ordered well!

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I love ox tongue and this was incredibly tender.

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We ordered all sorts of beef, about 4 different plates and I couldn’t get enough of it. Some chicken wings and chicken and basil for Dragon which she demolished

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The pork belly we really enjoyed also. ‘The Mother’ and the auditor got some prawns and they are the biggest prawns I have ever seen.

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The cold tofu I thought was so so – I have definitely had better.

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Food was pretty decent, and it came out relatively quickly. Service I thought wasn’t too bad either.

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Overall, we enjoyed the meal, Dragon really enjoyed the beef and chicken which is good. Have since returned for lunch and even colleagues enjoyed the meal.

GA’s ratings: 7/ 10

Morihachi Yakiniku

3/F, 8 Lyndhurst Terrace,

Central, Hong Kong

Ph: +852 2581 1933

Via Tokyo, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong

I heard about this place from my friend thesuzchef, her husband went to high school with the owner of Via Tokyo – who also owns Ramen Jo and Haven. I love everything matcha! Via Tokyo specialises in matcha and milk ‘soft cream’ along with traditional Japanese desserts. Via Tokyo can be found on the busy street of Leighton Road, and the place is TINY – you can possibly sit about 12 people max?

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I’ve been here a couple of times now and every time it has been excellent. Mind you – I pretty much get the same thing every single time! Without fail, I always get the fruit matcha with shiratama amitsu. The green tea matcha is definitely one of the best I have had in Hong Kong. I have yet to go to Sweets house cha cha so I can’t compare but I really do like the matcha.

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‘The Mother’ had the original – soft cream anmitsu and although it is indeed creamy I do prefer the green tea matcha. It is infinitely better.

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I’ve also tried the green tea latte… LOVE! The place does get extremely busy, we have been lucky as we have been coming here off peak so only had to wait 5 – 10 minutes for a table. I am not sure if I would wait for 90 mins for a table though! Take away would be a better option. No doubt will be back – Dragon really enjoyed it also!

GA’s ratings: 8 / 10

Via Tokyo

Shop nos. 1A-1B, G/F.,

Leishun Court, 106-126 Leighton Road,

Causeway Bay

Hong Kong

Ramen Jo, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong

I first heard about this place from my dear friend thesuzchef, her husband’s high school friend opened this place. It took me a while to get there, and finally one weekend I suggested it to ‘The Mother’. Ramen Jo can be found on Caroline Hill Road in Causeway Bay. From memory this used to be a Taiwanese Place but I haven’t been to Caroline Hill for such a long time that I don’t even remember.

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There are a lot of Ramen joints opening in Hong Kong that I have lost count! The restaurant is TINY – you could probably fit about 12 – 15 people max? There was a queue when we got there and it was only 11.45am! We were given the menu and there are 5 different ramen choices – tonkatsu, miso, spicy ramen, mountain and specials. Similar to other ramen joints, you get to pick the type of noodles you want, spices and additional toppings.

Both ‘The Mother’ and I both and the tonkatsu – which wasn’t as thick as Butao. Every different ramen shop has different broths – it is really just a matter of preference.

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Dragon absolutely LOVED the noodles – it was soft and cooked to perfection. I like my ramen simple – no shallots, no ginger, less oily and not too thick!

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The egg is a must order in my opinion – LOVE!!!

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We also got a serve of dumplings which were great – ‘The Mother’ ate most of it 😦

For dessert, we couldn’t go past the lychee ice cream and it was deliciously light and refreshing. Perfect way to end the meal.

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I have heard the queues for Ramen Jo can be long. We both enjoyed our meal here, but I think I still prefer Butao. Regardless, I wouldn’t hesitate to come back for a ramen fix and try their other ramen.

GA’s ratings: 7.5 / 10

Ramen Jo

G.F, 3 Caroline Hill Road,

Causeway Bay, Hong Kong

Ph: +852 2885 0638

Harajuku Gyoza, Kings cross, Sydney

So I am in Sydney for a quick visit. It was a surprise visit and indeed both set of parents were surprised! No one knew I was coming except for a few friends and my brother who had to keep the secret for about 2 weeks! I think he was dying to tell someone but the reaction and facial expression on our parents were just too priceless!

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I was hoping to hit up some cafes but was everyone wanted different things but we finally agreed of Japanese. I have heard about this place from a couple of friends, Harajuku Gyoza, speciality is obviously gyoza but they also had different types of dishes. The menu was quite simple, 5 different types of dumplings – pork, chicken, duck, vegetarian, prawn and other substantial dishes like chicken karate, pork belly, pork katsu don and many more.

We started with edamame – can’t resist ordering them!

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We ordered 4 out of the 5 dumplings – pork, chicken, duck and vegetarian. I really enjoyed the pork and vegetarian. The gyoza was pan fried and it wasn’t too oily or fatty.

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The chicken karaage was a favourite – chicken were tender and you can never go wrong with fried chicken! My only gripe was there weren’t enough fried chicken!

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Agedashi tofu wasn’t too bad either.

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Pork katsu don was a favourite amongst the diners. Tender pork cutlet which was lightly battered and deep fried, on a bed of rice topped with egg. Probably one of my favourite dishes.

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The pork belly kakuni was good but some parts were a really dry which was a shame.

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Lastly, we couldn’t help but try the apple gyoza with ice cream. Reminded me a little of apple pie, warm apple gyoza and vanilla bean ice cream.

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Service was polite and friendly and definitely a fun place to go with friends or colleagues!

*GA received some vouchers which paid for 50% of the bill*

GA’s ratings: 7 / 10

Harajuku Gyoza

9-15 Bayswater Rd

Potts Point, 2011

Ph: +61 2 9356 3834

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Shiro, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong

I have probably eaten at two restaurants at Hysan Place, one being the Japanese curry – Izumi Curry and the other Shiro. There are quite a number of restaurants there, not sure why we don’t eat there very often.

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‘The Mother’ suggested this restaurant and I have to admit, it was a very good suggestion. The menu vast, it took me a while to figure out what to eat as Dragon had to be able to eat it also. ‘The Mother’ couldn’t go past the sashimi plate and my goodness, it looks fantastic! Different types of sashimi, he demolished this within seconds.

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The gyoza was actually quite delicious.

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Dragon thoroughly enjoyed the cucumber roll. It was actually the first time that she didn’t just pick out the cucumber and ate it!

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I couldn’t go past the yakitori set – pork belly, beef, chicken wings and pork balls. I loved the pork belly and chicken wings yakitori, the pork balls were a little bit of a disappointment.

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I wasn’t sure how big the set was so ordered another chicken wings just for Dragon and she definitely enjoyed it.

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With both set came with rice, miso soup, some appetizers and green salad. Service was polite and friendly and food was delicious. Definitely will be back to try their other dishes.

GA’s ratings: 7.5 / 10

Shiro

Shop 1301, 13/F, Hysan Place,

500 Hennessy Road

Causeway Bay, Hong Kong

Ph: +852 2155 8066

Sushi Ketsu, Tin Hau, Hong Kong

November 13, 2013 1 comment

There’s never a shortage of Japanese restaurant in Tin Hau. I thought I have tried all of them but obviously not. We originally wanted to have yakitori but with no reservations on a Saturday night, chances are very slim. So we went to Sushi Ketsu which is located on Tsing Fung Street in Tin Hau

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The place was relatively busy for a Saturday night, all the restaurants that evening was full to be honest so we were grateful to have gotten a table without a reservation. I love Japanese food but am still very limited to what I can eat. ‘The Mother’ started with some king fish – unfortunately they weren’t as fresh as he had hoped. It was still icy cold he thought.

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I ordered the beef with mushrooms for Dragon, unfortunately she didn’t really like this. I thought it was quite good and relatively healthy! I did ask for no sauce as I was afraid it would be some sort of seafood sauce.

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‘The Mother’ ordered the sashimi bowl – different types of sashimi on top of a bed of rice. It looked pretty decent, but again ‘The Mother’ didn’t enjoy it. He thought the sashimi was not as fresh as it could be.

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My cousin IR had the tempura which he enjoyed. I stole a couple of the vegetable tempura and batter was light and it wasn’t overly oily.

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Poor Dragon refused to eat anything, and when I noticed another table ordering the chicken wings yakitori, I couldn’t help but order. 3 chicken wings, it was crispy, tender and oh so yummy. Unfortunately I only had a tiny piece, as Dragon ate all 3 of them.

Service was polite and the staff really knew the menu. It was a shame that ‘The Mother’ didn’t enjoy his food, however, IR and I thought the food wasn’t too bad. Definitely have had better, but it wasn’t too bad.

GA’s ratings: 6 / 10

Sushi Ketsu

G/F Tsing Fung Building

12 Tsin Fung Street

Tin Hau, Hong Kong

Ph: +852 2887 2983

Torihana, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong

We stumbled across Torihana as we were walking down Irving Street in Causeway Bay. To be frank, I can’t even remember what we were looking for, however, I do remember that it was where Dragon got sick! It wasn’t from the food at Torihana, but it is how I remember the restaurant to be. Torihana serves Tokyo style Chicken broth noodles, very popular in Japan but the 1st time it has arrived in Hong Kong. There are several branches, including Tsim Sha Tsui which opened first. The Menu was vast, lots of different types of ramen, chicken karaage and rice dishes.

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Edamame to start, you can never go wrong with these.

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Chicken karaage, oh how I have missed thee! The chicken were tender and succulent, and dipped in kewpie mayo sauce was delicious.

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I wasn’t really up for ramen, so opt for the pork katsu curry. I have definitely had better curry, like CoCo Ichibanya or Izumi Curry. The pork was tender and I loved the crunchy exterior.

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‘The Mother’ couldn’t go past the ramen, I can’t for the life remember which one – think it was the most simple one and he said it was OK. He still prefers Ippudo or Butao ramen.

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Now, I mentioned earlier that Dragon was sick, her face was so red and it was the first time in a LONG time that she vomited on me! Projectile vomit! She had a stomach bug, and we took her to the hospital that evening but I still associate Torihana as the restaurant that made Dragon sick! She really has no luck with Japanese food. Always allergic to something or get sick! ha!

Overall I thought it was ok, I am not sure if I would go back. Judging from ‘The Mother’s’ reaction to the ramen, doubt I would give it ago. The chicken karate wasn’t too bad though! Service was good, especially after we made all the mess! Sorry!

GA’s ratings: 7 / 10

Torihana

G/F, 1 Irving Street

Causeway Bay, Hong Kong

Ph: +852 2808 0956