Where to find the best omakase in Hong Kong
30 Jun 2020
Translating to “I’ll leave it to you”, omakase is a unique dining experience in Japan where the chefs have complete authority of what you will be eating. If you’re like us who struggles in deciding what to eat thanks to the overwhelming amount of choices laid out in front of you (guilty!), omakase is perfect for you. Never knowing what you’ll end up getting, the key is to trust in the chef’s abilities and expertise - it’s also a chance for them to flex their skills a little bit!
Whilst travel bans are still enforced, thankfully Hong Kong has heaps of traditional Japanese omakase joints helmed by sushi masters. So for your next sushi fix, here’s our pick of the best ones the city has to offer!
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Since it opened in November 2019, Jaffe Road Japanese go-to Kura has taken the omakase dining scene by storm. Stepping into the 50-seat joint, you’ll feel as if you’ve left the bustling area of Causeway Bay and transported to the land of the rising sun. Here you’ll find a wide variety of Japanese signatures and favourites made with fresh seafood shipped directly from the markets of Tokyo and Hokkaido daily. For the full experience, sample the restaurant’s omakase set for dinner and while you’re there, take your pick from their extensive sake collection.
*Prices start from HK$1180 per person.
Kura, 1/F, 482 Jaffe Road, Causeway Bay; +852 3125 3133; www.facebook.com/kura.hongkong/
Located in Lan Kwai Fong, who would fail to recognise the iconic and highly acclaimed Sushi Kuu. Made with high-grade and seasonal seafood directly imported from Japan), the Kuu omakase menu presents a series of mesmerizing courses gradually increasing from the lightest to the richest. Helmed by executive chef Mukogawa Satoru whose impressive CV includes training stints across three countries, each dish is delicate and well-balanced, stimulating gastronomic pleasure.
*Prices start from HK$1100 per person.
Sushi Kuu, 1/F, M88, 2-8 Wellington Street, Central, Hong Kong+852 2971 0180; www.sushikuu.com.hk
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Appropriately situated on Wharf Road, Michelin-starred Sushi Kato takes you on a culinary journey all around Japan without ever leaving the city. A good value for money, this North Point omakase spot serves umami-rich sashimi and sushi made with fresh ingredients imported from Japan every single day.
*Prices start from HK$500 per person.
Sushi Kato, Shop 7-9, 1/F, 20-36 Wo Fu Road, North Point, +852 2807 3613
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Probably the worst best-kept omakase secret, Happy Valley not-so-hidden-gem Sushi Sumi boasts a loyal following thanks to its straightforward and scrumptious offers. For your fix of the freshest delights from under the sea, indulge in their Chef-recommended omakase lunch has never been this extra!
*Prices start from HK$780 per person.
Sushi Sumi, G/F, 1-3 Cheong Ming Street, Happy Valley, +852 2803 5558
Our list wouldn’t be complete without WOM favourite Sushi Gin situated atop the Zing building overlooking the famous Happy Valley racecourse. While a-la-carte options are available and just as stunning, the Chef-picked omakase option is not to be missed thanks to their selection of expertly crafted sushi.
*Prices starts from HK$1180 per person.
Sushi Gin, 27/F, Zing!, 38 Yiu Wah Street, Causeway Bay, +852 2151 1888; www.facebook.com/sushigin/
Helmed by shi expert chef Cupid Leung, Sushi Man has developed a cult following for their traditional Japanese plates and flavours made with Japan-imported produce. With over 10 years of training and culinary expertise, chef Leung has mastered the art of omakase and bringing joy to diners. Try it out for yourself at either their Yuen Long or Whampoa outlet.
*Prices start from HK$1580 per person.
Sushi Man, Shop G22A, G/F, Treasure World (Site 11), The Whampoa, Hung Hom, 27943995; https://www.facebook.com/sushimanhk/
Named after its award-winning executive chef Sase Satoshi whos resume includes an impressive stint at one of Hokkaido's highly acclaimed restaurants Sapporo's Sushi Zen, Central omakase joint Sushi Sase prides themselves in delivering simple, fresh and beautiful sushi. Using the freshest ingredients shipped daily from Hokkaido, this Central omakase joint has established itself as a culinary institution in Hong Kong. With over 25 years of sushi-making expertise, chef Sase has been sought after for his refined techniques.
*Prices start from HK$1380 per person.
Sushi Sase, Shop G1, G/F Baskerville House, 22 Ice House Street, Central, +853 2815 0455; www.sushisase.com.hk
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