Hong Kong's best Japanese restaurant

Hong Kong's best Japanese restaurant

Such is the local obsession with sushi, sashimi and all things Nihon-ese, Hong Kongers have practically adopted Japanese food as their own

Recommended: Sushi Toku

best japanese restaurant hong kongThere's nothing like a sake sauna. Especially if you're a fish.

Out of the forest of sushi restaurants in Hong Kong, Sushi Toku is one of the big trees.

The low-key restaurant is unique for the number of cooked fish dishes that stand out from the usual tempura and California rolls.

A traditional sakamushi is steamed fish with sake. The blow-torched san ma sashimi is a smoky, charcoal-y slice of autumn fish that retains the bones.

It's pricey -- dinner can average HK$1,000 per person -- but it beats paying for a flight to Tokyo.

Open daily, noon-2:30 p.m. and 6-11 p.m. Sushi Toku, Shop B, 2/F, Cameron Plaza, 23-25A Cameron Rd., Tsim Sha Tsui, tel. +852 2301 3555

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Recommended: Zuma

best japanese restaurant hong kongEveryone sits pretty at Zuma.

When we want something jazzed up, something showy, we head to Zuma for Japanese food with an international feel.

Chef Matt Abergel, formerly of New York's Masa, oversees Zuma's three open kitchens. He also ensures all the dishes come out looking sexy.

Zuma's casual atmopshere is inspired by izakayas -- tableware is minimal and rustic, chopsticks are disposable -- but more than a few diners dress up for the occasion. This is one of Hong Kong's most check-me-out venues and many patrons inspect each other more than they do the menu.

That's a pity.

Zuma serves everything from sushi to lamb chops and the presentation is stunning, inspired by kado.

Bowls of flown-in-this-morning sashimi glow like gems on beds of ice. The dessert platter is like a model of a city built with sorbets, cakes and exotic fruits. 

Open Monday-Saturday, noon-3 p.m., 6-11 p.m. Sunday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Zuma, 5/F, The Landmark, 15 Queen's Rd., Central, tel. +852 3657 6388, www.zumarestaurant.com

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Winner: Nadaman

best japanese restaurant hong kongYou know it's autumn when Nadaman breaks out the red leaf garnishes.

At the Hong Kong outpost of one of Tokyo's top restaurants, kaiseki cuisine and culture are evident in every dish.

Among the super-fresh multi-course offerings, the broiled rockfish with salt is a glowing example of kaiseki cuisine's obsession with culinary detail.

Seasonal eating here is a grand experience, with local ingredients and plants used for garnish.

Those looking for more familiar Japanese offerings won't be disappointed. The teppanyaki, sushi and Kobe beef sukiyaki are all justly popular dinner choices.

Open daily, noon-3 p.m., 6-10 p.m. Nadaman, B2, Kowloon Shangri-La, Hong Kong, 64 Mody Rd., Tsim Sha Tsui East Kowloon, tel. +852 2733 8751. www.nadaman.co.jp

Open daily, noon-3 p.m., 6:30-11 p.m. Nadaman, 7/F, Island Shangri-La Hong Kong, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, tel. +852 2820 8570. www.nadaman.co.jp

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