It’s no easy feat getting into Japan nowadays. That strips us foodies from access to the world’s most gastronomical experience, but fear not – Hong Kong is home to a variety of Japanese dishes from acclaimed restaurants. Japanese dining is taken to serious heights in Hong Kong that features the best in-class sourced items and expertise from top chefs hailing from Japan.
Whether you want a simple bowl of ramen or to indulge in quality grade Japanese BBQ, yakiniku, or the freshest seafood, the restaurants below cover it all. Grab hold of an immersive experience by booking your next oishi meal at one of these Japanese restaurants in Hong Kong.
Zuma — Central
For a modern rendition of Japanese izakaya, look no further than the glamorous dining that Zuma offers. The two-storey setting and spacious floor plan features a variety of seating areas, private dining rooms, lounge, garden terrace, and a lit spiral staircase that’s perfect for a bougie night out with friends. Expect a hybrid Japanese fine dining experience in the heart of Central with chefs concocting flavourful dishes, like the signature miso marinated black cod going at HK$380. A stellar brunch starting at HK$758 per head is offered on the weekends, filling tables with an assortment of sushi, sashimi, and a choice of meats to name a few. And, might we add, the cocktails are not to be missed!
Level 5 & 6 Landmark Atrium, Central | +852 3657 6388
Shugetsu Ramen — Causeway Bay, Central, Quarry Bay
Tucked in a quaint street of Central, with other locations in Causeway Bay and Quarry Bay, Shugetsu Ramen is a Michelin-starred ramen joint that’s known for its handmade noodles, slow-cooked fish, and soy sauce-based broth that helms the dining experience. It originates from Shikoku, Japan and is famed for tsukemen, which is a cold noodle dipped into a concentrated broth, at a nicely priced HK$88. Traditional ramen is also served, as well as complementing side dishes, like fried chicken and gyoza dumplings. The restaurant boasts an intimate setting with warm hues and a woody interior for the solo foodie or when you want to take a plus one for something authentic yet simple. Queues start early, but the wait is worth every second.
Central: 5 Gough St, Central | +852 2850 6009
Causeway Bay: G/F, No. 30, Cannon St, Causeway Bay | +852 2891 1600
Quarry Bay: G/F, 30 Hoi Kwong St, Quarry Bay | +852 2336 7888
Sushi Saito — Central
One can’t get any fresher seafood than at two-Michelin-star Sushi Saito. Located at the Four Seasons Hotel, fresh seafood is imported daily to this Hong Kong Japanese restaurant from Tokyo’s Toyosu Market that’s carefully selected every morning by chef Takashi Saito. Did we say imported daily? Yes. The Edomae-style sushi is what distinguishes Sushi Saito from other sushi restaurants in the city. It’s famed for its immaculate presentation of tastes and textures and the perfectly timed execution of each sushi piece. Seating just 16 people in a light woody interior, getting a reservation in advance is vital. Lunch sets start at HK$1,480 and dinner sets start at HK$3,280.
45/F, Four Seasons Hong Kong, 8 Finance St, Central | +852 2527 0811
Kyoto Oden Masa — Causeway Bay
With just three tables each seating four people and five bar seats, Kyoto Oden Masa is a small eatery that’s as cozy as the dishes it serves. Oden is a popularised winter one-pot staple in Japan that’s a simmered broth with ingredients like daikon radish, tofu, fish cake, and an assortment of vegetables. Here, it’s a given to order the oden pot that features the said ingredients on top of other condiments, like broiled tofu, dashimaki egg, and shirataki noodles, ranging from HK$28 to HK$158. Brace yourself for food that warms your soul.
Shop 1103, 11/F, United Success Commercial Centre, 508 Jaffe Rd, Causeway Bay | +852 2891 1530
Yakiniku Great — Central, Sheung Wan
Yakiniku is Japanese BBQ serving up premium grade meats and at Yakiniku Great, you get this on top of a luxe experience featuring an open dining concept and sleek interiors. A trip to the hipster Soho location or buzzing Sheung Wan branch brings you to every beef aficionado’s dream. Cuts start from HK$198 with the Tourgarashi and Kurisankaku to HK$598 for the superior rare cut of the Chateau Briand. Opt for the omakase tasting sets that start at HK$680 for specially rare cuts handpicked by the chef. Complete your dining experience by going strong with a whisky highball!
Sheung Wan: G/F, Manhattan Ave, 255 Queen’s Rd Central, Sheung Wan | +852 3565 6129
Central: 1/F, Lower H Code, 45 Pottinger St, Central | +852 2758 8688
Sagano — Tsim Sha Tsui
Transport yourself to the tranquil part of Kyoto where simple meets elegance at Sagano. At this Hong Kong Japanese restaurant, diners get the complete Japanese cultural experience from the food to the bamboo and wood aesthetics. Dine in one of the six VIP rooms, one being tatami style. The menu offers a wide assortment of Japanese dishes, like sushi, sashimi, tempura, noodles, and cutlets. Favourites include the stewed meat, seafood dishes, and grilled kamo eggplant with miso paste. A bevy of lunch sets are offered that start at HK$480, alongside dinner sets that start at HK$1,180.
1/F, New World Millennium Hong Kong Hotel, Tsim Sha Tsui | +852 2313 4222
Nadaman — Central
Situated in the Shangri-La Hotel, Nadaman is a spacious and delightful venue that boasts harmony and is just simply elegant. It offers traditional Japanese cuisine of every kind, from teppanyaki and assorted sashimi to sushi omakase and chef’s recommendations that start at HK$450. Itamae Takatsugu Koyama, hailing from Tokyo, is meticulous when it comes to serving dishes that preserve authenticity without spoiling them with cloyingly rich flavours. Nadaman is perfect for a work gathering or rounding up the family together over a palatable meal that’s worth every pretty penny.
Level 7, Pacific Place, Supreme Court Rd, Central | +852 2820 8570
Fukuro — Central
For a fun night out with a small group and impeccable service, Fukuro is one of the best Japanese restaurants in Hong Kong that just hits the spot! Part of Black Sheep Restaurants Group, Fukuro pays tribute to the late nights of the working class in Tokyo who need a place to let loose while enjoying delectable food and drinks. Fukuro‘s dimly lit Soho venue whips up small sharing plates, like the tasty Agedashi Tofu (HK$98), Spicy Chicken Karaage (HK$138), Saikyo Miso Black Cod (HK$278), and platters of market fish (HK$198-338).
G/F, Winly Building, 1-5 Elgin St, Central | +852 2333 8841
Shikon by Yoshitake — Central
Holding three Michelin stars since 2014, Shikon by Yoshitake delivers a sterling culinary experience with lunch (HK$2,000) and dinner (HK$3,500) omakase sets featuring seasonal appetisers, eight to ten pieces of Edomae-style sushi, soup, and dessert. Fresh seafood is flown in from Tokyo’s Toyosu Market daily to ensure quality ingredients meet the Japanese fine dining concept. Executive chef Yoshiharu Kakinuma was apprentice to Chef Yoshitake who opened the flagship branch in Ginza, Tokyo, and the two closely work together to deliver exemplary food and service. Dine in a lit and wooded interior with a hinoki counter imported straight from Japan, as well as Japanese art and antiques.
7/F, Landmark Mandarin Oriental, Central | +852 2643 6800
RŌNIN — Sheung Wan
Listed as one of the top 50 restaurants in Asia in 2018, RŌNIN is a 14-seater izakaya dining bar that drills in on the best in class seafood. The cosy nook offers bar and wall seating where diners can relish in a fine selection of whiskies, umeshu, or sake while waiting for dishes to be served. RŌNIN prizes itself on the freshest seafood that are in season, so be sure to make your rounds throughout the year. Favourites of this well-loved Japanese restaurant in Hong Kong include the unagi chirashi, pickled cucumber, kinome (HK$320), and flower crab, uni (HK$520). A market tasting menu is offered at HK$1,180 that’s subject to change based on market seasonality. End your meal with the scrumptious sweet potato donut, maple, kinako (HK$80).
8 On Wo Ln, Sheung Wan | +852 2547 5263
Header image credits: Sushi Shikon by Yoshitake