Have you ever wondered what an omakase meal is? It simply means leaving the details of your order to your chef, trusting them to select and meticulously prepare seasonal dishes for you. The specialities are then served dish by delicate dish, proceeding from lighter plates to more complex, deeper flavours.
Omakase is said to have originated in sushi restaurants in Japan in the 1990s, when the bubble economy led to a sudden growth in the population of newly rich. Unfamiliar with fine sushi dishes and ready to spend, the budding affluent trusted their chef’s palettes. It is common for an omakase set to contain 20 or more dishes, and the prices reflect this; it is certainly a luxury.
Here is a list of the 20 best omakase restaurants in Hong Kong that check off omakase from your bucket list.
Sushi Saito, Four Seasons — Central
Sushi Saito offers the perfect blend of a spa-like atmosphere and authentic Japanese taste. Helmed by the experienced chef, Takashi Saito, the restaurant is a sushi ballet in Central. The omakase here revolves around the historic Edomae-style sushi with fresh ingredients flying in from Tokyo regularly! Saito’s signature monkfish liver is a must-eat if you get lucky enough to reserve one of the 16 seats in this sushi haven.
45th Floor, Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong, Finance St, Central | +852 2527 0811
Tempura Taki — Central
Bring a twist to your usual tempura experience by visiting Tempura Taki – a contemporary, hip, and artsy Japanese establishment in Central. Led by the tempura Chef, Eric Chan, the team here truly knows the art of raw fish. This shows well in their Tempura Omakase, where every bite is carefully prepared and executed. You will not find an expansive tempura menu. Still, the limited options available are guaranteed to be memorable for your taste buds. Just trust the chef on your seasonal omakase set.
8/F, The Loop, 33 Wellington St, Central | +852 2881 0033
FUMI — Central
Prepare to have your eyes sprawling across over 20 lunch combinations on the menu at FUMI! You can also get a firsthand experience of building your own set of a three-course lunch and enjoy it at this cosy restaurant. Some of the must-try dishes at FUMI include their signature sushi roll, miyazaki beef, and beef tendon oden grilled kochi. They also have four kinds of premium sushi along with exclusive wines and sakes for you to top off the meal with!
6/F California Tower, 30-36 D’Aguilar St, Lan Kwai Fong, Central | +852 2328 3302
Sushi Shikon — Central
This three-Michelin-starred sushi restaurant gives you the chance to delve into Japanese art and cultural experience. This not only shows in the rich ambiance of the establishment, but also the food and antique serving ware. You will find two-hour meals served across an eight-seat Hinkoi counter at Sushi Shikon. When you get there, remember to order their signature Shimane abalone to embark upon a journey across Japanese food history. Steamed in the restaurant’s special sake, this dish is the star of the show!
7/F, The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, 15 Queen’s Rd, Central | +852 2643 6800
Sushi Rin — Sheung Wan
Sushi Rin is your go-to for a fine dining experience in Sheung Wan. From top-notch quality omakase to creamy oysters and a mouth-watering hokkaido baby cod sushi, this restaurant has a decent variety of Japanese cuisine. It is also a foodie favorite for the fresh ingredients being used along with the value of money one gets in the order. Once you have enjoyed a delicious Edomae-style meal here, you will find yourself coming back again for more!
128 Jervois St, Sheung Wan | +852 2567 1168
Sushi Masataka — Wan Chai
This is your traditional open sushi counter, where Chef Masa takes you along as he preps your meal. If you want to challenge your taste buds, this is just the right place. The menu includes a 14 or 18-course dinner, each followed by handrolls, sushi, and delicious miso soup. You can count on a black sea perch and tender toro since they never disappoint! The restaurant’s hot tea and freshly brewed hojicha are ideal to end your day with.
G/F, The Oakhill, 18 Wood Rd, Wan Chai | +852 2574 1333
Sushi Moon (鮨月) — Wan Chai
Make a stop at Sushi Moon for a light and casual lunch. Tucked in Wan Chai, this restaurant specializes in omakase, offering two set menus. Along with mouthwatering seasonal sushi, you can also relish innovative desserts. As the head chef cooks your meal in front of you, prepare to get overwhelmed by the 6 tantalising kinds of sashimi to choose from! If you don’t want to experiment, order yourself a beautifully plated hokkaido fish sashimi because it will never go wrong!
2-12 Moon St, Wan Chai | +852 2811 1227
Xuan Sushi — Causeway Bay
Xuan Sushi’s luxuriating ambiance makes it one of the high-end omakase restaurants perfect for couples and families. Apart from being Michelin Guide-recognized for the 5th year in a row, it is also known for its delicate seasonal dishes. You can visit it during any season and will find a variety of seasonal fish and other seafood in stock! Their sashimi set and deluxe chirashi are some standout dishes that you must try on your visit.
7/F, Cubus, 1 Hoi Ping Rd, Causeway Bay | +852 2537 5555
Shika Teppan-Yaki 鉄人旨花 — Causeway Bay
This traditional open sushi counter restaurant will take you back to the times of old Japan as you share a meal on iron plates! There are dedicated teppanyaki and omakase sections in Shika Teppan-Yaki. While omakase and teppanyaki are the specialty of this eatery, their standalone sea urchin and big toro sushi are all-time favourites. After a filling meal, you can order their sweet tofu ice cream as a cherry on top!
Shining Building, 477-481 Jaffe Rd, Causeway Bay | +852 2892 8819
Sushi Itsu — Causeway Bay
A modernly decorated, yet small and simple spot – that is Sushi Itsu in Causeway Bay. This place has a rich menu and a 25-course omakase being the standout feature. Embarking upon this meal is an adventure in itself since your tastebuds will be dealing with everything – dessert, sushi, sashimi, marinated raw fish, otsumami, and even soup! If you visit in the spring, you must try their star desserts – Japanese jelly and a strawberry topped tempura!
27/F, L’ Hart, 487-489 Lockhart Rd, Causeway Bay | +852 5548 0561
Kokorozashi志 — Tsim Sha Tsui
Kokorozashi is the right choice for a date night with your significant other. The chic interior and comfortable dining curate the ideal atmosphere for an intimate gathering. Specializing in omakase, the chefs know how to plate fresh sushi and sashimi for your 13-course meal. The menu has something for every kind of taste; however, anglerfish liver and a tasty plate of fluorescent squid are always in demand! If you’re not too full after your meal, make room for Kokorozashi’s creamy cheesecake!
17/F, 17-19 Ashley Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui | +852 2265 8828
Sushi Sooshi — Tsim Sha Tsui
Looking for an Instagram-worthy sushi spot? Well, Sushi Sooshi is just the right choice right for you! On warm days, order yourself sashimi sushi or a fresh salad with grapefruit pulp. If you’re up for a proper, luxurious experience, you can get tasty omakase. This place is not your ordinary sushi spot, since every dish is customized to your taste. If you want to stick with the customer favorite, go with botan shrimp with truffle or a seared flounder fin as a safe choice!
Shop B, G/F, 17 Cameron Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui | +852 2555 8255
Sushi Sho — Tsim Sha Tsui
Consider yourself lucky if you find a seat in this 10-seat restaurant! This small setup is known to be one of the best quality and budget-friendly Japanese restaurants offering omakase in the city. The chef’s choice for your omakase dishes can be trusted. The platter has a rich variety and quality, with each piece bringing a new burst of flavour. It is a great fix after a long day when you want to fill up on some premium sushi bites.
Shop 4, G/F, To Fu Court, 5-6 Hau Fook St, Tsim Sha Tsui | +852 2366 7988
Sushi Tachi — Tsim Sha Tsui
Imagine standing under a cherry blossom while you relish delicious food. Sushi Tachi’s stand-up sushi bar with cherry blossom décor, natural soft lighting, and wooden tables brings you a similar experience. Even though the menu is limited, the decent prices provide a good value of money. Some signature dishes like mini urchin bowl and jumbo pink prawn sushi are options that go easy on your pocket and are a treat for your tastebuds!
Shop D, G/F, Cameron Plaza, 23-25A Cameron Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui | +852 2836 3830
Inaotsu Japanese Restaurant — Tsim Sha Tsui
Inaotsu can make a great choice for a casual and intimate meet-up with a friend. Its prices and various omakase deals suit every kind of budget. You can choose from assorted sashimi platters, seasonal fish, and of course, sushi. If you’re in a hurry, you can also avail the takeaway option and enjoy the meal at home. Some restaurant standouts that will leave you asking for more are the special sashimi soup udon, silver cod, Nishikyo-yaki, and creamy oysters!
2/F, 10 Prat Avenue, Tsim Sha Tsui | +852 2333 3288
Sushi Yutaka — Tsim Sha Tsui
The comfortable and premium atmosphere at Sushi Yutaka adds to the food experience. You can expect the head chef to personally introduce you to your omakase step by step. This personal experience, coupled with the two rich menus, make this restaurant a great dinner spot. Each portion is generously served with the authenticity of omakase in every course. A delicious noodle soup and appetizing Hokkaido belt top the list of dishes here!
Shop 8-14, G/F, King’s Commercial Building, 2-4 Chatham Court, Tsim Sha Tsui | +852 2602 0800
Chutsuki Sushi 菊月町 — Kwun Tong
Omakase at Chutsuki Sushi’s special feature is the chef’s delicate touch evident in each dish. This is a cosy nook in Kwun Tong with fresh ingredients being brought to the kitchen each day. The sushi chefs are deeply involved in making and executing a delicate dish. To avoid the long waiting queue, you can also book an omakase in advance by calling the restaurant. The sea urchin and peony shrimp here will leave you licking your fingers!
Century Centre, 44-46 Hung To Rd, Kwun Tong | +852 6588 5354
Sushi Man — Yuen Long
One of the most expensive Japanese restaurants in Yuen Long, Sushi Man guarantees high-quality food and excellent value of money. The skills of Chef Cupid are evident in how deftly he prepares the sushi and sashimi by hand. This is your traditional sushi bar with minimal décor; however, the fresh ingredients and aesthetic presentation take Sushi Man up a notch. If you don’t know what to order, the uni bowls overflowing with fresh urchins and shrimp are your saviour!
Shop 5, Lee Fat House, 5 Yan Lok Square, Yuen Long | +852 2285 9477
God of Sushi — Yuen Long
The food experience at God of Sushi justifies the name. Even though the setup is basic and casual, the specialty of this eatery lies in excellent fish served simply. The premium taste at this restaurant is due to the minimal seasoning used to elevate these flavours. Although chef recommendation is only available at night, the five sashimi choices or bestsellers like sea urchin handrolls make a delicious pick!
Shop 7, G/F, On Ning Building, 20-30B Ma Tin Road, Yuen Long | +852 2178 3163
Sushi Shari — Yuen Long
Sushi Shari makes a great stop for a casual lunch in Yuen Long. The food quality and atmosphere are top-notch and will leave you feeling refreshed. Their seasonal sushi options are popular among customers because of their creative presentations and cost-effective omakase deals! You can also go with an order of creamy sashimi crab or the standout seared unagi for a guaranteed treat.
Shop 6, G/F, Yuccie Square, 38 On Ning Rd, Yuen Long | +852 6811 6689