Kappo-style Dining: Fans of Osaka’s three-Michelin-starred Kashiwaya will be happy to know that Hong Kong now has an offshoot by the name of Haku.
Look & Feel: This modest 22-seater is simple and zen, with bamboo elements, light-wood furniture and a 12-seater bar that serves as the center of the action.
On the Menu: Haku offers kappo-style dining, where the chefs create the dishes right in front of diners and encourage feedback and banter, resulting in an experience that extends beyond, well, just stuffing your face. There are some special plates to watch out for, including yuzu kosho (a citrusy condiment) oysters; and a Kagoshima wagyu. As for the physical plates themselves, they’re graced with Japanese Waka poems that match the mood of the dish — high-level dining, to be sure.
Meet the Chef: Chef Agustin Balbi has worked in kitchens around the world, including RyuGin in Tokyo. Meanwhile, chef Hideaki Matsuo is the mastermind who runs Kashiwaya and helped give birth to Haku.
Great For: An immersive dining experience.
FYI: Only the 12-seater bar is open for lunch.
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This writeup is a news piece and was not based on a restaurant visit. The Loop HK will update this post once we’ve visited in person.