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By Andrea Lo | September 4th, 2019
  • Bar, Restaurant
  • Central, HK Island, Lan Kwai Fong
  • Address: 28/F and 29/F,18 On Lan Street,Central
  • Website: https://www.facebook.com/zestbykonishi/
  • Open Hours: Monday-Saturday, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
  • Capacity: 85
  • Open Since: August 1st, 2019
  • Phone: 2715-0878
  • Rating: 4
  • Cuisine: Asian, European, French, Japanese
  • Ambience: Fancy, Intimate, Trendy

Skilled Fusion: ZEST by Konishi is a fine-dining restaurant focused on Japanese-French dishes and cooking techniques. While this popular style of cuisine is often seen at dining establishments around town, ZEST boasts the finesse of chef Mitsuru Konishi, who is a Japanese culinary icon (see more below). 

Look & Feel: Occupying the two-storey space that once housed ON Dining, ZEST has retained the airy terrace that opens up to great views of the city. The Dining Room on the 28th floor is a more formal space, while at The Lounge upstairs, bright turquoise furniture gives the place a pop of color. 

Zest by Konishi

On the Menu: On the 28th floor, The Dining Room offers a la carte and degustation menus for lunch and dinner. Expect dishes like steamed white toro sourced from the Japan sea, served with gyuhi walnut, sauteed enoki and Chinese spinach inside a dashi-rich fish broth. The “Green Garden” is a next-level salad consisting of more than 20 ingredients, like edamame, celery root puree, fennel jelly, black olive crumble and quinoa. Then there are dishes rarely seen on Japanese menus, like an eight treasure duck-inspired dish featuring a smoked chicken stuffed with lotus-leaf-wrapped Japanese rice, foie gras and other rich ingredients. The Lounge on the 29th Floor is a more casual space that serves Japanese craft cocktails, plus express set menus and bento boxes for lunch.

Meet the Chef: Known for marrying Japanese ingredients and French techniques, Mitsuru Konishi worked at L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon in Tokyo and legendary restaurant Le Taillevent in Paris as the restaurant’s first sous chef from Japan. 

Great For: Power lunches and intimate dinners.

Check out Hong Kong’s newest restaurants and bars here.

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.