Japanese cuisine is among the best in the world – arguably also the best for some. That’s because it uses only top-quality ingredients with traditional techniques mastered over centuries. So if we’re going to leave a meal completely in chef’s hands, we’d most likely opt for Japanese dishes, especially when it comes to indulgence. Omasake refers to this concept, where everything is prepared by the chef on the day, usually conducted on a countertop table in an intimate setting. Basically, it’s all a surprise based on the chef’s daily recommendations. But come hungry and ready to splurge too – here are the top omakase spots in Hong Kong.
World famous Japanese chef and founder Keizo Seki’s Sushi Zo sits within arts hub Tai Kwun Heritage Centre. The intimate omakase spot offers only two sittings per day, 12 people at a time. Each menu features the freshest fish and ingredients, flown in daily from Japan and prepared by the Michelin-starred chef and head chef Fumio Azumi. Guests sit at the stylish sushi bar, where 18 personalized courses are served one-by-one, in a harmonized ‘Sushi Zo state’. Also check out the adjacent Gishiki Lounge, the restaurant’s cocktail bar.
LG1/F Block 01 Tai Kwun Soho, 10 Hollywood Road, Central, 2884-0114. Open Monday to Saturday, times vary.
Taking a modern approach to omakase, WHISK fuses French and Japanese ingredients and techniques to provide an experience that is truly exceptional. Located within The Mira hotel, the restaurant predominantly sources its produce from farmers in Japan including the coasts of Kyushu. All live seafood is handled using the ikejime technique to ensure freshness every day. Chef Oliver Li takes the reigns of the omakase menu which changes seasonally.
5/F, The Mira Hong Kong, Mira Place, 118 – 130 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, 2315-5999. Open every day, times vary.
For authentic Edomae sushi, head to Shikon by Yoshitake. The three Michelin-starred omakase specialist is among the top joints in Hong Kong and thus imports its produce daily from Tokyo’s famed Toyosu market. It’s nestled within Landmark Mandarin Oriental providing a memorable, luxury experience in omakase that will keep you coming back for more – if budget allows.
7/F, The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, 15 Queen’s Road Central, 2643-6800. Open every day, times vary.
A hidden gem in Tseung Kwan O, FICUS JP serves sushi, sashimi as well as washoku in its omakase menus. The countertop setting allows you to watch each dish be prepared and served in front of you. Ask for sake pairing too for the full Japanese dining experience. It can be fairly difficult to find if you’re not a TKO regular, so be sure to ask if you get lost.
Shop G12, G/F., Monterey Place, O’South Coast, No, 23 Tong Chun Street, Tseung Kwan O, 2890-6133. Open every day 12:00pm to 10:00pm.
As one of the most exclusive omakase spots in Hong Kong, Sushi Masataka serves only eight diners at a time. Rated among the World’s 50 Best, the omakase menu comes in 14 or 16 course options prepared by Chef Masataka Fujisawa, who incredibly has over 25 years of experience. From the Hokkaido wild salmon to the indulgent octopus, you’re in for a sashimi-driven evening.
G/F, The Oakhill, 18 Wood Road, Wan Chai, 2574-1333. Open Tuesday to Sunday, 6:00pm to 8:00pm, 8:30pm to 11:00pm.
Sitting within Knutsford Terrace, Hanabi presents intricate Japanese flavors that will delight even the most discerning diners. Its premium omakase menus impresses thanks to its selection of the freshest fish from Tsukiji Market in Japan. Don’t forget to also ask for sake!
4/F, 6 Knutsford Terrace, Tsim Sha Tsui, 2723-2568. Open Monday to Saturday, 12:00pm to 2:30pm, 6:00pm to 11:00pm.
This 12-seater countertop restaurant offers authentic omakase led by three-Michelin-starred chef Mitsuhiro Araki. Located within the beautiful FWD HOUSE 1881, The Araki serves Edomae sushi using locally-caught seafood, while paying tribute to traditional Japanese cooking techniques. It books out quickly, so be sure to reserve in advance.
G/F, FWD HOUSE 1881, Stable Block, House 2A, Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, 3988-0000. Open every day, times vary.