The Chinese love Japanese cuisine almost as much as they do their own Cantonese and Sichuan cooking, and consequently there are some exceptional Japanese restaurants in Hong Kong. From low-key, casual noodle bars suitable for a quick lunch of steaming ramen to chic establishments of polished marble ideal for important business dinners, there's a wide choice of mood and ambience. But one thing that doesn't change is the authentic quality of the food. Quandoo is ready and waiting with a list of some of the best Japanese restaurants in Hong Kong.
It goes without saying that Japanese restaurants in Hong Kong offer some top-notch sushi, with sought-after delicacies either being flown in especially or sourced fresh from the city's own thriving wet markets. For those who don't know their sashimi from their nigiri, places such as Ronin in Central and Mizuki in Wan Chai offer sharing platters of shrimp, scallops, yellowtail and salmon which are an education for the taste buds. Alternatively, you can always ask for the sushi omakese, which basically means “leave it up to the chef” – this is sure to result in a selection of delightful morsels.
If you're in the mood for something meatier, then it's well worth checking out one of the many Japanese restaurants in Hong Kong specialising in grilled mains. For instance, Skoku on Repulse Bay offers a range of succulent treats slow-cooked over high-grade bitochan charcoal. Try a mixed selection of ox tongue, pork and chicken skewers, a tasty wagyu steak, or a crispy catch of the day served whole. Yakitori grill bars usually have extensive drinks menus, making them the place to go to sample some top-shelf sake from Japan's different prefectures.
There are even several Japanese restaurants in Hong Kong catering specifically to vegetarians. One such is Isoya in Wan Chai. Here you can tuck into seasonal vegetables quick-fried in tempura batter and beautifully crafted onigiri, rice balls wrapped in seaweed and stuffed with tasty fillings, while the undecided can always opt for a well-thought out set menu. These establishments usually offer a nice line in sweet and savoury buns, soups, noodle dishes and other toothsome fare for non meat-eaters.