Way back in April, we had mentioned that the latest branch of Michelin-starred Sushi Zo was about to open in Hong Kong, launching a nifty-looking cocktail bar called Gishiki Lounge alongside it. Long story short, there have been a few delays to the project, and evidently we jumped the gun. Whoops.
In any case, the long-awaited omakase joint has finally arrived. Like, for real this time.
After taking Tokyo, Bangkok, New York and Los Angeles by storm, Sushi Zo now brings personalised, 18-course dinners featuring premium Japanese fish and ingredients to Tai Kwun. (As is the norm these days, the restaurant flies fresh produce from Japan to Hong Kong every morning.) The team is led by head chef Fumio Azumi, who works with two executive chefs to create elaborate meals for a maximum of 12 guests during two seatings each night. If you crunch the numbers, you should realise that means each night there are only 24 spots. So, yeah, it will be a hot seat.
The 18 courses change daily, but you can expect different kinds of soup, sashimi, nigiri, temaki and desserts for the $2,500 you’re throwing down to eat here. Obviously, that description oversimplifies the experience. Your dinner might include fresh slices of sought-after Japanese blue fish (kuromutsu), caught fresh from off the coast of Shizuoka; nigiri made from Nagasaki o-toro (fatty tuna) topped with Australian black winter truffle; or a trio of uni, including a strip of seared red uni.
Two hours of bacchanalia not enough for you? Visit the adjoining bar, Gishiki Lounge, for a pre-dinner drink or a nightcap. The bar is offering Japanese-inspired cocktails and siphon-brewed spirits, as well as its own Gishiki-branded gold leaf sake.
Sushi Zo offers seatings from 6pm to 8pm and 8.30pm to 10.30pm Monday to Saturday. Reservations are highly recommended. Gishiki Lounge opens from noon until 2am.