Does chef know best?
Meaning ‘chef’s choice’ in Japanese, no two omakases are the same. Subject only to the culinary maestro’s access to quality ingredients, the possibilities are endless – though the menus also usually come with a price tag to match. And it’s no exception at Sakuragi Omakase in Wan Chai. There are some ace high-end Japanese establishments in this neighbourhood, like award- winning Wagyu Takumi and Youka, so we can assume this new eatery is trying to replicate their success. We embark on our culinary journey with a seven-course meal ($800). Notable dishes include the sushi platter, which, alongside some excellent garnish, uses refreshing ingredients such as shiso paste to lift the superior cuts of seafood, especially the scallop. Another winner is the grilled wagyu, which is a superb cut and sits in an aromatic peppercorn teriyaki sauce that sports the perfect bite. Not everything on the table is a champion, though. The uni tofu appetiser is rubbery and the seasonal fish that the chef decides to sashimi is tasteless. Although some dishes are to be applauded at Sakuragi, the experience of decadence isn’t as seamless as the high bar set by the competition in the area. But if every bite becomes as good as the sushi and wagyu, then Wan Chai should welcome the eatery with open arms.
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3/F, The Hennessy
256 Hennessy Rd, Wan Chai
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