Hong Kongers have a love affair with Japan; we’re smitten with the culture, the shopping, and, most of all, the food. It seems that new Japanese restaurants pop up here on the daily, and it can be hard to keep up. Not only that, but there are so many sub-genres within Japanese cuisine – ramen, sushi, and teppanyaki, just to name a few. Never fear though; we’ve got you covered, having scoured the city for the best of the best when it comes to Japanese cuisine.

Bookmark Foodie’s round-up of the top Japanese restaurants in town, which we’ve divided into categories of fine-dining eateries and more wallet-friendly spots. This list will surely come in handy the next time someone asks the inevitable, “What’s your favourite Japanese restaurant in Hong Kong?”

Best fine-dining & premium Japanese restaurants in Hong Kong 

Teppanyki Mihara GOTEN

Teppanyaki Mihara GOTEN

Opened in October 2023, Teppanyaki Mihara GOTEN is chef Terufumi Mihara’s temple to teppanyaki, this time with a kappo-style twist. The chef’s innovation and refined use of Western ingredients and techniques make this snazzy teppanyaki eatery stand out from the pack. The multi-course kappo teppanyaki tasting menus are priced from HK$1,580 per diner and include standout dishes like grilled fish maw in creamy chicken soup, broiled Ezo abalone and Hokkaido sea urchin, grilled thick-cut A4 Miyazaki Wagyu sirloin, and even creative desserts cooked on the teppan.

Teppanyaki Mihara GOTEN, 3/F, Cubus, 1 Hoi Ping Road, Causeway Bay, WhatsApp 5394 3689, book here


Toritama

Toritama
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Grilled chicken is elevated to the nth degree at yakitori specialist Toritama, standing strong on Central’s Glenealy for nearly a decade. The refined yakitori import from Tokyo is famous for perfectly grilling 30 chicken parts (the local chickens are sourced live from Yuen Long each day). The 10-skewer omakase course (HKD788 pp) also comes with salad, pickles, chicken soup, and dessert and is our recommendation for experiencing the breadth of the restaurant’s kushi offerings, which run the gamut from kawa (chicken skin) to aburatsubo (root of the tail). Toritama is more fine-casual than fine-dining, but it’s all the better for it.

Toritama, 2 Glenealy, Central, 2388 7717, WhatsApp 9882 3732, book here


Sushi Saito

Sushi Saito
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Sushi master Takashi Saito brought Sushi Saito from Japan to Hong Kong’s Four Seasons hotel in March 2018, and it’s remained at the pinnacle of Edomae sushi artistry ever since. The premium seasonal seafood showcased at Sushi Saito is hand-picked and flown fresh daily from Tokyo to the 852. It’s notoriously difficult to nab a spot at this sky-high Michelin-starred sushi counter; reservations are only accepted for the next three months by phoning the eatery on the first day of every month from 10AM–2PM. If you’re lucky enough to secure a booking, be prepared to shell out HKD1,980 for the lunch omakase menu or HKD3,480 for the dinner omakase menu.

Sushi Saito, 45/F, Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong, 8 Finance Street, Central, 2527 0811


Yakiniku Great

Yakiniku Great
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Our pick for the best yakiniku in town goes to Yakiniku Great, with branches in Central and Sheung Wan (the OG Sheung Wan location is more laid-back). This is a carnivore’s paradise, where the lusciously marbled, top-quality Wagyu cuts are grilled up by knowledgeable, attentive servers. There are two omakase menus (HKD680 pp and HKD880 pp), and both include eight rare cuts of beef. The “ultimate” Kiwami menu also features chateaubriand topped with a mound of uni and the most popular A5 Wagyu cut of all – misuji, or oyster blade – which offers an artful distribution of fine lines of fat.

Yakiniku Great, Shop 1, G/F, Manhattan Avenue, 255 Queen’s Road Central, Sheung Wan, 3565 6129, book here

Yakiniku Great, 1/F, The Steps, H Code, 45 Pottinger Street, Central, 2758 8688, book here


Best affordable Japanese restaurants in Hong Kong 

Kamitora Tonkotsu

Kamitora Tonkotsu
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Kamitora Tonkotsu’s tonkotsu ramen remains one of our must-try noodle dishes in Hong Kong, Japanese or otherwise. The eatery’s signature noods come in an incredibly rich, creamy pork-bone broth with a depth of flavour that only hours of slow-cooking can achieve. The standard bowl contains  homemade meatballs and tender slices of roast pork, but it’s the upgraded pork-belly version – Ibérico pork ramen (HKD138) – that gets us drooling each and every time, crowned with a thick, juicy slab of seared and caramelised pork belly.

Kamitora Tonkotsu, 6–16 Tai Wong Street East, Wan Chai, 2811 0338

Kamitora Tonkotsu, G/F, Block H, Tai Shing Building, Cosmopolitan Estates, 74 Ivy Street, Tai Kok Tsui, 2316 2830


Sushi Nyoi

Sushi Nyoi
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For excellent sushi at prices that won’t break the bank, we recommend Sushi Nyoi, especially for the restaurant’s omakase lunch menus, clocking in at HKD368 per person for the “premium sushi” nine-piece menu and HKD438 per person for the “deluxe sushi” 12-piece menu. This is very competitive pricing for such high-quality seasonal sushi that’s always beautifully prepared and presented.

Sushi Nyoi, 18/F, The Sharp, 11 Sharp Street East, Causeway Bay, 2352 3368, book here


Kushitei

Kushitei

Celebrating its first anniversary this month, Kushitei, brought to Hong Kong from Tokyo, specialises in seasonal omakase-style kushiage, or batter-dipped and deep-fried meat, seafood, and veg on skewers, which makes for a welcome (albeit heavier) change from grilled skewers. The skilled Japanese chefs work their magic with the 10- and 12-course omakase menus (HKD498 pp and HKD698 pp), which are truly great value for money. Highlights for us are the Wagyu sirloin with truffle sauce, mackerel with white sesame, Sangen pork tenderloin, and crab gratin.

Kushitei, Shop G04–05, G/F, Grand Centre, 8 Humphreys Avenue, Tsim Sha Tsui, 2688 6150, book here


Genki Ippai Japanese Farmhouse Style Restaurant

Genki Ippai
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Whenever we question a Japanese expat about their preferred Japanese restaurant in Hong Kong, Genki Ippai usually comes out on top. The charming izakaya, decked out in traditional Japanese style with a homey vibe, has something for everyone on its wide-ranging menu of cooked and raw dishes; there’s chicken nanban, tempura, sashimi, udon, yakisoba, and lots more. Reasonable prices, authentic flavours, and a mainly Japanese clientele – what more could we ask for?

Genki Ippai Japanese Farmhouse Style Restaurant, Shop 406, 4/F, FoodLoft, Mira Place One, 132 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, 2375 8100

Stephanie Pliakas is the Digital Editor of Foodie. From Michelin-starred fine-dining to the local comfort-food eats dished out at cha chaan tengs, she has immersed herself in the 852’s ever-changing food scene since making Hong Kong her home more than a decade ago. When Stephanie is not devouring something delicious, she’s cooking and baking up a storm at home (whilst listening to true crime podcasts).

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