This charming little bar is the perfect spot to grab a few drinks and some kushiyaki (aka meat skewer) bites in true late-night izakaya style. The grilling counter, low wooden tables and relaxed atmosphere all take you back to the drinking dens that you’d be likely to find in any local Japanese town, and like any good izakaya, the focus should be on the food, to support a good night of drinking ahead.
Having said that, we popped by Kushiyaki Beco during the day (very sober) so we could focus on the food rather than the drink.
Their lunch sets start from a very reasonable $78, including a salad and miso soup. Their soup is not your average seaweed and MSG concoction that you would normally find at most faux Japanese eateries, the soup we tried for lunch was a meaty pumpkin broth with a little bit of Shichimi spice; perfect for the cool weather we’ve been lucky to get in the Kong lately.
Meaty pumpkin soup with a dash of Shichimi spice
Salmon on the grilling counter
The kushiyaki skewers are nice combo of pork neck, Australian beef, pork meatballs, chicken and asparagus, cooked on the grill for that lovely barbecue flavour. Their grilled salmon set came in large pieces of thick salmon with the oily skin grilled for that extra crunch. For the ultimate comfort dish, try the minced beef with rice topped with an onsen egg, perhaps a little heavy if one wishes to return to the office without a carb coma, but great if you want to fill up on eggy beefy goodness. For a less starch-esque option, the kimchi pork is equally comforting without all the stodge.
Onsen egg and minced beef rice
Kimchi with pork
Kushiyaki Beco is not a new place in town – it actually won an award for ‘Best Kept Secret’ for our Foodie Awards back in 2012, but their high standard of food and relaxed atmosphere has proven that they’re not going anywhere anytime soon.
2 Shin Hing Street, Sheung Wan; 2581 1282