It's going to be a busy summer ahead with heaps of new bars and restaurants due to open in the much anticipated new building in Lan Kwai Fong, California Tower. They've only opened two restaurants thus far and apart from Ore-no Kappou, we've got our eye on Townhouse, the new restaurant by Gaia group that we're also eager to try out. Keep an eye out for Foodie reviews and perhaps even a Foodie club event!
Ore-no Kappou by Ginza Okamoto is the tower's first Japanese restaurant that boasts a huge dining area with a fantastically large private room that we were happy to book for Foodie Club last week for a Foodie First Bites event. Our first bites are for food enthusiasts in the know to come and try a tasting menu at the newest restaurants in town. It's our job to try out new restaurants on a daily basis - yes, we know, we can't believe this is our profession either! We can but only share the joy from our job to other foodies out there so we select the best of the bunch from our tastings and offer them to Foodie Club as being tried, tasted and recommended by us.
Ore-no Kappou certainly didn't disappoint with the top-notch seafood and high quality Wagyu beef tasting and sake pairing they served for our event last week. Hailing from the empire of Ginza Okamoto restaurants in Japan, Ore-no aims to bring high end food at affordable prices. Their group spans over 30 restaurants across Japan with this Hong Kong location being their first venture abroad.
The tailored Foodie menu we tried started with small bites of blanched okra with a sweet miso sauce to whet our appetites before we moved on to the brilliant selection of fresh sashimi presented in impressive platters. As sous chef Donovan explained to us, their fish is delivered fresh daily from Japan and the quality of each slice showed in every bite. Their tuna is Bluefin and of the finest quality, the sea urchin was wonderfully creamy, even though chef Donovan claims it's not quite the season for uni and could be even richer in flavour later in the year. We personally couldn't find fault in the set and platter came with a delectable seaweed side that paired well with the fish. Next up was a salad of avocado and cooked shrimp in a sweet and spicy dressing, which seemed a little out of place as the mixture of flavours seemed to tailor for the Chinese palate more than staying true to Japanese cuisine.
The next course of grilled lobster in a thick layer of uni sauce made up for the avocado salad with its meaty juices coming through under the rich, almost yolk-like texture. The grilled tilefish that followed was served in a dijon dressing, which seemed quite unnecessary seeing as it masked the freshness of the fish and could have worked better without the extra garnishes. The finale to the meal was a beautiful Wagyu beef grilled on a Mt. Fuji stone. This flavourful piece of meat was cooked perfectly and shined through with its simplicity. With a generous sprinkling of fried garlic on top, it sizzled upon arrival on its proud Fuji stone and was quickly devoured by the group.
Every course was carefully paired with sake and interestingly served in wine glasses, making them dangerously easy to drink. We were particularly impressed with the deeper sake paired with the beef, enhancing the sweetness of the Wagyu with every sip. It was certainly a carefully thought out menu that left our foodies with a great taster of what the restaurant offers. With their reasonably priced menu and high quality food, we see Ore-no Kappou slowly developing into a reliable favourite with the Foodie team.
Jacqueline says "The meal showcased some of the best foods in Ore-no Kappou. The sake was generally very good with classic junmai, daiginjou and koshu flavours. It was great talking to Donovan and nice of him to drop by at the end to speak to us."
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Ore-no Kappou by Ginza Okamoto, 6/F California Tower, 32 D'Aguilar Street, Central, 2328 3302