Let's face it: the words Japanese delicacy in the title don't automatically make you want to rush your children down for an afternoon of refined tasting in the hip interiors of URA. But then we heard about the new kid's soft-play area that has taken over the space previously designated as the beer garden – an entire terrace of a mini playground to entertain the tots while parents get to nosh. It's definitely worth checking out.
This transformation into a Sunday play place is an interesting turn clearly designed to bring in the families, although upon arrival – and throughout the meal as more and more families descended on this quiet, polished Japanese eatery – we didn't get the impression the staff were particularly enthusiastic about the huge influx of little ones. The tall bar buffet works well for keeping tiny hands from grabbing too much, but it also means a lot of lifting to look at the goods and makes piling a plate for them a tricky juggling act. Most kids in HK will enjoy a diet filled with rice, congee, tofu, noodles and fish, and this is pretty much the buffet offering here. Along with the buffet, you get a main course option of pork rice, udon with sea urchin or a seasonal sushi set, and all of these went down very well with the small folk.
In terms of the play area, it is pretty well equipped, boasting good facilities for the zero to around seven-year-old range to play under a covered terrace. I'll caveat that with the fact that there are only two indoor dining tables that are anywhere near the entrance to the terrace (so if you don't get one of these, it's a fair trek to the rest of the restaurant). If you have to monitor your children while they're out there, there's nowhere to sit or do anything other than be forced into playing with them. So whomever is unlucky enough to draw the short straw and watch the kidlets isn't in for much of a treat, but the kids will definitely be happy.
The brunch price is a palatable $388 per peson, plus only another $100 for free-flow sparkling wine, beer, house wines and house cocktails.
It's not the perfect brunch haven for children, but it's a good option in many ways if you're looking for a new place for your kids to play and want to feed your brood while doing so.
2/F, The Wellington, 198 Wellington Street, Sheung Wan, 2111 9381