Standing in a food court in Langham Place where a perpetually busy Genki Sushi once stood is the recently opened SushiZushi. It appears that Mongkok diners’ sushi obsession is still going strong, with a long queue outside SushiZushi on the Tuesday evening of my tasting.
So what makes SushiZushi different from your average sushi spot? This inception from LUBUDS F&B group aims to combine high-quality sushi and sashimi with a unique dine-in express delivery system. What exactly does this mean? Glad you asked!
Meet the Express Guppy. Much larger than it appears in pictures, this guy delivers your food right to your table. All you need to do is scan a QR code to order off the menu from your phone and Express Guppy will come right on over. A little gimmicky? Sure, but it’s also guaranteed to be a hit with diners.
What about the food though? Here are some of the dishes you can expect aboard your guppy or, if you prefer, served by a human being:
In celebration of SushiZushi’s opening, the restaurant has created the Mystery Box ($198). Inspired by Japanese department stores’ fukubukuro (lucky bag), these bowls contain a surprise mix of sashimi. This is not on the menu, and it’s only available for a short time, so order it while you still can!
The assorted sashimi platter ($428) is decently priced and presents eight different kinds of incredibly fresh sashimi and a lovely bowl of fish roe.
SushiZushi also has some creative sushi options for those looking for something a little different:
Yellowtail with foie gras sushi
Squid and uni sushi with salted bamboo seaweed
Wagyu beef with foie gras sushi
Each of these sushi creations was very tasty and offers something unique. My personal favourite was the yellowtail with foie gras, with the freshness of the fish perfectly complementing the fattiness of the creamy foie gras.
Another opening special is Sushi in Three Cups ($298), presenting three small cups filled to the brim with fresh seafood. The three cups contain: minced fatty tuna and spring onion with uni and sweet shrimp, salmon roe and uni and salmon roe and scallop with crab. Each is loaded with flavour, however, the teeny-tiny bowls make them very tricky to eat.
One of the finer options on the menu is the tuna sashimi platter ($448). While the price may seem a little steep, keep in mind that tuna of this grade is rather rare in Hong Kong. The delectable selection of prime fatty tuna, fatty tuna, regular tuna and seasoned tuna makes this platter a must-order.
Kinki is a luxury fish that tends to cost a pretty penny. SushiZushi has made it far more affordable in the form of the salt-grilled mini kinki ($298). The fish was grilled to absolute perfection and melted like butter in the mouth. Be prepared for a real salt kick though.
Another salty treat comes in the form of the grilled toro tendon with mashed radish and yuzu ($88). Tendon is a rare part of the fish that is best served hot owing to its oily texture. While delicious and crisp, I could not have eaten more than one piece as it was extremely rich.
Overall, SushiZushi offers a highly satisfactory sushi experience. The sushi is expertly prepared and as fresh as can be. While the Express Guppy is fun, it didn’t add much to my dining experience (save for a few Instagrammable moments). However, it is refreshing to see that this gimmick does not deter from the high quality of the ingredients and dishes on offer.
Shop 6, 4/F, Langham Place, 8 Argyle Street, Mongkok, 2307 9822
This write-up is based on a complimentary media tasting provided in exchange for an honest review and no monetary compensation. The opinions expressed here represent the author’s.
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