In the heart of the LANDMARK complex in Central lies newish Japanese restaurant Kakure. The entrance makes it look like a speakeasy, but it’s actually a 3,000-square-foot all-in-one spot – as in there’s a bar (separate from the restaurant), sushi bar, teppanyaki cooking station, main dining area with booths and private tatami rooms. While it might not be the most romantic of spots, the location, service, quality and overall serene vibe make it perfect for a variety of occasions, including business meals. Or drinks. On the night we went, a company had booked out the entire bar, and it seemed like they were having a grand time! On regular evenings, happy hour specials run from 4–7pm.
And the food? Here are some of our favourite bites:
I really enjoyed this Wagyu beef-wrapped oyster topped with uni, caviar and ponzu jelly ($298). Although there was a lot going on, the delicate, creamy taste of the oyster still shone through. I would have preferred a little more sea urchin though so that there would have been some in every bite. But it was still lovely.
Deep-fried abalone ($620) is such a treat. These beauties were from South Africa, coated in an airy batter. They were delightful on their own and moreish with the crab-roe miso sauce.
At the teppanyaki bar, we tucked into chunks of US beef fillet ($368) and Hida Wagyu tenderloin ($568). The US fillet had a nice, earthy taste, while each bite of the Wagyu released delicious punches of creamy, fatty flavour.
Who can resist a cute dessert? This Soil ($78) is a chocolate cookie-crumb-topped black sesame mousse with edible radish seedlings and flowers.
Kakure is spacious, comfortable and of high quality in terms of the food, drinks and service. While it might not be groundbreaking or vibey, it does what it does well. Give it a try the next time you’re looking to entertain or just want to have a solid, quiet meal with friends.
Shop M20–24, M/F, Prince’s Building, 10 Chater Road, Central, 2522 9990, book online
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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