Kyoto Joe, located in the heart of Lan Kwai Fong, is a contemporary Japanese restaurant with a stylish and unpretentious interior. Whether you're looking to grab a bite to eat and some drinks after work or are wanting to go on a dinner date with friends, Kyoto Joe has the right atmosphere, with its various dining rooms, to suit any type of occasion. The service is friendly and quick, and the food consists of high-quality ingredients ranging from sushi, to ramen, to grilled dishes. At the end of the day, you really can't go wrong with a meal at Kyoto Joe.
When our starter, the Seafood Tomago Tofu ($130), came out we were slightly confused on how to go about eating this delicately crafted dish. The waiter, sensing our slight apprehension, told us to eat the sweet shrimp with gold flecks first and then put the homemade seafood kimchi jelly and egg tofu together into one spoonful. At the bottom was a kimchi sauce that complemented this light and refreshing starter very well.
If we weren't already impressed with the presentation of the starter, we were doubly impressed with the Wagyu Beef Tataki ($380) that was placed on our table. The seared sliced Kagoshima prime sirloin, imported from Japan was a real treat and practically melted in our mouths. The wafu dressing was also delicious and we probably could have ate it like a soup; we basically devoured this dish!
To switch things up a bit, we tried the Crispy Roll ($120), a vegetarian sushi roll with mock pork. At first, we weren't sure how this mock meat sushi roll would taste ('cause obviously the real thing is always better, right?!), but we were more than pleasantly surprised after popping one of these rolls into our mouths! All of the contrasting flavours went so well together and we especially loved the crispy exterior!
Our waitress raved about the Kaki Yaki ($200); a grilled potato-fed pork bacon wrapped fresh oyster with lots of oozing cheese, so we obviously had to try it and thankfully we were not disappointed. Personally, I'm not the biggest oyster fan, but the combination of bacon, grilled oyster, and cheese really did it for me. The oysters also came out on a grill with a fire still keeping them warm underneath. This was our favourite dish of the night and comes highly recommended.
We couldn't leave Kyoto Joe without ordering some dessert, so we opted for the Trio of Creme Brulee ($75). The three flavours were sesame, green tea, and espresso. The consistency was thick and creamy, though the flavours could have been more rich and intense. Overall it was quite tasty and a nice way to finish off our meal.
With its menu offering a wide variety of modern Japanese cuisine (including its own vegetarian section for all those veggie-lovers!), attentive staff, and a relaxed and comfortable environment, you really can't go wrong with choosing Kyoto Joe!
Kyoto Joe / 2F 1 Lan Kwai Fung / Central / Hong Kong