Friday, November 28

Itacho Sushi, Hong Kong

My sister was telling me about Itamae Sushi and how people waited close to two hours for awesome recession-friendly sushi. I was tempted to brave the way but on my way there, I walked past another sushi restaurant that spotted a queue - definitely a more acceptable one.

Itacho Sushi was its name and no. 3229 my queue number.

I snagged a seat by the sushi counter ten minutes later and soon found myself in company of some good sushi.

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I knew I had to order the grilled Japanese Grade 5A beef and grilled otoro sushi. Just imagine mouthfuls of devastingly oily creamy sushi! How can one say 'No' to a dish like this? They didn't disappoint and best of all, they didn't burn a hole in my pocket. Get this, each nugget only cost about $ 6 - $7. EACH. UNO. I'm sorry folks but you could never get this in Singapore.

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I tried not to order the usual suspects but I couldn't resist unagi nigiri and smoked salmon. The thickish unagi made me smile with its familiar richness.

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The only letdown was the Itacho Sushi, a maki made of squid, salmon, lettuce, topped with uni and ikura, wrapped with bonito flakes. Odd, very odd. Maybe there was too much going on.

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Though you can tell the rice wasn't exact the best grade, the top-heavy sushi more than satiated. I walked past Itamae and spied an almost identical menu - turns our Itacho is Itamae's sister restaurant! Except I think Itamae has a conveyor belt but not Itacho. Restaurants like Itacho Sushi probably won't gain Michelin or Miele recognition but they definitely deserve some credit for keeping the masses happy.

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Oh yeah, on a really random note, my sister lives opposite BO Innovation and this place called 'Shake em' Buns'. Funny.

Itacho Sushi
At various locations

4 comments:

sooks said...

The queue is usually really long at Itamae too.. esp at the Causeway Bay outlet. How long u going to be HK for? I'll also be visiting my bro with the family next weekend. =)

yixiaooo said...

hey sooks, i will be here when you are here... we could meet up if you are free =p

sooks said...

Thanks. I might not have the time cos it's just going to be a really short weekend trip for me. Probably catch up with you next time. In the meantime, enjoy HK to its fullest.. =)

p. said...

hey, they've got an outlet at ion orchard now. with similiar prices to the ones you've listed.

quality is good too.. i didn't get much better at hokkaido sushi restaurant at m hotel..