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Originally published by Ching Yuen. Last updated by Jen Paolini.
Omakase (お任せ) is a Japanese dining experience that translates to “I’ll leave it to you,” meaning that guests will trust entirely in the chef’s experience to present to them with the best dishes of the night. Though you will never know what you’re going to get, the meal usually includes a variety of appetisers, sushi, cooked dishes, and dessert.
For those who are well-versed in the world of omakase and are looking for a new experience, as well as for any newbies out there who would like to get their first taste, we have compiled our picks of the best omakase sushi restaurants in Hong Kong according to different price points. Itadakimasu!
Kitcho’s parent shop in Kyoto is one of the few omakase restaurants awarded with three Michelin stars, and they have passed their experience and techniques to the branch shops in Taipei and Hong Kong. They have three different omakase menus to choose from, with prices starting from $1,180 per person.
After recounting your food likes and dislikes, the chef will guide you on the omakase journey, playing around with contrasting flavours to keep your taste buds intrigued, and of course, sharing a cup of sake from their famed sake towers every now and then to keeps things exciting! The restaurant also has an outdoor stone garden for you to retire for the evening, offering a bit of tranquillity in the bustling street of Lan Kwai Fong.
Kitcho, 3/F, M88, Wellington Place, 2–8 Wellington Street, Central | (+852) 2884 0388
A rather new addition to the omakase scene, Sushi Kou is a great place to hang out with friends for a laughter-filled evening. The chefs at Sushi Kou honed their skills at Kitcho (mentioned above), so there are similarities between the two restaurants, such as a choice of three menus starting from $1,180 and an outdoor balcony to relax in.
The chefs are easy to talk to and their dishes are a modern interpretation of classics that are perfect for the camera. Their Ankang fish liver sushi is served with a teddy-shaped biscuit for you to gobble up in one bite, but they are most famous for their decadent minced toro roll, which is served with a massive sheet of gold leaf, making it the most Instagram-worthy dish of the evening!
Sushi Kou, 6/F, Aura on Pennington, 66 Jardine’s Bazaar, Causeway Bay | (+852) 2529 0080
Hidden away in a nondescript corner of Wan Chai, Sushi Jun is one of our favourite places to go for a splurge-worthy meal. Not only are the chefs here talented, but they are also adept at making sure to share their knowledge with customers whenever they serve up a piece of sushi, such as why they chose that particular fish and the special properties of it. One of their famed inventions is the botan ebi dumpling, where the chef deshells gorgeous and plump shrimps, slicing along the body to flatten it like a piece of the dumpling skin. The shrimp innards are then charred to elevate its rich umami flavour and blended with their homemade sushi rice. The rice mixture is then balled up and placed in the middle of the flattened shrimp, which is then folded across the rice to mimic a dumpling!
Sushi Jun, 3/F, Tung Chiu Commercial Centre, 193 Lockhart Road, Wan Chai | (+852) 3708 8198
Okra Bar is a modern sushi bar tucked above Okra Kitchen in a small slope of Sai Ying Pun. Their ingredients are freshly flown in from Fukuoka and Taiwan, but they also make use of fresh local seafood. The vegetables used by the chefs are either grown on their own rooftop or sourced from the mountains outside of Beijing, making their menu astonishingly versatile. Chef Max Levy, hailing from New York, is also a fan of surprising guests with unconventional creations, presenting a blend of Japanese cuisine with local and Western influences.
Okra Bar, 1/F, 110 Queen’s Road West, Sai Ying Pun | (+852) 2806 1038
With only 10 seats at its sushi counter, Umi is another hidden gem in Sheung Wan. A bit of effort is needed in locating its entrance, but that’s just all part of the experience! Unsurprisingly, the food served at Umi is similar to the restaurant’s structure and design—expect high-quality dishes with a low profile that will blow you away once you take a bite. The sushi is placed directly on their wooden counter, a nod to the humbleness of the chefs. Their omakase menus start from $1,688, with a promise to leave you with an unforgettable dining experience.
Umi, Shop 3, G/F, 159 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan | (+852) 2956 3177
Amongst the omakase restaurants in Hong Kong, Sushi Yoshi is definitely one of the more creative offerings, blending modernity and innovation with the cuisine’s traditional roots. The chefs here love to indulge the guests with extravagant ingredients and novel creations, such as their famed sea urchin bowl. A meal here does not come cheap: omakase menus start from $1,980, but you are guaranteed an endless amount of creativity from the chefs, whose hard efforts are poured into each dish to elevate the experience. Plating is also one of the main focuses of Sushi Yoshi, so be ready to be blown away visually as well.
Sushi Yoshi, 1/F, The Otto Hotel, 8 Cameron Road, Tsim Sha Tsui | (+852) 2657 0280
Funnily enough, Sushi Zo is renowned for its branch restaurant in Los Angeles, even more so than its counterpart in Osaka. They decided to bring their omakase experience over to Hong Kong just this summer, where you can indulge in an 18-dish menu for $2,500. With their ingredients flown in from Japan every morning, the menu is slightly different every single night, challenging the chefs to stay on their toes and make smooth transitions from each dish pairing to the other. With a price tag that hefty, it’s a given that you’ll be met with a unique dining experience.
Sushi Zo, Shop 01–LG103, LG1/F, Block 1, Tai Kwun, 10 Hollywood Road, Central | (+852) 2884 0114
Anyone who has ever dabbled in the sushi scene will be familiar with Sushi Saito, a world-famous omakase restaurant hidden in the Four Seasons hotel. Making reservations here is almost impossible, so when you do have one, you must go. Their omakase menus start from $3,380 per person, which is a hefty price to pay for a meal, but the experience you get in exchange is surely one of a kind.
The chefs are playful with their creations and far from the imposing and pretentious image that you would image world-class sushi chefs to have. If you get on their good side and have the room to yourselves, we’ve heard rumours that they even let you play music of your choice and stand behind the sushi counter to try your hand at sushi-making in one of their borrowed uniforms!
Sushi Saito, Portion Shop A, 45/F, Four Seasons Hotel, 8 Finance Street, Central | (+852) 2527 0811
Awarded with three Michelin stars for four consecutive years, Sushi Shikon is the first overseas branch of Sushi Yoshitake in Ginza, founded by master chef Masahiro Yoshitake. Dining at Sushi Shikon is an extraordinary experience, where guests settle into an intimate yet beautiful eight-seat wooden Hinoki counter.
At this level, everything from seats and service to food and atmosphere will appeal to your senses as you enjoy a meal that is the epitome of exclusiveness. Needless to say, this is a dinner that will leave quite a dent in your wallet, as the menus start from $3,500 per person.
Sushi Shikon, 7/F, The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, 15 Queen’s Road, Central | (+852) 2643 6800