Love Japanese food but worried about getting a raw deal? We’ve rounded up a list of our favourite sushi places in Hong Kong for the ultimate Japanese dining experience that will surely satisfy your cravings! Healthy and delicious, sushi makes for the perfect meal and we cannot get enough of it. With the huge variety of sushi restaurants we have available in Hong Kong, it can be a little overwhelming. Never fear! We’ve sorted out a range options from budget to blowout on the Island and in Kowloon, to help you navigate your way around this delicious cuisine. Irashaimase!
Hong Kong Island:
Step away from the bustling Hollywood Road and step into the sophisticated and intimate space that is UMI! With just 10-seats on its exclusive sushi counter, this restaurant is fashioned on some of the finest omakase sushi bars in Tokyo, and promises some of the highest quality sushi in town. Perfect for a special occasion, sit back and enjoy the traditional Edomae sushi experience in a refined yet relaxed setting, with quality, sophistication and a focus on traditions being the order of the day here.
UMI, 163 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, www.ikky.com/en/restaurant/6683/umi
Sushi Shikon specialises in omakase, a Japanese word meaning “I’ll leave it to you”, in which the food selection for your meal is decided by the chef. At $2,000 per person for lunch and $3,500 for dinner, Sushi Shikon is not for someone on a budget. Even though you don’t get to choose your sushi, you can be certain it will be delicious and that you’ll get your money’s worth. Sushi Shikon has daily deliveries of the freshest fish from Tokyo’s Tsukiji market, ensuring only the highest quality ingredients being used in its dishes. With only eight places at the sushi counter, and private room seating only six people, you will have to make a reservation to get a seat for this elite dining experience. Read our full review here.
Sushi Shikon, The Mercer, 29 Jervois Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, www.ushi-shikon.com
We probably buy lunch from ShaKiYauHO at least once a week here at Sassy. This tiny hole-in-the-wall sushi counter boasts quite a large menu for its size. Great for a grab-and-go meal or a quick pit-stop (there’s limited seating inside), create your own sushi box or choose from one of its filling, but delicious rice bowls. Seared salmon, avocado (with spicy mayo!) is a winner, and great value, in our books.
ShaKiYauHo, Shop D, G/F, Fu Fai Commercial Centre, 27 Hillier Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
New kid on the block, FUMI is bringing the best of Japanese cuisine from the snowy peaks of Hokkaido to the streets of Lan Kwai Fong. Expect seasonal menus that will have you salivating and choose from multi-course omakase and kaiseki dinners to a selection of à la carte dishes and set lunches. And if that’s not enough to tempt you, FUMI also stock a selection of premium sakes that cannot be found anywhere else in Hong Kong. Kanpai!
FUMI, 6/F, California Tower, Lan Kwai Fong, 30 – 36 D’Aguilar Street, Central, Hong Kong, www.fumihk.com/mecPk
Genki’s ‘big sister,’ Sen-Ryo is a popular choice for a flavourful bite at any time of the day. Offering a more curated selection of sushi, sashimi and sets, you’re bound to find something that takes your fancy here. Sassy favourites include: Spicy Tuna Roll, Soft Shell Crab and Avocado Roll, Jumbo Scallop with Yuzu Kosho.
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Located in the heart of Lan Kwai Fong, Tokio Joe offers a traditional Japanese dining experience with a youthful buzz! Whether you choose the Omakase menu, or go à la carte, you are sure to be blown away by their meticulously prepared dishes. Tokio Joe’s rock shrimp salad and Joe’s soft shell crab roll are not to be missed. There is a fair wine list too, complete with detailed tasting notes, but we recommend going for the sake. Dinner for two comes to about $1,000 (excluding alcohol!), and considering the location, great food and ambience, this is not bad value for money.
Tokio Joe, G/F, 16 Lan Kwai Fong, Central, Hong Kong, www.tokiojoe.com
With locations in both Pacific Place and TaiKoo Place, lunch or dinner at Shiro is an easy and relaxed option any day of the week. Boasting an extensive menu, its new Crystal Sushi presents intriguing flavours hand-crafted with crystal jellies. We’re big fans of the Sustainable Blue-Fin Tuna, Yellowtail Hamachi Tataki with Ponzu Jelly and its fresh selection of sashimi.
Shiro Pacific Place, LG1, Two Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, Hong Kong, www.shiro-sushi.com
Tucked away at the end of Kau U Fong, this dark grey building is nothing special on the outside, but a hidden gem behind closed doors. Featuring an awesome range of sake, its seafood is seriously fresh and flavoursome, and you can’t go wrong with much of its menu. Opt for a flight of sake and dig in to raw delights such as: Shigoku oysters, apple, mozuku and ginger vinegar or a smaller plate of Flower Crab. Rōnin offer walk-in spots at the bar, but be sure to make a reservation for guarenteed seating.
Rōnin, 8 On Wo Lane, Central, Hong Kong, www.roninhk.com
Located on a very local foodie street hidden under a bridge in Tin Hau, this little hole-in-the-wall spot is a true gem of a restaurant. Known predominantly for its omaske, trust in the head chef as he curates a menu which perfectly balances flavours and textures. From sweet white Hokkaido raw corn sashimi (don’t knock the raw corn aspect until you try it!), to minced toro with quail egg yolk, Etsu gets it right every single time.
Etsu Sushi, 23 Tsing Fung Street, Tin Hau, Hong Kong
This classy Japanese joint surely won’t disappoint. The place is always buzzing, and the long line of eager customers outside pays testament to Sushi Kuu’s popularity and quality. From standard hand rolls and sashimi to grilled and fried dishes, the huge variety makes ordering very difficult because it all looks so good. The deep-fried Japanese chicken is sinful, but a must-try! The high prices ensure great quality and taste, and make Sushi Kuu the perfect treat to satisfy that craving for sushi once in a while!
Sushi Kuu, 1/F, Wellington Place, 2-8 Wellington Street, Central, Hong Kong, 2971 0180, www.facebook.com/pages/Sushi-Kuu
Somewhat of an institution when it comes to brunch in Hong Kong, Zuma hits the spot and the nail on the head when it comes to sushi. Whether you’re indulging in endless picks from the brunch buffet or dining à la carte, its contemporary take on Japanese cuisine will have you coming back time and again. Don’t miss out on the Dynamite Spider Roll and Spicy Yuzu Scallop Roll.
Zuma, Landmark, 5/F & 6/F, 15 Queen’s Road, Central, Hong Kong, www.zumarestaurant.com
BA Sushi is one of Hong Kong’s best-kept sushi secrets! Located in a quiet street in Wan Chai, BA Sushi has an extensive menu that ranges from sushi and sashimi, to ramen and udon. The interior is nothing fancy, but that’s part of BA’s charm, it is all about the food here! We recommend you go straight for the special rolls, our favourite being the Shrimp Tempura Roll. The sushi here can run anywhere from $25 to $50, but are massive and will fill you up quickly for sure! A meal for two comes to around $120, and after paying the bill you get a little packet with mochi ice cream – yum. A sweet end to a sweet meal!
BA Sushi, 14 Burrows Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
KOKOn has famously the most creative rolls in Hong Kong. This brand new take on sushi is refreshing, and a must-try for any sushi fans out there! The only chef and owner of KOKOn, Mr. Lai, becomes your personal chef and will whip up a roll perfectly designed to suit your individual preferences. He will use some of the most unusual ingredients (including crushed crisps!) to create unique and unusual sushi. Though not super cheap, we can promise you it will be worth every cent!
KOKOn, Shop B, 1/F., Phase 4, Kwun Tong Industrial Centre, No. 436-446 Kwun Tong Road, Kwun Tong, Kowloon, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/kokon1010
KOKOn, Shop F, No 7 Tasty Channel, 2/F, King’s House, 969-971 King’s Road, Quarry Bay, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/kokon1010
Mi-Ne is always crowded, with people lining up for a seat. That’s because it’s one of Hong Kong’s more popular conveyor belt sushi joints, but don’t let the queues deter you! We can promise you the wait is worth it for the fresh and tasty sushi that awaits you. With affordable prices and the wide variety of sushi, you’ll save on the cash but you’ll also be spoilt for choice! It often has special deals and set meals during holidays so keep your eyes open. Mi-Ne is the perfect place for any sushi enthusiasts looking for a quick fix.
Mi-Ne, G/F, Chong Hing Square, 601 Nathan Road, Mong Kok, Hong Kong, www.minesushi.com
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Head Chef, Perry Lau’s (previously of Sushi Imamura) signature, yet subtle style has Hong Kongers heading back to Hanabi to be delighted once more. Made with the freshest fish flown in daily from Tokyo’s Tsukiji Market, it “offers premium omakase menus that will satisfy even the most discerning of taste buds.”
Hanabi, 4/F, 6 Knutsford Terrace, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, www.hanabi.knutsfordbyprivegroup.hk
The first overseas branch of the prestigious Michelin 3-starred Nihonryori RyuGin in Japan, Hong Kong’s Tenku RyuGin is the perfect spot to savour authentic Japanese flavours. Seasonal menus ensure that you’re tucking in to the freshest tuna and tasting the best produce available.
Tenku RyuGin, 101/F, ICC, 1 Austin Road West, Kowloon, Hong Kong, www.ryugin.com.hk
You will find a NOBU restaurant in any major city around the world, including New York, London, Dubai, Milan, Tokyo and now Hong Kong! Madonna herself is a fan, claiming, “You can tell how much fun a city is going to be if NOBU has a restaurant in it”. Enjoy a stunning harbour view whilst feasting on some sushi classics or one of NOBU’s signature dishes. You’ll have trouble deciding what to order here, mainly because you will want to try everything! Renowned for being one of the best Japanese restaurants in the world, let us know what you think of Michelin-starred chef, NOBU Matsuhisa’s, culinary creations.
NOBU InterContinental Hong Kong, 2/F, InterContinental Hong Kong, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, www.noburestaurants.com/hong-kong/experience
If price is no object and you’re looking for a first-class sushi experience, then head on down to the Shangri-La’s Nadaman. Only the best and freshest sushi is served here and with such a deluxe selection, you will never be disappointed. The set lunch menus are great value and the stunning interior makes for a delightful atmosphere. You can chose to dine in the elegant main room, or get closer to the chefs at the teppanyaki grill and sushi bar. The restaurant’s popularity is a testament to the high quality of the food and service, so be sure to make a reservation.
Nadaman, Lower Level II, Kowloon Shangri-La, 64 Mody Road, Tsim Sha Tsui East, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 2733 8751, www.shangri-la.com/hongkong/kowloonshangrila/nadaman
The success of its Yuen Long location has sparked a brand new branch of Sushi Man in Whampoa – and it’s just as impressive! Specialising in omakase sets that range from $1,480 and up, this high-end sushi joint is the place to take and impress both clients and those visiting the city. There is limited seating to be sure to book well in advance to avoid disappointment!
Sushi Man, Shop G22A, G/F, Site 11, Whampoa Garden, 6 Tak Hong Street, www.facebook.com/sushimanhk
Forget checking the menu, put your appetite in the hands of Chef Kenjo and enjoy some of the freshest, no frills sushi and sashimi in the 852. The omakase is without a doubt, impressive but be sure to check out its lunch sets that are the best value for money.
Kenjo, 30 Minden Avenue, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on June 11, 2014 and was updated on February 21, 2018
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