11 June, 2014
Eat & Drink

Sassy’s Guide to Sushi in Hong Kong!

11 June, 2014

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, to help you navigate your way around this delicious cuisine. Irashaimase!

Located conveniently behind Sogo, Itamae is the perfect place for a quick shopping break in Causeway Bay. You can choose to sit at the sushi conveyor belt and watch the chefs prepare your food, or get a more private booth and order your food on a tablet computer for an all new experience. There is a huge variety of sushi to choose from, something to please everyone, and it’s super affordable so no matter how much you order, you certainly won’t be breaking the bank! Their hand-rolls starting from $9 are a must-try. They also do takeaways and deliveries for lazy nights in when you don’t feel like cooking.

Itamae, G/F, 44 Soy Street, Mong Kok, Hong Kong , www.itamae.com.hk

Genki SushiGenki Sushi
With over 50 restaurants located all over Hong Kong Island, Kowloon and the New Territories, no matter where you are, there is sure to be a Genki Sushi near you. It’s super affordable with sushi dishes starting from only $10. This place is perfect for a quick, cheap and yummy meal! Genki Sushi is possibly one of the most popular conveyor belt sushi joints in Hong Kong, but you can also sit at more private tables and order off menus. With a huge variety of sushi to choose from, this is the perfect place to come for a quick meal.

Genki Sushi, over 50 restaurants in different locations, 2101 1161, www.genkisushi.com.hk

BA Sushi
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 their special rolls, our favourite being the Shrimp Tempura Roll. Their sushi can run anywhere from $25 to $50, but they 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, 2893 2282

sushi oneSushi One
Sushi One is one of Hong Kong’s most popular sushi joints, with restaurants located all over. Whether you’re in Causeway bay, Tsim Sha Tsui, Mong Kok, Tuen Mun or Tseung Kwan O, there is sure to be one near you. The conveyor belt sushi is really cheap, and after 10pm all fresh sushi, sashimi and drinks become half price! You can also choose to sit at a private booth for a more personal dining experience. The statement interior decorations are pretty out-there, so you can enjoy some of the best sushi next to a 64-foot fresh water fish tank, along with colourful coral and tropical sea creatures.

Sushi One, Shop 209-211, 2/F, Grand Plaza, Mong Kok, Hong Kong, 3622 1222, www.sushione.com.hk

Sugo SushiSugo Sushi
For food on the go, Sugo Sushi’s takeaway is the perfect option. Cheap, fast, healthy and delicious, what more can you want? With their environmentally-friendly packaging and positive vibe, Sugo Sushi is a great place to pick up a tasty meal during your lunch break. Sugo Sushi is ideal if you’re looking for something really different and unique, with its creative and unusual menu that incorporates some Western flavours and ingredients. Rolls such as the “No Way Jose”, a beef taco inspired roll with a spicy Mexican kick, are a must-try! Sugo’s lunch menu is a great deal, and they switch it up often enough so you won’t get bored. Read our full review of Sugo Sushi here.

Sugo Sushi, G/F, Hop Hing Building, 30 Gilmans Bazaar, Central, Hong Kong, 2259 5151, www.sugosushi.com.hk

shiro-sushiShiro Sushi
Located in Causeway Bay’s Hysan place, the first thing that struck us about Shiro Sushi is the amazing décor! With huge windows letting light into the sleek 3,700 square foot restaurant, Shiro is bright and inviting. You can chose to sit by the windows and enjoy the view of the hustling city below, or at the sushi bar where the prices are relatively reasonable (starting at $15 a plate). All of Shiro’s dishes are beautifully presented and equally tasty. Treat yourself and try a lychee mojito or finish off your meal with a molten lava cake! Read our full review here.

Shiro Sushi, Shop 1301, 13/F, Hysan Place, 500 Hennessy Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, 2155 8066, www.aqua.com.hk

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! They often have 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, 3586 9515www.minesushi.com

osakaRestaurant Osaka
Recently celebrating its 40th birthday, Osaka is one of Hong Kong’s older sushi restaurants and never fails to impress with a wide range of choice for whatever you fancy. Osaka provides great sushi for all kinds of budgets and is a must-go for any Japanese-food fans. Their authentic and well-presented sushi is very reasonably priced. Try to get a seat downstairs in front of the teppan and watch the chefs in action, but be sure to book in advance, as this popular sushi joint can get very busy.

Restaurant Osaka, G/F, 14 Ashley Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, 2376 3323, www.facebook.com/Res.osaka

Sushi Imamura
Looking for an authentic Japanese restaurant? Sushi Imamura is said to be one of the best sashimi places in town and constantly gets rave reviews from loyal clientele who go back again and again for the omakase menu. It is worth getting to know the chef as you could be in for a few treats if you become a regular! If it all looks too good and you can’t decide what to get, ask for a recommendation and they will ensure you get a meal that will never fail to impress!

Sushi Imamura, 16/F, Contential Diamond Plaza, 525 Hennessy Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, 2836 0056


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 G5, G/F, King’s Commercial Building, 2-4 Chatham Court, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, 5991 6033, www.facebook.com/pages/KOKOn

Meaning “cosy” in Japanese, Nagomi certainly lives up to that with only four tables in this little restaurant’s unique zen garden setting. We definitely recommend you book in advance. What Nagomi lacks in size it makes up for in popularity – with this neighbourhood spot’s tasty treats making it one of the most popular sushi places in Hong Kong. No matter what you order, you can’t go wrong. We recommend the spicy tuna rolls! All food is presented beautifully, providing a feast for the eyes as well as the palate.

Nagomi, G/F, Flat C, Yee Fung Buding, 1 Village Road, Happy Valley, Hong Kong 2838 3848

tokio joe2Tokio Joe
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. They have a fair wine list too, complete with detailed tasting notes, but we recommend going for their 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, 16 Lan Kwai Fong, Central, Hong Kong, 2525 1889, www.tokiojoe.com

Sushi Kuu
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! Their 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/146702952049427?sk=info

Youka Sushi
From the outside, Youka Sushi may seem like a nondescript black box, but looks can be deceiving! Inside is a Sushi restaurant that boasts authenticity and follows tradition. It specializss in Washoku, a traditional Japanese home style of cooking, and with ingredients flown in fresh from Japan, this is the closest you will get to genuine Japanese cuisine! We recommend you pick something from their specials board, though written in Japanese, the waiters will be more than happy to translate it for you. Try their sushi set at $550 for high standard sushi dishes, or get dinner for two at $1000.

Youka Sushi, Shop 1D, 35-45 Johnston Rd, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, 2833 5188, www.youka.hk

sushi-tsurakuSushi Tsuraku
This fun little restaurant specialises in omakase – where the chef gets to decide what you eat! Essentially you are getting your own unique menu designed especially for you. Whatever you get, it’s sure to be scrumptious. This is the perfect place for anyone feeling adventurous. Most of the seats in this 30-seater restaurant surround the open kitchen, and it’s very entertaining to watch the chefs preparing your meals. Sushi Tsuraku receives five weekly deliveries of fresh seafood from Japan, depending on what is in season and what the fisherman can catch. The menus will therefore be different from one night to the next, so be sure to go back more than once for a meal to remember! Read our full review of Sushi Tsuraku here.

Sushi Tsuraku, 9/F, 11 Stanley Street, Central, Hong Kong, 2521 0008, www.sushitsuraku.com

Sushi Mori
Not only does Sushi Mori serve high quality traditional Japanese dishes, but innovative, modern dishes too! In this relaxed environment, you can choose to sit at the marble sushi bar and get up close and personal with the head chef, or at one of their booths, separated by bamboo curtains. Sushi Mori is on the smaller side and gets busy quickly, so we recommend making a booking. Their omakase menu is $1,300 per person, and for 15 sushi pieces, it is $500. If you’ve got a sweet-tooth, Sushi Mori’s Japanese-style desserts are the perfect way to end to your meal too…

Sushi Mori, 16/F, Circle Tower, 28 Tang Lung Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, 2898 3399, www.sushimori.com.hk

sushi shinSushi Shin
Sushi Shin offers amazing authentic Japanese food at a price. If money’s not an issue, go for the omakase menu, but if that seems too pricey, their lunch menu offers excellent value for money. Their sashimi and sushi set with palette cleansers in-between are a very popular choice. You can grab a seat at the bar and watch the chefs do their thing, but a word on tradition – it’s good manners to offer a glass of sake to the chefs if you are having some yourself! Make sure to ask about Sushi Shin’s seasonal off-the-menu goodies.

Sushi Shin, G/F, 110 –114 Tung Lo Wan Rd, Causeway Bay, 2398 8000www.sushishin.com

Kaetsu’s décor is sleek, classy and modern and makes for a great atmosphere. Though they don’t have a sushi bar, the elevated counter in the center of the restaurant means you can still enjoy watching the chefs make your meal. Kaetsu only serves the freshest sashimi and sushi prepared with freshly flown-in ingredients from Japan. The menu features traditional Japanese favourites and seasonal specialties and their huge selection and amazing presentation is to die for. Though a little bit pricier, the whole Kaetsu dining experience will be worth every cent!

Kaetsu, Grand Hyatt Hotel, 1 Harbour Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, 2584 7722, www.hongkong.grand.hyattrestaurants.com/kaetsu

Nobu 2Nobu
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, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 2721 1211, www.noburestaurants.com

Sushi To
As Hong Kong’s newest sushi joint, Sushi To is the talk of the town. Opened by Michelin-starred chef, Harlan Goldstein, Sushi To’s dishes are supposed to be exquisite, made using only the finest ingredients. The menu covers classic Japanese cuisine, alongside more modern and creative dishes such as the “BLT Maki” which combines crispy bacon, tomato, lettuce and cheddar cheese. While you’re there, make sure to try one of their Japanese-inspired cocktails while overlooking the breathtaking views of the Victoria harbour seen from the restaurant.

Sushi To, 29/F, Soundwill Plaza II Midtown, Causeway bay, Hong Kong, 2970-3218www.sushito-dining.com


Sushi Shikon
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 certainly get your moneys worth. Sushi Shikon has daily deliveries of the freshest fish from Tokyo’s Tsukiji market, ensuring only the highest quality ingredients being used in their dishes. With only 8 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, 2643 6800, www.sushi-shikon.com

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, Level 7, Island Shangri-La Hotel, Pacific Place, Supreme Court Road, Central, Hong Kong, 2820 8570, www.shangri-la.com/hongkong/islandshangrila/nadaman

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 

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