Kyoku 旭 is one of the newest additions to Haven Street, Causeway bay. From the outside, it is quite low profile, nestled inside the service apartment building at the far end of Haven Street. Once inside however, it is a huge spacious environment with luxurious decorations and spacious, well-lit tables. The giant 3000sq ft dining area is separated into two sections, a teppanyaki area on one side and a sushi bar on the other. There are also a number of private dining rooms available for large parties. The name旭 is translated as “sunrise”, a tribute to all the fishermen and farmers who go out to work before the sun is up to supply us with the freshest ingredients.
Our visit to Kyoku fell on a Saturday evening. When making the booking on the phone, the hostess told us that we could choose to sit at the teppanyaki tables or sushi bar depending on what we wanted to eat. However when we arrived, the staff told us the sushi bar was full for the night and thus left us no choice but to sit at the teppanyaki area. The menu at Kyoku offers a choice of multiple prix fixe courses for either sushi or teppanyaki. Prices range from $1000 to $2000 depending on how much food you want to nom. I felt like having sushi so went with the $1300 Tubaki Course which offered 15 pieces of sushi along with appetiser, soup and dessert.
First to arrive was the appetiser. A beautifully presented dish of fresh squid wrapped around a sour plum jam. On the side there was a small bowl of seaweed in vinegar. A great appetiser to get your appetite going.
As I was not seated at the sushi bar, sushi arrived in plates rather than piece by piece. Unfortunately, the waiting staff lacked training on the menu, and were unable to tell me what I was being served. They also lacked the common sense to go and ask the chef what he served, resorting to making wild guesses instead. The sushi itself is fresh, but the size of the sushi were really small, and there was no logical order to my pieces of sushi. The choice of fish/shellfish were unimpressive and similar to what I would get for lunch at other sushi-ya for a much cheaper price.
Unimpressive sushi aside, the other dishes that were served were quite good. The soup was a lovely fish soup which was splendid. For dessert we were given a choice between fruit, matcha pudding or icecream. We went with fruit which was a delicious sweet piece of Japanese melon.
Overall the sushi experience at Kyoku was average at best, and way overpriced. From the comments of my companions who ordered the teppanyaki sets, the teppanyaki dishes were top-notch and better value for money. To make things worse, from our arrival at 6pm until our departure at around 9:00, the sushi bar was never more than half full. Either they have a shit-ton of no shows, or the hostess needs to work on her seating arrangement skills.
Tel: 2156 9888
Opening Hours: Mon-Sun: 12:00-15:00; 18:00-23:00