We finally make it.
I have been reading many reviews about this restaurant. They are mostly positive, except the enormous difficulty in getting a table. Frankly speaking, I was daunted. Waiting for 1 to 3 hours for a table is not exactly my idea of fun.
After months of hesitation, we decided to try it out on a weekday. We arrived at 6
m, and were quickly seated. No waiting was required. Although we were not seated at the booth with the harbour view, but hey, it 's better than queuing, no?
The place is very spacious with nice setting. It is very different from Tonkatsu restaurants in Tokyo. For instance, the famous Futaba in Ueno, is situated in a small house with basic and traditional Japanese interior. Also unlike Japan, where they only serve deep-fried breaded pork cutlet, this place have much more variety to suit local customer. Personally, I prefer the Japanese way of specializing, but I think this is very difficult to survive in HK.
Back to the food. We ordered the Pork Loin set with soybean paste, and the Deep-fried Oyster set. The portion was generous. Both the pork loin and the oyster were crisp and golden, and not greasy at all. The pork loin in particular was very tender and juicy. The soybean paste was too sweet for my taste though. I think the original sauce with the grinded sesame goes better with the pork, as the tartness "wake up" the meat. Together with the set was unlimited supply of finely julienned cabbage, which was fresh and crunchy, and lighten the deep-fried food. The rice and miso soup was just standard fare, nothing special.
Service was attentive enough. But the waitress was not speaking many English, and I ended up translating everything to my husband. Anyway I looked around and hubby was the only qweilo.
For $200 per head, I think it is good value.
By the time we left the restaurant there was a small queue, but not as scarry as some might have described. I would strongly recommend to come here on a weekday.
Deep-fried Breaded Pork cutlet
Deep-fried Breaded Oyster
Spending per head: Approximately HK$200(Dinner)Other Ratings:
Value for Money 4