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Unexpected Big Japanese set Lunch May 31, 2011
We arrived at 1pm and only a few tables were occupied. I guess most workers in this area have too many cheaper choices. I wasn't planning to spend this much on a lunch but decided to give it a try because the lunch sets seem a lot cheaper than the dinner items.
There were quite many choices and I picked the Duck Sukiyaki with Mini Sashimi Rice Set. The mini sashimi rice was bigger than expected. The fish pieces in the bowl weren't of premium quality and the sushi rice should be a tiny bit sweeter, but I have no complains for the price. Duck sukiyaki was cooked on the mini stove right in front of you. It was a pleasant surprise because the meat was unexpectedly tender. It was overall a nice lunch and I enjoyed it a lot.
Recommended Dish(es): lunch set
Table Wait Time: 0 minute(s)
Date of Visit: May 25, 2011
Spending per head: Approximately HKD100(Lunch)
Value for Money4
New Kyushu Style Eatery. Dec 14, 2009
Heard about this shop's New Opening and came to check it out for a quick lunch 1st, but it wasn't the best start to the meal. Refer to here: http://forum.openrice.com/forum/viewthread.php?tid=2623&extra=page%3D2
So anyway that aside, here's Purely Food review! The Lunch Menu is quite Hongkong-nised but the Night Menu seems more interesting. At night time, they have a few more Kyushu style Signature Dishes or freshly flown-in Fishes, also 備長炭 Kushiyaki grilled skewers! Note that their Hakata-style Intestines Hotpot (もつ鍋) use Beef Organs & Intestines rather than Pork ones. When I ate this dish in Hakata or Kyushu, for some reason I always 'ate' the Pork version but upon research now, apparently its usually more Beef based though Pork version is also available. Seriously.... very surprising news to me, as I thought its always pork-based but seems like I was wrong to take it for granted! But Inaniwa Udon shop in Elements also uses Beef Based! The so-called Horse Sashimi on the signage however isn't available at this stage.
GRILLED PORK WITH ONION RICE - 燒豬肉飯:
Remembering the good porks I had in Kyushu or the Pork Rice I ate when Japan's Yoshinoya wasn't selling beef for a few years, I ordered this! This was surprisingly pretty good, way better than I expected. Sauce was slightly sweetened but coated the pretty strong tasting pork, which were also tender but not artificially so. Onions soaked up the juices. Slightly localised in taste but quite close enough to authentic, one of the residing Japanese chef is training the other local chefs well with quality control. Other supporting items like Tuna + Salad, Lotus Root pickles, 高菜 and Radish pickles were ok-good. Rice was slightly too moist but acceptable! SCORE: 4.0/5.0
EGG OMELETTE WITH MENTAIKO FISH ROE - 明太子焼玉子:
This is a dish found in many places. The version here is ok-good. Not artificially sweetened, but the Mentaiko lacked that fish-roe umami or the spiciness. Half way between dense and fluffy! SCORE: 3.2/5.0
MIGHT COME BACK FOR DINNER, KNOWING ITS SLIGHTLY LOCALISED IN TASTE.
NOT TOO INTERESTED COMING FOR LUNCH AGAIN, AND NOT GOING TO THEIR OTHER KANOKA UDON SHOP TO TRY EVER! COPY-CATS..
Spending per head: Approximately HKD95
Value for Money4