Robatayaki~@ San Wu Ting May 10, 2013
Grilled things on sticks seems to have taken Hong Kong by storm, as many little robatayaki places have been popping up. I have to admit I was one of those people who never really appreciated this type of cooking method as in my mind everything seemed to taste the same, smokey with a char-grilled flavour. Then again I guess that was because I never really went to a place that did robatayaki very well until I was introduced to San Wu Ting.
Inside a quiet street in Causeway Bay just around the corner of the popular place that sells spicy crab, San Wu Ting is not eye-catching at all, but that is not important for those already in the know and luckily for me, my friend did know ;) Quite dim inside, it has a limited seating capacity of approximately 20 people with a small open kitchen where the chef does most of the grilling.
For a seating of two, we decided to sit along the bar table and aside from the menus handed to us by the waitress, you can also look at the chalkboard to see what kind of specials were available that day. We were really hungry that night, and as soon as the waitress came over to take our order we speedily listed everything that had caught our fancy and by the time she left, we were actually a little clueless to how much we had ended up ordering...
A portion of fresh vegetables was served between the two of us, dip the crunchy sticks of cucumber, carrot and 'tin ma' inside the sweet bean sauce to refresh the palate before the flow of grilled items arrive.
For appetisers we had grilled cod fish slices which were crunchy and tasted unerringly like Japanese snack food and grilled pufferfish which is one of my must orders at a Japanese restaurant. It was done really well here, with the fish still soft and sticky from its sweet marinade.
Marinated cod fish. This was so good~ So juicy from the melting of the natural oils inside the cod fish and the sweet miso marinade was a perfect accompaniment. Recommended~
Oysters. This was a little fishy with a bitter after-taste. Unforunately this was the weakest dish.
Corn. Char-grilled corn is always a crowd-pleaser. Brushed with butter, parts of it were grilled to a beautiful golden brown releasing a wonderful aroma. It would have been even better if the corn was sweeter.
Japanese pumpkin. Sweet golden coloured chunks of pumpkin with an attractive blistered char, but some parts were still hard and not cooked to the melting softness that I like.
Shitake mushrooms. I love char-grilled mushrooms as their earthy flavour becomes so much stronger. Still quite juicy with a slight crispy tinge on the outside.
Big brown mushroom (literal translation). This was brushed liberally with butter, but it was not juicy as I expected. There was a distinct earthy flavour, but the texture was a little chewy.
Quail eggs. What's not to love about miniature bite-sized eggs The egg whites were a little chewy from the grill, but the yolk had melted nicely and literally burst inside my mouth when I chewed. Luckily it was not piping hot when it happened.
Pork sausage on a chicken bone. I had a bite of this, not bad, the skin snapped nicely revealing a juicy filling with a hint of sweetness.
Table Wait Time: 0 minute(s)
Date of Visit: May 07, 2013
Value for Money4
A nice place to chill out May 10, 2011
Heard from a freind before that this Jap restaurant is quite nice, went to try it at night last week. It was a really nice environment and the food is good.
The restaurant is very cosy, it is suitable for chilling out with friends while drinking sake. The staffs there were helpful and gave good recommendations.
I especially like the asparagus with pork ... the taste match very much....
also, the goose liver is another highly recommended one too!
what's more the gingko is really special, never tried cooking gingko in this way
Would definitely go back to this restaurant again and try more special promotion food (which is updated frequently according to the staffs)
The price is reasonable and the food is really nice with fresh ingrdients
Recommended Dish(es): Gangko,asparagus with pork and goose liver
Date of Visit: May 05, 2011
Spending per head: Approximately HKD200
Value for Money5
Cha Cha Cha
A great place for friends gathering Apr 16, 2011
We have reserved a table for 6, so we didn't have to wait to be served on that night.
The setting, service and ambience are all good, feel very much like the izakaya in Japan, so it's a great place for hosting friends gathering with skews and beer.
Re the food, the quality is absolutely up to high standards, no doubt about it. Recommended skews are:
- Thick ox tongue
- Goose liver
- Lychee with bacon
- Sweet corn
- Chicken liver and heart
- Lamb chop
- Rice ball (it is sooooo crispy hot!!!)
- Sweet dumpling (the very special dessert)
Just too many others to remember.............................
All my friends were very happy with everything of this restaurant and we decided to stick with it for our coming gatherings!
See you soon Chef "Ah Chung", can tell you are very sincere and are sooooo devoted to the art of yakitori! Keep it up!
Recommended Dish(es): Thick Ox Tongue,Lamb Chop,Rice Ball,Sweet Dumpling,Lychee with bacon,Sweet corn,Eel,Tofu,Chicken insides
Table Wait Time: 0 minute(s)
Date of Visit: Apr 14, 2011
Spending per head: Approximately HKD200(Dinner)
Value for Money5