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HK: Sushi Kuu (Aug. 2013)

October 19, 2013 1 comment

Author: Victor
Exec Chef: Satoru Mukogawa
My Sushi Chef: Ivan Ko

August 28, 2013

I arrived in Hong Kong after a few fun nights in Chengdu, China. I was going to be in HK for only a few days, so I wanted to make sure I got the chance to eat something really delicious while I was there. I was craving good sushi, and I had heard about Sushi Kuu before, but I didn’t exactly go ahead and make the reservation. I was being lazy…

What did happen, though, was that I got dinner in Central with a couple of friends from New York (some now live in HK). After dinner, I was still hungry, so I walked by Kuu and checked it out to see if there was space at the sushi bar. There was! My sushi chef was named Ivan, and I quickly went with the Chef’s Omakase. I didn’t exactly have the calories to spare, but I totally ignored that. A new high-end sushi restaurant to try! I can’t let simple calories hold me back!

Ivan was pretty quiet for the first few courses, but after we got to the sushi part of the meal he opened up more. I feel like people in HK don’t really interact with sushi chefs nearly as much as they do in, for instance NYC. (Then again, there was a party of two nearby having a LOT of fun and drinking a massive amount of alcohol. They were pretty much sharing shots with other chefs/management and so on. That was pretty entertaining hahaha.)

Click here to see pictures of the great food!

Shanghai: 12 Chairs (Jan. 2013)

January 15, 2013 Leave a comment

Author: Victor
Restaurant: 12 Chairs
Exec Chef: David Laris

Date: January 2, 2013


I was in Shanghai for a few days to celebrate New Year’s Eve with some friends (drinking, partying, massages, and really and really good food = yay!), and I figured that I’d try a fine dining restaurant in Shanghai while I was here. The two fine dining restaurants I really wanted to try in Shanghai were 12 Chairs and Ultraviolet. I’ll try out Ultraviolet on my next trip to Shanghai!

The entire restaurant is one table with 12 chairs; it’s supposed to be an intimate dining experience where you get to know your fellow diners over the course of the meal.

10B View

Conceptually, the food is interesting, and the chef mixes together different flavors that should work. In execution, however, the dishes were kind of mediocre. The meal kind of made me appreciate how so many restaurants in NYC have great execution/cooking.

Click here to see pictures of the meal.

HK: Sushi Yoshitake (Jan. 2013)

January 7, 2013 Leave a comment

March 13, 2013 Note: This restaurant is now known as Sushi Shikon.

Author: Victor
Restaurant: Sushi Yoshitake
Exec Chef: Masahiro Yoshitake
Sous Chef (and our sushi chef): Yoshiharu Kakinuma

Date: January 7, 2013
“Miyabi” Menu



Sushi Yoshitake in Tokyo is really popular among sushi enthusiasts, and it recently received its third Michelin star in the 2012 Guide. Chef Yoshitake decided to open a second restaurant and chose Hong Kong as his destination, so I figured that I’d try it while here on my break! There are a total of eight seats in this restaurant, which consists of one sushi bar. There are two sushi chefs, Chef Yoshitake and his apprentice Chef Kakinuma, and each serves up to four diners at a time.

Chef Kakinuma was our sushi chef, and Chef Yoshitake was at the other side of the bar. I should probably add that it was really helpful that Chef Kakinuma spoke fluent English.

7 Chef Yoshitake

Chef Yoshitake is preparing nigiri here. I realize it’s not the most flattering pic haha :(.

Click here to see how the meal went!