For those of you who don’t know me (yet) I’m a big lover of Japanese food. I’m always searching for the new or next spot and to my delight I’ve found a new Japanese omakase restaurant – Sakana No Aji right in the heart of Central! ZS Hospitality is behind this new hot spot: Sakana No Aji is situated on the 2/F of 8 Lyndhurst Terrace. The moment we walked in, we were greeted by friendly staff and loved the vibrant green and teal colors that surrounded the restaurant. The restaurant space is large- seating up to 60 patrons, with a private dining room for a party of 8, and an omakase sushi counter serving up 15 lucky diners and we were one of them.
This was one of my favorite dishes of the night! (More on that later.) The restaurant offers different omakase tasting menus to choose from. They have the Tasting menu (HK$800), the Signature Menu (HK$1,300) and the Premium Menu (HK$1,800+) and more to choose from. Each menu serves the freshest selections of seafood flown in daily from Japan. We went with their Signature menu which features fresh off-the market ingredients made with great care and were delighted how filling and delicious it was. Without further ado…let’s get to the dishes!
First comes the appetizer: Oyster Tofu, Fairy Shrimp (Tenshi Ebi) with fresh fig and sesame Dressing, Salmon Roe. The fairy shrimp was plump and juicy and the fig complemented it very well. I gobbled everything up and knew I would be in for a real treat tonight!
Olive Flounder with Vinegar Jelly was simple, beautiful and refreshing.
Whole Hokkaido Purple Sea Urchin with minced tuna and salmon roe. OMG. I savored each bite nice and slow….because this was fantastic. The minced tuna and salmon roe added another layer of pop to the already creamy and sweet sea urchin! Just wow.
Pacific Saury came next and it was presented in such a beautiful way. The saury meat was tender and flavorful and I loved the dipping sauce.
Whelk with lime juice and yuzu peel. Nice, firm and crunchy.
Medium Fatty Tuna (Chūtoro) with Shiso Leaf, a sprinkle of sea salt wrapped in seaweed was AMAZING. The chutoro is found in the belly portion of the fish which is not as fatty as otoro but still leaves a rich, buttery and heavenly taste in the mouth. Our chef Chris was very generous with the portion size and this really did not disappoint.
Hairy Crab topped with Poached Quail Egg. The hairy crab was sweet and rich. I loved how thoughtful the omakase set was. I was just craving something cooked and here it was.
Pumpkin with Minced Chicken. This was lovely! The pumpkin was sweet and creamy with juicy minced chicken mixed inside.
Pickles, radish and bamboo
Plum Wine (Umeshu) with Fresh Tomato to cleanse the palate and prepare for the sushi dishes!!
Golden-eye Red Snapper with Plum Sauce and Bunching Onion. It was just the right amount of rice. Lovely start to our sushi pieces.
Ishigaki Shellfish. Fresh and super tender.
White Shrimp/ Sea Urchin in Salt Water. This was another favorite of the night for me. I loved how sweet the white shrimp was mixed with a touch of creamy and salty sea urchin.
Thread-Sail Filefish was creamy, subtle and delicate in taste.
Prime Fatty Tuna (Otoro)….was O mazing…Get it? Yeah. Supremely fatty and practically melts the moment in touches the tongue. I could not have asked for a better piece of otoro.
Kyushu Abalone with homemade Abalone Liver Sauce and rice. I was beyond full by this point but how could I say no to this? The kyushu abalone was chewy and tender. Once you mix in the abalone liver sauce and some rice- it was more than great!
Clear Soup broth with Barracuda and mushrooms. By this point, I could barely move! The chef has been extremely generous with all the portions (it’s very well priced for all that you get.) It was definitely time for something nice and hot. The barracuda fish was nicely fried and flavored.
Edo-mae Egg (made with fish and shrimp paste)…oh no! Does this mean the meal is ending? Sadly it does. I won’t forget it and can’t wait to be back.
Shizuoka Musk Melon. Extremely sweet and the perfect ending for an amazing meal. Sakana No Aji is definitely going into my updated best omakase places in Hong Kong. I’ll be back for dinner to have another go at their omakase. I’ve tried their lunch too and it’s very reasonable. Just make sure you book early cause the seats book up fast.
Sakana No Aji | 2/F, 8 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central, Hong Kong | t: +852 2896 6018
Lots of <3, Jess