Ryu Gin

OMG. How did this post get lost in the shuffle? You know me….I LOVE ME MY JAPANESE FOOD(post)! This is an oldie, but let me give you a little background info on this luxe kaiseki restaurant. Ryu-Gin offers a seasonal/monthly set tasting menu- they don’t offer a la carte- and their menu’s are set (unless you have allergies or cant eat something…let them know ahead of time!). It’s fine dining at a high high scale. And, I mean that because its nestled on the 101st floor of ICC in Kowloon. The view is breathtakingly stunning. The delectable 10 course tasting menu takes roughly 3 hours to enjoy. All for a measly small fortune of HK$1,980. (And, thats only if you don’t add any wine or sake…which we did of course)….It’s not cheap, people. This is the first overseas RyuGin restaurant but boy, was it good.

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On top of the world….the glittering view of Hong Kong. I went for dinner one evening. Good company, great view, and amazing food!

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First up… 1) Cold “Somen” Topped w/ “White Shrimp” and “Premium Caviar”, scent of “Sudachi” : This was uber refreshing. Right off the bat.  A cold, fresh burst of rich caviar, sweet white shrimp a top one of the best somen noodles. Perfect starter.

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1 down…9 to go! YIKES

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Yum yum yum!!!! 2) Deep Fried “Premium Sea Urchin” from Hokkaido wrapped with seaweed. Just the name alone is wow! It’s a hot deep fried sea urchin dumpling!!! So full of flavor and gently wrapped within a fried tempura mix seaweed coating. So good….

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3) Japanese Sweet Corn Tofu: This sweet corn tofu is surprisingly good. Not my favourite of the night. The texture is very different. Slightly sticky, mushy, but still yummy!

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4) Soup made with the essence of “Hamaguri” clam, usuimame beans and bamboo shoots. The ginormous clams texture, taste were delicious. Perfectly crunchy and was that soup flavourful!

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5) Sashimi of “Yokowa” baby tuna, Spring onions, w/ fragrance of shiso leaf and lime. This baby tuna sashimi was soooo fresh, light and refreshing. But tuna’s not my favourite type of fish- so this was just alright for me.

We’re halfway done!

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6) Charcoal grilled “Alfonsino” covered w/ “Roasted Rice” Mmmm..Me like! This was beyond good. The crispy, crunchy, chip-like roasted rice was the perfect coating for the soft, juicy and buttery alfonsino fish. Wish I could repeat this dish now.

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Side Veggies and juicy pickled cucumbers! Pretty self explanatory.

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7) RyuGin interpretation of “Katsudon”- “Wagyu Beef Cutlet” w/ “Onsen Tamago” and red onions: But these were probably the best things ever. These juicy, delicious beef cutlet had such a good fatty, marbly texture. And, the perfect poached egg, perfect red onions side. Everything about this dish was perfection.

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8) Slimmed whole “Ezo” Abalone w/ Abalone Reduction over Shitake Mushroom Rice: I’m not the biggest fan of abalone- but these ginormous abalone were executed deliciously. Hard, crunchy, nicely seasoned- similar to the giant clams from above.

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9) Ryu Gin Specialty: -196 degrees Cel’ Candy Strawberry & +99 degrees Cel’ Strawberry Jam: This was interesting. The outside is a hard candy like shell- but once you bite in- you taste the delicious frozen strawberry ice cream, and strawberry jam. It’s a awesome burst of flavour.

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10) Meringue of Cherry Blossom- Almond Flavoured Ice Cream w/ Fresh Cherry: Yum. Simply put. The homemade ice cream is deliciously whipped. Soft, creamy, fluffy. Stuffed.

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Finish off this massive gourmet meal with green matcha! A nice soothing hot matcha tea….Oh boy. My stomach can not contain anything anymore. Am I stuffed!!!

Ryu Gin…is an experience to say the least. The whopping 10 set course is amazing, delicious, but pricey. But highly recommended- it’s a splurge and indulgence, for sure. But…worth it!

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<3 Always, Jess