Hong Kong's Best Japanese Restaurants: The Sushi and the Ecstasy

If Hong Kong has a fetish for one particular cuisine, it's Japanese. Why is this so? Well, there are probably more theories than items on a sushi menu, but the main ones go like this: Japanese is sorta like home-grown Cantonese, with its fondness for high quality ingredients and devotion to rice; it's a little more more exotic, and a little bit more expensive, so great for a date, a celebration, or a business lunch or dinner; and – if time presses – you can eat quickly and move on. Nobody ever stays still for long in this town.

As a result of all this, there are more Japanese restaurants in town than you can poke a chopstick at. They range from the extremely formal, such as Nadaman, to almost cheap and definitely cheerful joints that are little more than a few tables, a kitchen and a guy hollering at potential customers on the sidewalk outside. The celebrity side of things is well taken care of by Nobu, which also enjoys a quite splendid harbor view, one of the essentials of Hong Kong dining. And the younger generation is well represented by the likes of Yardbird.

Japanese food fans will find themselves impressed by the authenticity of Hong Kong's Japanese restaurants, which bear favorable comparison with those back in Japan.

Causeway Bay


With sushi and sashimi dishes to rival even the best restaurants in Japan, Sushi Hiro of Hong Kong is one of the top sushi bars in the city. There are three menus and your particular chef on duty will suggest his favorite dishes to get you...  Read More



A stylish take on Japanese cuisine, Sushi Kuu finds itself at the top of the food chain in traditionally Asian inspired restaurants. The atmosphere is warm and pleasant and the staff on hand work just as well with patrons just popping in for a...  Read More

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Unkai is a small Japanese chain with locations is several upscale hotels. Spacious and airy, the space is divided into six separate areas; private and open teppan rooms, a sushi and sake bar, private rooms, main dining room and a tatami room -...  Read More



This 160-seat Japanese restaurant, located within the Four Seasons Hotel, is on the higher end scale of dining venues in Hong Kong. They receive shipments of fresh fish from Japanese fisheries daily, so seafood is this restaurant's specialty,...  Read More

Tsim Sha Tsui


This elegant restaurant is situated almost right on top of Victoria Harbour, and named after one of the best-known suburbs of Kyoto, the heart of Japanese culture. Dishes change seasonally, and the yosenabe is especially well done. The sake bar...  Read More



Located on the 101st floor of the International Commerce Center, Inakaya offers not only great Japanese cuisine, but an amazingly high view of Hong Kong, over one thousand feet below. The menu is quite varied, but seafood is the specialty at...  Read More

Tokio Joe
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This contemporary-looking sushi bar is located on Lan Kwai Fong, near some of the city's most hopping nightlife. The menu is quite large and includes sashimi, several types of California rolls, and seaweed soba. For those wanting to dine in a...  Read More

Tsim Sha Tsui


In the throng of Japanese restaurants in Hong Kong, Nadaman, located in both Shangri-la hotels, is often rated as one of the best. Food is not cheap (a meal for two costs US$258 on average) but they come at its freshest and most artistic. Helmed...  Read More

Tai Ping Shan
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Yardbird is one of the new breed of Japanese restaurants, a modern izakaya that specializes in yakitori dishes of skewered grilled chicken.The menu, conjured up by Chef Matt Abergel, focuses on all the different parts of a chicken, starting with...  Read More



Internationally known chef Nobu Matsuhisa has acclaimed restaurants in world-class cities such as New York City, London, Las Vegas, Miami, Dallas, Milan and Tokyo. Add Hong Kong to the list! Opened at the end of 2006, this outpost is every bit...  Read More


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