Via Tokyo, Hong Kong

Via Tokyo is a dessert cafe in Hong Kong that serves Japanese desserts. They are most popular for their soft-serve ice cream, especially Matcha (green tea) flavour.

The soft-serve ice cream are served in variety of ways, from just the basic ice cream cone to the traditional Japanese way with fruits, red beans and/or mochi.

Via Tokyo

I thought the Matcha soft-serve ice cream was nice and creamy with the taste of matcha. But whether it is worth the queue to get in is debatable. Hong Kong is known for queues especially when there is some thing new and in trend.

If you want to try both flavours then you can get it as a swirl with half matcha and vanilla flavour. 

Via Tokyo

But if you worry about sleepless nights after having green tea for dessert in the evening, then you can just get a basic vanilla soft-serve.

Via Tokyo

As well as ice cream, Via Tokyo also serves a range of hot and iced tea latte and coffee. This could not be with out the matcha latte.
I went with a few friends after dinner and there was a queue which was expected. We would not had been the only one thinking of dessert. The waiting time was not long for seats of five at this small shop in Causeway Bay.

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Via Tokyo
Shop 1A-1B, G/F, Leishun Court,
106-126 Leighton Road,
Causeway Bay,
Hong Kong

(銅鑼灣禮頓道106-126號禮信大廈地下1A-1B號舖)

https://www.facebook.com/viatokyocafe

Café&Meal MUJI (Lee Theatre Plaza), Hong Kong

Each time when I am in Hong Kong, I can never find the oppotunity to try Muji’s cafe. But as we were shopping in Muji and had time before dinner we decided to stop by for a tea break.

Muji’s cafe concept is to use seasonal ingredients to produce healthy deli. It indeed look healthy when I was looking through what they serve.

Muji Cafe

I wanted to try their deli set which includes rice and drink, but as we were having dinner shortly I had to give it a miss. Instead we ordered a slice of Green Tea cheesecake which I thought was bland in taste. The green tea was not really strong in flavour which I was expecting.

However, this cheesecake does not discourage me from wanting to return and try their deli set.

Muji Cafe

The cafe is very Muji style with all the cutlery, cups and teapot being Muji product, which you can buy at the store.

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Café&Meal MUJI (Lee Theatre Plaza)
3/F Lee Theatre Plaza,
99 Percival Street,
Causeway Bay

(銅鑼灣波斯富街99號利舞臺廣場3樓)

Mochi Cafe 萬豚屋, Hong Kong

Mochi Cafe is located in Tsim Sha Tsui and specialise in eating Udon soup that is served in a hot stone bowl.

You place your order by marking it on an order form and handing it to the staff. The order form is written in Chinese. So if you don’t know how to read Chinese characters then you probably want to take a local with you who can.

There are variety of udon which the menu is titled as handmade udon. I ordered their black sesame pork udon soup, where the pork chop is coated in a black sesame instead of a normal batter coating. The pork chop was tender with a slight crispy outside with the taste of black sesame.

It was good that the pork came separate from the udon soup, otherwise it would had been a soggy and over-cooked pork chop. The udon soup itself was piping hot and the broth was full of flavour.

萬豚屋 Mochi Cafe

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Mochi Cafe 萬豚屋
G/F, 19-23 Hart Avenue, Tsim Sha Tsui
尖沙咀赫德道19-23號地舖

Watami Japanese Casual Restaurant (和民)

Watami now seems so local to me since I have been there numbers of time. It is a restaurant I seem to dine when I visit Hong Kong. Each visit never seem to bored me because I always seem to find something different to try on their menu.

It is a Japanese fusion franchise restaurant that has various branches in Hong Kong. The atmosphere of each restaurant is the same throughout which gives you a modern casual feel. It is a great place to eat with friends or just for a casual dinner since the price is reasonable.

They have a large range of dishes you can choose from salads, sushi, rice, noodle, desserts and snacks etc. It’s what I love about Watami it make it a place to go with a group of friends and order a range of dishes to share.

My favourite is the Sukiyaki that comes with thinly sliced beef, carrots, spring onions, Chinese leaf, fresh Chinese mushroom, enoki mushroom, tofu and an egg. 

Deep Fried Scallops & Tofu was like fish cake, which was garnish with some spring onions and served with minced ginger.

The baked scallops with butter was served on a sizzling pan so the scallops got over cooked while we were more busy eating the other  dishes that had arrived on our table.

Although it is a Japanese cuisine restaurant the menu had what I feel is more Korean inspiration, such as the garlic and butter seafood stone pot rice.

There are a range of desserts that Watami also served. I had the milk pudding which was disappointing as it tasted nice but the actual pudding looks like it had not set. If it had then it look like it was melting.

Although the milk pudding was disappointing, the chocolate tiramisu is recommended instead. It was a nice cream pudding that was full of flavours.

http://www.watami.com.hk/

Tonkatsu Ginza Bairin (銀座梅林) – Tsim Sha Tsui

One evening in Hong Kong we felt like Japanese breaded pork, so went to Tonkatsu Ginza Barin. There are many branches in Hong Kong and we decided to go to the one in K11 Art Mall located in Tsim Sha Tsui.

It took us a while to find the restaurant since it was located in a hidden area of K11. When we did there was a short waiting time which was not a surprise as it was dinner time.

We went for one of the katsu set meal, where you have in various choice from pork, fish, eel, prawns and a mixed seafood. Each one served with miso soup, pickle and limited refills of rice and lettuce.

As the restaurant specialised in pork we went for their recommended set meal. So we choice the Hire Katsu Set ($148.00) which is deep-fried pork fillet.

 Also the Rosu Katsu Set ($138.00) which is the deep fried pork lion. Compare to the deep-fried pork fillet, I actually prefered the lion. But both pork was tender and beautiful fried.

To enjoy the best of Tonkatsu Ginza Barin breaded pork you have to add some Tonkatsu sauce with it. This is apparently a sauce that has a blend of spices, apples and vegetable that is special to the restaurant. It indeed is a great sauce which just bring a different side to a breaded pork.

On each table as well as Tonkatsu sauce, there is also sesame dressing and wasabi dressing. The sesame dressing is a great combination with the lettuce.

For the two set meal our bill came to 315.00 hk dollars which includes service charge. We did not call any extra drinks since we got complimentary tea with our meal.

(Prices correct at the time of dining)

Tonkatsu Ginza Bairin (銀座梅林) – Tsim Sha Tsui branch
Shop B124, K11, Hiranand House,
18 Hanoi Road,
Tsim Sha Tsui,
Hong Kong

(尖沙咀河內道18號K11購物藝術館B124舖)

http://www.ginzabairin.com.hk

盛八日式燒肉店 Morihachi Yakiniku – TST

A friend recommended us to to try this place, which is a Japanese BBQ restaurant. I have been to Korean BBQ but never to a Japanese BBQ. However, after this experience I do not see much different.

Morihachi Yakiniku has 3 branches – Tsim Sha Tsui (TST), Mong Kok and Causeway Bay (CWB). Apart from the Mong Kok branch that we have not seen, both the TST and CWB branch are in location which are definitely not very eye catching. We went to the TST branch, which is on the 3rd Floor of the Ashley centre. There were waiters/waitress standing outside the building persuading us to go to the other restaurants that were also in Ashley centre.

Most of the tables were all reserved but we manage to get a table for 2 people. Although we were given a 2 hours to dine, so it must be a popular place?! We were taken to the bar table, which gave us a overall view of the restaurant. It was pretty dark but it had a great atmosphere.

This place mainly serve BBQ but there are rice and noodle to order. The menu consist of different varieties of meats/seafood to choose for BBQ. We went for beef rib, wagu beef and pork belly in miso sauce. To go with it we also ordered grilled rice ball and a lettuce platter. Just a few of items it was quite expensive and was not really filling that we went to Häagen-Dazs for dessert after.

盛八日式燒肉店 Morihachi Yakiniku

We had a plate of sauces that are to dip your BBQ to bring out the different flavours of the meats or seafood. I remember seeing in the menu a diagram explaining about the sauces.

As with most Japanese places you get complimentary tea and that is exactly what we got, so we did not bother order any further drinks. The fun part with having BBQ in Hong Kong is that I get to cook it myself. Most places in London they cook for you, which I suppose will then come in the service charge.

This place is great to have a try or maybe for a special occasion for some party, as you can go for their party set menu. Although the cheapest price is HK $300 per person (which is expensive, although I did not get a detail look of what was included).

盛八日式燒肉店 Morihachi Yakiniku (TST branch)
3/F Ashley Centre,
23-25 Ashley Road
Tsim Sha Tsui,
Hong Kong

Domon札幌拉麵 (Domon Sapporo Ramen) – TST

I saw this being introduced on a Chinese food programme that it does ramen that taste like those in Japan. So when I was Hong Kong (HK), I gave this a try.

The resturants is on a side street off Granville Road in Tsim Sha Tsui. We went there for dinner and when we arrived there was already a queue of people waiting. But it is a small restaurant, so it was not surprising that you would have to wait for a seat and to be prepared to share a table with others.

Domon札幌拉麵 (Domon Sapporo Ramen)Domon札幌拉麵 (Domon Sapporo Ramen)Domon札幌拉麵 (Domon Sapporo Ramen) menu

We went for a set menu for 2, which included a ramen noodle soup for each person. This was a Japanese char siu ramen that came with the set dinner, although you can pay extra for other choices on the main menu. Overall I have to say it taste like any other ramen I tried However still oishii oishii!

Japanese char siu ramen

With the set dinner, as well as the ramen, you also get a choice of snacks to go with it. We choice three snacks: Ox tongues, fish cakes and dumplings. The fish cake went well with the crushed ginger we got with it. The Ox tongues taste like salted beef, which was quite nice. The gyoza (grilled dumpling) was a recommendation, but as like the noodle it taste like any normal Japanese gyoza!

Gyoza

Domon 札幌拉麵 (Domon Sapporo Ramen)
22-22A Granville Circuit,
Granville Rd,
Tsim Sha Tsui,
Hong Kong