Recently, we visited a hidden Japanese restaurant at Wan Chai, located on upper floors, without any visible signage. It has a relatively tiny space set with a contemporary design, 4 tables and a sushi bar where you ought to get each piece of sushi or dishes presented one piece at a time and plate-by-plate, at their best conditions and freshness.
Unlike local Japanese restaurants, Sushi Tsuru offers finely crafted Japanese food which is arranged by the choice of Chef according to the seasons and best fish offered from Japan. Also known as omakase, they feature mainly 4 options which basically include sashimi, sushi, tamagoyaki, soup and dessert.
Appetizers on the $1000 menu starts with a simple salad with tofu slices, green leaves, corns and cherry tomatoes. Next comes a selection of sashimi: akagi, crunchy tsubugai, well-glazed and torched itoyoridai and isaki, my favourite is the Japanese halibut (aka flounder) paired with creamy sea urchin and young green onion shoots giving a mild and biting taste. The horse mackerel is sliced in pieces and seasoned with soy sauce, minced ginger, chewy and not very overpowering.
Followed by a steamed abalone with stewed daikon and mushroom, which is excellently tender and served cold.
Coming to a parade of sushi, they all arrived individually in front of us. Each piece is prepared with seasoned rice, glazed with soy sauce and a bit of wasabi, where I really enjoy my first taste of filefish with a rich and meaty texture and perfectly-torched red snapper. Not to mention the grilled scallop is remarkably fresh, juicy and plumpy!
The Chef’s Choice menu ends with two highlights. A sea urchin sushi sprinkled with charcoal salt and a squeeze of lemon; a small bowl of rice with minced toro, spring onion, pickled daikon and nori strips. They are both phenomenal! Also my all-time favourite tamagoyaki and a hearty bowl of clam miso soup. Finally, it is completed with sesame ice cream and yuzu sorbet.
All in all, I’m impressed by the intimate space, its friendly and helpful services, good quality food, and the reasonably priced menu.
Pickled Ginger, Red Wine Shallot, Burdock
醃子薑, 紅酒蕎頭, 牛蒡
Hirame, Uni, Menegi
左口魚, 海膽, 芽蔥
Japanese halibut, Sea Urchin, Young Green Onion Shoots
左口魚, 海膽, 芽蔥
Fiilefish, Fish Liver, Menegi
剝皮魚, 魚肝, 芽蔥
Fiilefish, Fish Liver, Young Green Onion Shoots
剝皮魚, 魚肝, 芽蔥
Sea Urchin, Charcoal Salt, Lemon
馬糞海膽, 竹炭鹽, 檸檬
Toro & Spring Onion Don
Clam Miso Soup
Yuzu Sorbet, Sesame Ice Cream
Sushi Tsuru Japanese Restaurant 鮨鶴日本料理
Address: Shop A, 1/G, Heung Hoi Mansion, 121-123 Jaffe Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
Telephone: 3998 3198
Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 12:00-15:00, 18:00-23:00