Sunday, 11 October 2009

Sushi One

29 Leighton Rd, Causeway Bay
Visited 10th October 2009
Saturday night and somehow I found myself shopping in Causeway Bay; this, it must be said, is the stuff of nightmares. Luckily though the only thing in Hong Kong that takes priority over shopping is eating and so dinner offered an escape from the crowded corners of the fourth level of hell. Sushi One has a few branches around splattered across Hong Kong and the one in Causeway Bay is a pretty large setup. A massive saltwater fish tank dominates one wall and a long sushi train the other. There's normally a line queuing out front, but we got a seat at the counter pretty quickly.

I’m always a bit suspect of ordering premade sushi, so we chose snacks off a pretty standard menu. We went with miso soup; fried chicken gristle; salmon, octopus, grilled squid, inari and seared beef sushi; a soft-shell crab hand roll and a shrimp tempura roll. The quality was generally pretty good and I enjoyed the shrimp roll, salmon sushi and miso soup, while the squid and octopus where meltingly tender and some of the best I've had in Hong Kong. On the other hand the seared beef sushi was touted as a house 'deluxe' special, but the tiny serve was certainly nothing special.

While Sushi One certainly isn’t the best Japanese food I’ve had in Hong Kong it does a pretty good job of dishing up decent food at fair prices. Apart from the single piece of beef sushi that was a rip-off at $35 the rest of the dishes ranged from $9 to $26. We were both stuffed at the end of our meal and paid a very reasonable $85 each. I was surprised with how efficient and friendly the staff were for such a busy place. In many ways Sushi One is just your standard Hong Kong style sushi joint, but it does a pretty good of offering some tasty food, and in my opinion it’s worth visiting just to look at the fish.

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