Just when I think I'm starting to get there, another area of Hong Kong I've never heard of pops out of the woodwork - and, rather embarrassingly, I'm not talking about random bits of the New Territories which it's kind of excusable not to know. My latest "new" area is Tai Hang, a former fishing village within spitting distance of Causeway Bay. J.L. and I stumbled on Tai Hang on Saturday evening in pursuit of the rather impressive Tai Hang Fire Dragon Dance Procession.
After inhaling more incense than our lungs could possibly cope with we headed for Izakaya Misaki, a small Japanese restaurant in the heart of Tai Hang. The reviews on Openrice, I've subsequently learnt, haven't been that favourable but we had a great time - nice food, great service - and I'd definitely go back.
We started with red clam sashimi which was tasty and beautifully presented on the clam shells. Then came what in my mind was the star of the show - the fire dragon roll. The middle part had been lightly battered and had this wonderful crunchy texture. It also tasted really delicious. The other star was the pumpkin tempura. The pumpkin was perfectly cooked and the tempura light and delicate. So good in fact that my friend C.L., who joined us after her family's Mid-Autumn Festival dinner, ordered a second helping!
The king crab claw was beautifully simple - so good that it didn't need any sauce - and the sea urchin sushi something that I tried because I'd always meant to but wouldn't necessarily rush back to.
We didn't have any problems with excess mayonnaise - seemingly the issue that most people on Openrice were unhappy about - but the broiled mackerel salad did have excess dressing. The beautiful tasting marinated mackerel came on a bed of rather dull iceberg lettuce that was literally swimming in an oil/vinegar dressing. It was a shame because the mackerel was fantastic and would have benefited from a much more sophisticated lettuce bed.
The guy running the show was fantastically enthusiastic and attentive which gave it a relaxed pub-like feel that an izakaya should have. Definitely a winner in my books.
2 Sun Chun Street
Tel: 3488 5543