Yet another restaurant in the amazing building on Stanley Street which I often refer to (I am slowly completing my task of trying them all – I think I have perhaps another 3 or 4 to go. Any takers to help me out?), Gyotaku serves, in their words, ‘sushi creations’. Put plainly, it is Japanese food with a twist, although they still offer the classics too.
Very simple on the eye, Gyotaku offers nothing in the way of decorations, apart from a row of hanging lights – these seem to be in fashion in many of the restaurants I have visited on my Dim Sum Diaries ventures. When this is the case, you walk in thinking that, as they put no effort into the décor, the food must be brilliant.
Having unfortunately never been to Japan (it’s very high on my list of places to visit and, yes, most probably because of the amazing food), I always get somewhat confused by Japanese menus. Confused does not mean to say scared-off, as in fact it is quite the contrary: I have no idea what anything means so I want to try everything in order to find out.
The a la carte menu offers endless lists of rather strange, yet very intriguing dishes, such as scallop sushi with cherry tomatoes, Parma ham and basil sauce, wagyu beef sushi, foie gras sushi or duck breast sushi: a fusion of Japanese and European cuisine. As most of these are priced per unit and don’t come cheap, we figured this was perhaps a little too extravagant for lunchtime. I do fully intend on coming for dinner one day, however, to leave my taste buds wondering where on earth I have taken them.
The lunch menu offers a selection of more classic dishes ranging from $110 to $220 each. All come with a salad, rice or noodles, miso soup and pickles. As I often get food envy, we decided to order a set lunch each and share them in true Asian style. (‘Sharing is caring’ happens to be one of my most used phrases, particularly when it comes to food – usually other peoples’ food over my own; my emergency chocolate drawer tends not to abide by this rule). We had one Negitori bowl set (fatty tuna with spring onions and chili on a bowl of rice – delicious), one Grilled miso cod fish set (exactly what it says on the tin - perfectly cooked and, again, delicious), one Sliced beef komiyaki in teriyaki sauce (very thin slices of beef cooked in rather scrumptious teriyaki sauce with sesame seeds, onions and bean sprouts – a few fatty pieces but we still polished it off) and one fried shrimp set (huge tempura prawns, always a winner). We also had one 10-piece Omakase sushi to share between the four of us. This offered none of the above fancy sushi creations, but rather the usual suspects of prawn, salmon, tuna and so on – all very fresh and very tasty.
The service was very good. Our ever-smiling waitress was there to explain every dish to us (albeit in very broken English which I couldn’t understand at the best of times) and even offered us a free dessert each. This was a layered mango cheesecake with mango coulis which tasted so fresh as if it had only just been put together. As I possess a very sweet tooth, a free dessert, and a yummy one at that, always scores highly on my chart.
During the month of May, Gyotaku is offering a promotion of no 10% service charge, which again scored them extra points. Most restaurants in HK impose a service charge and most of them definitely don’t deserve it, so it’s very refreshing for somewhere which does deserve it to give you the option (of course we gave it to them anyway). With our discount, total bill came to $866 – pricier than the average set lunch but it’s not every day that Mummy Wilko is here to accompany me on my Dim Sum Diaries trips.
12/F Stanley 11
11 Stanley Street
Tel: +852 3902 3813
Date visited: Wednesday 11th May 2011