Although we all love the lifestyle here in Hong Kong, it cannot be denied that sometimes, or perhaps more often than sometimes, life just shoots by far too fast and we find ourselves short of time to really take care of ourselves. This is particularly true when it comes to eating food that is actually doing our bodies good. When we’re short of time to have a decent lunch, we often opt for places that offer something quick and unhealthy, rather than taking the time to sit down and eat a meal that tastes good at the same time as filling us with goodness.
Robata Zawazawa, however, has come to the rescue as it has just started serving lunch. With set lunches starting at $160 you can get a whole feast full of goodness that leaves you feeling neither uncomfortably full nor shaking from MSG. Nothing is battered, nothing is fried – just delicious, feel-good, grilled food.
I am yet to have the pleasure of trying Robata Zawazawa for dinner, but I have heard nothing but positive feedback from everyone I know who has. Amongst the praise, I also quite often heard a few complaints that the restaurant did not serve lunch, but thankfully these complaints no longer have a leg to stand on.
Robata Zawazawa, located down the steps opposite Solas on Wyndham Street, is Lang Kwai Fong’s only robatayaki bar. Although this means there is nowhere to compare it to, I can guarantee that this is one unique place, both in the yummy food that it serves and the beautiful design that it boasts. The restaurant seats only 18 people, most of whom will be seated around the open kitchen to watch their food being grilled, so make sure you ring in advance to reserve your front-row seat.
The set lunch begins with a tray of six appetisers. These vary from day to day depending on stock. Ours included shredded tofu, lotus roots (delicious), a slow-cooked egg, seaweed, aubergine and ox tongue (surprisingly moreish). There is just the right amount of each one to whet your appetite for the main course.
Main courses include Japanese pork belly, Choshu chicken, Unagi eel hot pot, Japanese Wagyu, Assorted vegetable skewers or the daily special. Feeling the need to kick-start the week with a healthy fix, I selected the vegetable skewers.
There is a common misconception that if you order a vegetarian meal, you will leave the restaurant feeling just as hungry as when you arrived. At Robata Zawazawa, this could not be further from the truth. Six sizeable skewers are presented before you alongside a plate of pickles, a big bowl of steamed rice, a cabbage and sesame salad and a bowl of miso soup. You will certainly not be hungry when you’re through with this feast. Highlights for me were the sweet potato and the aubergine, although I was not particularly taken by the jelly-like Japanese root vegetable.
The special of the day was salmon, which looked incredibly tender and tasty, also served with the same accompaniments.
To finish off the meal, a bowl of scrumptious fresh tropical fruit, delicately dressed in a fruity syrup was served, although the dessert also changes on a daily basis.
As Robata Zawazawa is an intimate space, service perfectly reflects this and the waiters are on hand to make you feel looked after. So if you’re feeling like you need to treat yourself to an affordable yet delicious lunch that will leave you feeling like you’re actually looking after your body for a change, try the set lunch at Robata Zawazawa. You can always have some chocolate mid-afternoon if you feel like you’ve been too healthy, as I did of course!
LG/F, 41 Wyndham Street
Tel: +852 2536 9898
Date visited: Monday 14th November