Looking to encourage little adventurous eaters?
Healthy and delicious, sushi is a favourite for us mamas. But finding child-friendly sushi options in Hong Kong can be a tricky business. Can kids even eat sushi?! Many of the best options are quite high-end (no one wants a raw deal after all), but there are some great options out there to introduce your little ones to the wonderful world of Japanese cuisine. And yes, in case you were wondering, kids CAN eat sushi — it just might be best to start them off with veggie options before easing them into the raw fish. We’ve even thrown in a few date night options for parents to sneak in as well. Irasshaimase!
Zuma has been bringing its internationally acclaimed style of modern Japanese cuisine to Hong Kong for 12 years, serving dishes inspired by Japan’s informal Izakaya dining style. And, as somewhat of an institution when it comes to brunch in the city, it always hits the spot when it comes to sushi. You can count on premium, seasonal and fresh ingredients when feasting on the selection of sashimi, seafood, maki rolls and more, with all dishes made to order right before your eyes! Whether you’re indulging in endless picks from the brunch buffet or dining à la carte, its contemporary take on Japanese cuisine will have you coming back time and again.
If you’re looking to keep the kids entertained while you enjoy your meal, look no further than Shiro. Keep little hands busy with some origami and then let them tuck into a junior bento box with mini sushi (from $98). There’s also a dedicated juniors menu featuring a teriyaki, tempura and sushi platter (with unlimited mini sushi serves). If you’re worried a whole lunch set is too much for little mouths, mini sushi, handrolls and maki are all available à la carte from $15. Lunch at both the Pacific Place* and TaiKoo Place branches is an easy and relaxed sushi option. Parents will also enjoy the extensive menu. Try out the Crystal Sushi, presenting intriguing flavours hand-crafted with crystal jellies and we’re also big fans of the Sustainable Blue-Fin Tuna, Yellowtail Hamachi Tataki with Ponzu Jelly.
Shiro, LG1, Two Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, Hong Kong*
Shiro, Lincoln House, 979 King’s Road, TaiKoo Place, Hong Kong, 2116 4969, www.shiro-sushi.com
*Editor’s note: The Shiro branch at Pacific Place is currently closed for a makeover
Parents in the know love Genki Sushi! This Japanese sushi chain has locations all over Hong Kong, Kowloon and the New Territories. The moving conveyor belt is great for kids because they can pick out exactly what they want to eat. Most come in pairs on little plates or as a single piece of sushi, so you don’t need to commit to ordering an entire roll. Everyone in the family can have a say in what they want to eat. You can also order à la carte. Menu options are affordable (plates start at just $10!) and you’ll find parent favourites like salmon nigiri, yellowtail sashimi and spicy tuna rolls alongside more child-friendly options like mini cucumber rolls. If this is your first sushi adventure with the kids and you’re not certain how it will all pan out, rest assured, a bowl of udon noodles is sure to hit the spot (if not, there’s cheese fries and fried chicken on the kids’ collection menu). After you finish the food, servers will count the plates and check the colours of each plate to correspond to the price. Too easy!
Mi-Ne is one of Hong Kong’s more popular conveyor belt sushi joints with most of its branches in the New Territories. But don’t let the queues deter you! We can promise you the wait is worth it for the fresh and tasty sushi. You’ll save on the cash with its affordable menu, but you’ll also be spoilt for choice (great for fussy eaters!). It also often has special deals and set meals during holidays so keep your eyes open.
Genki’s “big sister”, sen-ryo is a popular choice for a flavourful bite at any time of the day. Offering a curated selection of sushi, sashimi and sets (at affordable prices!), you’re bound to find something that takes your fancy here. We’re sure even the fussiest kids will try the yakitori skewers (with options including pork, chicken wings, sweet potato and grilled corn) and you can always entice them with dessert — a Japanese version of an ice-cream sandwich!
FUMI brings the best of Japanese cuisine from the snowy peaks of Hokkaido to the streets of Lan Kwai Fong. Expect seasonal menus that will have you salivating. You can choose from multi-course omakase and kaiseki dinners to a selection of à la carte dishes and set lunches. And if that’s not enough to tempt you, FUMI also stocks a selection of premium sakes that cannot be found anywhere else in Hong Kong, along with an epic Sunday brunch buffet offering and what it calls a Saturday Remix brunch. You can get your kids cooking their own meals at the Okonomiyaki station where guests can learn to make their own savoury Japanese pancakes. You can also make your own rice bowl with fresh sashimi at the Mini Donburi station.
Date Night Options
Leave the kids at home and schedule your next date night at one of these restaurants. Here you’ll find only the freshest and most fabulous sushi and sashimi selections.
Tucked away at the end of Kau U Fong, this dark grey building is nothing special on the outside, but behind closed doors it’s a hidden gem! Featuring an awesome range of sake and fine Japanese whiskey, its seafood is also seriously fresh and flavoursome. You can’t go wrong with most of its menu. Opt for a flight of sake and dig into raw delights such as Shigoku oysters, apple, mozuku and ginger vinegar, or a smaller plate of Flower Crab. Rōnin offers walk-in spots at the bar, but be sure to make a reservation for guaranteed seating.
Rōnin, G/F, 8 On Wo Lane, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, 2547 5263, www.roninhk.com
You will find a NOBU restaurant in most major cities around the world, including New York, London, Dubai, Milan, Tokyo and (of course!), Hong Kong. Enjoy a stunning harbour view whilst feasting on some sushi classics or one of NOBU’s signature dishes. You’ll have trouble deciding what to order here, mainly because you will want to try everything! The menu features a wide range of sushi, sashimi and sushi rolls, along with plenty of other inventive Japanese creations. The restaurant also offers an omakase menu for $1,488.
NOBU InterContinental Hong Kong, 2/F, InterContinental Hong Kong, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 2721 1211, www.noburestaurants.com
Found inside the Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong, Sushi Saito is the first international branch of the acclaimed three Michelin star Tokyo restaurant. Celebrating the freshest seasonal seafood, Chef Takashi Saito handpicks the produce every morning at Tokyo’s Tsukiji Market and transports it on the same day to Hong Kong. Quality and freshness is certainly guaranteed! Following in the footsteps of the famed Tokyo branch, the Hong Kong location has now been awarded two Michelin stars. With only 12 seats available, this exclusive spot may be hard to get into, but the artfully and masterfully-crafted Edomae-style sushi makes it worth it.
Sushi Saito, 45/F, Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong, 8 Finance Street, Central, Hong Kong, 2527 0811, www.fourseasons.com
Sushi Shikon is currently the sole outpost of Sushi Yoshitake in Tokyo, a restaurant that has consistently been awarded three Michelin stars since 2012. Sushi Shikon in Hong Kong specialises in omakase, a Japanese word meaning “I’ll leave it to you”, in which the food selection for your meal is decided by the chef. At $1,800 per person for lunch and $3,500 for dinner, it isn’t for someone on a budget. But, with a whopping three Michelin stars (2014 to 2018), you know that the meal is going to be one to remember. And with daily deliveries of the freshest fish from Tokyo’s Tsukiji market, the highest quality is always guaranteed. The restaurant only has eight places at the sushi counter, along with a private room that seats six people, so make sure to make a reservation to get a seat at this elite dining experience.
Sushi Shikon, 7/F, The Landmark Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong, 15 Queen’s Road Central, Central, Hong Kong, 2643 6800, www.sushi-shikon.com