Yamashiro is quite a lovely restaurant, with a nice decor and prices comparable with other expensive restaurants in Hong Kong. Service was acceptable enough, but there is definitely room for improvement if the restaurant wants to make its mark alongside other more notable Japanese restaurants. The restaurant is still fairly new, and I'm sure time and training will iron out those issues. The food was good, and I was pleased to find that the sushi and sashimi were fresh (I'm still a bit wary of eating sushi in HK after a bad experience). Beautifully presented dishes that I've learnt to expect from the Japanese cuisine. Yamashiro's menu also features teppanyaki dishes, but Rob and I only ordered from the sushi menu. Our friends had only eaten breakfast that day (how can people get through the day with only one meal?), so they ordered quite a few dishes which ranged from sushi to teppanyaki to tempura to noodles. I think they were happy enough with the meal.
Rob ordered a-la-carte sushi, including several expensive items that were HK$100 a piece (he doesn't pay any attention to the price listing on the menu, at least not until after he has placed his order). Rob began ordering the sushi using the Japanese names, and our poor waiter had trouble until I suggested Rob used English. Rob said the sushi were pretty good except for the aburi-toro (grilled fatty tuna) which he said was too cooked.
(clockwise from top left) O-toro (fatty tuna), aburi-toro (grilled tuna), hotate (scallop), ama-ebi (sweet shrimp), uni (sea urchin 'roe'), ikura (salmon roe), unagi (freshwater eel), and anago (saltwater eel):
I got the Chirashizushi, which included many sashimi items that I would have ordered if I'd gone the sashimi-only route. I loved the colours in the bowl, and my friend remarked how healthy my food looked. The 2-year-old enjoyed the ikura (salmon roe) and kept requesting for the salty orbs (he'd eaten a fairly hefty packed dinner due to the fact that I didn't want to take my chances on a Japanese restaurant having anything substantial he could eat that was free from soy and sesame).
There was a nice selection of desserts, and no one (except me) could resist ordering something sweet to finish the meal with. After some deliberation, Rob decided upon the Green Tea Tiramisu, which was beautifully presented. It tasted pretty good too, although not much like the coffee-and-liquour tiramisu we ate in our recent trip to Italy (which, incidentally, weren't much like the tiramisu we've had outside of Italy).
Green tea tiramisu:
It was great to see my friend again whom I hadn't seen for years! The food was good, albeit a little pricey, but it's good to have a decent Japanese place close by for the next time we have a sudden hankering for sushi and sashimi. (For the record, I think the Japanese food at Inagiku is better.)
Yamashiro Japanese Cuisine
Civic Square, Elements Mall
1 Austin Road West
Tsim Sha Tsui
Tel. +85 2 3743 1421
Back to photo editing I go, and stay tuned for more photos of sights and food from our trip to Italy!