A friend once told me her favorite solo outing was going out and having sushi. I happen to agree. On my last day full day of Hong Kong I was alone. And while most think that’s unfortunate, I think it’s advantageous for securing a walk in seating at high demand sushi restaurants. Most of the time you’ll need a reservation. But as a party of one, all you need to do was to look for bar space. And that was the case at Sushi Hiro, a place upstairs from where we had lunch earlier in the week. One thing that I should mention was that it wasn’t easy finding a place with the party of one method. Although I started very early, at 5pm, I went to about 3 other places before deciding. And sure, I could have called, but I wanted to see the place, see the fish, and feel the ambiance.
Sushi Hiro’s sushi bar was very inviting. Two sushi chefs with a couple helpers stood behind the counter and the staff was attentive the whole time. Although the restaurant felt dark, I realized most of the lighting was illuminating the sushi bar while giving the private tables more intimacy. Of course, I took the bar and greeted the chef.
I took a deep breath and ordered the omakase set at $2800HKD.
Yes, this was expensive and I knew the price beforehand. But I wanted to experience and test what the locals say. “If you want good sushi, you might as well buy a ticket to Japan.” And sure, at these prices you might as well. Though it’s more than just finding the right fish. It’s about coming up with a good meal. Sushi Hiro does so with a huge selection of seafood sourced from Hokkaido. And by the end of the meal, I had sampled all of it and had to graciously turn down the chef for any more food. There were several memorable courses and I am happy to say, it was worth it. And that’s coming from a guy who frequents all the wonderful sushi places here in California. Sure, it’s a different style, but let’s focus on creativity over purists.
Verdict: If you can overlook the price tag, try their omakase.