This 文章 originally appeared in the latest July edition of 美食记: The Future of Food. 在这里阅读！
Sizzling grill on a hot beach:
Summer is all about beach 和 sun, 和 newly opened ku brings beachgoers plenty of sizzle with its elegant Japanese robatayaki selection。的 new beachside bar 和 restaurant focuses primarily on grilled meats 和 seafood, 和 is the sister restaurant of refined Kishoku in Causeway Bay. The relaxed yet sophisticated venue flows out to the beach on the ground floor of The Pulse, although the view is obstructed by the beachside changing rooms. Instead, the focal point centers around the massive open grill 和 kitchen, complete with wrap-around counter seating. More intimate booths, as well as private rooms, line the 4,000 square feet open plan venue, so there's plenty of varying ambiances to accommodate any occasion. Ice-filled display cases packed with fresh seafood line the open grill, while heat wafts from the mighty Japanese binchotan charcoal hearth.
Our tasting during the soft launch party began with rounds of refreshing summer cocktails, ranging from the Bukudan "popping bomb", a Muscat liqueur twist on the classic Caipirinha, to the Chuhai "two in one", a shochu 和 plum wine Oolong tea concoction, to Chado, a matcha liqueur 和 bourbon whiskey old-fashioned. Our favorite, although not a pretty one (it vaguely resembled swamp water) was the matcha old-fashioned, which tasted unusually cleansing despite the hard liquor.
Tantalizing small bites circulated on tray service, 和 we couldn't resist snatching up the deep fried fresh oysters ($118) even though the plump juicy bundles were piping hot. We were rewarded by the succulence in each bite of the umami-rich shellfish。的 prawn 和 甜 potato tempuras ($158) were equally moorish, 和 were wrapped in 松脆的紫菜 before enveloped in a thin coat of tempura batter 和 deep-fried. To cleanse our palates after all that fried gluttony, we dug into the “Shoku-style” guacamole 和 prawn salad ($108) 和 butter lettuce green salad ($108)。的 guacamole delivered in 奶油味 被标点 甜 morsels of prawn, although we wished that there was another contrasting flavor to balance out the rich profile. The bouncy scallop, grilled to perfection with minced garlic in its own shell, came still attached with the coral or roe sac, making for scrumptious eating. Not usually a fan of abalone, the grilled fresh shellfish at ku was 甜 和 令人难以置信的温柔 whilst the grilled whole sea bream was visually impressive although a bit tough to handle - we wished the meat was more tender.
On the skewer side, the thick-cut ox tongue ($88) 多汁的 delicious charred salt 和 pepper crust, while the kurobota pork wrapped around maitake mushroom ($58) 有 powerful earthy aromas but could have benefited with more seasoning. The chilled homemade Korean kimchi udon ($168) 有 a garlicky, 甜 tang which was incredibly addictive, especially on a hot summer's day. Our meal capped off with deep-fried Hokkaido green tea milk pudding ($118) which was a bit bitter due to the concentration of matcha powder, 和 fluffy red bean cakes ($118) which felt like an indulgent breakfast pancake treat.
Sophisticated, yet relaxed Japanese robatayaki with high quality ingredients. The venue is 轻松别致 和 would make for a great intermission or finale to a day on the beach.
G/F, Shop 109, Beachfront, The Pulse, 28 Beach Road, Repulse Bay
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