JC Group’s newest add to their restaurant list is the Okinawa izakaya brand Mekiki no Ginji. Opening two branches at Causeway Bay and Tuen Mun with both already swinging in action; both of the restaurants are designed by Japanese designer Yusaku Kaneshiro, who was also the master mind behind the furnishings for Moshi Moshi Sushi in London and Sakafune as well as Maisui in Toyko. The restaurant stays true to the authentic traditional taste of signature Japanese dishes from different prefectures in the country, setting themselves apart from other izakaya restaurants in the area.
The area is decorated with wood, paying homage to the Japanese culture but at the same time twisting the natural element with a contemporary approach. Scripted on the ceilings of the restaurants are food names, along with a U- shaped wooden table that displays their quality ingredients for a total of more than 60 options in the menu. Seeing your food cooked in front of you; there are live tempura, robatayaki, and sushi stations inside of the dining area. Perfect for small gatherings and parties, they also have a separate area called the ‘Ginji Barrel’ for your guests’ privacy.
This first ever overseas branch of the 8 year old brand offers appetizers, salads, grills, rice, noodles, shabu-shabu, sushi, sashimi and desserts made by Hong Kong’s Executive Chef Yeung Chi-bun who has been especially flown to the flagship shop in Okinawa for intensive training before interpreting the recipes for diners here in Hong Kong. Dishes that must be tried out includes the teppan made Grilled Oysters in Sea Urchin Sauce with honey, sake and egg yolk on top, theGrilled Skewer Platter with six selections of meat and vegetables, the Udon with Chicken in Thick Soup which is prepared for 3 hours, the Ginji’s Caesar Salad with onsen egg and a special mayonnaise, the Salmon and Salmon Roe Riceball as well as the impeccable Okinawa ‘Aku’ Kurobuta Shabu-Shabu with extra thick soup and quality pork. Match it with the rarely seen in Hong Kong Okinawa’s signature ‘island sake’, and the meal is perfectly refreshed by the mellow strong taste with tingles from the crispy grilled food.
Ginji (Causeway Bay)
Location: P502, World Trade Centre, 280 Gloucester Road, Causeway Bay
Ginji (Tuen Mun)
Location: Shop M-63, V city, 83 Tuen Mun Heung Sze Wui Road, Tuen Mun
Written by Joyce Tsang