From the Past to the Present
Looking to impress guests with modern Japanese fusion cuisine? Hong Kong’s Naked restaurant has a new look to show off and a choice of reimagined Japanese delicacies, along with a relaxing atmosphere and spacious semi-partitioned seating. By Isabelle Lui
Greeting guests at a new location, contemporary Japanese dining hotspot Naked, referring to the original flavours of classic Japanese dishes, has leaped Victoria Harbour and re-opened in Tsim Sha Tsui East, complete with a new dedicated sushi counter staffed by sushi masters.
Separated by striped, wooden partitions, akin to Japanese screen panels, the restaurant’s semi-private seating is warmly lit, with each enclosure providing plenty of space for up to ten seats. Beyond, a long table seating 10-12 guests is within an area that can be transformed into a private dining space, ideal for small-scale corporate gatherings.
The innovative menu, created by executive chef Justin Chan, focuses on cuisine that’s both luxurious and healthy. The nutritionist-turn-chef transforms the culinary experiences of his travels into nutritious and palate-pleasing dishes using high-end ingredients and a creative combination of cooking techniques. The amaebi crudo with Tarabagani tofu and muzuko, with prawn sashimi topping Japanese tofu on a bed of seaweed and clear sauce made with vinegar, is a real appetite enhancer that stimulates the senses and heralds the delights to follow.
The culinary haven’s signature dish, the ‘do it yourself seductive wrap’, allows guests to create a customised wrap with their preferred ingredients, which include fresh uni, raw wagyu beef, Korean style marinated beef, Japanese shisho leaves, and Korean seaweed, neatly presented on a wooden board. Not only appealing to the palate, this creation also turns heads and draws cameras.
New on the menu is the pink lady roll, with Atlantic wild crab, avocado, and flying fish caviar, all wrapped in beetroot infused rice, creating an eye-catching bi-colour sushi roll. The portion of the dish is perfect for sharing among two to three people, but if the carbohydrate is still too overwhelming, the Genmaicha (Japanese brown rice green tea) is the perfect remedy for a lost appetite, while also preparing the taste buds for the next culinary adventure. A surprise on the palate is the plum wine-braised pork belly, served with Boston lettuce to wrap it in. Juicy yet non-greasy, the dish is the perfect marriage of sweet and savoury, soft and crunchy.
An ideal meeting venue serving a host of neatly-presented and nutritionally-balanced Japanese dishes, this newly relaunched restaurant promises to provide a space for seamless meetings and small corporate events, while letting guests enjoy the comfortable seats as much as they enjoy the meal in a relaxing and intimate ambience.
Shop G1 G/F, Mirror Tower, 61 Mody Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui East; +852 2363 7299; www.naked.com.hk