Lan Kwai Fong is turning Japanese next month, with the return of the LKF Japan Carnival. This year it’s bigger than ever, and the celebrations are happening all month long. The theme is ‘cool Japan’, and you can expect a weekend Japan Street Carnival, the LKF Cool Japan Pop-up at California Tower and the LKF Cool Japan – Japanese Dessert Remix.
But you don’t have to wait to immerse yourself in all things cool Japan (like Matsuri Dancing, Oishii food, Sake and a cosplay showcase—check out all the cool events happening right here). Just head to Lan Kwai Fong and check out the area’s best Japanese bars and restaurants.
Did you know that there’s an even more delicious word than ‘amazing’? It’s Amazake. True story – this izakaya and Japanese speciality bar is one of the best in Hong Kong. If you’re looking for a place to relax after work or play some drinking games – make this your first stop. They even have a BOGO happy hour Monday-Saturday from 6-9pm. The space is one of the best sake bars in Hong Kong. They serve up delicious food, creative cocktails and the best drinking games in town. Grab your friends and check it out, you won’t be disappointed.
G/F On Hing Building, 1 On Hing Terrace, Central; +852 2537 7787
Now that the weather is finally cooler, it’s time to indulge in a big bowl of piping hot ramen. No one does it better than Bari-Uma Ramen, the best ramen in Lan Kwai Fong. Bari-Uma Ramen started in Hiroshima over 15 years ago, and since then has won awards and high praise all around Asia for its practically perfect bowls of rich broth and chewy noodles. They do things a little differently: sending broth from Japan and making the noodles fresh in each shop – try it for yourself to taste the difference. They’re open until the early hours, so you can stop by for dinner or a post-night out treat.
G/F 22 D’Aguilar Street, Central; +852 3101 0780
Craving some modern Japanese food? Head to Kyoto Joe for their diverse, contemporary menu. All of their ingredients are super fresh and sourced mostly from Japan. They’re known for their freshly made sushi, sashimi and rolls – and they also have an amazing selection for vegetarians. If you’ve got a special event coming up, like a birthday or anniversary, book a table and find out why this is a Lan Kwai Fong favourite.
2/F, 1 Lan Kwai Fong, Central; +852 2804 6800
The classics are always the best, that’s why we love Tokio Joe so much – it was one of the first Japanese restaurants to open in Lan Kwai Fong. Open for more than a decade, Tokio Joe continues to find creative ways to innovate traditional Japanese dishes. They change their menu every six months, but keep the signatures, like their famous tuna salad. Stop by to enjoy the intimate setting and a relaxing drink, just save room for some bar bites!
16 Lan Kwai Fong, Central; +852 2525 1889
Voted Hong Kong’s hottest new restaurant in 2018, you can’t go wrong at FUMI. It’s a modern Japanese-spot with traditional roots and very chic execution. Pair their authentic Japanese dishes with a glass (or two) from their impressive sake selection at dinner, or really indulge at their free-flow, all-you-can-eat weekend brunch. True gourmets should keep an eye on their events, because FUMI often brings sake masters and celebrated chefs in for paired meals, like the SAKE Masterclass and Kaiseki Dinner at FUMI and Celebrity Guest Chef Aoki Toshikatsu x Fumi.
6/F, California Tower, 30-32 D’Aguilar Street, Central; +852 2328 3302
Sake Bar Ginn
Hong Kong has long had a love affair with all things Japanese, but it was only recently that the city welcomed its first dedicated sake bars. Sake Bar Ginn was one of the first to specialise in premium sake, serving over 100 kinds of incredible pours from around Japan. A visit here is a guaranteed education in Japan’s favourite spirit because they offer seasonal sake and tasting flights, guided by their SSI-certified sake sommelier and instructor. It’s also a female-owned bar, which we love supporting and hope to see more of soon.
Sake Bar Ginn
Unit 4C Ho Lee Commercial Building, 38-44 D’Aguilar Street, Lan Kwai Fong; +852 2536 4355
Opened by Japanese power-house brewery, Suntory, Master House offers up an amazing assortment of speciality beers (like green tea and limited-edition mango and pineapple flavours) and moreish bites. This is a simple, no-frills spot to enjoy Suntory beer and Japanese-themed bar snacks. They have six different pours on draught, but if beer isn’t your drink of choice, you can sample a few rare Suntory whiskeys and even a Suntory Umeshu.
12 Lan Kwai Fong, Central; +852 2703 9300
Bar de Luxe
This is the crème de la crème of Japanese cocktail bars, opened with legendary bartender Hidetsugo Ueno. Ueno is internationally renowned as the man behind Tokyo’s cocktail mecca, Bar High Five – recognised as one of the world’s best spots for a painstakingly crafted cocktail. This elegant oasis is hidden inside Attire House, and is a perfect spot to unwind in style after a long work-week. Ueno san’s protégé, Yuriko Naganuma is behind the hidden bar as Head Bartender.
Bar de Luxe
30/F, Asia Pacific Centre, 8 Wyndham Street, Central; +852 3706 5716
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