Casual Japanese eateries certainly seem to dominate the latest set of new restaurant openings, what with Zanzo in Tai Hang just arrived, Ronin on the cards, and Three Monkeys on Hollywood Road. This highly-stylised venue sources its grills from renowned knife and iron specialist Kama-Asa in Tokyo’s famed Kappabashi-dori (“kitchen town”). It’s used to cook many of the restaurant’s specialties, which include all manner of seafood, meat and vegetables on sticks. There are familiar orders, such as tebasaki (grilled chicken wings) and asparagus pork rolls, but then the menu also includes more interesting items such as chicken neck meat with wasabi mole, and “riosotto nigiri”, which are mini onigiri (rice balls) stuffed with cheddar. The extensive grill menu is also flanked by more substantial cooked mains, rice and noodles, plus starters. Premium ingredients are peppered throughout, with items such as foie gras tofu toast, lobster chawanmushi and “Obaasan’s wagyu stew”.

There are also a range of tipples from Yoho Brewery, one of Japan’s top craft beer companies, and daily-changing flavours of gelati from Gelotto Gelato.

Three Monkeys, 151-155 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan; +852 3151-7771 or +852 3151-7775

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