Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Hong Kong's Tsukiji Market- Yamataka Seafood Market (山贵海鲜- 灣仔筑地市场) @ Wan Chai (湾仔), Hong Kong.

Call it an extension of Tsukiji Market (from Tokyo) to Hong Kong, the Tsukiji Yamataka Seafood Market is built to emulate the Japanese fish market experience. The news spread amongst seafood devotees and they were waiting in anticipation for its opening. The place has been running successfully with a steady flow of customers every day since its opening in late November 2016. Yamataka Seafood Market is like a miniature Tsukiji Market with fresh Seafood imported from Japan and around the world; live seafood and made-to-order dishes are available too. If keen, customers can catch the fresh Tuna cutting show at certain times of the day. The entrance to the market is inviting and beautifully decorated to the Japanese theme with a curious dark shade that welcomes visitors to the market. Inside, visitors are first granted by the display fridge that displays an array of imported Japanese goods as well as freshly cut Sashimi and Sushi (for take away). Walk in further and you will find the standing Sushi bar and Seafood counter. But be prepared, nothing is cheap here so be careful not to put a dent on the wallet.

Yamataka Premium Donburi/ 山贵特盛鲔鱼丼 (HKD 238)

Salmon and Salmon Roe Donburi/ 三文鱼子丼 (HKD 148)

It did not take us long to decide our orders, we had the Tuna Donburi and Salmon Donburi. The former one comes with a few types of Tuna- broiled Tuna, minced Tuna, Tuna Belly and Tuna Sashimi while the latter choice comes with Salmon Sashimi and raw Salmon Roe. The Seafood was amazingly fresh and they were expertly sliced (though can be thicker to my liking). But the real draw was the meticulously cooked Japanese Rice with the perfect texture and consistency. The serving portion was generous either but we were not sure if we would like to give it another shot. Given that price, we might be able to find something with similar quality at some other Japanese restaurants.

Taste: 7.5/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Service: 7/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Price: 6/10 (1-3 expensive, 4-7 average, 8-10 cheap)
Ambiance: 7/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Parking: N/A
Service Charge: No
Government Tax: No

Additional Information:
Address: 2nd Floor of Wan Chai Ferry Pier 灣仔渡輪碼頭
Business Hours: 12 am to 10 pm. Opens Daily.
Contact Number: N/A
How to get there: Exit A1 from Wan Chai MTR Station and follow the bridges towards the ferry pier (via Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center and Great Eagle Center). The walk can be quite long and would take approximately 15 minutes (road works are on-going so it will take some effort to locate the pathway).
Website: http://yamataka.hk/