While September is fast coming to a close, the hot weather doesn't seem to be going away anytime soon, which is why we're celebrating the arrival of a cult-favourite gelateria to our streets in the coming weeks. In other news, Hong Kong's Japanese offerings continue to expand with a new retail-dining concept in Tsuen Wan, plus new offerings at Censu. Read on for more.
Big In Japan
With Hongkongers' yearning to travel at Japan at all-time highs, Tsuen Wan's newest dining and lifestyle destination, Ikigai Concepts, has opened at a fitting time to help alleviate some of that wanderlust by way of your tastebuds. Combining retail with gastronomy, the 12,000-square-foot, 190-seat venue was brought into being with the help of Tokyo-based Nomura Design. It's split into five zones, which comprise everything from a kushiyaki skewer grill and a casual washoku kitchen serving everyday tempura and rice bowl options, to an omakase sushi bar, a sake tasting lounge, and a teppanyaki bar that is due to open later in early October.
Indeed, approachability is at the core of Ikigai Concepts' offerings: an omakase lunch starts at HK$380, and dinner at HK$780, with guests dining on delicacies like botan ebi and sweet Samegarei flounder from Hokkaido to Japan’s staple ‘iwashi’ sardine. Meanwhile, the sake lounge hosts a dispensary that automatically matches each user based on their unique preferences.
Ikigai Concepts soft opens on October 1 at Shop 211, Nina Mall II, Tsuen Wan West, Hong Kong; ikg.hk