Better known for bold and brash concepts like Wagyumafia and La Rambla, the Leading Nation hospitality group has gone left-field with its latest opening, Sushi Mamoru. Now taking reservations from its location in Wan Chai, it follows closely on the heels of Margo, but differentiates itself from the rest of the group's offerings for its strict adherence to history and tradition, in the same vein as the many generations-old sushi temples found in Japan.
Mamoru—which translates as 'to protect' in Japanese—makes its intentions clear from the outset with the appointment of chef Hirofumi Chiba at the helm. A third-generation sushi master with 22 years of experience under his belt, the native of Yamagata Prefecture grew up in his grandfather's sushi restaurant, but began his career in earnest with a full decade of apprenticeship at Tokyo institutions like Tsukiji Sushi Iwa and Zorokuzushi Minami. More recently, Chiba headed the sushi counter at the now-closed Central omakase restaurant, Sushi Kohaku.