Jin loves to eat and I arrived in Hong Kong on the same day last December. I arrived in the afternoon while she arrived at night. She wanted me to wait for her to have dinner together. At 9:00 pm!!! After my last meal at Carpaccio hours before I was hungry.
I suggested Ginza Bairin since I heard the franchise is coming to Manila and I wanted to try it out.
Jin arrived at K11 a few minutes before me and she had a hard time finding the restaurant in the basement 1 of the mall. She kept looking at the map and still couldn't find it. We later learned you had to take the elevator outside the mall to access the restaurant which was the only one in that hidden location.
me and Jin
They had the usual sauces including an additional wasabi dressing which I really liked. They didn't have the ground sesame seeds like Yabu.
It's always fun eating with a food blogger since they are patient with the long task of picture taking before eating.
I couldn't help but compare their menu with Yabu, a totally local restaurant. Their menus were practically the same but Yabu served unlimited shredded cabbage.
rosu katsu set (black pork) HK$168
When the waiter placed the tray of fried pork I could smell the strong almost rancid oil. It wasn't a good sign. The pork was very, very bland and boring and not even a lot of tonkatsu sauce could save it. We shared this order and yet didn't finish it. I'm not a tonkatsu expert but Jin said many other restaurants in Hong Kong serve much better tonkatsu. We both agreed Yabu did a better job too.
I think I enjoyed the side order of curry sauce the most.
curry sauce HK$20
assorted seafood katsu set HK$178
The fried fish fillet, oysters and prawns fared better than the pork. This we finished.
I hope the local franchisee of Ginza Bairin do a better job when they open in Manila. Thanks for treating me to dinner Jin!!
Shop 24 Basement 1, K11 Mall, 18 Hanoi Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
Opening hours: 12:00~23:00 (LO: 22:30)
other locations in Hong Kong here