Hong Kong has no shortage of sushi restaurants, it’s true, but the city’s most highly acclaimed spot for raw fish, Sushi Shikon, is going to face some stiff competition next year. In April 2018, Tokyo’s three-Michelin-starred Sushi Saito will be opening at Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong, right in the heart of Central. Currently ranked #26 on Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants, Sushi Saito is set to open its first venture outside of Japan when it debuts in Hong Kong next year. If you’re not already excited, consider this: None other than chef Joël Robuchon has declared that Sushi Saito is “the best sushi restaurant in the world”.
The restaurant has held a coveted spot in Michelin’s Tokyo guide since 2009, and it’s considered one of the world’s finest temples to the art of sushi, one that remains low-key despite its many accolades. Chef Saito Takashi has been praised for his precision and attention to details, creating expert pieces of Edomae-style sushi that delicately balance temperature, texture and flavour. The chef’s unrivalled access to the most coveted pieces of fish found daily at the legendary Tsukiji fish market will benefit Hong Kong diners directly: Takashi will select the fish from the market in the early morning hours, and it will be flown here in time for lunch service. In addition, every other ingredient — from rice to soy sauce to the chef’s mild red vinegar — will be identical to what can be found in the Tokyo establishment.
According to chef Takashi, Hong Kong is a natural fit for his first overseas outpost. “Hong Kong is definitely the best place to meet food lovers who appreciate the beauty of our dedication while it also serves as a perfect channel reaching out to the world about a truly authentic sushi experience”, he says. “I believe the partnership with (Hong Kong restaurant group) Global Link, my long-term friend who shares the same vision towards the perfection of cuisine and hospitality, is going to live up to the authenticity and quality we deliver in Tokyo.”
Global Link CEO Jimmy Wong added that the forthcoming project was more than 18 months in the making. “We are confident the opening of Sushi Saito Hong Kong is not only a piece of good news to the local food lovers but a huge phenomenon that makes Hong Kong an even more important culinary capital in the world”.
For guests of the hotel and Hong Kong residents, the arrival of Sushi Saito will only add to Four Seasons’ reputation as the home of fine dining, as it will join the likes of two-Michelin-starred French restaurant Caprice and three-Michelin-starred Lung King Heen, the first Chinese restaurant in the world to achieve Michelin’s top accolade.
We here at Lifestyle Asia HQ are sushi fanatics, so you can bet this is one opening we’ll be tracking like hawks. Stay tuned for more details in the coming months.