Rokkaku is a Japanese restaurant on Kwong Ming Street (off Star Street) in Wanchai, right by the Kwong Ming Street Children’s Playground. The unassuming, wooden slide door opens into a small and boxy dinning room with 2 sushi chefs working behind the sushi counter and 2 wait staffs.
The apparently Japanese-speaking waitress did not understand our Japanese questions, nor seemed to be knowledgeable in the menu and the chefs were non-Japanese. Despite the initial doubts and a few sandy clams, the meal was fresh and thoroughly delicious.
Snacking on dry codfish chips was a good way to prepare us for a profusion of raw dishes to come. Soon the carefully prepared dishes started arriving: amazingly fresh were the rich and oily hamachi (yellowtail); the monkfish liver served with chilli-tinted daikon (radish), green scallions and cucumbers in ponzu sauce; and Tsubagai, with a texture that is softer than abalone and harder than geoduck.
Exceptionally sweet and refreshing were the Hokkaido uni, botan ebi and salmon roe. The albacore was grilled just enough for the surface, tasted great on its own without adding soy sauce.
There was no room for dessert, finished the meal with warm miso soup to balance all the raw fish in my stomach, the experience was completely satisfying.
Dry CodfishChopped Fatty Tuna RollFlounder (Hirame)Sweet Potato TempuraHomemade Chicken Ball (Tsukune)Yellowtail (Hamachi)Monkfish Liver (Ankimo)Big Clam with SakeDeep Fried TofuWhelk (Tsubugai)Medium Fatty Tuna (Chūtoro)Albacore (Binnaga Maguro) Mackerel (Saba) Sweet Shrimp (Botan Ebi)Hokkaido Sea Urchin (Uni) Seasonal Salmon Roe (Ikura)Miso Soup with ShrimpRokkaku: 6 Kwong Ming St., Wan Chai, Hong Kong. Tel: 852 2866 8166