Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Sushi Kuu 壽司喰 (Revisited)

Sushi Kuu is one of my favorite Japanese restaurants in town. I usually come here for lunch because of its location in the middle of LKF. On this special Sunday evening, I was invited by a friend in celebration of her 2x birthday and it was Sushi Kuu that the whole group of us happily spent the night with plenty of shochu and endless flow of great food! My friend selected the tasting menu (or was it the Chef Menu?) for each of us. I forgot to grab the menu after the meal because after a few glasses of sake & shochu, I was lucky enough to be able to take all these clear, non-blurry and STILL images.

It was an exhilarating start because we were to start with something mushy, something creamy and something I have never tried before in my own life up to now: Cod Fish Sperm Sack! Yes, I did not mistaken it as Roe, it was "shirako" in Japanese aka Cod Fish Sperm Sack or Cod Milt if you like. It was slightly cooked and looked like a tiny human brain but it was all good! The sauce gave it all the flavors, it was the creamy, mushy texture that really captured the undivided attention of my taste buds!

Following the Cod Fish Sperm was the Onsen Tamago with Uni (Sea Urchin) and roes. Wow, it was good! Not only am I a fan of Onsen Tamago (hot spring egg in English), I am a big fan of Uni as well! So what was there not to like from this dish?? The yolk was rushing out as soon as the spoon touched its outer layer, mixed itself with the Uni and roe to create a wonderful marriage of flavors. Thumbs up!

I think it was some kind of sliced pork salad that followed but no surprises here except for the dressing which was rather refreshing with its slightly citrus flavors and hints of sweetness.

The Sashimi Platter was ... delightful and quite colorful as well with various kinds of very fresh sashimi including Hamachi and Toro which are my favorites!

Nothing should be wasted so we asked the shrimp heads to be deep fried!

The Ox tongues looked rather ordinary at first sight but the creamy and mushy sensation immediately returned after your first bite. The texture was surprisingly soft and kind of melt in your mouth. Thumbs up again!

More Uni coming up, yeah! It was Chawanmushi in a crab shell topped with crab meat and plenty of Uni. Great presentation but the egg custard seemed to be a bit undercooked and rather watery as well. The strong flavors of the Uni when mixed together with the steam egg custard, overtook the flavors of the chawanmushi.

Oyster Tempura, nothing too special here. The resulting batter was a bit too greasy in my opinion.

Fish Soup was wonderful! The fish flavor was very rich, deep and intense (if that is the right word to use). Not watery at all, it was ... good and comforting!

More Uni (Sea Urchin)? Why not! Keep them coming please!

Next came Seared Toro Sushi, a wonderful indeed and it literally melt in your mouth as well!

The Wrapped Salmon Roll was something new to me as well and it was quite interesting the way they did it but it was fair in terms of taste. The wrap was pretty loosely rolled together so be very careful not to drop the rice and salmon all over the table like I did!

Totally forgot what these sushi were, I just recall being told to eat without any sauce and that one of them was the right fin of the fish. Ah well sorry about not recalling the names, please blame the shochu!

It was a bowl of thin and chewy cold soba that marked the end of our wonderful meal.

Oh wait, there was a fruit platter of course! and ....

... an ever so delicious homemade Pavlova made by our other friend S who should really think about changing her career! Her cupcakes were wonderful as well!

  • Shirako - Cod Fish Sperm Sac. Something worth trying indeed! Cream and mushy! :)
  • Onsen Tamago with Uni (Sea Urchin) - did I mention I love Onsen Tamago?
  • Ox tongues & Seared Toro Sushi - both melts in your mouth in their own unique ways; same as the Shirako :)
  • Chawanmushi in a crab shell - a bit too watery, perhaps undercooked
  • Oyster Tempura - a bit too greasy
Avg Spending: Like to take this opportunity to say thank you to the birthday girl, J, who refused to let us pay and insisted on treating us for this wonderful meal! Thank you and happy birthday!

Sushi Kuu 壽司喰
1/F Wellington Place,
2-8 Wellington Street, Central
Tel: 852 2971 0180

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KennyT said...

Wow, your photos are so beautiful! That shirako looks yum!

Unknown said...

OMG! i cant wait to try all these goodies!

Unknown said...

Great pics, as if you were completely sober:-) I love HK and I love LKF! Will surely visit this sushi place on my next trip.

cheeky angel said...

Still drooling...the uni/ sea urchin looked even more tempting than usual. I think I may have to try this place out some time soon.

Jason said...

@KennyT: the Shirako was yummy!

@Rita: I kinda want to eat the Shirako again, it was unique in terms of texture and flavors. Of course the heavy dosage of Uni was nice too! :)

Chinkee: yeah, please do when you drop by next HK next time and hopeful the Shirako is still in season because it is worth trying!

@cheeky angel: oh yes, I heart uni / sea urchin, the more the merrier :)

Greentea00 said...

....jason, i'm drooling in the office now at 10 am in the morning!! how much for the chef's menu? $1000 per head ? i'll definitely give this place a try sometime! thanks..and love ur pix !

Jason said...

@Greentea00: Sorry for making you hungry at 10am LOL ... I need to double check the price because I did not get the chance to check the bills since my friend paid for the whole thing. Will get back to you on that :)

Beef No Guy said...

Damn this place sounds and looks great! In Central? I bet the prices were astronomical!

Jason said...

@BeefNoGuy: The chef menu can be costly (which I am yet to find out) For lunch the avg spending is around HKD 150 - 200. :) ... give lunch a try next time.

Jin said...

argh!!! after a heavy lunch and an even heavier dinner, you still have me drooling over your food pictures! you are evil!!! :P

Jason said...

@Jin: hey no worries, those items above are very light!!! LOL

Anonymous said...

Oooh Jason I just read this!! So glad you loved your omakase experience at Kuu and I'm so happy you came to celebrate my bday with me. :) let's eat Kuu again!! :D

Anonymous said...

My friend is bringing me to this place- I am praying there will be no sperm sacks- I dun think I can possibly put it in my mouth! XD I am not a good foodie... I totally draw the line on that!

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