Saturday, January 27, 2018

Tsukada Nojo 塚田農場 (Hong Kong, CHINA) ★★★☆☆

Our tour of the Oceam Terminal Extension (OTE) at Harbour City continues this weekend with Tsukada Nojo (塚田農場) coming up next on our short list of restaurants to visit. We got there a little before 6pm and not surprisingly, there's already a modest line-up in front of the restaurant which is famous for its farm-to-table concept. After waiting in line for about 15 minutes, they finally got ourselves a table in the patio.

It was really windy tonight so sitting outdoor didn't sound like a wise decision at all but then with the stunning harbour view in front of us, I think we all agreed that we would make an exception here. Of course, there's a catch to sitting outside - due to safety concerns, we cannot order their signature bijin nabe, which is a hot pot made with collagen-rich chicken stock (afraid someone would catch fire?).

Salmon and avocado rice-paper roll (三文魚牛油果美人卷) ($48) - We decided to pepper ourselves with some small bites to start the meal. First up was salmon and avocado rice-paper roll, which reminded me a bit of the always popular Vietnamese rice paper rolls. These comes with either salmon, tuna, eel, shrimp or chicken. I thought the rice paper wrapper was a little chewy but other than that, it was decent enough.

Onigiri wrapped with pork belly (豚肉卷飯糰) ($85) - This is a platter that consists of three different flavors of Japanese rice balls (original, cheese and spicy). What made these special was the thin wrapper made with smokey pork belly. Not bad.

Nojo yakisoba (Nojo 炒麵) ($88) - Surprisingly, the yakisoba wasn't as flavorful as I thought (as indicated by its color).

Japanese omelette (梳乎厘玉子燒) ($68+10) - For an extra $10, the omelette came with crab meat in the middle. Pretty good deal, right?

This was very very soft like a souffle and to a certain extent, it tasted almost exactly like a Spanish tortilla. Pretty nice.

Chicken mentai crispy spring roll (雞肉明太子炸春卷) ($68) - If there was a dish we could do without, you're looking at it right now. The spring roll itself was fine but the chicken meat was pretty rough and the flavors from the shiso were way too overpowering for me. 

Bijin sweet rice-paper roll (美人甜卷) ($48) - Dessert was a bit of a mixed bag as well. The first one to arrive was a sweet version of their famous rice-paper roll featuring green tea flavored ice-cream, black sugar and roasted soy bean powder. Like its savory version, I thought it was decent but the flavors didn't surprise me a bit.

Matcha tiramisu (抹茶提拉米蘇) ($48) - Better was their matcha tiramisu.

It was primarily a mix of light mascarpone cheese and matcha powder. I didn't think I saw any ladyfinger in there.

The harbour view got even better as the night went on. 

Food Rating: 4/10
Price: $$$
Address: Shop OTE 202, 2/F, Ocean Terminal, Harbour City, 3-27 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
Tel: +852 2467-0777
Closest Metro Station: Tsim Sha Tsui

Casual Japanese Yokohama cuisine food restaurant harbour view tsim sha tsui Hong Kong farm-to-table concept

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