It took a long time for Kowloon Walled City to evoke images of peaceful green space, sports facilities and an award-winning landscaped garden rather than shady shots of Hong Kong’s underbelly; but it has taken even longer for Kowloon City to shake a reputation as a dining backwater and catch up to other areas of Hong Kong. Luckily, elegant Junya Japanese Restaurant provides Kowloon City with serious cred on the Japanese cuisine scene. More specifically, Japanese food that delves deeper than sushi, sashimi, ramen and udon. The fare served up at Junya is exquisite, more like intricately crafted works of food-art than straight sea-to-plate sashimi. We’re talking crispy Okinawa black pig mushroom rolls, rice morsels wrapped with fresh salmon and topped with sea urchin, or avocado, fish eggs and rice wrapped in scorched eel. Right on Prince Edward Road, Junya is handy to anybody visiting, living or working in Kowloon City, and you shouldn’t miss this rare chance if you’re in the area!