Hong Kong’s restaurant scene is rife with Japanese yakitori bars catering to a a busy crowd of diners and drinkers looking for a grilled morsel alongside a long, ice-cold Asahi draught beer. The formula is unbeatable, but there’s a new culinary style on the scene that is getting the city’s foodies drooling – yakiniku – that’s all about ingredients cooked on a tabletop grill for a bespoke and social dining experience. And in Mong Kok, there’s no better representative of this style than Morihachi Yakiniku, whose authentic Japanese restaurant can be found at the 38 Plaza down Shan Tung Street.
Japanese yakiniku is in fact a variation on Korean bulgogi, invented by Korean immigrants to Japan to appeal to their host country’s tastes. In Hong Kong, one of the best yakiniku experiences to be had is at one of the many Morihachi Yakiniku restaurants scattered about the city. The outlet in Mong Kok is as fantastic as the rest, with authentic Japanese decor, well-spaced tables allowing a little privacy (there are booths too), and a buzzing atmosphere thanks to the self-cooked tabletop-grill technique that yakiniku demands.
As soon as you step into Morihachi Yakiniku’s Mong Kok restaurant you can smell what you’re in for: platters of premium Saga Wagyu beef, ox tongue with French Dijon mustard, chicken pot-marinated in a salt and lime sauce, Matsuba crab legs from Hokkaido, thick slices of Agu Black pork with rock salt and more, all grilled by you to your liking on the built-in barbecues at each table. A busy place, be sure to book a table at Morihachi Yakiniku’s MK outlet down Shan Tung Street to avoid missing out..