Secret-ish 8-Seat Omakase Spot Sushi Haru Finally Opens to the Public
Hidden behind an unassuming sliding door in the foyer of Crown Super Deluxe, Sushi Haru, Black Sheep Restaurants' eight-seat omakase experience helmed by Motoharu Inazuka, has been quietly hosting VVIP guests for a few weeks now—and, as of mid-day last Friday, officially opened to the public for lunch and dinner. The restaurant serves Edomae-style sushi—a centuries-old technique that involves treating (usually curing or cooking) the fish.
"Sushi is the most deceptively simple of foods," says Christopher Mark, co-founder of Black Sheep Restaurants, in a statement. "There is so much subtlety in the technique, every chef has their different recipe for soy, rice seasoning, their vinegar sourcing—it really is all in the details.”
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At Sushi Haru, attention to detail starts with the sourcing. Inazuka works directly with Japan's best producers—and the longstanding relationships he's built with specialist purveyors and artisans is evident in the intimate, personalised guest dining experience. The pickled ginger is flown in from Fukuoka, the proprietary vinegar recipe comes special from a secret source, and the fish and seafood—the ingredients at the heart of this restaurant—is delivered from top merchants in Hokkaido, Kyushu and Tokyo.
“Opening a sushi restaurant is something of a dream come true for me," Mark says. "As a young chef I lived in Tokyo in Tsukiji, I chose that neighbourhood because I wanted to be close to the market and I ate sushi for breakfast every day. I became something of an unofficial tour guide for the hotel I was working at when they had an important guest or celebrity who wanted to see the market. Gerrard Depardieu was one of the more memorable guests that I toured Tsukiji with.”
Sushi Haru serves omakase lunch and dinner menus priced at HK$898 HK$1500 per person, respectively. The restaurant is currently open, in adherence to government guidelines, Tuesday to Sunday for lunch from 12 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. and dinner from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Sushi Haru, Mezzanine, LKF Tower, 33 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong; +852 2111 1450