Pirata Group’s latest restaurant and one of very few to serve Nikkei cuisine (Peruvian-Japanese) in Hong Kong.
Words Cherrie Yu
Opened less than two months ago on Lyndhurst Terrace, TokyoLima is a new addition to the Pirata Group (Pirata, The Optimist, Pici), and one of the latest restaurants to specialise in Nikkei (Peruvian-Japanese) cuisine. The space is secluded and eclectic, reminiscent of a modern Japanese izakaya, with a cosy bar area near the entrance for unwinding over a pre-dinner cocktail.
The menu of well-executed Japanese and Peruvian fare is divided into small plates, “larger”, “raw & seared”, “sushi & co” and “sticks”. We started with La Causa ($120), the chef’s twist on a traditional Peruvian potato terrine. Perfectly crisp tempura prawns come with flavourful rocoto garlic mayo and charred avocado paste. Another signature is portobello and nasu skewers ($80/stick). We loved the intensely earthy mushroom, which was delicious on its own, and made more delectable by creamy, umami miso mayo. Next was the ki-mo-ji chicken – deep-fried chicken leg delectably flavoured with Peruvian spices. This dish alone is enough to make us come back. From the “larger” section, the grilled beef ($320) was juicy and tender, though we felt the accompanying wasabi peppercorn sauce was too spicy and could be more nuanced in flavour. For drinks, we highly recommend the refreshing and tangy Pisco Flower ($95) and the gin-based Smoking Gun ($110), or one of the extensive selection of sakes.
We love the sizzling open kitchen near the back of the restaurant, making the whole atmosphere casual and inviting. And with the friendly staff and attentive service, TokyoLima is the perfect place to unwind with friends and promises a fun night out.
Spending: $700, dinner for two
Highlights: portobello and nasu skewers, ki-mo-ji chicken and the Smoking Gun
What else: weekend brunch is $398 per person. Add $180 for free flow (selection of cocktails, sake and beer)