Jan Jan Kushikatsu

HK Magazine - - DINING -

Ja­panese. 2/F, 100 Queen’s Rd. East, Wan Chai, 2157-1408. Who says only Amer­i­cans know how to deep fry stuff? With more than 12 lo­ca­tions in Osaka and Tokyo, this kushikatsu (deep­fried skew­ers) restau­rant is the first to open out­side of Ja­pan. The space is small but cozy, with din­ers seated around an open kitchen.

HIT Un­like tem­pura, kushikatsu skew­ers have a thin­ner bat­ter and feel less oily, and are typ­i­cally dunked in a sweet and sour dip­ping sauce. We loved the A5 wagyu beef ($88), which was supremely juicy and ten­der, show­cas­ing the pre­mium qual­ity of the beef. The fried chicken leg ($23) and the “kiss fish” whit­ing skew­ers ($60) were equally ten­der,

MISS While we loved most of the skew­ers we or­dered, the grilled men­taiko slices ($88) were way too salty to eat on their own, and left us des­per­ate to wash the taste away.

The grilled ume and chicken roll ($29) was un­for­tu­nately on the dry side. For dessert, the castella cake ($35) was dis­ap­point­ing as the sponge seemed to have sat in the fridge for too long and was hard when it ar­rived at the ta­ble.

BOT­TOM LINE Stick to what Jan Jan’s known for— the kushikatsu—and you’ll be re­minded again of the beauty and magic of a sim­ple deep fryer.

Open Mon-Fri noon-3pm, 6-11pm; SatSun 1-3:30pm, 6-11pm. $$-$$$

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