Jan Jan Kushikatsu
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. $$-$$$