Japanese. 27/F, Zing!, 38 Yiu Wah St., Causeway Bay, 2151-1888. After proving his knife skills at Sushi Ta-ke and Kishoku, chef To Chi-hang has moved to a new post at Sushi Gin, which occupies a beautiful space atop Causeway Bay’s Zing! with a light oak sushi counter, bonsai trees and long windows to let in plenty of natural light.
HIT The restaurant offers several lunch sets ($288-488; $980 for omakase), all including a selection of appetizers, salad, soup and dessert. We settled on the nine-piece sushi platter ($368) and were presented first with a raw fish salad in a sesame dressing and a fresh salad of cherry tomatoes, cucumbers and radish. Both were cool and refreshing palate- cleansers. Then came the sushi parade: we enjoyed the yellowtail, a thick piece of fish topped with minced garlic; the otoro, with its light pink, buttery fattiness; and the sea perch, which dissolved in the mouth within seconds after a quick blow-torch to release the fatty oils. The uni nigiri was topped off with bright orange sea urchin so high it almost toppled as we picked it up, and the chef added an extra chopped tuna hand roll at the end just in case we were still hungry (we weren’t).
MISS Our vegetable tempura ($100) was scant. It was also under seasoned, and the mushroom failed to deliver the burst of umami we were expecting.
BOTTOM LINE Sushi joints are easy to come by in CWB, but Sushi Gin makes its case as a destination restaurant with skilled chefs, seamless service and panoramic views of the harbor to savor in-between bites.
Open Mon-Sun noon-2:30pm, 6pm-10:30pm. $$-$$$$