T.Dining by Hong Kong Tatler - - Hong Kong Restaurants -

HK$400 per per­son

G/F, 110 Queen’s Road West, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong

TEL: +852 2806 1038

www.okra.kitchen In many ways Okra Kitchen is a restau­rant that cap­tures the cur­rent zeit­geist. It has a global per­spec­tive, is in­clu­sive of mul­ti­cul­tur­al­ism and not afraid of be­ing straight-up weird. The lowkey space serves iza­kaya-in­spired fare, but noth­ing would be found on a tra­di­tional iza­kaya menu. Fol­low­ing the con­cept of small plates suited for al­co­hol pair­ing, dishes in­cor­po­rate Ja­panese in­gre­di­ents or flavours but are fil­tered through a lens of lo­cal­ity and per­son­al­ity. Quirky dishes such as Ni­gari Sai farm­house tofu looks like cubes of goat cheese or fer­mented soy bean paste, but a sur­pris­ingly creamy tex­ture is a nice con­trast to the Okra “black pi­geon sauce”. An in­di­ca­tor of Okra’s shrug to con­ven­tional con­tem­po­rary restau­rant cul­ture is the strangely named hen­tai pi­geon tat­suta. Avail­able in “orig­i­nal style” or “spicy flavour”, the lat­ter re­sem­bled Amer­i­can buf­falo wings. The hot sauce is spicy, acidic and sharp, mar­ry­ing well to the slightly salty, gamey meat. Thank­fully, the re­sult­ing dish wasn’t any­thing nearly as bizarre or per­verse as the name sug­gests. Con­trast­ing the smirk-in­duc­ing menu, the sake list at Okra should be taken se­ri­ously. Iden­ti­fied by sea­son, the sake menu fea­tures a unique se­lec­tion of nat­u­ral, un­pas­teurised sake.

In many ways, Okra Kitchen is a restau­rant that cap­tures the cur­rent zeit­geist

Okra Kitchen is a hot­bed of cre­ative culi­nary en­ergy

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