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Hoshino Yatai Japanese Restaurant Completes Greater China Club’s Dining Offerings with Chinese and Italian Exquisite Dining Experiences Under One Roof

February 23, 2017 Dining No Comments Email Email

This February marks the official unveiling of Hoshino Yatai Japanese Restaurant, Greater China Club’s latest culinary offering on its stunning rooftop terrace. Officially opening on 22 February, Hoshino will bring bright and authentic Japanese dining experience in a relaxed setting inspired by Japanese communal street food culture (“Yatai”), providing a dynamic alternative to Greater China Club’s established and well-loved Cantonese dining room Man Hing and Italian food and wine bar Cadenza. Hoshino is the first of its kind offering Kyushu Japanese food in an outdoor setting in Hong Kong.

 

“We are delighted to add Hoshino to Greater China Club’s repertoire of culinary offerings,” shares Mr Eric Ting, Founder of Greater China Club. “Not only does our new restaurant offer an interesting Japanese ‘Yatai’ dining experience in Hong Kong, it also completes our array of restaurant offerings under one roof for members, as well as local and foreign visitors.” 

Inspired by the Japanese food cart concept known as “Yatai” popular in Fukuoka, Hoshino is a casual, unpretentious, and eclectic dining establishment, catering to epicureans who believe in panache as much as they do in flavours. Helmed by Japanese-born Chef Shimoji Atsushi, diners are invited to enjoy quintessential Japanese food stalls that are several meters long, offering an affordable, authentic feel and taste of Japan’s historic charcoal grilling technique. 

Born in Okinawa, Kyushu, Chef Shimoji brings with him 20 impressive years of Japanese cooking experience, of which six were spent in notable restaurant such as Inakaya in Hong Kong. His menu is created with the intent of bringing its diners to the heart of Japan through their palettes, particularly with his specialty ofKushiyaki (grilled items), Teppanyaki, Oden and Kamameshi.  Chef Shimoji uses items particular to and fresh from Kyoto and Kagoshima to create an even more authentic and real dining experience.

 Headlining the extensive menu includes Chef Shimoji’s signature Kushiyaki items such as Wagyu Beef with Sukiyaki Rolls with Egg Dipping (HK$82), Kyushu Mentaiko Spicy Cod Roe Pork Belly Skewer (HK$32), and Awaodori Chicken Wing (HK$29). The longstanding tradition of grilling meat, seafood or vegetables delicacies on sticks in Japan are ideal for bar snack, entrée, or party cuisine for sharing. 

Warming Oden specialties include Kyushu White Turnip with Sea Urchin (HK$68), Deep-Fried Kyushu Potato in Japanese Rice Flour (HK$28), and Ebisu Oyster (HK$68) are some items that can be enjoyed by guests in a Japanese pot stewed in a light soy-flavoured dashi broth. 

For those who prefer a heartier style of Japanese cuisine, Teppanyaki items such as Grilled Osaka Style Seafood Okonomiyaki (HK$78) and Fried Noodles with Pork Soup and Slices of Pork (HK$78) can be enjoyed with various ingredients cooked on an iron plate. Kamameshi, a traditional Japanese rice dish cooked in a “kama” (iron pot), are also highlighted in Hoshino with favourites include a selection of fresh vegetables, eel, and clams. Chef Shimoji exhibits his skill and precision to achieve a slight crisp at the bottom and edges of the rice during cooking, which adds a smoky flavour and crunchier texture to the Kamameshi. 

The delicious food is only made more spectacular with the sublime setting and beverage offering. To present an authentic kyushu experience, Hoshino introduces the “Odenwari”(HK$148/300ml), an alcoholic drink which uses warm oden broth as base to mix with shoju, the Japanese traditional hard liquor, a perfect accompaniment to Chef Shimoji’s tantalising menu. 

The impressively designed and conceptualised Hoshino truly transports diners to the heart of Japanese food culture thanks to the quintessential touches infused to the open terrace. Red and white traditional lanterns with Kanji characters reminiscent of alleyways found in quaint Fukuoka line the ceiling tapestry, whilst wooden benches and tables are perfect for groups large and small. Japanese banners and stylised plastic crates add a street style element to the manicured lawn of the terrace. Under the starry skies and a backdrop of the impressive New Kowloon skyline, Hoshino is a world’s away from the hustle and bustle true to the city. 

Greater China Club offers Corporate and Individual memberships entitling members to special priced menus at the Club’s three dining outlets, waived service charges and exclusive benefits. Priced HK$18,888 for corporate membership with 3 nominees and HK$6,888 for individual members, while monthly membership fees (which can be used for spending in the Club) are HK$600 and HK$300, respectively. 

Members enjoy special benefits, but the Club is also open to guests and tourists at D2 Place One, a revitalised industrial building now buzzing with eclectic bars and restaurants, named after its MTR exit at Lai Chi Kok. Non-members are subject to 10% service charge. 

Greater China Club is located on Unit A, 10/F, D2 Place One, 9 Cheung Yee Street, Lai Chi Kok, Kowloon, Hong Kong. It opens from Monday to Thursday, Sundayand Public Holidays, 12:00 noon to 12:00 midnight and Friday and Saturday, 12:00 noon to 1:00 am

For enquiries or reservations, please call (852) 2743-8055.  For more information, please visit www.greaterchinaclub.com or www.facebook.com/GreaterChinaClubHK.

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