Summer has well and truly taken over Hong Kong, which means long days on the beach spent enjoying the sun, scoping out the...scenery, and sinking a few beers.

And while Hong Kong has plenty of hidden gems when it comes to beaches, Repulse Bay continues to be one of the most popular, and for good reason. The recent addition of The Pulse, a beachfront dining and retail precinct, means that sunseeking Hong Kongers have even more reasons to congregate here. Of course most restaurants here offer beach-appropriate fare – think burgers and chicken wings – albeit with a twist of a slightly fancier, sit-down setting.

And then there’s Shoku, the latest addition, which claims to bring Japanese fine-dining to the beach. It shouldn’t work – beachfront fine-dining seems to be an oxymoron – yet Shoku has managed to create a ‘fine-dining’ space that offers good quality Japanese dishes (and even private dining rooms) in a relaxed environment. The trick is in the indoor-outdoor concept, dominated by an open kitchen where guests can see the chefs work the authentic Binchotan charcoal grill, and the fresh seafood flown in daily from Japan. Start with freshly grilled seafood – surf clams, scallops and the like – move on to fried dishes – try the chicken or sweet potato and pumpkin tempura, and for something heavier, choose from a host of noodle and rice dishes, or one of the hearty steak dishes. Pair this all with a selection of signature and classic cocktails, and spirits – although you’ll have to ask specifically for wines and Japanese liqueurs.

Because twists are always good.

Shoku Bar & Restaurant
G/F, Shop 109,
The Pulse, 28 Beach Road,
Repulse Bay
2808 2333 


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