Thursday, 14.12.2017

URA Japanese Delicacy Out of Sight


The trend of hiding F&B concepts from the peering eyes of society is not new – underground supper clubs, private kitchens in the most unlikely of locales, and modern speakeasys that take their cues from the US’s experiment with prohibition – all pride themselves on their discretion, their uniqueness and their hidden charms.

Named for the Japanese word for ‘hidden’ and themed on the latent restaurants of Tokyo and Osaka, URA Japanese Delicacy has opened between Central and Sheung Wan as the newest brainchild of the Chang brothers, owners of nearby Indonesian restaurant IR1968. Inspired by their love of Japanese cooking (and women, but that was a long time ago) URA specializes in contemporary Japanese soul food using ingredients flown in daily. Chefs Takaoka Kouji and Kimura Junichiro serve up an innovative menu that fuses Japanese technique and western concepts – there’s ridiculously fresh sashimi, tuna tartar with egg yolk, onion rings made from fruitlike vegetables from Awaji Island, and a specialist grill selection that’s guaranteed to sate even the most relentless man-appetite. All this is served up in a main dining area that’s part manga, part Meiji era, in the 14-seat private dining room, on the expansive terrace, or at the speakeasy-esque bar, which specializes in private label sakes and hard-to-source Japanese whiskies (they even have Suntory whisky and soda pre-blended, on tap, the only spot in the city to do so).

JSome things shouldn’t stay hidden.


2F The Wellington, 198 Wellington St, Central, Tel: 2111 9381;


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