151 Hollywood Rd, Sheung Wan /
+852 3151 7771 /
open daily 6pm-1am
The fourth of Japan’s famed delicacies (after sushi, ramen and tonkatsu) to take the Hong Kong dining scene by storm, the skewered delights of yakitori have landed on Hollywood Road in the form of hot new two-storey gastropub, Three Monkeys.
Creating quite the foodie buzz with its C.17th street snack-turned-gourmet foodstuff and quirky cartoon mascot, this must-try eatery opened mid-January courtesy of restaurateur John Liang in a bright, spacious and industrial-chic fitout of high ceilings, exposed light-bulbs and metal beams. With its moniker a nod to the Three Wise Monkeys proverb, the long marble bar tempts with sake-infused cocktails (like Sakura with Awamori, cranberry juice and lime) and craft beers from Nagano-based YoHo Brewing Company.
Begin with tebasaki chicken wings or riosotto nigiri (mini rice balls stuffed with cheddar cheese), before agonising over the long list of signature yakitori skewers. Crafted on a grill forged by Tokyo-based ironmonger Kama-Asa, the served-on-a-stick specialties include ox tongue in wholegrain mustard, minced chicken meatballs with egg yolk (tsukune), soy-marinated kalbi beef and kurobuta belly with shiso leaves and seasalt. And with larger plates of slow-cooked wagyu-brisket stew (obaasan) and chawanmushi lobster with steamed egg custard and black truffles preceding a delectable finale of Gelotto Gelato, don’t risk being turned away - book ahead!