What do you get when you mix Japanese flavours with traditional Spanish tapas plates, and throw in a generous helping of organic ingredients along with one of Hong Kong’s up-and-coming slow-food chefs? The answer is Justin Chan’s new Soho diner Naked Gurume Gyarari. Having burst on the scene at the close of 2013 with his trendy Sai Ying Pun spot Locofama, Chan has since developed an inspired fusion iteration of his previously ‘stripped down’ philosophy, served up in a gallery-esque private dining space adorned with Japanese pop art, and a main room clad in glossy murals, dark lacquered wood and long leather banquettes.
From the crispy-thin lotus root chips with black truffle paste and yuzu-garlic cream, to the toro and 48-month Iberico ham wrap accented with sea grape sprigs and quinoa, to the diver scallop and bacon salad with mesclun leaves and a cheesy tofu vinaigrette – the small plates are an artful eyeful to behold. Dessert too comes with a heavy helping of quirk: blueberry-topped cheesecake is wrapped with slivers of cucumber reminiscent of a sushi roll complete with a side of ‘soy’ (green tea chocolate) dipping sauce. And of course no Japanese restaurant, fusion or otherwise, is complete without a bottle of sake, so take your pick of well- and lesser-known varieties sourced from Nagano and Akita. Scanty-chic!
1/F / 28 Elgin St / Soho / +852 2363 7299 / naked.com.hk