29th October 2021 – (Hong Kong) Showmen Group which owns Kinship and Smoke and Barrel just opened a new Brooklyn Yakuza in the heart of LKF. It is a late-night restaurant serving Japanese American ‘East meets West’ cuisine in a buzzing-izakaya atmosphere featuring a theatrical sake bar for guests to enjoy various elixirs before, during and after their meals. Brooklyn Yakuza is a perfect place for a night out to enjoy great food, good company and get drunk in LKF with your BFFs.
Diners can savour impressive list of Sake at its interactive tasting bar while enjoying its huge selection of Japanese American Izakaya-style cuisine. Guests will be able to pick from a selection of glass-blown sake cups to drink from specially handcrafted by co-owner Arron Rhodes.
The distinctive cocktail menu is a fusion of two drinking cultures, as the name Brooklyn Yakuza itself, gives its distinct identity of a ‘mixed’ American and Japanese flavour profile, enhancing the overall cocktail craze experience in Hong Kong. Diners must not miss out ordering some cocktails to pair with their dining experience.
The restaurant is currently open for dinner only from 5pm – 11pm and brunch (commencing on October 31st) on Saturdays & Sundays from 11.30am – 4pm. Brooklyn Yakuza debuts with a delectable menu featuring raw dishes, grilled, fried, delicious nibbles and more. Lunch service started on 26th October from 12 noon – 3pm. Flavours consist of light and refreshing culture blending tasting notes yet robust with full-fletched identities. The culinary team brings a plethora of well-balanced flavours into all the dishes including the intricate dressings and infused oils. At Brooklyn Yakuza, sharing is superior, paying homage to Asian-styled family respect yet placing emphasis on a westernised approach to Japanese food.
From the a la carte menu, signature Cold Blood (mainly raw) starters include the Hamachi Crudo with mustard teriyaki sauce, sweet potato chips HK$158, Hokkaido Scallop with Po Toi seaweed, burnt cabbage, pickled kohlrabi HK$188 and Beef Tartare with Australian wagyu, miso egg yolk and tapioca cracker HK$168. Other must-try dishes include the NYC Spicy Tuna (Japanese Rice, Tobiko, spicy mayo) HK$158.
The Japanese Fries made of yam, nori and spiced aioli (HK$88) and Sweet Corn Fritter made of sake and chilli corn puree (HK$88) are good bar snacks for diners to nimble away while sipping their cocktails.
Other signature items from the Fried 911 section include BFC Karaage (Sweet & sour friend chicken with okinawa black sugar HK$108), Tater Tots Okonomiyaki Style in spring onion tonkatsu HK$108, BFC (Brooklyn Fried Chicken) in sweet & sour, Okinawa black sugar HK$108, Home Run Corn Dog in sushi rice, pork sausage, ketchup & mustard HK$118.
For main courses, try Grilled 911 noteworthy dishes i.e. Black Cod in beansprout risotto, edamame HK$198 and Wagyu Beef Cheek in roast garlic and orange glaze, water chestnut chimichurri HK$268 from the OG Fuel section.
For those with a sweet tooth, try the Chocolate Cake HK$88 made of chocolate mousse, yuzu custard and puffed rice tuile HK$88. Diners must save their stomach for the climax of the evening, Booty Call decadent dessert i.e. Ishigaki Pineapple Souffle in pineapple gelato, Okinawa black sugar HK$88 and Hokkaido Milk Ice Cream in everything Brooklyn, caramel, popcorn, graham cracker, marshmallow, strawberry HK$78.
Helming the Brooklyn Yakuza kitchen is Head Chef Lorcan Tang, born and raised in Ireland to a Hong Kong Chinese family, a true archetype of cultural blending and this reflects greatly in his cooking. Lorcan started out working in his parents Dublin-based restaurant and got a glimpse of how restaurant-businesses are run and how to work efficiently in a kitchen. After graduating culinary school, Chef Lorcan worked under 1 Michelin star Chef Kevin Thornton (first Irish Chef to be awarded 2 stars in 1988). Working under Thornton showed Chef Lorcan all about detail and passion and the efforts and energy brought to create meticulous dishes to satisfy guests.
Value for money : 4/5
Taste : 4.5/5
Ambience : 4.5/5
Service : 4.5/5
29, Wyndham Street, 29 LKF, Central.
Tel: +852-2866 1034