MUST TRY LIST: Innovative izakaya-style snacks and musubi creations at MUSUBI HIRO in Central

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15th July 2021 – (Hong Kong) Situated beneath the escalators at the junction of Cochrane Street, Gage Street, and Lyndhurst Terrace, the multi-leveled 50-seater gastropub is an avant-garde drinking den with an interactive dining format called MUSUBI HIRO.

Descend the steps to the lower bar and find the Musubi Hiro wall, adorned with retro Ultraman posters and hand-pasted holographic Musubi Hiro stickers. MUSUBI HIRO will reward guests who are able to find the 1 upside-down Musubi Hiro sticker on the wall with a special prize. Additionally, anyone who buys a round of shots for the whole bar will receive a personal tribute of themselves painted on the wall by young artists from Hong Kong Design Institute (HKDI). 

Inspired by the Tokusatsu Japanese live action series of the 1960’s that saw giant Kaiju monsters facing off at immense heights against Kyodai heroes, MUSUBI HIRO is the towering new hero that brings a modern twist on old-school Japanese fare. Packing punches full of flavour and imagination, MUSUBI HIRO presents an epic yet down-to-earth menu of made-to-order musubi creations (up to 10 varieties) and re-imagined izakaya-style snacks (up to 10 varieties) with vegan- and vegetarian-friendly options, along with plenty of sake, cocktails and craft beer on tap.

The extremely friendly team at MUSUBI HIRO in Central

The Menu at MUSUBI HIRO

Japanese culinary culture has travelled and adapted through time and space, taking on distinctive local flavors and traditions. The birth of the beloved spam-musubi is one such example – Hawaii’s ultra-popular take on the humble Japanese onigiri (rice ball). Beyond serving the ultimate spam-musubi, MUSUBI HIRO brings to life a variety of musubi recipes – from vegetarian and deep-fried options to those inspired by Hong Kong’s unique local flavours, along with bar snacks and an entire menu of special sauces and toppings for customisation. All recipes and dishes are developed by Arturo Sims, working closely together with Indian Chef, Chetan Kohli.

Signature MUSUBI creations include the Classic Musubi (HK$68), which features spam marinated in special sauce packed between layers of top-quality Japanese koshihikari rice seasoned with sushi vinegar, homemade furikake, and wrapped with premium Japanese noriSuper Mega Musubi (HK$108) – surely not for the faint-hearted, this monster-musubi is encased in a crispy outer coating of a popular mystery ingredient; Torched Eel Musubi (HK$118), a classic and delightful pairing of local eel and rice drizzled with sweet sauce; OMG Sea Urchin Musubi (HK$208) piled high with an “OMG”-inducing amount of Japanese sea urchin; and Wagyu & Truffle Musubi (HK$158), a pairing made in heaven between soft, fatty wagyu and earthy seasonal black truffle. 

Signature SNACKS include Chicken Wings & Shishito Peppers (HK$78), featuring juicy chicken wings followed by palate-cleansing bites of bitter shishito peppers; Hiro Panipuri Pops (HK$28 each), a crunchy and addicting panipuri shell filled with savory minced meat with secret mix of spices; Crab in a Bag (HK$58), a refreshing snack of cold minced crab; and Truffle Egg Potato Salad (HK$68), a Japanese-style potato salad infused with aromatic truffle. 

Chicken Wings & Shishito Peppers (HK$78) will leave you craving for more!
Crab in a Bag (HK$58) is also a MUST-TRY dish.
Wagyu & Truffle Musubi (HK$158), a pairing made in heaven between soft, fatty wagyu and earthy seasonal black truffle. 
MUST TRY DISH: OMG Sea Urchin Musubi (HK$208)
Queen Avocado HK$88.
HIRO Panipuri Pops (HK$28) per piece.
Classic Musubi (HK$68), which features spam marinated in special sauce packed between layers of top-quality Japanese koshihikari rice seasoned with sushi vinegar, homemade furikake, and wrapped with premium Japanese nori.

For those who wish to dine without having to choose what to order similar to an OMAKASE experience, the LET HIRO FEED YOU menu (HK$388) includes 2 full-sized musubi and 3 snacks to share per guest. With so many options to choose from, first-timers are advised to sit back, relax, and let HIRO team do all the work! This value-for-money menu is highly recommended as diners will definitely have a satisfying experience.

MUSUBI HIRO also serves a variety of creative casual cocktails, including the signature Miyagikyo Tea Highball (HK$135) with premium Japanese Saicho Sparkling Tea and Nikka Miyagikyo Whisky, Hiro Negroni (HK$98) and Hiro Wasake Sour (H$88). Sake options include Hiro Sake Dry (HK$148/250ml carafe), and Hiro Sake Off-Dry (HK$148/250ml), in addition to Brooklyn Brewery Pint of the Month (HK$78) for beer lovers.

MUSUBI HIRO is now officially open for dine-in dinner and takeaway 7 days per week between 6pm-11:30pm on Sundays-Wednesdays, and 6pm-2am on Thursdays-Saturdays. Lunch will shortly commence this month of July 2021. Bookings and walk-ins are both accepted.

Visit www.musubihiro.com for more details or follow the latest updates at @musubihiro on Instagram.

Value for money : 4/5
Taste : 4.5/5
Ambience : 4/5
Service : 5/5

Address: G/F 37 Cochrane Street, Central, Hong Kong

Tel: +852-5597-6911

Opening Hours: 6pm-11:30pm on Sunday-Wednesday | 6pm-2am on Thursday-Saturday
Website: www.musubihiro.com

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