With Hong Kong known to be one of the biggest foodie cities ever, trying to pick a restaurant can be insanely overwhelming. While it’s always nice to try out new restaurants, without the certificate of recommendation from a friend, you almost don’t want to risk spending your time, money and tummy space on a mediocre place.
Central is an insanely busy place with so many restaurants hidden inside tall commercial buildings. Nestled on the 8th floor of The Loop at 33 Wellington Street is Tempura Taki, a little establishment that opened in July 2017. As the name would suggest, Tempura Taki focuses on the idea of “tempura omakase” bringing you the best varieties of tempura via an omakase-filled experience catered by Executive Chef Eric Chan.
The interior of this place is absolutely beautiful, and there’s a certain zen & calming vibe as you walk through the front door. I loved the colour schemes used, not too bright but perfectly in contrast.
Luckily we booked earlier in advance to be seated by the counter (space for around 12-14). If not there were also table seating options behind but you’d have all your tempura/lunch set served to you together (instead of individually).
Visiting during lunch, there was both a business/executive lunch menu set as well as other set menu varieties (in the bigger folder). We ended up going for the business lunch set and had the following dishes.
Here we started off with some Japanese fish cake, walnuts and some pickles at the back.
Then we had a plate of sashimi.
Then for our first dish of the tempura omakase, we had prawn, accompanied alongside some flavourings you can dip your piece in. Usually the chef will advise what it should be eaten with (sometimes entirely alone).
This second piece was also a prawn (I don’t recall the exact name) but it had a more chewy and dense texture.
Next up – abalone. This was to be eaten alone and boy this was truly the highlight.
It was a very generous serving size but this piece was really well cooked. It held a chewy texture but also so easy to just bite into. True perfection.
Next we had a piece of fish.
Then corn tempura.
After wrapping up the tempura omakase we had the below dish with half an egg, tofu, fish cake and noodles (potentially konnyaku?!)
Next up we were able to choose between a rice dish, hot/cold soba. We decided to go for the hot soba.
After this we wrapped up the meal with a light dessert – rice cake balls served with some red bean.
The meal came to HKD$488 per head (around USD$62) excluding 10% service charge.
While I enjoyed the tempura omakase, I do feel the dessert was a bit lacking in terms of excitement. The service was decent but didn’t feel very informative or attentive at times. It’d have been nice if they could explain a bit more about the pieces and guidance on how the tempura piece should be consumed.
All pieces were delicately cooked and not drowned in flour or anything and the quality/freshness of all the pieces were outstanding. Overall, Tempura Taki is definitely worth a visit if you’re looking for a nice environment to have a good catch up while enjoying high quality tempura pieces.
8/F, The Loop
33 Wellington Street
Central, Hong Kong
Address in local language: 中環威靈頓街33號The Loop 8樓
Contact: +852 2881 0033 or visit their Facebook