An abundance of skyscrapers has made sky-high dining a norm in Hong Kong, but few restaurants reach into the clouds like Inakaya. Soaring 101 floors above ground level, a bird’s-eye view is only half the drawcard of this Japanese institution.
The other half? Sizzling robatayaki fare and pristine sushi prepared by a world-class kitchen. In Japanese, Inakaya refers to a ‘home or a place’, usually located in a rural part of the city. The name here suggests that the
welcoming environment will whisk diners far away from the hustle and bustle of the city, and with Inakaya’s prime spot at the top of Hong Kong’s tallest skyscraper, there’s no denying that this is true.
Brought to Hong Kong by local restaurant group, JC Group, Inakaya is a branch of the Tokyo original, a restaurant steeped in more than 40 years of history within Tokyo’s Roppongi district. Seeking to meet the demand
for authentic robatayaki in Hong Kong, JC Group rounded up a team of experienced Japanese cooks to open the restaurant.
The Executive Chef of the Hong Kong outpost is Ryan Lee, who oversees the team, bringing with him technical skills and experience from kitchens throughout Europe, as well as his time as teppanyaki chef at Parkview, Hong Kong.
Whether you’re here for a quick business lunch, an interactive robatayaki dinner, or to sample the excellent omakase fare, Inakaya impresses without fault. At lunchtime, the tables propped up along the windows are some of the best seats in the house for indulging in one of the executive lunch sets. Choose from pristine plates of freshly made sushi to thinly sliced sashimi and delicately fried tempura. At night, follow the granite cobblestone pathway to the lively robatayaki area, where Inakaya celebrates the popular Japanese dining tradition. The practice itself has evolved into one of the most-loved cooking styles in Japan, with guests gathering around a sunken hearth (robata) and watching the grilling (yaki) right before their eyes.
At Inakaya, chefs grill everything from A4 Wagyu beef skewers to rare kinki fish, passed to diners using long wooden paddles. With bandanna-clad chefs shouting orders in Japanese and the paddles swinging left and right, dinner becomes increasingly rowdy as the night progresses, often ending in guests trading mallets back and forth with the chefs to pound mochi in the traditional style for dessert.
From the Japanese roof tiles to the rattan pendants and old cooking tools, the authentic decor contributes to the lively atmosphere of the restaurant, evoking the feeling of a traditional sake brewery with wooden barrels and dark wood furniture. In fact, sake is a major part of the experience at Inakaya – a world-class selection encompasses dozens of bottles from different prefectures in Japan, ranging from accessible to premium rice wines for guests to explore.
Whether you’re seated in a private room, in the main dining area, or at the lively robatayaki grill, dinner at Inakaya is an experience, delivering more than your money’s worth of world-class cuisine, high-quality entertainment and an unbeatable atmosphere.