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Japanese, Seafood, Asian
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Reservations, Seating, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service

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Tsim Sha Tsui
0.7 km from Victoria Harbour
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Reviewed 12 February 2020 via mobile

This Akita scam relates to two shops located in Knutsford Place and Causeway Bay. In terms of food. I will say the quality is marginally decent. The environment is not that comfortable. In terms of services, I will say the chefs are patient, and they...serve children and HK style ladies well, because they are willing to invest their time using fried rice to create cartoon pictures for their patrons. Some of the patrons may think it is thoughtful, but from my perspective, such act is childish and local. In terms of price and integrity, I must advise you that this place is extremely dishonest. I speculate that the reason is extremely high rental and staff cost. It appears that they treat all the patrons (or victims) as their money making tool. Each head they would secretly impose a minimum charge of HK$800 (US$100). You would only find out in the middle of your meal. Frankly, paying such price attending this restaurant is pathetic. This place is a trap, and I sincerely hope that they will shut down due to WSARS. Please do not go there.More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed 7 January 2020 via mobile

We came here based on very high TripAdvisor ratings. The restaurant is quite basic, offers a quite broad hamayaki menu, beer and sake. You can eat set menus from 388 HKD and upwards p.p. We had a set menu for 588 per person plus some...beer. The staff grill every piece of food for you carefully on a small table grill. The seafood was fresh, in general of great quality and well made. I wouldn't give this place a 5 star rating due to the price level. Actually for this price level, the restaurant need to demonstrate a bit more elegance and a better drink menu. However, recommended place if you like Japanese barbique seafood.More

Date of visit: December 2019
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Reviewed 6 November 2019 via mobile

It took us a while to find Akita. They moved from 15 Knutsford to 8 Observatory Court, right across the road of Knutsford. Another problem was they do not show clear sign of  Akita Hamayaki in English. We have shared our opinions to the staffs....Hopefully Ower will update everything soon especially TA since most readers only understand English. We actually kind of prefer the new area though, away from noisy Knutsford bars... Just like other past positive reviews, foods were really fresh. Eventhough we're not full vegetarian yet, as buddisht we try not to have any live animals or seafood being sacrificed(killed) because of us. This place offered what we wanted, most seafoods were freshly prepared, frozen and delivered all the way from Japan. Servers were friendly. We had the Hokkaido set plus a yummy sea urchin sashimi and a bottle of nice warm sake. My man manage to grab a handful of prawns (9 pieces) with compliment when playing the game too..thanks to his big hand  😆Haha we had them half grilled and sashimi. Great Wednesday evening, everybody hang out on weekdays now a days. Knutsford was super busy! 😂we will surely return 😊and Thank you for the honest ranking ❤️More

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed 3 October 2019 via mobile

I don’t understand why this place is rated #1 restaurant in Hong Kong. It’s nothing special. Also they put wasabi inside their sushi rice, and I hate wasabi

Date of visit: October 2019
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Reviewed 20 September 2019 via mobile

Skeptical that the reviews could be so good, we found our way to Observatory Court where the restaurant is located. A casual establishment that is not Japanese owned, but the quality of the seafood served was excellent. The service was good too. We were four,...ordered the Hokkaido course ($488/per person) for two people, three other grilled seafood dishes (hokke fish, whole squid, “Eihire”), two salads ( Kaniko and potato - both prepared very well) and two more small dishes. If it weren’t for the two bottles of SAKE we ordered, the bill would have been very reasonable for all the fresh seafood at about $450 per person. Being half Japanese, I tried all my 11 years in Hong-Kong to avoid Japanese restaurants that were not Japanese owned, but Akita Hamayaki proved that there could be Japanese restaurants owned by locals that served an impressive quality of food with friendly service. Will definitely go back!More

Date of visit: September 2019
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Reviewed 27 August 2019

We ordered the Hokkaido set we got 2 appetizer: Blow fish jerky and Poached jumbo clams with seaweed and sake The main set have: Kyushu Snow Crab Aomori net abalone Kakigoya live oyster NZ lamp rack or Hokkaido scallop Kanin crab with creamy miso Foil-roasted...black truffle paste with wild mushrooms Stir fried Teppanyaki vegetable ramen with beef or pork strips as a desserts , we got a sorbet The set was good enough for 2 person and also they had a promotion of liking their Facebook page, we were able to grab a handful of shrimp, it was good deal.More

Date of visit: August 2019
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Reviewed 6 August 2019 via mobile

Akita Hamayaki Located at the Observatory Circuit in Tsim Sha Tsui In the hot summer, here comes first with two cups of frozen drinks: the Frozen apple juice - cool and delicious. The restaurant has a big promotion. As long as each guest has a...net spending of $300 or above, one of the guests can enjoy the red shrimp in a palm with “like” and “share” the Facebook of the Akita Hamayaki. I have successfully taken ten red shrimps. Half is roasted while the other half is sashimi. Beihai Fishing Port starts at $488 per person Aomori abalone is oversized. After roasting, the abalone is taken back to the kitchen to clean up and cut into four pieces, and then put them back into one for a pretty dish. I can see the high standards of the restaurant requested. Hyogo oysters, simmered with fish sauce and sake, the taste is not too strong, the degree of raw and cooked is just balanced, full of marine flavor. Kyushu pine-leaf crab, half portion. Meaty and sweet! New Zealand grass sheep rack. Two pieces with tenderness and juicy, the incense is overflowing. Popular roasted Crab pastes. The flavors are rich, burnt incense, crab cream is fresh, strong cense and delicious! black truffle wild mushroom roasted in foil. the truffle is strong which increases the flavor of wild mushrooms. Dried Puffer fish, sweet, fresh! Sake big clam. people like to eat clams, but not every restaurant knows how to cook, the best is to cook it just right, that is, cook until the lid is just opened, and then cook for half a minute more, this will keep the tender meat and fully cooked, this will give the most intense and tender meat. Kyoto eel in tea stained rice. In fact, we are quite full at the moment, but when it comes to eels rice, how can we miss it? The eel is shredded with Japanese white rice, and the soup is cooked. The rice is not completely boiled. It also absorbs the savory taste of the soup and eel. It is served with seaweed and tastes excellent. Matcha ice cream. After dinner, the small mouth of green tea ice cream, ending the sumptuous dinner.More

Date of visit: July 2019
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Reviewed 28 July 2019 via mobile

We decided to go after seeing the reviews on Trip Advisor. The restaurant has a feel of a cafeteria on the street. We sat next to the electric door which was constantly opening and closing with people running to the kitchen. The food was fresh...and cooked in front of you but difficult to eat and de-shell the crab. Didn’t sell any wine only Saki. Expensive and really disappointing. I wouldn’t recommend for a special occasion.More

Date of visit: June 2019
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Reviewed 24 June 2019

I and my wife went there first time last Sat night Seafood is excellent and variety is great and so as their service. My only comment is their habit to use excessive salt - a bit salt - and their consumers could be very noisy!

Date of visit: June 2019
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Reviewed 27 June 2018

Akita Hamayaki was a Japanese restaurant, famous for their grilled food. It was located at Observatory Court, just besides Knutsford Terrace. Their menu have several dinner sets, and in the end we chose Hokkaido set,which was priced at $468 per person. Pear lactic soda was...creamy and gassy, with slight pear taste. Prawns were served free of charge as we spent above the quota and we need to play a game. We requested for prawn sashimi and it was fresh and chewy. Blow fish jerky tasted quite similar to BBQ pork meat, meaty and flavourful. Clams was served with soup using seaweed and sake. Sake taste was strong and clams was fat and juicy. We have oyster, crab and abalone and it was served grilled. Generally, it was fresh and juicy. I particularly liked abalone as it was very chewy and garlic was applied to it. Beef ribs was flavourful and tender, marinated with alot of BBQ sauce. Wild mushroom was juicy and chewy as well, and black truffle was strong too. Kyoto seafood tea rice with cod roe was a surprise. I seldom ate this dish and it was very tasty and rice was fragrant and cod roe helped to make it even more flavourful. Matcha ice cream was served after the meal and it was cooling and sweet.More

Date of visit: June 2018
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Not sure about the abalone but the lobster is grilled alive
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