Food grazing in Quarry Bay is fairly unexplored or rather does not register at all on the radar of my circle of friends. So, when I happened upon this place I was quite excited.
It would seem that Hakodate Japanese Restaurant is well known amongst the locals as the place to go to for authentic Japanese Ramen. Apparently the chef who set Hakodate up was serving us when my friend and I went, so he must have passed his ramen knowledge onto his apprentices 😛
The restaurant is small with eight, 4-seater tables crammed into a bright, clean, and airy area. It is usually rammed with people at peak times, but when I went it was quiet, the atmosphere relaxed, and I could tell that the food was lovingly prepared that night!
They pride themselves on serving soup bases with no MSG, which is fantastic. My soup was delicious, the ramen al-dente (as they are classically meant to be) and my deep fried chicken pieces were crispy on the outside, juicy on the inside.
I pinched a bit of the katsu curry and although ramen is their signature dish, I thought the curry was good too, the chicken was tender and the sauce was full of flavour. It didn’t taste artificial, unlike in some places where I’ve been bitterly disappointed by the sauce that was clearly made from a packet of instant katsu sauce that you can find in the supermarket.
Portions are hearty and at around $85 a set, makes lunch or dinner pretty gratifying.
Chopstixfix rating: 3.5/5
Hakodate, 11B Hoi Kwong Street, Quarry Bay, Hong Kong. Tel: 2562 8706