A welcomed addition to the Sheung Wan district, Honjo treats discerning epicures to modern Japanese delicacies. Amidst a lush and inviting interior, the restaurant holds elements of surprise – from the unexpected flavours inspired by global travels to marvel-invoking presentation. Guests who enter the restaurant will be transported on an adventurous journey through a Japanese dreamer’s fantasy of delectable dishes and attentive service offered within a 1950’s inspired interior.
Honjo’s menu is an exciting and eclectic display of Japanese cuisine reimagined with new dynamic flavours. Despite adopting traditional Japanese culinary techniques, the restaurant team injects their own flair and interpretations into the dishes. While Japanese chefs normally focus on one speciality through a single concept culture, perfecting one craft, Honjo adopts an inclusive food culture while mastering an array of dishes – from crispy tempura and premium sashimi to innovatively conceived hot dishes.
The menu’s selection of Small dishes features highlights such as the vegetarian Fruit Tomato (HKD130) with Arbequina oil, yuzu gelee and hojiso, and Salmon (HKD130) accompanied by tapioca puff, yuzukoshu and purple shiso for an added punch.
Focal points of Honjo’s menu are the Raw dishes and Sashimi. Raw dishes include the Iberico (HKD120) with a seared tenderloin, Sichuan oil and a tangy ginger scallion salsa. A sensation filled with different textures, the Wagyu (HKD150) is crafted with chorizo oil, asahi ponzu, crispy quinoa and chives. Spicy and flavourful, the Otoro (HKD180) boasts basil, red onion, yuzu soy and bubu arare. Fresh with delectable fatty textures, the Deluxe (HKD990) is a beautiful combination of premium sashimi seasonally handpicked by the team at Honjo. Prepared from a sushi counter, guests will be entertained as the restaurant’s dapper chefs prepare raw dishes and sushi before their eyes.
For a comprehensive Honjo dining experience, guests will be invited to sample dishes from the menu’s Hot and Tempura sections. The Whole Seabass (HKD380) is served with kombu baked whole, scallion pesto and sesame oil, and enjoyed best with a teriyaki dip. A dish stuffed with hazelnut, mushroom and pancetta, the Whole Chicken & Rice (HKD260) is a hearty indulgence accompanied by a ginger roast sauce. With novel ingredients prepared in a light and crisp batter, Honjo serves Camembert tempura (HKD110) with a zesty orange marmalade, Lobster (HKD420) with a miso dip and Broccolini (HKD80) with truffle soy.
Honjo’s beverage programme showcases an impressive collection of over 200 New and Old World wine labels, sake and cocktails. Nestled within the restaurant is an expansive wine cellar, complete with a wine table where expert selections are on display.
Each guest’s first step into Honjo will unveil an interior that resembles an opulent yet welcoming 1950’s British manor, brought to life by the tale of a Japanese dreamer. The restaurant boasts elegantly designed dining areas named the Tin Toys Lobby, the Safari Room, the Red Armoury and the Blue Suite. An ideal space where guests first begin their journey, the Tin Toys Lobby houses the dreamer’s expansive collection of New and Old World wines, Japanese whisky and tin toys. Moving towards the Safari Room, Honjo can be experienced through artefacts curated from his exotic global travels. Lavish furnishings, exquisite woven rugs and vintage Orrery chandeliers will not be out of place within this lavish room used for entertaining. Inspired by a dojo and complete with a set of Kendo armour, the Red Armoury tells a tale of the dreamer’s heroic alter ego. At the center of the Blue Suite sits a grand burl wood communal table, inspired by an art deco desk found in someone’s study and perfect for hosting groups like-minded connoisseurs. With just the correct amount of extravagance, each piece of bespoke furniture is an artwork, woven together to produce a beautiful symphony pleasing to the eye yet comfortable during the meal.
A momentous step for the Group, each member of the team has worked tirelessly to create a welcoming venue with aesthetically profound dishes that will be seared into each guests’ memory. Displaying profound respect towards Japanese culinary techniques, Honjo puts forth aesthetically profound dishes that celebrate seasonal ingredients.