Fukuro calls itself a "spirited izakaya" where tired salarymen go to "eat, drink, and escape everyday life." A member of the Black Sheep Restaurant Group (whose restaurants we really enjoy), Fukuro was most certainly spirited the day we visited. The place was packed, buzzing with energy. We even waited a bit for a table, though thankfully the wait was not more than 15 minutes.
The restaurant offers a number of different types of dishes incorporating quality ingredients, Japanese flavors, and creative expressions. There's a nice assortment of raw seafood offerings, such as oysters, various types of creatively dressed sashimi, and even a beef tartare (OK, not seafood, but still raw).
The "Snacks" are fun. Definitely try the Crispy Caramel Butter Corn. Balance that with the healthy Spinach Ohitashi, which is chock full of spinach.
The "Tempura" section of the menu actually includes all things fried, including tempura such as prawn or soft shell crab; chicken karaage, fish katsu, chicken wings, and agedashi tofu. Definitely a solid selection of bites to go with many different types of drinks.
Robata refers to food that is "charcoaled grilled" and any serviceable izakaya should have grilled offerings. Here, you can choose between several upscale options, including A4 Wagyu beef, hamachi collar, black cod, or scallops.
Still hungry? We really enjoyed the yaki udon with snow crab and crab miso butter. They also have a wagyu hot pot rice as well as a sashimi don.
We chose to forego dessert, but they offer a few simple desserts: a monaka ice cream sandwich and an "edo" miso popsicle with mochi, green tea, and crumble.
General Thoughts - Fukuro Hong Kong
I can see why this place is popular. The food is very good and they offer a nice selection of creative cocktails, sake, shochu, and Japanese and Taiwanese whisky to go with the food. The location - right in Soho - is also very central and convenient.
They don't take reservations except for parties of 4 or more who want to do the omakase tasting menu. Show up earlier to ensure that you don't have to wait too long.
Fukuro Hong Kong
1-5 Elgin Street
Soho, Central, HONG KONG