Kashiwaya Hong Kong is the single overseas branch of the world-famous Osaka restaurant Kashiwaya, which holds three Michelin stars. The original restaurant was established in 1977, and the Hong Kong branch opened on On Lan Street in Central in 2015. To have won two Michelin stars within a year of opening is a remarkable achievement, even for such a renowned restaurant.
Kashiwaya is known for its kaiseki menu, a traditional Japanese meal consisting of multiple courses. The Hong Kong kitchen is headed by Atsushi Takahashi, who previously worked in the Osaka branch for over 20 years.
The only other restaurant to join the two-star tier is Ta Vie, which was upgraded from last year’s one star. A French-Japanese restaurant headed by Hideaki Sato, the dining establishment is noted for blending classic Japanese ingredients with French culinary techniques. Ta Vie also places at No.48 on Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2016.
The other newcomers to the Michelin Guide are VEA, Beefbar, Épure, IM Teppanyaki & Wine, Spring Moon, and Sushi Tokami. As usual, French and Japanese restaurants dominated, with Spring Moon, a Chinese restaurant, and Beefbar, a steakhouse, being the only exceptions.
While none of the six three-starred restaurants (Bo Innovation, Lung King Heen, L’Atélier de Joël Robuchon, 8 1/2 Otto e Mezzo, Sushi Shikon and T’ang Court) budged from their coveted top ranking, there was some downward movement among the two- and one-starred restaurants. Celebrity Cuisine and Wagyu Takumi both slid from two stars to one, and 11 restaurants lost stars altogether, including four branches of Lei Garden (Central, Kowloon Bay, Sha Tin and Wan Chai).