|Sushi counter at Shinji by Kanesaka, Macau|
There's a Kanesaka in Singapore too, as well as Palace Hotel in Tokyo, so this (if I've done my 2-minute Google research properly) is the fourth restaurant by Shinji Kanesaka, and the first in Greater China.
Finding the entrance was rather fun - it's in the lobby of the Crown Towers Hotel, hidden behind a row of bamboo that I'd always assumed was just foliage for lobby. (The staff kindly pointed the entrance out to us when we were dashing about aimlessly). Once inside, we were led to the sushi counter, although there are also rooms at the back. I didn't specify, nor was I given a choice when I booked, so I don't know how the seating works. Maybe it was because we only had 2 people.
|Uni with smoked eggplant and okra|
|Monkfish liver and glazed octopus|
|Red snapper sashimi|
|Vinegared seaweed and o-toro maki|
|Hokkaido hairy crab two ways - with vinegar dressing and plain legs|
|One of the desserts - tofu ice cream with amazingly juicy, delicious fruits|
Shinji by Kanesaka
G/F Crown Towers
City of Dreams
+853 8868 7300
Lunch & dinner Thu-Mon; dinner Wed. (Closed Tue and Wed lunch.)
* I paid for none of these meals, but I asked (and was granted permission, thank you CoD) to book and go anonymously, which is the way some restaurant guides work - take from that what you will - so it's good enough for greedy ol' me.
** For a great post on the original Kanesaka in Ginza, check out my friend Gary's blog.
*** Like many Japanese restaurants serving sake, you get to choose from a selection of unique glasses to drink with. All of the ones at Shinji by Kanesaka were handmade pottery, and I chose a wide-mouthed one as I like to take "wider" sips, so that the rice-y sweetness of the sake washes across my tongue. Another note about glassware - G's beer was served in a very thin Japanese glass, which is fairly common these days, but I watched in amusement as he held the glass to the light and tried to inspect every millimetre of the thing!