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2016-05-23

THREE MONKEYS @ Kappabashi Forged Grilled Sunday Brunch


A Japanese Gastropub that believes in the power of awesome, killer drinks and a banging vibe while watching the wrold goes by on the arty Hollywood road in Sheung Wan's friendly neighborhood, Three Monkeys is one of few Japanese Skewer Bars in town that specializes in Kappabashi forged grills. By mylifestylnewews.


If you are a yakitori fan and not decided to pay top dollars over three to four pieces on a mouth full sizes meat with every single order (we know there are hundreds restaurants out there will help you empty your wallet in minutes of your orders and somehow still not justify what your are paying for), Three Monkeys Sunday brunch will satisfy you with their all-you-can-eat Sunday brunch cook- to-order limitless yakitori skewers (with quality meats) plus salad, soups, seafood and vegetables together with rolls and much more from the menu. Not to mention free flow of sake and some add on from other tempting menu creations on the a-la-carte menu.


Specializes in unpretentious, homestyle Japanese cuisine and a few handcrafted yet understated cocktails as well as a curated selection of craft ales, sake, and other contraband, we decided to for a lazy Sunday light bites over a late brunch despite the humid rainy afternoon.


The grills in Three Monkeys are from Kama-Asa, arguably the most renowned grill and knife smith in Tokkyo. The Grandmasters of Kama-Asa insist that the purity of the grill's heat is the key to unlocking flavor and this make Three Monkeys Skewers taste so good. True, artisans, the steel used in their grills has been folded a hundred times over so that no impurities will contaminate the hearth.


We refresh ourselves with the Kaffir Margharita, a chili infused Tequila, lime juice, kaffir lime leaves and Agave syrup. Not so much of a kick from the chili but the hint of spice is just right not overpowering other mixed ingredients used.


<Miso Soup & Edamame>
Always a good starts over drinks with these two evergreen starters. Thinly sliced pieces of pork added to the Miso soup for greater depth of flavor and the Edamame was delicately seasoned with Japanese sea salt. A nice touch and well balanced compliment.


<Mirin Grilled Dried Fugu>
Grilled dried puffer jerky marinated with Mirin and served with Kewpie Mayo. A delicious combo.


<Foie Gras Tofu Toast>
This pan-seared foie gras on Agedoshi tofu in signature reduction is to encore even before other meat dishes served. Rich foire gras yet not fatty balanced up the silky Agedoshi tofu. You would want to bottoms up the signature reduction.



<Thin Cut OX Tongue>
It is usually hard to finish a generous portion of Ox tongue serves each time when you order this dish but not in Three Monkeys. This well cooked think cut Ox tongue with onion and garlic flakes in ponzu sauce topped with purple radish is divine. Yum! Yum!


<Platter of Skewers>
Beef tongue, Japanese beef and chicken neck are the classic skewer must have and it is sensational all round.


<Scallop In Garlic Sauce>
A “seafood” cleanser, light grilled on shell with lots of finely chopped garlic, there is no better way to enjoy this whole scallop done in such cooking. Don’t be shy to ask for more.


<Tepanyaki Beef Roll>
Another standout dish cooked with onion and garlic and signature beef reduction. We suggest just lightly dipped in the sauce before eating as you would want to enjoy the genuine taste of this selection of beef.


<Tabasaki Chicken Wings>
Half chicken wings are served to reduce the clumsiness of peeling the bones out yet the greater part of the chicken wing’s flesh remained.  It was grilled to perfection, crispy and juicy with a hint of sea salt seasoning. Don’t forget to squeeze the lime wedge for more tangy palate.


<Wagyu Beef Skewer>
Tenderly grilled with the fat quotient and is a perfect mouthful cube skewer serving. A few more orders will worth your money back.


<Japanese Mushroom Omelet>
 Four types of mushroom used and cooked with a silky texture omelet, a friendly easy dish for a Sunday eggs lovers.


<Corn On The Cob & Abalone Mushrooms Skewer>
Sweet corn lightly grilled with garlic butter and herb is the all times favorite for everyone. Grilled Abalone Mushrooms with Terriyaki sauce remains the distinctive aroma for the mushroom natural taste.


<Tomato Bacon>
Cocktail Tomatoes, smoked bacon. Love the idea of biting the warm tomatoes while the juice burst in the mouth and the saltiness of the grilled bacon adds a light crisp to it.


<Japanese Onions Skewer & Asparagus Skewer>
Grilled Japanese white onions with great aroma and texture and the asparagus are light soy.


<Bomb Monkey Rice>
Japanese short grain rice, pan seared Foiegras, Onsen Egg, uni & onion, garlic sauce. Quote a rich and filling dish, best to share.


<Portobello Mushroom>
 Grilled Portobello mushroom with soy, and garnish daikon & pickles with baby herbs, this is a delicious choice from the vegetables pick.



<Chawanmushi>
You got to love the Chawanmushi here, this perfectly steamed with assorted seafood and the sweetness from the seafood condiments absorbed well by the egg custard. It is served as hot appetizer but we decided to end it as our “dessert”.


We couldn’t order more and we had to let go on dessert but we were told that the <Affogato> and the <Monkey Sundae> with black sesame, macha, coconut gelato, Azuki red beans and crumble cookies is to die for. You can’t have it all in one go and always save something for the next visit and then you will crave for more as there is always something there to anticipate. Agree?


Tried & Tested:
Location: 4.5/5
Design & Decor: 4/5
Food & Beverage: 4.5/5
Service: 4/5
Value For Money: 4/5
Experience: 4.5/5

Highlights:
Wagyu Beef
Tofu
Scallops
And many more......



151-155 Hollywood Road
Hong Kong
Tel: +852 3151 7771

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