Rating: ★★★★☆

Address: 4/F, The Goldmark, 502 Hennessy Road, Causeway Bay 銅鑼灣軒尼詩道502號黃金廣場4樓

Telephone: 2504 3313

http://www.themonstage.com/

Since the opening of Hysan Place in Causeway Bay, people have been in a flurry to try out all the new restaurants in the shopping mall. Located on the fourth floor of The Goldmark next to Hysan Place, The Mon is a Japanese restaurant or izakaya specialising in egg dishes.

As I mentioned in my review of Tenzen (Hong Kong), Causeway Bay is filled with decent and budget-friendly Japanese restaurants, and The Mon is one of them. The tables in the dimly lit dining area are nicely spaced out, and the exposed wooden beams and dark wood furniture make for a serene and traditional decor. Service was friendly and helpful, and dishes were speedily sent out from the kitchen. The prices were very reasonable – we ordered enough food to feed three hungry adults and the bill only came to around $250 per head. If you are going to heed my advice and pay a visit to this restaurant, don’t forget to make a booking as it can get very busy, especially during weekends!

一門是銅鑼灣熱門的居酒屋,陰暗的餐廳很有傳統日式風格。最出名是串燒和蛋製的菜式,份量不太大但味道好!

(1) We ordered the Crab croquette ($48) to share, and it was one delicious, gooey ball. The crab meat and mashed potatoes were smooth and enticing, and the croquette was fried to a beautiful golden brown colour.

(2) The grilled bean curd ($28) had a crispy, paper-thin outer layer, while the bean curd inside was surprisingly juicy. We also liked the sweet soy sauce dip, which complemented this light and lovely tofu.

(3) We took the waiters’ advice and tried out one of the egg dishes (which were apparently unmissable), and the Omelette with cheese ($50) was indeed moreish. The egg’s surface was only mildly browned, so the inside was still moist and smooth.

Cheese oozed out of the omelette as we cut it open. The cheese tasted a bit like Kraft cheddar cheese, i.e. it was creamy and gooey, but not too strong in flavour, which was great as this way it didn’t overwhelm the egg.

(4) We also ordered the Deep fried cheese with basil ($58), which sounded absolutely alluring. (See the deep fried mozzarella sticks at Linguini Fini (Hong Kong) that I really adore!) The cheese was the same type as that used in the cheese omelette, and it was pure indulgence.

(5) The Grilled chicken soft bone ($20) was well seasoned and the surface was magnificently crispy and smoky. The Grilled chicken wings ($20) were crunchy and delicious too, but we wished there was more meat in them. The Grilled quail eggs ($20) were small but packed a punch – the little springy eggs were rich and tasty, and the grilled surface accentuated their flavours. Lastly, the Grilled ox tongue ($28) was chewy without being tough, and the beef flavours shone through.

(6) The Grilled king prawn ($45) was wonderfully grilled, but the prawn was not juicy or flavourful enough.

(7) We ordered a Sashimi Lunch Set ($95), which comprised of a sashimi platter, a bowl of rice and a bowl of miso soup. The platter was rather small, and the sashimi was acceptable but not pristine. However, considering that this lunch set cost less than $100, all could be forgiven. (Note to self: stick with the skewers and omelettes next time!)

(8) A Seafood soup in tea pot ($60) followed. The seafood flavours were vibrant and there was also a generous amount of shrimps and boiled vegetables (e.g. carrots, mushrooms and peas) in the soup.

(9) There was a small Wagyu beef section on the menu, and we picked the Wagyu fried minced beef with rice crackers ($80).  The rice crackers were excellently airy and crispy, and the wagyu beef was scrumptious too. Our only complaint was that the seasoning was too salty.

(10) For dessert, I had a Green tea pudding ($25), which was creamy and milky, and tasted like a panna cotta. The green tea flavour was not too perceptible but it was still delicious.

Conclusion: If you are craving for exquisite sashimi and sushi, this is not the right place for you. The Mon is a cheap, cheerful and consistent Japanese eatery, and their skewers and omelettes will surely keep you and your stomach happy!