Rei can be loosely translated from the Japanese as “courtesy”, but there is a whole philosophical underpinning to the word that has more shades of complexity and an ancient lineage. It’s an interesting choice of name for a restaurant, adopted presumably because the restaurant aims to exemplify the kind of thoughtful hospitality contemplated by the term.
When you enter through the noren of REI in the IFC Mall, you first encounter shelving filled with sake bottles, then a sushi counter, and then seating clustered around teppanyaki grills, all with a dazzling view of Victoria Harbour. It’s a well-designed interior – modern, warm with clean lines and natural wooden finishes. The cuisine is wide-ranging, with items from sushi and sashimi that is marvelously fresh to assorted tempura, udon noodles and teppanyaki. Try the tender, buttery Japanese wagyu steak along with a side of assorted vegetables from the teppanyaki grill, gaze out over Victoria Harbor, and contemplate the meaning of rei.
Shop 2076, 2/F, IFC Mall1 Harbour View Street, Central
3188 1900 Mon-Thurs, 11:30am-2:30pm, 6pm-10pm; Fri, 11:30am-2:30pm, 6pm-11:30pm; Sat, 10am-3:30pm, 6pm-11pm; Sun, 11:30am-2:30pm, 6pm-10pm
- Anthony Hung, Chef
- Hong Kong
- Best Decor
- Best View