Blending Hong Kong film culture, chic design and the flavours of Japan, To Autumn promises a great social dining experience.
It’s a known secret that Hong Kongers fancy going to Japanese restaurants, with some of our favourites being Zuma, Tiger Room and Chotto Maki. To Autumn in Tuen Mun is an international skewer izakaya that specialises in friendly service and serving creative Japanese dishes against a backdrop of beautiful design for the perfect Instagram snap. See why we give it our thumbs up.
To Autumn in Tuen Mun
Opened by the same talented bunch that brought us Garden Cafe Meow in PMQ, To Autumn has launched in Tuen Mun and is hidden away between apartment complexes and car grooming centres. Serving a selection of Japanese-inspired dishes, it’s actually the beautiful design that you notice first when you arrive.
Instagram fans will surely flock to To Autumn, a restaurant that features gorgeous teal-coloured tiles, gold and brass elements, and even whisky bottles that are displayed on metal hooks that hang from the ceiling.
The Japanese co- owner of the restaurant told us that the entire place is a reference to the Hong Kong movie Flirting Scholar by Steven Chow. To Autumn got its name as it is dedicated to the loveliest daughter named after the elements in the film, Autumn. As you step inside, you see a quote from the movie in calligraphy that loosely translates to: “The people thought I was insane, but they don’t really understand me.” We love these quirky touches!
How about the food?
We have one thing to say about the food and that is: FANTASTIC! Everything that we ate at To Autumn was just fabulous, and you could taste the love in the cooking, but here are the highlights.
You have to order the oysters. Be good to yourself and call ahead to reserve some, as these plump puppies are flown in directly from Hiroshima, so there are only 12 available per day. At To Autumn, they are served partly cooked after having marinated in a special dashi, and are served topped with an edible flower that tastes a little like apple. Hands down the best oysters we’ve had in Hong Kong.
Obviously, at an izakaya, you need to order skewers, so the meat eaters enjoyed a selection of chicken wings, pork and beef, all of which went down a charm.
Another highlight of the meal was the eel pot rice, that is served in a similar style to Korean bibimbap. With delicious rice and large chunks of eel, the dish is topped off with vegetables and an onsen egg, which you mix through before eating; so good!
On top of the food, To Autumn serves a great selection of warming freshly fruit and spice teas and a range of local beers. The extensive whisky selection is also a plus.
Great food, great drinks, friendly service, good design and music that hits the spot; To Autumn has us hooked.
To Autumn, Shop 26-27, G/F, Hong King Garden, 38 Tsing Sin Street, Tuen Mun, Hong Kong, p. 2362 6883, 屯門青善街38號康景花園地下26-27號舖