Hong Kong is a spot brimming with gifted and intriguing individuals. In our weekly 27 Questions column, we rise up shut and private with the town’s notable personalities, studying about their whims and aversions, pivotal life moments, and hopes and desires — all in roughly the identical period of time it takes to sit down by way of a 2-minute velocity date.
Since arriving on our shores virtually seven years in the past, Shun Sato has gone from power to power, serving to open and helm key eating places (Belon, Ho Lee Fook and Fukuro, to call a couple of) that are actually integral components of the Hong Kong eating scene. CENSU has been a fragile affair years within the making, and regardless of the hustle and bustle of pre-service mania, there may be an air of serenity that surrounds Sato.
“Cooking runs in my household. My father owns an izakaya. He nonetheless works there. He didn’t like me serving to him, so my background coaching is definitely in French delicacies,” he laughs.
CENSU appears like a portal into one other world. From the unpolished walnut desk to the curve of the washi lamps, there’s a light, rustic contact to the place that whispers of days previous, and days but to come back. Sato is keen to share the idea of wabi-sabi, a completely Japanese idea centered round transience and imperfection.
“Every thing is easy. Pure. Nothing is ideal but. I need the main focus to be on the principle product – the dishes,” he displays, “Just a few of my clients have booked for 2 or thrice already subsequent week. They mentioned that they’ve missed my meals. I’m very grateful.”
CENSU is presently in its mushy opening part and can formally open on 15 July 2021.
28-30 Gough Road, Central, Hong Kong
+852 2997 7009
Identify: Shun Sato
Neighbourhood: Tung Chung
Occupation: Chef and proprietor, CENSU
1. What’s the finest meal you’ve ever eaten in Hong Kong?
Chef Jowett Yu’s ‘largely cabbage, a bit little bit of pork’ dumplings. It’s his mom’s recipe and it was a method that she may sneak greens into his food plan as a child. They style like residence cooking regardless that they’re world well-known now.
2. What’s your drink of alternative?
Pure orange wine. It’s the very first thing I ask for at a restaurant. La Cabane has a bottle I actually like known as ‘Staring on the Solar’ by Momento Mori. It’s a fiano mix and is tremendous fragrant and tropical.
three. What’s the neatest thing in or about your condo?
I dwell in Tung Chung within the inexperienced. I look out on the mountains. It’s like being outdoors of Hong Kong. I’m not a metropolis particular person.
four. Are you a morning particular person or an evening owl?
Positively a morning particular person. I get up at 6am day by day. My daughter wakes up at 5am so I’m truly fortunate to get that additional hour in mattress.
5. What’s your best concern?
Nothing actually, however I hate bugs. Even mosquitoes.
6. What was your first job?
Once I was a child, I earned pocket cash by cleansing my grandmother’s home in Sendai. It was an enormous place! I cleaned the backyard, raked leaves and lower the grass. Parts of her home have been integrated into CENSU. The uncovered wood beams in our eating room are a nod to her residence.
7. When did you final trip the Star Ferry?
I get actually seasick so I hardly ever take the star ferry. In the course of the protests, I needed to get to Tsim Sha Tsui and the MTRs had been a nightmare, so I used to be pressured to take the Star Ferry after which make my method to Tung Chung from there. It was an extended trip residence!
Eight. What’s your largest responsible pleasure?
New sneakers or vogue drops. I can’t assist however snap up the particular editions.
9. What number of pairs of sneakers do you presently personal?
As much as 200, however just lately I bought a variety of restricted version sneakers. Opening a restaurant is pricey! My sneaker habit truly helped me increase the funds to launch CENSU.
10. What’s your typical Sunday like?
100% household. I deliver my daughters to the park or to a film. Sundays are days for no matter my daughters need to do. It’s a beneficial day.
11. The place do you go while you need to be alone?
I get a foot therapeutic massage or acupuncture. I in all probability go twice per week.
12. What’s one film everybody ought to see?
13. What’s your favorite childhood reminiscence?
Going tenting with mates in Japan. We’d cook dinner rice in bamboo over our campfire. One in every of my mates would fish for our meals. We’d go a number of instances a summer season. I’ve such fond recollections of that point.
14. What’s one factor you’ve by no means revealed to your dad and mom?
They know every thing!
15. What’s your favorite scent in the entire world?
The odor of pure cedarwood in Hiba. We deal with the wood beams in CENSU with this important oil. It’s a soothing scent.
16. How typically do you put together your personal meals?
I don’t! Once I’m not at CENSU, I don’t cook dinner. My helper or spouse cooks for me at residence. We have now induction plates at residence and as a chef, I simply can’t get used to it.
17. Should you may solely eat one factor for the remainder of your life, what would it not be?
Natto with egg yolk on rice. It’s a easy dish however I can’t get sufficient of it. In Japan we take into account this dish to be good for well being. We consider it cleanses the physique and fights most cancers. It’s additionally excessive in protein.
18. What’s your finest dish?
I can’t select my finest dish… it could be like selecting a favorite little one. I spend a lot time creating each recipe so that they’re all extremely necessary to me.
19. Who’s one of the best trainer you’ve ever had, what’s one necessary lesson that they taught you?
Chef Haru in Blancharu in Sydney. He’s my mentor. He used to inform me, “visitors come to the restaurant to expertise one thing particular. It’s their day. We have now to do every thing we are able to to make them glad”.
20. Do you have got any favorite tattoos or particular birthmarks? What’s it?
My tattoos are all associated to household. The date my beloved grandmother handed away is on my again. I used to be in Sydney and I didn’t make it residence to say goodbye. She was extremely necessary to me.
21. What would you do if you happen to gained the lottery?
I’d give it to my mom. She spent a lot money and time on me. I really feel like no sum of money on the planet may repay her.
22. What was one of the best present you ever obtained?
CENSU. I’ve a couple of traders and their assist is the best present I may want for.
23. When did you’re feeling that you just ‘made it’?
It hasn’t occurred but!
24. What’s your favorite custom?
At any time when I’m going again to Japan, I’m going to my Dad’s izakaya and cook dinner with him. He doesn’t actually need to work with me, however it’s necessary to me.
25. What’s the scariest factor you’ve ever completed?
I received married.
26. When was the final time you felt starstruck?
I catered for Angelina Jolie when she was filming in Sydney. She selected my restaurant for her and her youngsters. I made roast hen and greens, with fried rice for the children. She was so form and charming.
27. What’s your life motto?
Be trustworthy and grateful. At all times say thanks.