Call it extravagant, decadent, wasteful or whatever, but some Hong Kong people don’t seem to mind blowing up several thousands of dollars on a single meal and even boast about it on social media.
In the latest case, a man posted an ode to a lavish meal that he partook at a Japanese restaurant in the city, claiming that the feast entailed a cost of HK$70,000 (US$9,032).
Perhaps aware that his disclosure will draw some negative reactions and envy, the man — who uses the online handle “Sugardada” — accompanied his post with the caption “come bite me”.
In the post that has gone viral, the man bragged about the delicacies and expensive wines that he had during the feast.
Among other things, he waxed eloquent about sea urchins on the menu, saying they had enough flavor to make him cry. And there was unbelievably tasty prime Japanese beef and seafood, he said.
As for the drinks, Sugardada revealed that two bottles of Dai Ginjo, a famous Japanese wine brand, were served at the “special” price of HK$8,800 per bottle.
He rounded off by saying how happy he was with the meal, and suggesting that it is only a privileged few who can enjoy such luxuries.
Not surprisingly, the post elicited a lot of criticism in online forums. Some netizens slammed the boastful claims, while others pointed to the absurdity of the meal’s cost.
At a time when many Hongkongers are struggling with their finances and barely able to afford daily necessities, bragging about a HK$70,000 meal shows utter lack of sensitivity, one commentator said.
According to a Headline Daily investigation, the restaurant where Sugardada had his lavish meal was Inakaya, a high-end Japanese outlet located on the 101st floor of the International Commerce Centre in Kowloon.
The restaurant is famous for its robatayaki, or fireside-cooking, area where diners can watch chefs grill items such as prime Wagyu beef and kinki fish on skewers over hot charcoal.
When a reporter inquired if it had any meal set costing tens of thousands of dollars, a restaurant spokesperson said the outlet does have something for HK$75,000, but added that it is a package deal for a group of 25, and not per-person charge.
On the menu, a plate of top class wagyu is said to cost HK$880 while a plate of sea urchins has a price tag of HK$480.
According to Lau Kin-wai, owner of Cantonese restaurant Kin’s Kitchen, some Japanese restaurants in Hong Kong are charging even more than Inakaya, which enjoys a good reputation for its food quality.
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