Daily: 12:00 - 14:30
Daily: 18:00 - 22:30
This counter-only seating Japanese restaurant offers ala carte and omakase meals for lunch and dinner. Choose from a variety of fresh seafood and vegetables that are deep fried a la minute.
Best chirashi don i've had. had the daily special which was unagi and chirashi don - it was superb. the unagi was really tasty and the bara don as awesome as before! well the only downside is the narrow seating place.
Assorted Appetiser Platter
The edamame bean was nutty. The deep fried fish skin was quite crunchy. The lotus root salad was crunchy. The in house made bean curd was light and smooth. The spinach was light and crunchy. The fishcake was crunchy. The unagi maki was a bit too plain.
There was salmon, tuna, snapper, scallop, and seaweed, served with fresh wasabi. Felt the tuna was not as fatty and melt in the mouth as before.
Quite smooth in texture.
Mini minced raw tuna roll
Since I'm a female, I got the mini size version. Guys will get the big size version. There was crispy tempura crumbles in the roll which made the roll quite crunchy.
Mini Taro Served on a stick.
It looked like a nut but really tasted like taro.
Monk Fish Liver Served on spoon.
Wrapped with crispy beancurd skin, it tasted quite rich and creamy.
As I was served the tail part, the meat was juicy but a bit quite boney.
Raw Tuna, Salmon Roe, Uni on Sushi Rice
Served on a spoon.
Fish Cake Mochi Served on a spoon.
Served with a bit of sweet savoury brown sauce on it, it had a chewy mochi like texture with a fish cake like taste.
Pickle Served on a stick.
It was served to act as a palate cleanser.
Foie Gras on Salmon Sashimi Served on a spoon.
Quite melt in the mouth combination.
Roasted Monk Fish Skin
Its chewy texture kind of reminded one of dried cuttlefish.
Served with a light sauce on top.
The meat was sweet and juicy
Raw Monk Fish's lip
Quite crunchy in texture.
The beef looked a bit bloody but tasted quite smooth. For this course, if one did not take beef, it was replace with braised pork. The pork looked dry but had a melt in the mouth texture.
Pork bone soup with Mochi
The mochi looked like kway chap but was quite chewy in texture. The soup was quite porky.
Tai (Snapper) 's Belly on Cream Cheese
Served on spoon. Interesting experience of having sashimi with cream cheese. It kind of balance the rich taste of the cream cheese.
Main Course : Sashimi Rice Don, 4 Kinds of Sushi, Uni Fried Rice, Wagyu Beef Fried Rice, Fish Ocha Zuke, Hiyajiru
Mom tried Ocha Zuke which reminded one of teochew fish porridge. It was actually rice in hot soup with snapper sashimi, shredded ginger and fresh wasabi on top.
If one was having birthday, you could change the main course to sashimi cake. Remember the staff in advance. The staffs around will also sing birthday song to the birthday guy in lighted eye-wears, with the lights off. The sashimi cake was actually cubed sashimi and crunchy pops served on top of seasoned sushi rice, with a candle lighted on.
Dessert was a scoop of ice cream with choice of flavour : Calpis, Durian, Green Tea, Sesame, Salted Caramel, Yuzu.
The black sesame one was rich and creamy. The green tea one was not bad too. But my favourite was the calpis version.
We had heard much about Hana Hana (an offshoot of the ever popular Teppei @ Tanjong Pagar) but never really fancied joining the queues (and the hype!) just to dine there. But as luck would have it, we were in the Tanjong Pagar area one Saturday late morning when we caught sight of an almost non existent queue just before opening hours and decided to give it a shot.
Located just next to Teppei at a corner of Orchid Hotel along Tanjong Pagar Road (actually they sorta share the premises and staff), Hana Hana is the cheaper sibling to Teppei and serves up a rather limited menu that includes Teppei's signature Bara Chirashi Don. Seating is restricted to counter seats only and you have a view of the chefs preparing your food.
Bara Chirashi Don ($17.60) - The famous Bara chirashi Don. A rather sizable bowl of fresh pieces of salmon, tuna and swordfish mixed in with a light soy sauce on a bed of rice, topped with roe and strips of seawood; certainly not wow or anything near the best chirashi I've eaten but definitely value for money.
Higawari ($17.60) - The higawari or daily special of grilled wagyu was relatively lacklustre in comparison to the don, coming across as a little overcooked but still tender and relatively juicy, doused in a mildly sweet sauce. The wagyu lacked beefiness and I honestly couldn't tell it was wagyu, not from the lack of marbling. Served with a bowl of rice. Decent but not something I would specially order again.
Advertised prices are nett (even though the bill breaks it down to include service charge and GST) and the both of us spent $35.20 on lunch. In my humble opinion, both the quality of ingredients and the taste aren't great so what draws the crowds and the rave reviews? My guess - very reasonable pricing, limited seating and herd/hype mentality.
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Bought omakase set for dinner. The food was not bad, maybe above the standard of a usual family japanese restaurant... but for the money spent, not worth it. Sashimi i have tasted fresher in restaurants that sell it cheaper...
Service is not bad, but don't expect to be served like a king during the busy weekends.