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(Closed) Hamanoya


Get to experience an authentic Japanese charcoal-grill here at Hamanoya where seafood items are freshly imported from Japan. The restaurant has a great impeccable hospitality that could make it a more thumbs up place to dine.

Daily: 11:30 - 15:00

Daily: 17:00 - 22:30

+65 63374245
$41 based on 7 submissions
After Work (3 votes), Ala Carte (3 votes)

Surprising delicious for another Japanese Cuisine

Just passed by this eatery place, gave it a shot to have dinner at there.  By looking at the outlook & its menu, it doesn't look that the serving food will be bad at some level.

A good exposure for me to dine in after ordering so many dishes, couldn't finish some of them.  

The HGW community like this place for...

  • Egg with mentaiko2 votes
  • Okonomiyaki2 votes
  • Assorted skewers1 vote
  • Chawanmushi1 vote
  • Semi Dried Salmon with shiokouji1 vote
  • grilled salmon belly1 vote
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Based on 7 votes
30 Nov 2014 • 2 reviews • 1 follower

Worst yakitori ever

Poorly cooked yakitori, could be because we were the first few customers to order yakitori for lunch. Ordered the five different types of yakitori off the menu. The only saving grace for this place was the decent service and green tea.
09 Jul 2014 • 316 reviews • 86 followers

Surprising delicious for another Japanese Cuisine

Just passed by this eatery place, gave it a shot to have dinner at there.  By looking at the outlook & its menu, it doesn't look that the serving food will be bad at some level.

A good exposure for me to dine in after ordering so many dishes, couldn't finish some of them.  
18 Oct 2013 • 169 reviews • 4 followers

Affordable and quality food!

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Robatayaki is the more accurate to describe this concept of slow-grilled cooking of skewered food over hot charcoal. As such, when we were seated down, the waitress placed a small charcoal stove in front of us and placed two skewered squid and octopus over the seemingly non-existent "fire". She then told us that these were complimentary. Besides the happy thought of free food, I also thought that it actually was a great way to set the tone of the meal.  The complimentary Squid and Scallop skewer was really appetising with the burst of sweet and fresh scallop flavor. The squid was also succulent and delectable. The charcoal fire really brought out the aroma of seafood, making it simple yet tasty. 

The Assorted Skewers platter ($12.99)
 is a natural choice for first-timers who would like to try a variety of their skewers. The platter includes Chicken Yakitori, Chicken Wings, Pork Belly, Beef and Grilled Chicken Ball with Egg. My favorites are the Pork Belly and the Grilled Chicken Ball. I loved the flavors of the chicken ball as it was well marinated and had a nice texture. When it is dipped into the egg, the flavors met and made it more tasty. The meat of the skewers were well-cooked, tender and juicy.

Semi Dried Salmon with Shiokouji ($9.99) was our pick as the Salmon Belly had no more in stock! Thankfully, this salmon dish was good! I was afraid it would be too dry which may cause the salmon to lose its natural oil. I guess semi dry means the outer layer is more cooked liked seen in the picture below but, the inner layers are still kept juicy and nice. The salmon skin was also tasty and done well thanks to the grill.    What exactly is Shiokouji? Shiokouji is a Japanese live food rich in enzyme which is commonly used in place of salt as it lowers the salt content in food by 50%. In short, it makes a healthier marinade.

Rolled Egg (Tamago) with Mentaiko (about $6.99) was chosen because I really like egg and I really like Mentaiko! The prospect of these two favorites coming together was enough to tempt me. I ate this on my second visit there as well. But, I felt that the first time when I ate this it was better as there was more Mentaiko in the egg. The rolled egg was done perfectly both visually and texture wise. 

Overall, I would recommend Hamanoya for those seeking a different Japanese dining experience. From what I read, this concept of Robatayaki is quite unique in Singapore and is normally priced exorbitantly. I really liked the variety of food they offer from Sashimi, to grilled food and even hotpots. For the good service, quality of food and ambience, I would say that Hamanoya is definitely worth your try! 
Assorted Skewer
29 Sep 2013 • 145 reviews • 3 followers

Impressed with the freshness of seafood and quality robatayaki

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Specialising in robatayaki, or robata in short, it's a trending style of cooking in restaurants, where traditionally seafood and vegetables are slow-grilled over hot charcoal. Subsequently, most dishes that are suitable are also placed on the grill. Slightly different from the usual where diners would seat round the grilling area (like teppanyaki style), this had comfy seats where food was served to you fresh from the grill.

Grilled Squid and Scallop on Stick
First served with hot towels and complimentary amuse-bouche for a taste of their warm hospitality, we were pleasantly surprised with the charcoal-grilled squid and scallop on sticks. Fresh and tender, it was grilled just nice with a slight bounce in the flesh and a light taste of seafood lingering in your mouth. Simple yet nicely done to start off our meal with great anticipation! 

Robata Catch-of-the-day ($20.99/$18.99)
These two were their seasonal catch, painstakingly introduced at each table for every diner by their service staff holding a tray of their specials going around. Sparking off a photo-taking frenzy when served, the presentation of it won us over already, impressed by the amount of effort they put into display given the price tag of it. Extremely fresh with its meat coming off the bones easily, it was very fine and tender, without any of the fishy taste that I'm always afraid of for fish dishes. Cooked just nice so that it didn't get too tough, it was served without any sauces and covered only in salt, it gave the natural taste of the fish, with its freshness shining through. Cy is usually picky about his fish, but this managed to satisfy his picky palates!

Okonomiyaki ($7.99) A classic Japanese dish, a first bite into it got us all nodding with satisfaction. Japanese pancake with mainly cabbage, eggs, Japanese mayonnaise, topped with bonito flakes. The vegetables were cooked soft enough for my liking so that you don't taste the raw juices of it flowing as you bite into it, yet retaining a slight crunch to it.     We loved the generous serving of bonito flakes for that added savouriness and it had just enough mayonnaise to make it sweet and creamy, yet not jelat. A classic dish done well!

Comfortable seating with excellent service, this was quite a bonus on top of its quality dishes. We loved the quiet and private ambience for a relaxing evening while savouring our table full of delectable dishes. Affordable and all managing to meet our expectations, we thought this is quite a hidden gem and would definitely return for some comfort Japanese food again!   
15 Sep 2013 • 243 reviews • 8 followers

Quality Robatayaki at Affordable Prices

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While it features robatayaki (charcoal grilled food) as its main call, it is more like a casual Japanese restaurant rather than a strict robatayaki place where chorus of yells assails your ears even before you are seated. Ambience aside, one can't be wrong with the robatayaki seafood here. The Salmon Belly $9.99 is expertly done--crispy crust without sacrificing the fats on the pink moist fish. The accompanying side of grated radish and salmon roe helps to cleanse the palates for more items ahead. 

The grilled ayu $14.99, which belongs to the same salmon family scientifically, tasted brilliant too. With just a sprinkle of salt, this river fish is revived and offers more meat to chow through than the mini-sized mackerel in nasi lemak.

But the same thing cannot be said of the King Crab $14.99. The meat was sorely super-glued to the shell, perhaps because they had been frozen for quite some time.The highly-anticipated oyster ($14.99 each) from the South Pacific Ocean sat lazily in a shell. Fresh and meaty, it was a pity that some of its natural essence got lost in salty shoyu broth that it was soaking in. 

Grilled corn $3.99 does not sound terribly exciting but these ones are truly sweet with a heady aroma of burnt honey. Meanwhile, those who are afraid of onions should try the Grilled Onions $3.99. Before you start worrying about onion breath, these ones here are slow roasted till tender, and what is left behind is pure caramelized sweetness.

Unlike most Japanese restaurants, the Eggplant $3.99 stays away from miso and is presented as a lightly vinegared, healthy dish topped with dancing bonito flakes. Would prefer if there is more of the chef's special sauce....... 

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