Special-Occasion Japanese Omakase

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Just in time for Mothers’ Day this Sunday, here’s a suggestion for a restaurant that will certainly pamper Mum in everyway – from the surroundings, to the service, to the food. Take our Makan Kaki, Chef Tim Ross-Watson‘s word for it – he’s proclaimed Hashida Japanese at Mandarin Gallery as one of, if not THE MOST, memorable meals. Chef Tim admits that he rarely says anything is amazing and is very picky, so trust him when he says this will be one of the most exquisite meals you’ll have. It’s definitely fine-dining, special occasion food, but so worth the money you pay for the quality of the entire experience.

Hashida is an Omakase restaurant and the first to be opened outside of its original home in Tokyo, headed by Master Sushi Chef, Tokio Hashida. Chef Hashida makes regular trips to oversee his restaurant here in Singapore, and if you’re lucky enough as Chef Tim was to have him serve you, you’re in for a sublime treat! Chef Tim’s most distinct memory of his meal at Hashida is when Chef Hashida pulled out the most enormous slab of the freshest Tuna Belly (or Otoro) from under his counter and expertly extracted a huge slice (almost as big as his mobile phone!), which he then gently laid on a tiny ball of sushi rice. These are fish-to-rice ratios that Chef Tim was impressed with. Otoro is the premium part of the tuna belly, fatty and melt-in-your-mouth, looking almost like a slab of marbled beef. Lots of white, with hints of pink. Stunning. This Hashida Sushi Signature is a must-try! Everything is exquisite to look at and taste, yet clean and simple. Even something as basic as Chawanmushi (steamed egg tofu) is elevated.

From start to finish, you will be well-taken care of at Hashida. The interiors are calming, zen and very pristine. The counter seats are comfortable and at just the right height , the service is impeccable and of course, the food outstanding. The Omakase menu changes seasonally, but rest assured you get the very best quality of produce and dish after dish of beautiful food that runs the gamut from sashimi to sushi to noodles, shellfish and meat, all washed down with copious amounts of sake!

Dinners are elaborate and luxurious, but if you prefer, lunch is also a lot of fun, as the chefs engage in a lot of banter with customers for a thoroughly enjoyable, lively experience.

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HASHIDA SUSHI SINGAPORE
333A Orchard Road
#04-16 Mandarin Gallery
S(9238897)

Open Tues – Sunday 12-3pm; 7-10pm (Closed Mondays)

Tel: 6733 2114

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Aun & Denise
Aun & Denise

Our latest Makan Kaki is one of Singapore’s most dynamic foodies. He’s created restaurants, restaurant guides, and the Ate Group, Singapore’s premier communications agency specialising in F&B. In his free time, he also runs one of Southeast Asia’s most popular food and travel websites, Chubby Hubby. Meet the chubby hubby himself, Aun Koh!

This week, we go big in Japan without even having to board a plane. For an authentic Izakaya experience, you’ve got to try one of Aun’s favourite places to eat – KATANASHI.

It’s the Singapore branch of a bona fide Japanese Izakaya, brought in by Japanese owners, which means almost all the staff there are Japanese and when you walk in, you really feel like you’ve walked into a little piece of Tokyo. For the uninitiated, Izakayas are the Japanese equivalent of gastropubs (but obviously with a much longer history!), serving up mains, snacks & shared plates of really tasty food that pair well with alcohol.

katanashi
via Katanashi Singapore Branch

Katanashi has a relaxed atmosphere and gives you fantastic value-for-money, especially at lunchtime. Get this, their lunch sets go for only $12! And for that great price, you get a really nice salad and a variety of big rice bowls to choose from. Aun’s 3 favourites are:

  • Toritama Don – juicy chunks of fried chicken with pickle and a soft-boiled egg over rice.
  • Negitoro Don – chopped tuna belly with spring onions and a soft-boiled egg over rice.
  • Salmon Yukke Don – raw salmon marinated in Korean Yukke spices with okra (lady’s fingers) over rice. A lovely, lighter option.

But the ultimate dish that you HAVE TO order when you visit Katanashi is the “KING OF CREAM CHEESE” – doesn’t sound very Japanese, but you’ll find that a lot of Western dishes have popped up on traditional Izakaya menus because they pair so well with alcohol. The King of Cream Cheese is no exception – Western, yet interpreted in a way only the Japanese can. Imagine a very soft, homemade cream cheese, drizzled with honey and served with slices of toasted baguette. Trust Aun – this is simplicity at its phenomenal best!

Also, if you’re feeling cheeky, they also do excellent lunchtime beer specials for just a little extra. Everyone Aun has taken to Katanashi has returned for more, and you will too, for the simple reason: Katanashi is all about delicious food & booze that’s such good value-for-money.

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Katanashi Izakaya
77 Boat Quay
Tel: 6533 0490
Open: Mon-Sat 11:45am-2:30pm, 5-11:30pm (but check their Facebook for updates)