Sunday, November 02, 2014

Hanare Japanese Café, Tanjong Pagar Road

This very casual shophouse eatery (99B Tanjong Pagar Road, tel : +65 6222 1976) is opened by Teppei-san of Teppei/Hana Hana, which are merely a couple of minutes walk away. We came by for lunch which provides rather straight forward options for what one can choose. It's also allows you to get a taste of their rather talked about barachirashi bowl without having to queue (at Hana) or put yourself though an outrageously advanced reservation (at Teppei).

Their barachirashi set comes with some of the buffet spread during lunch. This represents very good value for a couple of reasons. The first being the quantity of raw fish that one gets in that barachirashi bowl. There's a very generous portion of cubed raw fish with ikura. While one doesn't really get premium cuts of fish since this isn't priced for it, it's a very decent meal with quality freshness that you won't walk away hungry from. Which leads me to the point of the unlimited rice that you get as well. It's excellent with the furikake if you're out of fish. What was pleasantly surprising, was their use of grated wasabi rather than the paste. 

This was the rice meal portion that came from their buffet set. It's steamed anago with rice. Steaming soft rice steeped with the sweet sauce and flavours from the eel.

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