It is about time Teppei opens another restaurant with its popularity. If you still have not heard about Teppei you can read about my visit here. Known for its affordable Omakase, the reservation list can be up to a good 4 months or more. The new restaurant is called Hanare Japanese Cafe located just around the corner of Teppei along Tanjong Pagar Road offering Japanese buffet concept.
Basically Hanara offers 2 selections. The Bara Set ($17.60) which comes with Bara Chirashi, free flow miso soup and 4 side dishes. The Hanare Buffet ($19.90) comes with more than 20 kinds of free flow side dishes (pickles, chicken cutlet, curry rice, mapo tofu etc) and a daily special. To be frank the buffet spread does not look very appetising so I went for the Bara Set instead.
As mentioned earlier, the Bara Set comes with 4 free flow side dishes. They were very simple sides dishes such as preserved vegetables, stewed vegetables and salad. I am not too sure but this should be change regularly. Actually if I am not wrong the concept at Hanare is a cost saving strategy to reduce wastage. Not wrong as long as the food turns out tasty. In the end it is a win-win for both the restaurant and customers.
Bara Chirashi 4.8/5
The highlight will be this delicious bowl of Bara Chirashi brimming with sashimi. The fragrant and seasoned sushi rice was already so good on its own. I remembered finishing my rice and I am still left with quite a few pieces of the thick cut sashimi. The sashimi was lightly seasoned which went very well with the rice. I personally think it is pretty value for money. I would definitely return again to eat this.
Unless Hanare improves in its buffet offering and presentation, I would still go for the Bara Set instead of the Hanare Buffet. I am already content with the bowl of bara chirashi. In fact if possible I can also do away with the side dishes at a lower price.
Hanare Japanese Cafe
99B Tanjong Pagar Road
Tel: +65 62221976
Nearest MRT: Tanjong Pagar (EW Line)
Mon-Sat: 12pm - 230pm, 630pm - 10pm
(Closed on Sun)
1) Alight at Tanjong Pagar MRT station. Take Exit A. Walk towards Orchid Hotel. Turn right at Tanjong Pagar Road. Walk down Tanjong Pagar Road towards the row of shop houses. Walk to destination. Journey time about 5 minutes. [Map]