Wednesday, October 25, 2023

HANAZEN @ CHIJMES - Indulgent 9/10-course Dinner Omakase Crafted by Michelin-Starred Chef, Inspired by French and Japanese Cuisine and Techniques


HANAZEN at Chijmes unveiled a completely new menu under the guidance of Michelin-starred Chef Taiseo Iwao. Chef Taiseo brings with him a depth of knowledge and culinary experience with Japanese ingredients alongside French cooking techniques.


The meticulously curated menu strives to showcase the finest globally sourced ingredients tailored to suit the local palate. The highlights are the 9-course ($180/pax) and 10-course ($210/pax) omakase options.


I highly recommend securing a seat at the counter that wraps around the kitchen. It provides a fantastic view of the chefs in action. During the visit, we had the fantastic opportunity to sample Chef Taiseo's 10-course menu.

Uni Brioche 4.5/5

The first dish of Uni Brioche made a remarkable impression, offering a burst of flavours with generous fresh Murasaki uni, Gruyère cheese, and a capsicum-based sauce done intentionally lighter atop a crisp square of brioche.

Tuna Tartare 4.2/5

The Tuna Tartare presented a luxurious blend of Nagasaki Chutoro and Akami, adorned with caviar and gold leaf.

Hotate 4.5/5

Our third course featured the Hotate, showcasing a lightly seared and plump Hokkaido scallop. It was accompanied by broccoli with clam chowder sauce, broccoli espuma, parsley oil, kale and coriander leaf, creating a harmonious blend of umami and buttery notes.

Lobster 4.8/5

I had been anticipating the Lobster since the start of the meal after watching the chefs skillfully working on its preparation with flames over the grill. The amount of seafood explosion here was spectacular. The Australian lobster delivered succulent meat, perfectly complemented by creamy béchamel sauce, lobster miso, and an intensely flavourful crustacean sauce with blue crab espmua.

Awabi 4.8/5

Another of my favourite courses was the Awabi (abalone). A spoonful of Koshihikari rice was accompanied by a bubbling hot mini-well of abalone liver sauce that was incredibly rich. You could either dip the tender abalone cut directly into the sauce or spoon it over the rice. Either way, it was delicious.

Iberico Pork 4.2/5

Next, I enjoyed the Iberico Pork with fresh wasabi and onion sauce, enhanced with sweet peppercorn that boasted mild and fruity notes. As a default, this course would be prepared with Kagoshima A4 Beef unless dietary restrictions are specified.

Pork Curry 4.5/5

Made with premium Miyazaki mangoes, mixed fruits and vegetables, Chef Taiseo’s rendition of Curry was delicately and comfortingly balanced. It was rich and creamy, carrying a mild heat and pleasing sweetness derived from the fruits and vegetables. Similarly, I had this paired with pork, which was a replacement for the original beef.

Peach Soup 4.5/5

Fresh peach and celery ice cream in a single dish? All of us had to do a double take when we heard of this combination in the Peach Soup. Both elements surprisingly matched, each carrying subtle flavours. It was very refreshing, and I loved having the additional bits of Yamanashi peach underneath.

Mont Blanc 4.5/5

There were many intricate elements in Chef Taiseo’s rendition of Mont Blanc. Next to a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream, you have creamy chestnut puree, cheese mousse, Graham cracker crumbs and thin strips of sweet potato crisps. The varied textures and flavours were a delight.

Raisin Butter Cookie 4.5/5

Our final dessert, the Raisin Butter Cookie, featured raisins thoroughly soaked in Yamazaki Whisky. It looked unassuming, but the mouthful surprised with a decadent burst of fragrant liquor.


In addition to the new omakase options, HANAZEN has introduced a revamped à la carte menu for their outdoor bar setting, emphasising sharing dishes.

Japanese Oysters Platter 4/5

The Japanese Oysters Platter ($28) was prepared in varied ways with punchy dressings.

Amaebi Salad 4.2/5

While slightly on the pricey side, the Amaebi Salad ($24) was still a delightful and refreshing dish, featuring sweet amaebi, avocado, and various vegetables.

Hanazen’s Charcuterie Platter 4.2/5

The Hanazen’s Charcuterie Platter ($28) was a beautiful mix of sweet figs, foie gras, brioche toast, Iberico ham, cheese and more.

Braised Beef Short Ribs

Although I couldn't try the Braised Beef Short Ribs ($34), this won praise from my fellow diners, who were fans of the tender texture.

Photos and words by Jo. A girl who loves her Mala (麻辣) at Da La (大辣), discovering hidden food gems and a good cup of matcha latte. Note: This is an invited tasting.

30 Victoria Street
Singapore 187996
Tel: +65 9820 2963
Nearest MRT: City Hall (EW, NS Line), Bras Basah (CC Line)

Opening Hours:
Tue-Sun: 6pm - 11pm
(Closed on Mon)

1) Alight at City Hall MRT station. Take Exit A. Cut across Raffles City Shopping Centre to Bras Basah Road. At the junction of Bras Basah Road and North Bridge Road, cross the road to Chijmes. Journey time about 5 minutes. [Map]

2) Alight at Bras Basah MRT station. Take Exit A. Walk southwards towards Victoria Road. At the junction of Bras Basah Road and Victoria Road, cross the junction to Chijmes. Journey time about 5 minutes. [Map]

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