I have a soft spot for all food Japanese, especially when it’s good quality at affordable prices. Hakumai Sushi & Omakase, in a corner of International Plaza, offers inexpensive set lunches as well as Omakase starting from SGD$68! Though I have yet to try their Omakase, I had been there for lunch a few times. I am just addicted to Chef Gary Ng’s truffle chawanmushi!
That thick trufflicious (yes I made this word up) broth with mushrooms on top of that silky steamed egg is just a wondrous concoction by Chef Gary. The aromas of truffle together with the umami-ness with each bite is just indelible. It is often the deciding factor for me when choosing amongst the 29 set lunch choices available. All set meals come with soup, salad and fruit for desserts.
This is one of my all-time favourite comfort lunch. I get the all three cravings satisfied on one tray – Sukiyaki, Sashimi and Truffle Chawanmushi. The serving of three salmon sashimi slices are moderately thick and always fresh.
With a price tag of just $26.80 for the whole set, the quantity and quality of these beef slices are impressive. Just looking at that marbling on the beef makes me hungry.
My hubby and I are big fans of the Sukiyaki broth as it has a good balance of sweetness with umami-ness. If you find it too flavourful, have some rice with it to soften the richness.
This set comes with a simmering hot plate of deep fried chicken and egg in sweet sauce, sashimi and rice. It was a generous portion of chicken and egg, though not exceptionally delicious.
This is another one of my favourites from their set meals. You get 5 pieces of assorted sushi, 3 pieces of Salmon Mentai Maki, Cold Green Tea Soba and Truffle Sauce Chawanmushi. Even though this is a set meal, the sushi and maki were impeccable. The proportion of fish/topping to rice was just right, with the fresh cuts glistening under the spotlights of the restaurant. After gobbling down the first piece of sushi (in one mouth of course), I knew I was in for a treat. In comparison, the soba was just average.
We also tried out some seasonal items on our visits there. There was a Japanese Garlic starter that came recommended which we found a tad overpriced for a few cloves of pan fried garlic. Even if it came from Japan.
Disclaimer: I remember it was SGD$12 but I can’t be sure. It was a recommendation from the service staff to try this as it arrived just that day. Chef Gary had lemon infused in this serving of Ikura to bring out the natural flavours.
I can never resist fresh Hotate sashimi with just a dab of that grated wasabi. Though the pricing here is also a little high as compared to Koh Grill & Sushi Bar.
Located conveniently near Tanjong Pagar MRT, it is a popular joint in the CBD area for both lunch and dinner. Service staff are always attentive to fill up tea and take requests. The restaurant can be a little vibrant as it’s always packed. If you are one who prefers a quiet meal, Hakumai might not be ideal. Do call ahead to make reservations to avoid disappointment. As for us, we would definitely return to try the Omakase sets soon! Already craving after writing this post 🙂