Hana Japanese Restaurant @ Forum The Shopping Mall | Orchard, Singapore

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Hana Restaurant is a Japanese restaurant with a touch of Asian fusion in their dishes. With that came the iconic Instagram-worthy flying noodles (soba, udon and somen), and that is how I get to know about the restaurant located in Forum The Shopping Mall.

Taking the city by storm, all these Instagram posts gets crowd rushing to see the mystery behind it (I shall not spoil the fun by unravelling the mystery). First off, I got to say I was impressed with the presentation; serving it in dim sum baskets and the suspended noodles over chopsticks.

Hana Restaurant made used of the two trendiest ingredients now, truffle and salted egg yolk in replacement of the usual dipping sauce. The combination for Flying Truffle Somen | $20 and Flying Salted Egg Yolk Udon | $18 were something unique, which does taste better after each mouthful. A friendly reminder, not to pour the sauce over the noodles as it is served in dim sum baskets and they have holes in them.

Flying Cha Soba| $16 (supposedly to come with Spam Soba Sushi at the side) comes with the usual dipping sauce but with an egg in it - that could also be the reason why the sauce became bland. All in all, it’s a messy eat decent Japanese noodles served with trendy sauces and the outcome would be a messy eat.

Besides the Japanese noodles, Lobster Mayo Sushi Tacos | $15 is one that caught my attention, especially when I am a lobster lover. Basically, the tacos replaces the seaweed that encases the sushi, giving it that extra crunchy to the standard sushi. I would pick this over the noodles any time.

There’s also the Kimchi Pork Katsu Fried Rice | $18 that comes with kimichi fried rice at the bottom, topped with pork katsu, and accompanied with a bottle of crisps. The ingredients were good on their own, however there isn’t that ‘chemistry’ when combining them together. 

Subsequently, the combination for Salted Egg Yolk Dip with Hana Fried Basket | $25 turned out rather good. The salted egg yolk dip is the same one from the Flying Salted Egg Yolk Udon; thick and flavourful. 

This 4 x 3 Grid Boxes | $38 is quite an eye-opener for me to have sushi serves in plastic boxes. It is served in Omakase style, which means the chef gets to decide the selection of dishes. It is available in 3 x 3 grid too. The other statement piece is the Sushi Drawers with Chef's Special Maki | $23, the maki consist of unagi and tempura prawn. Note that Chef's Special Maki is not reflected on the menu on this item but it can be made to order. These are great for sharing!

The meal was ended on a sweet note with Matcha-misu | $15. A non-alcoholic version of tiramisu in matcha flavour. This is really worth praising, however it comes with a hefty price tag too.

Dining at Hana takes on a nostalgic yet refreshing atmosphere, with semi-modern interior. If you are looking for authentic Japanese food, this may not be for you as Hana Restaurant focuses on their creativity in bringing out the Asian fusion in Japanese food. 

Address: Forum The Shopping Mall, #01-17, 583 Orchard Road, Singapore 238884

Opening Hours:
Lunch: 12:00pm-2:30pm
Dinner: 6:00pm-9:30pm

..Hosted Meal..

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