Robatayaki (which in Japanese means fireside-cooking), often shortened to robata, refers to a traditional Japanese method of cooking. Similar to barbecue, food on skewers are slow-grilled over hot charcoal. The process and results can be dramatic. Hamanoya Robata in Dining Edition, Marina Square is a Japanese restaurant that features fresh meats and seafood grilled over a charcoal fire.
The decor is contemporary, dominated by wood and glass, cylindrical ceiling lamps and a open-concept kitchen behind a stone counter. Tables are spaced comfortably apart.
Although it is a robatayaki restaurant, Hamanoya’s menu is quite extensive and offers a wide range of Japanese food.
The Sashimi Boat Set ($24.99) came with pickles, miso soup and a well done delicious chawanmushi. Six types of fresh sashimi were beautifully presented in a wooden boat platter.
The Special Tempura Soba Set ($16.99) was really good value. It was like a sampler set which included pickles, chawanmushi, sashimi, sushi, prawn tempura and of course a bowl of buckwheat soba noodles in hot broth.
The Hokkaido Pork Rice Bowl ($10.99) had slices of grilled pork with a nice sweet sauce. We found the pork to be a little dry, but with the sauce it went well with the rice. The simple dish was enjoyable.
The best choice we made was the Seafood Hamayaki Set ($16.99). The presentation was visually appealing and the seafood was tasty. The grilled scallops were outstanding.
They have good value set meals and special promotions from time to time. Helpful and professional staff, nice atmosphere, great visual presentation of food and good quality food at reasonable prices – Hamanoya Robata is a place worth more than one visit.
Food : 4
Service : 4
Value : 4
Atmosphere : 3
Overall Rating : 4 TOPs
6 Raffles Boulevard
#02-106 Marina Square
Tel : +65 6337 4245
Mon-Fri:11:30 am – 3:00 pm; 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Sat-Sun:11:30 am – 10:00 pm
Nearby Stations: Esplanade, City Hall, Promenade
#Food fact – Robata originated from northern Japanese fishermen who needed a way to cook on their boats, so they encased binchotan coals in a stone box to protect the boat from the intense heat.
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