Sushi Shiki Hanamaru Restaurant is the last outlet to open in Hokkaido Marche, Orchard Central. Unlike the other seven outlets which operate like stalls in a food court, Sushi Shiki Hanamaru (花まる) is a proper restaurant with its exclusive dining area. It serves sushi and a good range of other a la carte items.
We visited Hokkaido Marche when it first opened (see our post Hokkaido Marche Gourmet Hall, Orchard Central Singapore). The Gourmet Hall by Hokkaido Marche in basement 2 of Orchard Central offers 7 different Japanese F&B brands from Hokkaido in a common dining hall. The eighth outlet of Hokkaido Marche is Sushi Shiki Hanamaru Restaurant. It is not part of the Gourmet Hall but occupies a semi-enclosed space on the other side of the elevators lobby.
Sushi Shiki Hanamaru Restaurant
Sushi Shiki Hanamaru Restaurant is brightly lit and nicely decorated in typical Japanese casual diner style. There are booth seats, regular dining tables and counter seats, where you can see the chefs at work.
Hanamaru (花まる) is a sushi shop from the port town of Nemuro in Hokkaido, Japan. The seas near Nemuro are rich fishing grounds and Hanamaru has some of their stores located right where the fresh catches are landed. Hanamaru currently has 13 stores in Hokkaido and 3 in Tokyo. There is apparently always a long queue at some of their outlets, like Nemuro Hanamaru in Sapporo (read about our visit to Hanamaru Sushi Restaurant at JR. Tower Stellar Place, Sapporo here).
Menu of Sushi Shiki Hanamaru Restaurant
The Sushi Shiki Hanamaru Restaurant’s menu is thick. Unlike typical menus seen in other Japanese restaurants in Singapore, Hanamaru’s menu has few photos of the food but lots of words.
The menu covers various tiers of sushi – $4.80 per plate, $7 per plate, $10 per plate and so on. There are also tempura dishes, grilled fish, fried chicken and assorted side dishes. Below are photos of pages from the menu of Sushi Shiki Hanamaru Restaurant in Hokkaido Marche.
Good Lunch Experience at Hanamaru
We went to Sushi Shiki Hanamaru Restaurant for lunch. We were seated at the sushi counter. For most of the sushi items, you can order by filling in a chit and handing it over to the chef. For other items, like tempura dishes, your place your order with the staff.
We ordered the Smelt Fish Tempura ($8). It was served after a very short wait. The deep fried fish and vegetables with a light batter were crispy, light and not oily.
We ordered a variety of sushi. Each plate consisted of 2 pieces. They were freshly made in front of us and handed over to us over the counter by the Japanese chef.
The Akami Blue Fin Tuna ($7) was of reasonable standard.
The Torched Tora Salmon Sushi ($7) was an interesting variation of the usual salmon sushi. It did not taste fishy and the light soy sauce dressing brought out the natural sweetness of the salmon. The Miso Eggplant Sushi ($7) looked good and tasted good too. The eggplant had a nice creamy texture and there was a very good combination of flavours.
The marinated tuna sushi ($7) looked plain but was tasty. The Pacific salmon roe sushi ($4.80) looked the most flamboyant. The marinated roe had a smooth luxurious feel and popping the eggs released a briny taste.
Good Variety, Reasonable Price
Overall, we had a nice simple lunch at Sushi Shiki Hanamaru (花まる). There was a good variety of sushi and other Japanese dishes. The fish portions on the sushi were fairly generous. We got good quality food with prompt service and the prices were reasonable.
Value : 3
Overall Rating: 3 TOPs
Sushi Shiki Hanamaru (花まる)
#B2-11/29/44/48 Orchard Central
181 Orchard Road
Tel: +65 66340211
Mon – Fri : 11 am – 2 pm; 5 pm -11 pm
Sat & Sun : 11 am – 11 pm
Nearby MRT Station: Somerset
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