Hana restaurant, with Omakase Menus at $38, $58 and $88, is one of the best places in Orchard Road to enjoy an inexpensive omakase experience.
Hana Restaurant @ Forum
The small Japanese restaurant has been serving affordable meals at its Forum The Shopping Mall location for many years. The owners also operate the new Hana Izakaya as well as the Brown Butter Cafe (formerly known as The Benjamins) on Level 1 of Forum The Shopping Mall.
Hana Restaurant is perhaps most well known for its “flying noodles” because of the many photos on social media of noodles draped over a pair of floating chopsticks. It is also popular for its reasonably priced omakase meals.
Hana Omakase Menus
The a la carte menu of Hana restaurant is pretty extensive – covering sushi, maki and sashimi as well as seafood, beef, pork and chicken prepared in various ways. Also on the menu are deserts and rice and noodles dishes including the Flying Cha Soba and Flying Chilli Crab Somen.
The Hana Omakase Menus are priced at $38, $58 and $88. At Hana, you don’t really “leave everything to the chef” when you order an omakase meal because the menus have descriptions of the items that will be served.
The 15 items of each omakase meal are listed on the chalkboards as well as on a printed menu sheet.
We had lunch at Hana restaurant recently and ordered the $58 Omakase and the $88 Omakase.
The presentation of the food was well-paced. We could enjoy the food leisurely and without having to wait too long between dishes. The entire meal would take about one and a half hours.
The plating was kept fairly basic but aesthetically pleasing. Although the portion size of each item was small, it was quite a lot of food to eat as a whole.
There were some common items which were in the $58 omakase and the $88 omakase. Generally, the $88 menu offered more or better food. For example, the $58 omakase had five pieces of sashimi while the $58 omakase had 7 pieces. For $55 a diner would get tenderloin beef cubes while a diner opting for the $88 menu would get wagyu beef slices.
Almost all the items in both menus were delectable. The standout items for us would be the fresh sashimi, the wagyu beef with lots of marbling and the interesting and delicious chawanmushi.
The desserts, particularly the cute cheesecake dessert, looked good and were refreshing – a nice way to end a good meal.
Delightful Affordable Omakase
Omakase or chef degustation menu can strike fear in our hearts. Not only are we unsure of what the chef may serve, but the prices will often wreck our dining out budget. At Hana Restaurant, we can enjoy an omakase expereince without the usual anxieties. We get a fair idea of what would be served. The food is of good quality and the prices are reasonable. Hana Restaurant is a good place for a delightful affordable omakase expereince.
Overall Rating: 4 TOPs
#01-17, Forum The Shopping Mall
583 Orchard Road
Tel: +65 6737 5525
Opening Hours: 12 noon to 2.30 pm; 6 pm to 9.30 pm
Nearby MRT Station: Orchard
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