ORCHARD - We absolutely LOVE sushi, so when we came across our latest hidden find in Mandarin Gallery, we were shocked that we hadn’t been to Hashida Sushi sooner. This is the first overseas branch of the renowned Hashida Sushi restaurant in Tokyo, which was established in 1966 by Master Sushi Chef Tokio Hashida. The Singapore venture is run by Tokio Hashida’s son, Master Chef Kenjiro Hashida (also known as ‘Hatch’), who serves up exquisite culinary creations using only the freshest, at-its-best seasonal fish flown in from Japan.
Why you should come here:
Everything about Hashida Sushi is authentically Japanese from the long wooden bar where you can watch Chef Hatch and his team in action to the omakase-style menu where the chef changes up the dishes daily depending on what delicacies he’s procured. And man does he choose some amazing products! Think plump Ishigaki clams, buttery Ensui Uni from Hokkaido and baby barracuda, all delicately seasoned and paired with premium ingredients, sauces and garnishes that allow the true flavours to burst through.
What we love:
The attention to detail here is absolutely insane, as Chef Hatch draws on his 25 years of experience in culinary school and apprenticing under his father to execute expert knife skills, innovative flavour combos and beautiful presentation. Take for example the dish he created for the Krug Culinary Exploration 2017 where he presented a light and crispy Potan Prawn Tempura dusted with kelp and housemade bonito salt and paired with a smooth shiitake mushroom ice cream. Absolutely unreal. He also uses over 30 sauces at the restaurant, each one carefully chosen to pair perfectly with the particular dish he’s creating, including a secret sauce recipe that’s been in his family for over 135 years.
The omakase set menus definitely aren’t cheap—after all, this is a Japanese fine dining spot. However, the level of quality, creativity, tastes and textures that you get are worth every penny. If you want to try Hashida Sushi, but don’t want to spend a mint right off the bat, go for the Tsubaki lunch set for $80++ that will leave you sated but not stuffed, and not completely out of pocket.
Omakase lunch sets range from $80++ to $250++, and the dinner sets range from $350++ to $500++.