July 27th, 2015


Food Invite: Indulge in Japanese Gourmet @ Haru Haru Japanese Restaurant

Hey everyone!

It's been a long time since I've enjoyed Japanese gourmet in a restaurant so when I was invited by Alvin for a food tasting session at Haru Haru Japanese restaurant last Friday, I was on cloud nine.

Located at Jubilee Square in Ang Mo Kio, Haru Haru Japanese Restaurant was a relatively new restaurant that was opened in June 15.

Fresh fish on display. Mmmm... which one's for dinner? :)

When I stepped into the restaurant, I had a good impression of the place already. The restaurant looked cosy and spacious, making it very suitable for family dinners or large group gatherings without compromising on privacy.

You know how some restaurants have tables that are placed so closed to one another that it can get really squeezy and you can practically eavesdrop on other people's conversations? Thankfully, the seating arrangement in this restaurant is nothing like that.

If you will like more privacy, they have small rooms like these that can cater to private functions such as business dinners. While you're at it, it's a great opportunity to also experience an authentic Japanese dining style.

Suddenly, I wished I had my food tasting in this room. :D

Let's move on to the more important part of the tasting session - the food, shall we?

One of the signature dishes in this restaurant is the Wagyu beef and our first dish of the day was this enticing plate of Wagyu Tataki ($26.80). The beef was prepared by searing it briefly over a hot flame and it tasted fantastic when paired with vingear.

I'm a soup person so I was naturally drawn to the Negima Mushi ($15), an uber tasty tuna belly soup with leek. The soup was rich in flavour and when I bit into the tuna belly, I was like... ' Mmmmm.. heaven'.

Another wagyu dish that we tried was the Wagyu Sukiyaki ($25.80) and no, you do not eat this fresh off the plate.

Instead, cook the wagyu in this yummy, boiling pot of mushroom soup before eating it and you will realize how awesome the wagyu tasted with the strong essence of the mushrooms. More please, more.

Tell me, who can resist these glorious chicken mid-wings, especially yuzu flavoured ones?

The Yuzu Tebasaki ($6.80) is one dish that will appeal to the adults, kids and chicken wing lovers like me! The pepper can be toned down a little but otherwise, I foresee this dish to be 'finger licking good'.

The highlight of our dinner was this immensely photogenic Sashimi Platter with Itoyori ($158) that got everyone going 'WAHHH' simultaneously when it arrived at our table. In case you're wondering, the Itoyori is the fish in the centre, specifically known as the threadfin bream.

Besides the platter's appealing looks, everyone could agree that the sashimi was really fresh and we couldn't stop singing praises for it. Needless to say, this dish was wiped out really quickly.

The Zaku Ramen ($14.80) may appear spicy but surprisingly, it wasn't. The ramen tasted awesome with the onsen egg and those succulent pieces of pork. Oishi!

If you prefer rice to noodles, the Wagyu Don ($24.80) is a worthy dish to try, particularly with those juicy and tender wagyu beef. Additionally, the rice tasted exceptionally good when you coat it with egg. Yumms.

If you're a seafood fan and you don't mind splurging a little, the Chirashi Don Premium ($31.80) is a great dish to indulge in and in terms of presentation, it was totally photo-worthy, don't you think?

With this dish, you can enjoy your rice paired with yummilicious premium sashimi slices, sea urchin and salmon roe and possibly come back for more.

This beautiful array of sushi is the Aburi Sushi ($23.80) which comprised (from top to bottom) the salmon mentaiyaki, swordfish, tuna, squid, ebi and scallop.

Each of us picked 1 sushi to try so I chose the swordfish and was utterly fascinated by the texture of it.

Our last dish of the night was the Haru Roll ($14.80) which contained salmon and creamy mayo goodness.

To put it simply, this was a delicious, easy-to-eat dish that would have made me gone for more if I wasn't too full from a 10-course meal. HA HA! :D

Besides the abovementioned dishes, Haru Haru Japanese Restaurant also has daily, pocket-friendly lunch specials so gather your family, friends or colleagues to eat here and share cost! It's Buy 2 get 1 Free after all. :D

Photo credits to Danessa.

Post-dinner group picture with fellow fun-loving food bloggers (who kept laughing at me!).

Thank you Alvin for inviting and Haru Haru Japanese Restaurant for hosting us!

For more information on this restaurant, follow their facebook page here.

Haru Haru Japanese Restaurant
61 Ang Mo Kio Ave 8
#02-03 Singapore 569814

Disclaimer: Reviews are based on personal experiences.