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Wednesday, 6 January 2016

Lunch at Hakumai Sushi and Omakase Restaurant @ International Plaza

10 Anson Road #01-50A International Plaza, Singapore 079903
Tel: 6224 4790

Hakumai Sushi & Omakase Japanese Restaurant is located within the CBD area, serving up freshly prepared meals with ingredients imported from the motherland, i..e. Japan.  Whether one chooses to order their Omakase (which basically means to "entrust"), Kaiseki (pre-determined dishes) or Set menus, Hakumai promises quality as well as freshness.

*Katherine, *Mira and I decided to pop by for a delicious Japanese lunch over catching up. Ambience was tranquil and leaning heavily on Japanese decor; service crew was polite and professional.

*Katherine started with the Sushi Soba Gozen set (SGD$26.80), comprising 5 pieces of assorted sushi, 3 pieces of salmon mentai sushi, chawanmushi, green tea soba noodles and miso soup, and salad. The presentation was good, making the food appear even more appetizing. Feedback on this set was superb.

*Mira went for Ishikari Nave Gozen set (SGD$26.80) - salmon cheek and vegetables cooked with miso soup, as well as 3 thick slices of salmon sashimi, truffle sauce chawanmushi, rice and salad. Freshness and scrumptiousness were the key words to this set.

I settled for the Sashimi Gozen set (SGD$33.80), comprising mixed platter of sashimi and tempura moriawase as well as hot soba noodles, truffle sauce chawanmushi and salad. The sashimi slices were generous in cuts, fresh and succulent. The tempura items were good as well - crispy, with thin battering so it did not taste too "floury".

We liked the fact that they were thoughtful to serve the watermelon for our set lunches only after we finished, so that the fruit slices were kept chilled and fresh when we consumed them!  The water-melon slices were very sweet as well.

I also ordered a Umeshu Jelly (SGD$5.00) to conclude the meal - Japanese plum wine-flavoured jelly that contained a little hint of wine detectable in its flavour indeed.

The overall dining experience at Hakumai was excellent, from service to standards of food. I would definitely be back to try other items; or even if I were to order the same set that I did the previous time, it would be something to look forward to definitely!

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