122 Telok Ayer Street, Singapore 068591
Tel: 6336 3366
A Japanese Izakaya concept restaurant serving a range of Japanese dishes, with a dim interior, excellent staff crew who are very attentive to your needs (refilling of green tea, clearing plates, greeting people etc) - Hinode Izakaya nestles among a row of shophouses along Telok Ayer. "Hinode" means sunrise by the way, which motto of "fresh produce first of day" the restaurant adopts.
It was relatively quiet on weekday lunchtime.
I started with Sashimi (SGD$5.00) special promotional price - 5 slices of mid-sized, fresh and juicy raw salmon with generous dose of wasabi on the side.
Then the main set came (I didn't know it was a set so it was huge, for a small eater like myself) - a set of Ika Teppan Set (SGD$14.80), aka Grilled Squid. The entire set comprised of a bowl of Miso Soup, some small sides such as ginger slices, marinated chicken, a bowl of pearl rice, whole grilled squid and the most delicious slice of Matcha (green tea) layered cake.
The squid was smokey tinged with sweetness, but I thought the flesh was a little tough. However, the garlic butter sauce was delicious.
I would definitely like to be back here for lunch - first for the quiet ambiance, and then for the very value-for-money sets. And I might buy the cakes on their own as well (SGD$5.50 per slice) that also comes in chocolate and vanilla flavors.