Food Review: Hifumi Japanese Restaurant

What makes Hifumi so special is that you get access to an all-you-can-eat appetizer bar with any main course ordered. Currently, they’re having a weekday lunch promotion of a main course inclusive of the free flow appetizers with prices from only $9.99 to $11.99.

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The things worth mentioning are chawanmushi, which was smooth and silky, tofu donuts and cha soba. The sweet potato fries are not bad too. The broccoli and corn was undercooked.

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Omelette Curry ($9.99 – Promotion Price U.P. $12.99)

This was a really delectable and comforting dish. The curry was thick and rich. The bits of cheese could be mixed in and it complemented the curry rice. The omelette was cooked to perfection – the texture very fluffy and light.

We were the first customers here at the Marina Square branch so the service was pretty great. We stayed until around lunch hour when the crowd started coming in and it was total chaos. People had to queue for the appetizers spread. Honestly, I would only come again during the non-peak hours.

Rating:
Food

7.5/10
Aesthetic
7/10
Price
8.5/10
Service
9/10

HIFUMI JAPANESE RESTAURANT
Marina Square, 6 Raffles Boulevard, #02-106A/106B
Tel: 63374721

Opening hours:
Mon – Sun: 11.30am – 3.00pm / 5.00pm – 10.30pm

https://www.facebook.com/hifumi.sg

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Food Review: Gyoza-Ya

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Now this is what I call a true hidden gem. Located at the basement of Robinsons Orchard, Gyoza Ya specialises in gyoza, with most of its (limited) menu consisting of different varieties of gyoza, from pan-fried to boiled, and pork to crab fillings.

It’s cheap too as prices are under $10. However, they are still subject to GST and service charge. Additionally, regarding their service, there was lots of manpower but the wait for our food was excruciatingly long. The worst part is that there were only two other tables occupied and somehow, they still managed to mess up our order.

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Pan-Fried Dumpling with Pork ($4.80)

Nevertheless, what the service lacked, the food made up for it. Each gyoza is made-to-order instead of using frozen ones. Talk about dedication. Without a doubt, these gyozas could possibly be the best in town. They were pan-fried to a light crisp on top. The skin is soft and thin. The pork fillings were juicy as well as flavourful and they were quite generous in the amount of fillings in each gyoza. Additionally, each gyoza is bigger than the gyozas at most Japanese restaurants.

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Ninniku Yaki Meshi (Japanese Garlic Fried Rice) ($5.80)

This fried rice tasted excellent. It wasn’t oily and was very fragrant. The portion could be considered slightly small, but I felt that it was quite alright for me.

Overall, I’d say this place is definitely value-for-money and the food is pretty good. At least now I know where to go to satisfy my gyoza cravings.

Rating:
Food
7.5/10
Aesthetic
8/10
Price
8/10
Service
6/10

GYOZA-YA
260 Orchard Road, B1-02A Robinsons Orchard, Singapore 238855
Tel: 6737 5581

Opening hours:
Mon – Sun: 11.30 am – 10.00 pm

https://www.facebook.com/gyozaya.sg