Head Chef Kazu Nomura has plenty of experience, having worked at Miyako Japanese Cuisine and Saké Restaurant & Bar. At Hattori Hanzo, he has designed a fantastic hawker-style menu with texture and flavour influences from right across Asia. Named for a legendary Japanese samurai, Hattori Hanzo is a funky place to eat. A large photograph of a Japanese street as well as other quirky Asian artworks add to the hip vibe. Chattering guests obviously enjoy the informal dining atmosphere.
The delectable dishes are designed to share, and range from seafood and curries to stir-fries and salads. Seared beef tataki is still pink inside, and is served with fresh Asian herbs. The accompanying dressing has a delightful balance, with a slight chilli kick. Crispy yuzu calamari is a light salad, despite the seafood being deep-fried. The calamari strips are tossed with crunchy daikon, and there is a flavoursome chimichurri-like dipping sauce on the side.
PSST! For a fun drink, try the signature Hattori Hanzo cocktail – it’s a deliciously zingy mix of Robot Ninja sake, pink grapefruit juice, lemongrass and ginger.