Hifumi – Cheap Japanese Bentos, FREE All You Can Eat Appetizers

Hifumi – Cheap Japanese Bentos, FREE All You Can Eat Appetizers
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Hifumi, the new Japanese restaurant at the Plaza Singapura extension, serves bento sets meals with all-you-can-eat appetizer bar!

The Atrium of Plaza Singapura has just undergone an overhaul, with more F&B selections which include Canele Patisserie, Hoshino Coffee, Skinny Pizza, Dome, Swiss Bakery, and Bangkok Jam. The new mix of shops seems a little scattered (another Uniqlo), and the one restaurant that enjoy very long queue is Hifumi.

Among the selection: Baked chicken ($10.90), yakiniku rice ($12.90), salmon oyoko-jyu ($16.90), tonkatsu ($12.90), chicken katsu ($11.90), chicken oyakoni ($11.90) and beef hamburg ($14.90) – the usual Japanese cuisine in a contemporary setting with wallet-friendly prices.

Let’s start with the appetizers. There are more than 10 choices available, for free, for real.

It includes potato salad (ok), tofu gratin (nice, can take), jellyfish (skip), pumpkin salad (my fav), cheese fondue (ok), rice cracker (can take), fried fish (not fresh), and everybody’s favourite chawanmushi (can’t complain). Note: the mini-buffet is only available during lunch and dinner times.

You can also enjoy free flow of drink at $1.90. The good news is, you are not restricted and can take any drinks from pepsi, coffee, ginger ale, green tea to ice tea.

Hifumi is indeed value-for-money. Maybe they took some cues on how to keep operational costs low from their sister company Chizo Kanmai which is also known for its very cheap budget. (Read: Chiso Zanmai at Clarke Quay Central)

I had a Pork Katsuni Set ($11.90) of simmered pork cutlet with onion and egg. It was decent, warm at least, though nothing to shout about as the meat was kind of tough. Really, I was not expecting much anyway.

The Hamburg Steak ($14.90) with demi-glace sauce, though small in portion, was also just all right. At that price, this is not somewhere you would expect top-notch quality Japanese meals, but a place that can definitely fill your tummy if you are not that fussy. (This is like Saizeriya with buffet)

I hope Hifumi keeps updating their appetizers, so that I won’t mind coming back again.

Hifumi Japanese Restaurant
68 Orchard Road #04-68, Singapore 238839, Tel: +65 6338 4712 (Dhoby Gaut MRT)
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 10:00pm

Other Japanese Restaurant Entries
Yayoiken (Bugis+)
Saizeriya Ristorante (Liang Court)
Ootoya (Orchard Central)
CoCo ICHIBANYA (313 Somerset)
Sushi Tei (Ngee Ann City)

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  1. Annamae Hichens : January 9, 2013 at 8:10 pm

    i love appetizers because they are one of the tastiest part of a meal aside from the dessert.;

  2. This post is outdated.

    The price has increased and the menu has changed.

    The hygiene standard has dropped dramatically.

    After the cooked rat incident at Hotpot Culture, the NEA inspected all the F&B outlets at Marina Square. Hifumi Marina Square had the distinction of failing the first round and had to be reinspected.

    On at least 3 separate occasions this Feb 2015, live cockroaches were either served to customers with their lunches, or seen running freely on the tables.

    Feedback from a customer:

    Hi, I have a feedback for Hifumi Restaurant.
    We walked in for lunch on Sunday at your Plaza Singapura branch. All was well initially and the family stared with the appetizers.
    When our last main course was served, I discovered something crawling around the tray, which was used to served the entires main course. To my horror, it was a live cockroach serving on the tray!
    I immediately took the tray of food and walked to your cashier/ kitchen area. When I told your chef that there is a cockroach, they do seem surprised or have any urgency to try to contain the situation or catch the insect.
    In the meantime, the cockroach climbed from the tray onto my arm and then to your serving counter, while you staff just stood there doing nothing.
    Next comes an Indian gentleman who identifies himself as the manager. He has absolutely no clue how to manage the situation. When I requested to speak to a more senior level person from the office to address the issue, I was told to reach you on Facebook…. I hesitant to write on your FB as this will affect your business. When I told him the consequence of posting my comment on FB, I was given a gentleman, Keisuke Hirosaki’s number. I also left my contact number and told him that I am expecting a call from your office by Monday, but to no avail.
    So here you are the pics that was taken at the counter, where the cockroach resurfaced (while I was waiting for the manager to attend to me).
    I await for a response from the management and will not hesitate to share my experiences on other social media websites.

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