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