The Japanese restaurant community in Singapore is small. Almost every sushi chef hails from Master Nogawa, who's recently made a comeback to Singapore after a difficult venture back in Japan. The 2 lead characters who helm Hinoki are no different, having apprenticed under the master some 2 decades ago. Lawrence, who is the Laurel of the 2, recently came from the failed Japanese venture at the Keppel club, and whose brother Ronnie is the brains behind the famous Tatsuya, now at the Goodwood Park Hotel. Gary, who is the Hardy, also worked at Keppel before partnering with Lawrence at Hinoki.
|Steamed egg custard - sea urchin and fish liver|
|Sake accompaniments - grilled Fugu and grilled dried baby sardines|
|Sashimi - salmon, yellow tail, botan shrimp, scallop and swordfish|
|Grilled yellowtail collar|
|Seared foie gras and botan shrimp sushi|
|Mentaiko and Scallop sushi|
|Green tea ice cream with red beans and Yuzu sorbet|
Still worthy of a repeat if you're in the neighbourhood. Word of caution though: don't mention Tatsuya, Ronnie or Keppel. Any of these 3 words sets Lawrence off and that means listening to a very long story of brotherly feuds and business troubles. My advice, just stick with the food and drinks.
Hinoki Japanese Restaurant
22 Cross Street
#01-50/53 China Square Central
South Bridge Court
Tel: +65 6536 7746