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Hashi (箸) Japanese Restaurant Entertains Diners With Koto (琴)

ladies in kimono at hashi japanese restaurant
How often do you get to see kimono-clad diners in restaurants? Not a fat chance, at least in Singapore!

hashi japanese restaurant kaiseki review
It was a delightful afternoon where hubby and I took the seats at Hashi Japanese Restaurant (箸), Bukit Pasoh Road, where food meets traditional music performance. I've to admit this is the first time I'm seeing diners in beautiful kimonos, enjoying their meal while listening to the Koto (琴).

koto traditional music performance at hashi japanese restaurant
Check out these ladies with their Koto, the national instrument of Japan and traditional 7th Japanese stringed musical instrument made from Kiri wood.

Come, tuck in with me and explore Hashi's Kaiseki Lunch Menu (懐石コース) by Chef Tadashi Takahashi, accompanied by the Koto performance:

hashi japanese restaurant appetizer review
Our Appetizer (前菜) was presented in a lovely basket. The pretty wooden bowl contained chilled boiled prawn, accompanied by fish cakes and marinated spinach with mushrooms. I kinda like the Sweet Boiled Egg which is somewhat similar to the Tamago Sushi.

hashi serves japanese edamame beans
Do you enjoy popping Edamame Beans (枝豆) into your mouth? Hubby and I had fun eating these pods, a popular side dish at Japanese Izakaya restaurants, while chatting and waiting for our food. It's really nice to have these snacks served so diners can have something to munch while listening to the Koto performance.

hashi japanese restaurant himi udon review
I'm not really a fan of Udon, but these Himi Udon (氷見うどん) are much thinner than the usual type of Udon. The small bowl of noodles was very tasty in the light and refreshing soup. Simple course, but packs a punch! Portion was just right especially for ladies.

hashi japanese restaurant domyoji gindara review
The Japanese Domyoji and Marinated Gindara with Crabmeat sauce (ギンダラの道明寺蒸し蟹あんかけ) was a flavourful knockout! Sinking your teeth into the fish maw and cod fish combo drenched in the crabmeat sauce, you can instantly get a tinge of aroma arising from the scented ginger.

luxury haven reviews hashi japanese restaurant domyoji gindara
I love the gelatin-like texture coating the seafood. I guess it's coming from the Japanese Domyoji-ko, a rice flour used primarily for Sakura Mochi. It was really tasty, except that I found a huge fish bone; something I thought should be taken care of. Maybe it's just me, but I'm quite fussy when it comes to this.

colourful and appetizing chirashi sushi
Be enticed by the kaleidoscope of colours and essence of this next course - the Chirashi Sushi (ちらし寿司). Gosh, I haven't had that in years!

For those who have not tried this Japanese dish, it's actually a bowl of scattered sushi topped with colourful ingredients. For Hashi, the appetizing Chirashi Sushi was filled with Sea Eel (穴子 Anago), Salmon Roe (イクラ Ikura), Tuna (鮪 Maguro), Yellow Tail (魬 Hamachi), Squid (いか Ika), Eggs (卵 Tamago) and some diced vegetables. Great pairing with the Miso Soup (味噌汁). Must-try!

hashi japanese restaurant wagashi review
The last course is something that Hashi is proud of - their Japanese Dessert imported from 5th Generation Shop in Shizuoka (和菓子(浜松和菓子老舗:巌邑堂). These Japanese Wagashi (和菓子) are specially flown in daily from Shizoka, and are hand-crafted and preservative-free.

hashi delicious japanese thick tea
Our Kaiseki ended with a delicious thick tea (濃茶 koicha) served in a traditional tea bowl. The tasting session was indeed an eye-opening experience for both hubby and myself. Japanese traditional music performance and Kimono-clad diners? Anytime! How about some Japanese dance?

japanese koto traditional music performance
The Koto performance is also available for corporate or informal gathering events. So if you feel like throwing a Japanese traditional affair the next time, think Hashi (箸)!

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Hashi
46 Bukit Pasoh Road
Singapore 089858
Tel: +65 6327 8414

39 comments:

  1. Over here its common for the waitress and waiters to be in Japanese outfits. In fact they also greet the customers in basic Jap language. Delicious and tempting dishes, beautiful plated and served.

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    1. Nava, it's the same here. Common to see servers in tradition Japanese costumes, but not diners. It's super rare.

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  2. Lovely dishes, good presentation of food too!

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    1. Ken, be sure to kiv this for your next visit :)

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  3. Appetizers looks mouthwatering :)

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    1. Subha, Japanese cuisine must be expensive in your home town.....

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  4. Great images nice olace the food looks delicious.
    http://tifi11.blogspot.com

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    1. Lina, I'm sure you'll get your chance some day :)

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  6. Very unique way of serving the appetizer. The main meal isn't too heavy. Lovely dessert too!

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  7. Beautiful !
    I enjoy Japanese cuisine. Very limited options available in Kerala but when I travel I try to find an authentic outlet.
    Beautifully written post :)

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    1. Rajiv, thanks! Hope you'll find some nice Japanese restaurants during your travel.

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  8. Ohh looks so nice!
    Here we only have sushi restaurants...I wish someone could open something like this here *__*
    Take care, have a nice day!*

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    1. Diana, oh really? What a pity! You have a good weekend, sweetie!

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  9. The food looks wonderful, especially the dessert :D
    How lucky!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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    1. Kathy, always enjoy the plating in Japanese cuisines..........

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  11. wow diners in wafuku with the sound of Koto~.. Looks like a nice place to visit. What is the price range?

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    1. Simon, something different from the usual Japanese dining. Hashi's normal 5-course Kaiseki ranges from SGD 98 up :)

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  12. Such a unique cultural and dining experience!

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  13. The menu looks very fresh and healthy.

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    1. Monica, I'm sure you'll like it too :)

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  14. Food looks good and soothing ambience!

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    1. Cheah, hope you've the chance to visit Hashi some day.....

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  15. I dont mind wearing kimono one of these day. I am also not a big fan of udon but love Japanese sushi.

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    1. Rose, me too! The costume is so beautiful!

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  16. Do you have any room in your pockets Shirley? I would love to hide in one of them so I too can get to experience such a memorable meal. (don't worry I won't eat anything I will just take in the sights, sounds and beauty:)

    I love the kimonos. I must remember to post a gorgeous item that I found once in the bottom of a cookbook box. I do believe it is a kimono sash but I'm not sure. Please remind me if you think you would know what one looks like. I would love to know.

    Seriously everything looks so pretty. I am a bit surprised about the bone though. That would not go over well with me. I most likely wouldn't say anything but chances are I would not return. I don't find that acceptable in a restaurant of such high esteem or any restaurant for that matter. Thank goodness you found it:)

    Thank you so much for sharing, Shirley...I'll get out of your pocket now:)

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    1. Louise, hahaha! You sound like a Chihuahua. My mom used to own a few of them, & put them in her pockets :) You're so adorable! I would love to have the chance to put on a kimono too, but I'm not familiar with the details of the sash.

      I'm really "allergic" to fish bones in fillets, except for fish served as a whole. I don't like to find bones in cods especially :< I'm delighted that you've enjoyed the tour in my pocket. Till the next.....

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  17. Shirley I agreed with you and we won't get to see diners in Kimono..
    Delicious food and especially the "Japanese Wagashi " and pretty presentation ...!!!

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    1. Elena, it was such a beautiful insight!

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  18. wahh this is soooo unique...dining with kimono/yukata~~ how about you? din see you taking pics wearing kimono/Yukata while dining? it's gonna be even more perfect :D

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    1. Hong, I didn't expect to anyone to dine in kimono in the first place. It was a pleasant surprise! Hubby & I thought they were the koto performers initially. Lol!

      I don't know much about the Japanese traditional costumes, but I think Yukata (浴衣) are worn without any inner collars & socks, like those in hotel rooms & Japanese inns.......

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    2. but if they wear kimono..it's gonna be hot because kimono is only worn during winter..yukata more for summer...hehehe nevertheless this is cool..

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  19. This place has such a lovely ambiance with ladies in traditional kimonos! They make the dining experience fantastic with their well prepared food and music! I love everything Japanese!!! I will be going to Fukuoka for a week next month.

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    1. Tan, I wanna go too! Remember to try the mentaiko there!!

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