Katsudon Hanakatsu is one of those eateries that specialises in just one type of dish — and does it really well.
Hailing from Japan, the restaurant specialises in katsudon, a popular Japanese dish consisting of deep fried pork or chicken cutlet served on rice.
For your main course, you can choose from either the original, HA – NA Katsudon, or spicy flavour, HA – NA Katsudon Spicy Flavour. That’s it, no complications, no frills and minimal decision-making required. Sweet!
Generous portions to please big eaters
Each katsudon comes with 6 slices of meat cutlet; 3 pork and 3 chicken covered in a light and crispy golden brown batter. The meats are arranged in way that makes the cutlets resemble the petals of a blooming flower sprouting out of the rice bowl – an appetising sight for meat lovers, indeed. And for all that generous serving, the bowl only costs $13.50.
Despite being deep fried, we were surprised by how tender and juicy the cutlets were. Compared to other katsudon places we’ve tried, Hanakatsu’s meats are more thinly sliced and uses a crumb batter, rather than the thick-cut cutlets covered in a flaky batter. Between the pork and chicken, we like the former better as the meat was sliced thinner, thus enhancing the crispiness and had more flavour.
Spicy bowl – only available in Singapore
Knowing how Singaporeans love spicy food, the restaurant created the spicy katsudon bowl just for us. Being a Japanese restaurant, we were skeptical about the level of spiciness at first. But we decided to give it a shot, anyway, and ordered it along with the original flavour. When the food arrived, we saw that the spicy cutlets were fiery red – and looking quite promising. As it turned out, the cutlets weren’t tongue-numbingly spicy, but it definitely had heat — enough to make us stop for a few big gulps of iced green tea throughout the meal. So if you can’t take spicy food, go for the original instead and just add dashes of chilli powder to taste.
The rice is worth a mention as the restaurant uses high quality Nanatsuboshi rice imported from Hokkaido. You can choose from white rice or the 16-grain variety which comes at no extra charge.
We’re glad that the restaurant offers miso soup as a side order, as that helped to wash down all that meaty goodness. Known as Ton-ji-ru ($3), the soup is chock-full of vegetables like cabbage and carrots and even had some pieces of pork in it.
Is it worth checking out?
Katsudon Hanakatsu is located right next to Tendon Kohaku, a popular restaurant under the same group. Due to the proximity, some people recommend Katsudon Hanakatsu as a plan B for diners who turned up for Tendon Kohaku but decided they didn’t to wait too long in line at the tempura place. Personally, however, we think that Katsudon Hanakatsu — with its delicious and value-for-money katsudon offering – should be more than just an after thought.
Address: Suntec City Mall, Eat @ Seven, 3 Temasek Boulevard #03-10, Singapore 038983