Someone should bring this Japanese Food Chain called Hanamaru to Singapore. It’s affordable and they sell the best udon and inari sushi. So I discovered that Japan is not as expensive as it was in the past.
I am craving again just thinking about the udon and sushi and it kills me that I can’t get it here in Singapore. The inari sushi is made with superior rice and there is a version that’s filled with seasame seeds and red beans that is so darn good. I could stuff myself with these all day!
They also sell tempura here which I didn’t try as I am not quite a fan of it.
Strangely the English name on the signboard reads Manmaru while the receipts states the names as Hanamaru.
My inari sushi (1 piece) cost just 95 yen which is about $1.50 Singapore dollars. It’s about a similar price in Singapore, but it’s so much tastier in this Osaka casual dining chain.
My bowl of Kitune (sweet fried bean curd) udon cost just 294 yen (small) which is equivalent to about $4.50 Singapore dollars. In Singapore a similar quality udon would cost double. There is also a medium and large bowl but I found the small one sufficient.
The place and the servers are cheery and it’s a great place to go to whether you’re on a budget or not.
Hanamaru was founded in 2001 and bought over by Yoshinoya in 2006. The telephone number of Hanamaru is (06) 6211-213 in case anyone out there decides to bring this chain to Singapore. Or perhaps Yoshinoya themselves will realize there is a market here for more affordable udon and inari sushi. I am having major withdrawal symptoms and would be thrilled if you do.