It was a quest for the Best Beef Bowl In Singapore when some online research alerted me to Haru Haru, a casual Japanese restaurant located at Level 2 of Jubilee Square (across Ang Mo Kio mrt station NS16).
I went, I ate, and I thought, "Their Wagyu don nice. Can come again to try some other dishes". And so I did.
You can see from the picture above that we ended up trying a lot of items lol! But as the food was overall good, it was worthwhile busting the calories intake for that day.
"Haru" means "Spring" in Japanese, an optimistic season of new beginnings and new life. I like the note of positivity which the restaurant's name projects.
I also like its interior that is bright with lots of natural daylight. Though the space isn't that big, it is artfully divided into a few sections including the main dining area, a sushi counter, and even a private room.
Fancy that fresh-looking fish resting on that bed of ice? You can eat it if you want. The chef can prepare it sashimi-style or grill it to suit your preference. Fish are flown in twice weekly from Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo.
Of course there are also smaller plates such as Salmon Sashimi ($7.80), Assorted Sashimi ($15.80 for 1 pax, $34.80 for 2 pax) and Ootoro, Tuna Belly ($35.80) that we can order straight off the menu.
Even though I'm not a huge fan of raw seafood, the vibrant bowl of Chirashi Don ($31.80) look too alluring to give it a pass. Beautifully fanned-out slices of delicate-tasting sashimi and that ooh so creamy uni over sushi rice. Portion was certainly generous too.
Sushi lovers can also delight in Aburi Sushi ($23.80 for 6pcs), as well as the popular Haru Roll ($14.80) featuring crabmeat, omelette and cucumber roll topped with aburi cheese salmon and salmon roe.
Beyond Sashimi, Sushi and Sushi Roll, the extensive ala-carte menu presents a mind-boggling array of Japanese cuisine staples including Otsumani (appetizers), Agemono (deep-fried), Yakimono (grilled), Teppanmono (hot plate), Mushi/Wan Mono (steamed/soup), Donburi (rice bowls), Men Rui (noodles), and Desserts.
Bento Sets are also available, with different variety for lunch and dinner.
Being in the mood for tempura rice bowl, we asked for Ten Don ($10.80) and was recommended a premium version, the Haru Haru Premium Ten Don ($21.90) which is not found on the menu yet.
If there was ever any hesitation due to the difference in price, it was quickly dispelled as soon as the large sea prawn laying enticing across the bowl came into sight, and even more so when we bite into its succulent meat. The batter was light and crisp, and the accompanying sauce was all of pleasing savory-sweetness tying the entire combination beautifully.
Likewise, for beef rice bowl, go for the quality Wagyu Don ($24.80) which uses Kagoshima A4 grade beef specially imported from Japan. Not to say the Gyu Don ($14.80) is no good, but once I tasted the superiority in Wagyu's flavor and luscious marbling, it's hard to go back.
Wagyu Tataki ($26.80) is great for enjoyment of the surfaced grilled beef without the carbs, but those slices that came in the don tasted somewhat better. It could be the sauce that imparted an added layer of aromatics and moisture.
It's great to have a casual establishment like Haru Haru that is situated in the heartlands offering such satisfying fare at affordable prices. The current Buy-2-Get-1-Free Lunch Set Promotion is a value deal impossible to resist!
Haru Haru Japanese Restaurant
Address: 61 Ang Mo Kio Ave 8, #02-03 Jubilee Square, Singapore 569814
Contact: +65 6451 3201
Opening Hours: Mon-Thu 11.30am-3pm & 5.30pm-10pm / Fri-Sun 11.30am-10pm
Prices stated are subject to 10% service charge and 7% GST.