Hamaru is the next big thing for Japanese dishes in the North

Hamaru is the next big thing for Japanese dishes in the North

North peeps, it's time to celebrate because a new exciting Japanese restaurant has come into existence. It goes by the name Hamaru, and chances are you probably heard about this place already. Well, why not? It's possibly the next big thing for Japanese dishes in the North. At last, you have something new to brag about with your South friends.

Interior of Hamaru Japanese Restaurant in Quezon City

A blend of Filipino and Japanese cultures
Hamaru is built on the creative inspiration of Chef Nino Laus. It attempts to bridge traditional Japanese favorites with Filipino elements, allowing us foodies to further appreciate the cuisine. He also invigorates dishes with some innovations and re-creations. Much of all these can be visually seen on each dish prepared, and of course the taste.

Unlike other stalls in The Food Hive, Hamaru has its own indoor dining area, making it more comfy to chill just in case you are with friends who are sensitive to al fresco dining or you yourself is that "friend". Drinks are offered in the restaurant making it indeed highly conducive for barkada eat-outs and night-outs. Now, let's explore some of the dishes here in Hamaru, starting with the appetizers.

The Tsukune Shiso (P120) was visually simple yet wonderful. The meaty mushy texture will leave you confused at first, but when the truffle egg yolk kicks in, the flavors will be magnified. Also, the dehydrated sushi rice and nori on top give the dish more exciting character
Tsukune Shiso of Hamaru Japanese Restaurant

The Oyster Motoyaki (P195) was perfect! Flavors are harmonious with dreamy creaminess and savory overall. The fishiness is also concealed  with the cauliflower puree resulting to overflowing goodness! 
Oyster Motoyaki of Hamaru, Food Hive

The Black Sakura (P195) is an interesting concept -- a fusion of Filipino and Japanese inspirations. It's no other than chicharong bulaklak over a foam of tasty uni-oyster sauce. Never ever miss this! 
Black Sakura Chicharong Bulaklak - Hamaru

The collection of sushi rolls and maki here in Hamaru is also very well-crafted. You have a wide range of selection to choose from. All of which have something interesting to offer.

Sushi, rolls and maki in Hamaru, Philippines

A combination of salmon and nori tempura batter, the Nori Taco (P275) was an ultimate treat for those searching for a mouthful adventure. Texture was playful especially with the fish eggs popping inside the mouth. Presentation is quite stunning too! A must-try! 
Nori Taco of Hamaru, Japanese Restaurant

Hamaru - Overall Summary

Budget: at least P400 each for a sharing type of light to moderate dining experience for a group of at least 4
No. of visits for this particular restaurant/branch - 1 || Date of last visit - March 11, 2017

Hamaru is certainly a restaurant you shouldn't miss when you visit The Food Hive. In fact, it can even stand-alone as a food trip destination, as you are offered with an abundance of undoubtedly interesting choices. People from the North are blessed to have this kind of restaurant because it's certainly an instant "classic". Two-thumbs up! 

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Location: The Food Hive, 80 Visayas Avenue, Tandang Sora, Quezon City

Contact No.: (02) 2469069 ext:176  - Reservation is recommended

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