I’ve been feeling under the weather for the past two months (like really sick – I had to go to the doctor after spiking a fever, and take prescribed antibiotics for a week) which is why I haven’t been as active these past few weeks. One of the good things that came out of this was that I rediscovered my love for Japanese food! In college, I used to go to Tokyo Tokyo to eat their Pork Tonkatsu and 2-3 rice refills (yay for unlirice!) whenever I was having a bad day, like failing a math exam, or doing poorly in a practical nursing exam). It was the japanese rice and the use of the chopsticks that I found therapeutic.
All the coughing I’ve had to endure in recent weeks has made me lose my appetite. It was difficult to swallow, and I feel like I would throw up any moment if I coughed with a full stomach. It was terrible. This was the sickest I’ve been all year. It was natural for me to turn to a softer diet to get me through. It was the Miso soup Hanako offers that kept me coming back in recent weeks. For only 40 pesos, the warm miso soup helped relieve my poor sore throat, and supported my diet by making me feel full. Of course, I didn’t pass up on the chance to try out their other dishes from time to time.
I was craving for curry one time, and even though it wasn’t going to do my sore throat any good, I ordered anyway =)) The serving was huge, good for sharing between two people. I liked that they were generous with the curry sauce, but found the curry a bit too spicy for my liking. I normally prefer controlling the spiciness level of my curry, and while Hanako doesn’t have that option, I hope they would tone down on the spice level a little bit, and leave the customer to add chili powder on their curry if it lacks spiciness.
My favorite items on Hanako’s menu would be their delicious sushi dishes! I love how they don’t just serve the usual sushi that can be found in almost every Japanese restaurant.
For those who love cheese on everything, make sure to try out their Salmon Cream Cheese sushi (Php 219)! The cream cheese is a bit heavy on the taste buds, but the way it complements the flavor of the fresh salmon easily makes this one of the must-try dishes at Hanako.
But out of all of the dishes that I’ve tried, it’s the Spicy Tuna Crunch that I kept ordering week after week. It’s served with plenty of tuna toppings with tempura flakes and nori strips. It’s also the second most affordable sushi on their menu, after the California Maki (Php 159). I have never tasted anything like this in other Japanese restaurants, and I’m really glad I discovered this here!
Waiting time might be a ten- or fifteen-minute wait. Luckily, they have these paper placemats with crossword and sudoku challenges you can take to pass the time.
Hanako Japanese Restaurant is a two-minute walk from my office, so I can just drop by anytime I’m in the mood for some Japanese food, or if I’m having a bad day and need to treat myself to some comfort food! It’s pretty affordable considering the serving size of some of the dishes. Don’t forget to order a bowl of miso soup with every meal!-HANA