Published on August 31st, 2014 | by MckenzieD0
Hanako Review: Quick Japanese Fix
Weekends are chores’ day that includes groceries. After running around with charts, one definitely needs a place to sit and eat. SM Hypermarket, Tiendesitas has restaurants right outside their grocery counters. One particular restaurant called my attention which is newly opened Hanako – they serve Japanese cuisine. They have other branches Moonwalk and Don Bosco both are in Paranaque City.
I will get straight to the review; the restaurant has that fast food vibe. There are few tables to accommodate possibly twenty pax, it is enough to share a table of four. Aside from the tables and chairs are clean the surroundings and counters are tidy. Each table has a menu ready for customers. As soon as I sat down, one of their service crews approached and suggested some entrees. They offer Donburi, Katsu, Teppanyaki, Tempura, and of course Sushi. The price ranges from Php 100 to Php 200 for ala carte and if you prefer set meals Php 150 to Php 300 each, not bad for a Japanese restaurant.
The waiting time took about 15 -20 minutes. All were served together which I find good, rather sending one entrée at a time especially if it’s not an appetizer. There are not many customers when I went most are intimidated with the price since most of their food doesn’t came with rice yet. The serving is good for one it can be shared but not enough to fill your tummy, unless you order two to three entrees then you will be fine. The chicken and pork were tasty and tenderness was just right while the Yakisoba is a bit greasy for my liking. The food tasted as expected from any other fast food Japanese place. It was okay not exceptional as it is proportional to the price they are offering, which is understandable. I appreciate though they serve Gohan, real Japanese rice because some other restaurants, they use regular ones.
After I chowed down all my orders, my total bill for two persons was about Php 450. Over all the experience was so-so, the service was great, though I do not find the food much interesting. This is solely based on my preference in terms of food. If you are up to a quick Japanese pit stop with tight budget, try Hanako.