Wednesday, 21 April 2021

PIPES by Hattendo – Café, Roaster & Izakaya Under One Roof [MEDIA INVITE]

Salt Baked Barramundi 

Hattendo, a popular Japanese bakery known for its signature cream bun has expanded and opened its FIRST overseas outlet with dual-concept Café & Roasting Gallery and Izakaya, PIPES by Hattendo (“PIPES”). LD and I used to get their cream buns from Tanjong Pagar Centre and we are pleased to see that they have elevated their offerings by introducing a dual-dining concept.

 
PIPES by Hattendo

To complete the café experience, PIPES brought in the NOVO Mark II automated coffee roasting machine and roast their beans on the spot. Known for its revolutionary automated coffee roasting machine, its aesthetic design allows café owner or roaster to showcase the beautiful machine at their café. For coffee aficionados, PIPES also provide you with an exciting coffee experience where you can choose the best beans source from around the world and roast them on the spot to your desired roasting degree.

Roasting Room with NOVO Mark II Roaster

I tried Iced Americano using PIPES house blend, Antimatter Dark Roast. I find it very easy to drink. Low acidity, with a light nutty and chocolaty flavour. Check out their full coffee menu from their website.
 
Iced Americano using PIPES house blend, Antimatter Dark Roast

LD choose Momoemeshu ($11 per glass), a light umeshu on the rocks with the flavours of peaches bursting in your mouth. A good drink to have with your gal friends with the izakaya dishes. 

Momoemeshu

We started the Izakaya tasting with Hiroshima Oysters. It comes in 4 different flavours Umibudo ($8), Ikura ($6), Mentaiko ($8), Hokkaido Cheese ($8). The oysters are plump and juicy. The Hokkaido Cheese adds a light and creamy finishing to the oysters, while the umibudo (sea grape, quail egg yolk and shoyu) enhance the natural ocean flavours in the oysters.

 
Hiroshima Oysters, Clockwise from Top: Umibudo, Mentaiko, Ikura, Hokkaido Cheese

Umibudo
The mentaiko is rich, creamy but not overwhelming. While the ikura surprisingly tasted sweet instead of salty. Superb topping all round for the oysters.

 
Hiroshima Oysters

Sashimi Moriawase - Chu toro, Scallop, Salmon ($38). Generous slices of each sashimi. The scallops are sweet, plump and juicy. The salmon is fatty, while the chu toro deliver an almost melt in your mouth sensation. Accompanied the sashimi are PIPES homemade sashimi sauce, which is light and sweet plus paired nicely with the freshly shaved wasabi for the subtle kick. For a non-regular wasabi eater, I scooped the wasabi on a few slices of my sashimi to LD amusement.

 
Sashimi Moriawase: Salmon, Chu Toro & Scallop

Sashimi Moriawase: Salmon, Chu Toro & Scallop

Yaki Onigiri ($12, 2pcs). A homemade onigiri filled with pork belly, tamago and furikake. The rice is light and fluffy, while the juicy and aromatic pork belly and furikake give the onigiri the OMPH flavour. It is served with 3 different pickles, to balance the richness of the rice.

Yaki Onigiri

Yaki Onigiri

Mozambique Lobster ($42, 3pcs). Grilled to perfection, the flesh of the lobster sweet, tender and melts in your mouth. It is served with 3 different types of dipping: rock salt, sweet sauce with shallots (like Indonesian grill fish sauce) and Japanese green chilli dip.

 
Mozambique Lobster 

Mozambique Lobster 

Tonkatsu Sandos ($20). The bread used here is made from the same flour used in Hattendo’s signature cream buns. The soft, fluffy and buttery bread cradle the juicy, succulent and crisp Tonkatsu. It is rich and delicious, probably can do with some of the pickles served with the onigiri to cuts through the richness.

 
Tonkatsu Sandos

Tonkatsu Sandos

Salt Baked Barramundi ($58, 1kg). Known as Shiogama-yaki cooking technique in Japan, the salt crust works in two ways. One to seasoned the fish and the other to provide a protective layer to ensure the fish retain the soft and juicy flesh. The chef also engraves the salt crust to make it looks like a fish. I had fun hammering the crust and cutting through it to get to the fish.

 
Salt Baked Barramundi 

The salted baked barramundi also served with sweet sauce with shallots and Japanese green chilli dip, the same ones served with the Mozambique lobster. Those who liked Thai salted baked fish, you will surely appreciate the Japanese refine version here.

 
Salt Baked Barramundi 

For desserts, we decided to try the Hiroshima Lemon Bun ($3) and Seasonal Mango Cream Bun ($3.50). The mango cream bun is delicate and packs with mango compote and signature cream. Meanwhile, we find the Hiroshima Lemon Bun is unique, especially with its crispy bun unlike the rest of the soft cream buns.

 
Hiroshima Lemon Bun and Seasonal Mango Cream Bun

Hiroshima Lemon Bun and Seasonal Mango Cream Bun

The setting of PIPES by Hattendo is café centric. The left side of the café is set aside as a roasting room, the middle part is for cosy seating and dining area, together with the coffee order and coffee counter, while the right part of the café is catered for small group or individual seating area.

 
The Coffee / Bar Counter

Overall, we like the new concept by Hattendo. The dual concept caters to different type of customers and for different occasions. The coffee is good, LD like the alcohol list and the Izakaya food is delicious complete with signature Japanese flair in each dish. We’ll definitely come back to try the rest of the menu and the Salt Baked fish. Kanpai!! Cheers!!

Thank you very much Protegie Consultancy and PIPES by Hattendo Team for hosting us. 

Food & Drinks: 8.5/10
Value: 7.5/10
Service: N/A (Tasting Invitation)
Ambiance: 7.75/10
Budget per Person: $26 - $50; $51 - $80.

PIPES by Hattendo
331 New Bridge Road
#01-02 Dorsett Residences
(Beside Outram Park MRT Exit H)
Singapore 088764

T: +65 8113 6096
IG: @hattendo_singapore
OH:
Tue – Sat: 11.00 – 16.30; 17.30 – 22.30
Sun: 11.00 – 19.00
Closed on Monday
All Menu Available on the website

 

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