HAN @ Odeon Towers offers kushikatsu

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Setting
The kushikatsu counter @ HAN
 
Whilst Japanese food aficionados are grieving the closure of Si Bon @ Sentosa, a brand new kushikatsu eatery, HAN, has recently come into being on the ground floor of Odeon Tower. Helmed by chef Seiichiro Arakawa, who used to preside over the kushikatsu fryer at Si Bon, this brightlylit space with minimal embellishments boasts all the zen trappings of an upscale Japanese joint but in addition to a main dining room, a private room and a 14-seat sushi counter, HAN also offers a 16-seat kushikatsu counter starring a gargantuan copper cauldron (pictured above).
What to expect?
Breaded shirako topped with ponzu-accented grated daikon
Kyoto eggplant topped with a tongue of uni

The restaurant offers an extensive menu of sushi, sashimi, shabu shabu plus grilled dishes but the raison d’être at HAN is the kushikatsu – exquisite morsels of Japanese-imported seafood, vegetables and meats that are lightly coated with panko, skewered and deep-fried precisely in lard to yield tender and succulent bites. Pick from five kushikatsu courses at dinner (priced from S$120++ to S$180++) that offer different permutations of kushikatsu with sushi, sashimi and/or soup served omakase style. Standouts at our katsukashi degustation were aplenty and it included Hokkaido snow crab leg, ika topped with a tongue of uni, Ohmi beef served with a sprinkle of truffle salt, Kyoto eggplant crowned with a hunk of sautéed foie gras and shirako topped with ponzu-accented grated daikon. Yes, these breaded skewers bear a homogenous appearance thanks to the refined breading that embraces all the ingredients but the different dips, sauces and partner ingredients devised by Arakawa ensure that each stick truly stands out from the rest. And once you’ve sunk your teeth into those seemingly light and grease-free-to-the-palate skewers, you may well be on your way to planning your next trip here. Here’s a tip: lunch sets are priced from just S$35++ to S$85++.
Han | #01-04 Odeon Towers, 331 North Bridge Road | Tel: 65-6336 2466 
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