If you’ve been wondering what’s going on with Cafe Hachi along Clarke Quay, look no further.
The speciality cafe from Fukuoka, which used to specialise in matcha desserts and vegan-friendly mains, has undergone a transformation into HACHI x Izakaya Torikin — a cafe by day, a Japanese bar by night.
Interior-wise, nothing much has changed. The concrete walls, wooden accents, and mood lighting still give off old-school kissaten vibes.
However, HACHI is now open for both lunch and dinner, offering a completely revamped menu featuring bar bites, hearty hotpots, and set lunches with Japanese and Spanish influences.
Those who visit during lunch from 12pm–3pm can choose between the 2-course Set (S$25++), comprising an appetiser and a main, or the 3-course Set (S$29++), which comes inclusive of dessert.
Appetisers include the Galician Style Octopus (U.P. S$7) and Flamenco Egg (U.P. S$9), best enjoyed with mains like the Hakata Mentaiko Spaghetti (U.P. S$21), Lamb Chops (U.P. S$28), and Eggplant and Bacon Tomato Spaghetti (S$22).
Complete the course with irresistible matcha desserts like Matcha Cheese Cake (U.P. S$9), Milk Pudding with Matcha Syrup (U.P. S$8), and Matcha Roll Cake (U.P. S$9).
Other desserts exclusive to the a la carte menu are not to be ignored, such as the Matcha Affogato (S$15), Matcha Tiramisu with Warabimochi (S$16), and Matcha Parfait (S$19) — in all their bittersweet and earthy glory.
Dinner eats & bar bites
Those who wish to take their love for matcha up a notch can drop by for dinner (from 6pm onwards) during which HACHI shifts into a casual Japanese bar, and order the cafe’s novel matcha shabu shabu, the first of its kind in Singapore.
Don’t get me wrong — I absolutely adore anything matcha — but shabu shabu? That’s a first.
Each Matcha Shabu Shabu Set (S$58 for 1 pax) comprises a very green bonito-based matcha broth, served alongside Kurobuta Pork Loin and Assorted Vegetables. You are encouraged to savour the flavourful, umami-laden broth with a comforting bowl of porridge, or matchazuke (rice in matcha shabu shabu broth, S$6).
You can even choose to add on A4 Miyazaki Wagyu Beef (S$80) and dip each fatty, gloriously marbled slice into the accompanying matcha and sesame dipping sauce.
All we can say is — don’t knock it till you’ve tried it!
But if that’s a little too out there for you, alternatives include the Hakata Akamaru Torinabe (S$28 for 1 pax), a spicy miso-based chicken hotpot, and the rich Hakata Motsunabe with Shoyu (S$38) or Mentaiko (S$45) — yes, authentic hotpot with offal is becoming increasingly popular in Singapore.
Otherwise, you can turn to HACHI’s extensive selection of tapas-style bar bites and snacks, such as the Bread Tapas with Homemade Potato Salad (S$8), Spicy Octopus Ajillo (S$12) and Crab Cream Croquette (S$12).
Even better — why not pop by during Happy Hour (5pm–7pm on weekdays, 3pm–6pm on weekends & PH) for a Draft Beer, Highball, Matcha High, Lemon Sour, or Glass of Wine for just S$8 each?
In the mood to make merry with matcha, motsunabe, and/or mentaiko-topped tapas? Reservations can be made here.
HACHI x Izakaya Torikin
📍 35 North Canal Road, #01-01, Singapore 059291
🕒 12pm–3pm, 5pm–10pm (Mon, Wed to Sun), Closed on Tue
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Photos by Christabel Tan