Hana Hana Japanese Restaurant, River Valley
Here's a new Japanese place that didn't seem too encouraging from the outside with its weird pink lighting and nine year old J-pop blaring on the speakers (223 River Valley Road, 6738-5858). But a quick scan of the menu showed that it was serving simple izakaya fare, so I plopped myself on down to grab a spread of some of my favorites.
The good thing is that many of the items turned out better than I thought it would, including their eponymous salad as well as their kawaebi karaage, even if I was a bit surprised to find it battered. Still, it wasn't so mindblowing that I'd go out of my way for it. Indeed, some of the kushiyaki items were a bit soggy and thus forgettable. But by and large, this was passable. I only wish they weren't trying so hard with the decor.