Hachi Japanese Restaurant
There’s something to be said for restaurants that may not boast the flashiest fit-outs in the area but continue to attract hungry diners night in night out. Hachi Japanese Restaurant at Nobby Beach is one of those places. Hidden down the far end of the dining strip, on any given night patrons overflow out of the venue onto the footpath, a testament to its popularity. Its sister restaurant in Palm Beach has been feeding the masses for over a decade and while the Nobby Beach venue has only been around for four, it’s certainly built a following. Owner and head chef Nam Suk-Hyun brings a warm and friendly vibe to the casual eatery, something which is carried through to the extensive menu. You may want to grab a Japanese beer or a glass of organic wine prior to tackling that bad boy, you may be a while. From tasty tapas to melt-in-your mouth sashimi, hand-rolled sushi, gyozas and plentiful mains spanning every possible protein group, Hachi dishes up a wide variety of Japanese fare modified to suit Australian tastes. The wasabi salmon is chef Nam’s specialty dish but be warned, it’s a sinus clearer! The portions err on the generous side and there’s a satisfying selection of Japanese beer, wine, whisky, sake and cocktails on offer however it’s also BYO wine. Hachi has also recently unveiled a limited lunch menu from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm and offers cheap and cheerful eats including $5 plates of karaage and $5 curry – helloooo happiness!
Tip: If you have kids and one of them does something great, like kicks a goal in soccer or gets student of the week, snap a pic, show the staff and they will get a free roll of sushi or two pieces of karaage.