Hattori Hanzo is the second venture from the team behind neighbour The Garden of Good & Evil. Owners Paul Conroy and Steve Larkan designed the restaurant and bar to give locals a taste of city dining, without actually having to make the trek into town.
Despite the name – which references a mythical Japanese samurai (the one that existed before the Okinawa swordsmith in Kill Bill) – head chef Pim Wangweerawong (ex-chef at BangPop) cherry-picks flavours from across Asia, making for a menu that's not short on variety or spice.
The Street Eats section is devoted to the bite-sized, veering from Vietnamese beef skewers to tender chicken wings dusted with the Japanese chilli blend shichimi. For something more substantial, the Shared Dishes section includes crispy pork belly with chilli caramel; or wok-steamed Singapore mud crab.
The wine list is extensive, featuring drops from Australia, New Zealand, Europe and South Africa. To go with all that spice, though, you’re going to need a cocktail. The house special is the Hattori Hanzo – Gekkiekan sake, pink grapefruit juice, lemongrass, ginger and fresh lemon, sweetened with organic sugarcane.