Wednesday, January 22, 2020 Sharon Halim 0 Comments

Hihou means secret treasure located on the second floor, corner os Spring Street and Flinders Lane with just a small black door to enter, often to be missed whether it's day or night. The secrecy of this Japanese influenced bar added a mysterious element to the place. Lead by Simon Denton's (ex Kappo, Nama Nama, Verge) who also the man behind Izakaya Den clearly loves Japanese food.

The place it self divided between bar stools and tatami lounge where you have to take off your shoes. I have scheduled in a long awaited girls night at hihou and we got the lounge seatings. The minim curtain between tables are somehow disturbing but also works for privacy. Dim lighting also provide a romantic situation cause the couple seating in front of us, practically all over each other the whole night. Anyway, I started with their special surprise fruit drinks. I picked persimmons. Nothing really special about it, pretty pricey as well. Fresh and sweet.

As usual, I'm pretty hungry and ordered Coffee Cured Salmon Sashimi - cucumber, kimizu ($18). There's literally coffee powder all around the salmon sashimi and pretty much overshadowed the beautiful piece of fish. I don't really like it, so does my friends. I prefer a lighter cured to make the fish shine.

Kushiyaki - Kurobuta pork belly skewers, teriyaki ($18/2pcs). This is the star of the night! We love it so much that we ordered 4 servings of this through out the night. Yes, it is that juicy and delicious. Basically fat burst in your mouth! Super tender pork belly with abundant teriyaki, cooked to perfection.

Baked kingfish fillet, nori anchovy garlic ‘bagna cauda’ ($23). My friend ordered this and I get to taste a bite. Delicious soft white fish with flavourful nori garlic and light anchovy. I do think the price is quite high for the portions they gave us. That's my only complain for this dish.

‘Cuban’ spicy tuna cigar ($8ea). I saw the people from next table ordered a bunch of this dish, I'm a bit hesitant cause of the salmon but in the end I could not resist it. Turns out, it's much better than the salmon dish. Crispy shell filled with finely chopped tuna inside, just a lil bit of spiciness with every bite. Perfect bar food it is.

Chocolate shochu brulee ($13). We totally forgot to take a picture of this dish, probably because it's late at night and we are deep in conversations among our self. You know how girls night goes. But this dessert is delicious, not too strong shochu but deep rich smooth chocolate. My only complain is the portions again, the portions is way too small for the price. We want more!

+6139654 5465
1 Flinders Ln
Melbourne VIC 3000