Located along Magill Road in St Morris, Half & Hafu offers both delicious Japanese and Thai cuisine. Service was quite efficient with our dishes not taking too long to arrive after we have placed our order.
The Salmon Teriyaki Bento was one of the various lunch specials that can be ordered during lunchtime. The salmon was cooked just right and the teriyaki sauce had the right degree of sweet-savoury flavour. In addition to miso soup, potato salad, seaweed salad and rice, the bento box came with a serving of Nasu Dengaku, grilled eggplant with a miso glaze.
Salmon Teriyaki Bento (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
Another of the Bento dishes that can be ordered, the quantity of beef in the Sukiyaki Beef Bento was sufficient to make eating the dish a satisfying experience. The beef was not too tough and the flavour of the sauce was what you would expect from its namesake. Slices of onion were included for a bit of extra texture.
Sukiyaki Beef Bento (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
When ordering their Pad Gapao, you can choose from vegetables & tofu, chicken, beef or prawn to be the main ingredient of the dish. The vegetables that we chose still retained a bit of bite and were complemented nicely by the chunks of tofu. The sauce that the ingredients were fried in gave the dish a bit of heat without being too hot. Deep-fried basil leaves imparted a hint of their distinctive flavour along with adding a bit of crunch.
Vegetable & Tofu Pad Gapao (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
Aside from being part of their Bento Box dishes, their Nasu Dengaku can be ordered as a stand-alone dish. The eggplant was soft while still retaining a bit of bite and had a good amount of charred flavour. It was topped with a miso glaze which gave the dish its delectable umami flavour. A small salad was served on the side to provide some freshness.
Nasu Dengaku (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
Their Karaage Chicken was very juicy and the pieces of chicken were of a fairly large size. It also had the hint of gingery flavour that we associate with the dish. In addition to a small salad, the dish came with a lemon wedge and Japanese mayonnaise for those that desire to add more flavour to the dish.
Karaage Chicken (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
In addition to their regular offerings, the restaurant also offers a few off the menu items like chilli crabs that require diners to pre-order two days in advance. A carpark close to the restaurant's location offers convenient off-street parking.