A BLAST of flames, a duck-like quack, and a rapid drumming of spatulas on the grill – meals at Hagi Japanese Restaurant’s Teppanyaki tables are anything but ordinary.
Where else in Hua Hin can you watch a chef juggle eggs and then catch them in his pocket, or arrange fried rice into the shape of a heart and then make it beat, or spin utensils around on his fingers with the dexterity of a circus-clown?
Though extremely popular, the Teppanyaki tables (two in total) make up just a small part of Hagi’s operations. There’s also an extensive outdoor dining area, a lounge terrace with large couches, and an indoor dining room for sultry nights that require air-con.
Here, you can indulge in Hagi’s carefully constructed a la carte menu, which features authentic Japanese cuisine made using the freshest local and imported ingredients, as well as a selection of western dishes given a contemporary Japanese spin.
The Gyuniku Nikomi (B450++) features slow-cooked Australian beef short rib coated with “Miso” BBQ sauce, and it’s a thoroughly delicious melding of two culinary cultures. The Yaki Maguro (B390++) is just as good, featuring pan-fried tuna on crisp vegetables, sanshow pepper butter.
And we can’t get enough of Hagi’s signature Spicy tuna roll (B280++), which, like all good Thai-inspired food, packs a pleasant tongue-tingling punch.
Similar experimentation flows into Hagi's drinks menu, which, alongside a good selection of sakes, wines and local beers, also offers a range of innovative cocktails such as the Sakura (a refreshing and slightly spicy concoction blending midori, gin, lime juice, grenadine syrup, and wasabi. B250++), and Cool Ocean (blue curacao, gin, lychee juice and fresh lemon. B250++).
A must try is the Sparkling jelly sake (B320++ in peach and mixed berry flavours) – a viscous, fizzy, fruity and deceptively boozy treat, which acts as the perfect ending to any meal at this vibrant restaurant.
Hagi is open daily, 5pm-Midnight.
Hagi, Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Hua Hin, 1 Damnernkasem Rd.
Tel: 032 512 021-38