[dropcap size=small]K[/dropcap]enjiro “Hatch” Hashida is one very energetic chef. Even at 10pm, he is still buzzing with energy and bounding around – this despite his busy day having started at 8am. Ask him how he keeps up his enthusiasm levels even late into the evening and the 37-year-old responds – “my customers”.
He came to Singapore in 2013 to open Hashida Sushi, an offshoot of the original restaurant in Tokyo, which was set up by his father in 1967. But the only similarity between the two is the name. While the Japanese outlet serves traditional Edomae-style sushi, the Singapore edition adopts a more contemporary approach.
“It is not right to just inherit the restaurant. I want to create my own brand and prove myself. I also have ideas that are different from my father’s.”
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The result is a fine-dining establishment steeped in creativity and elegance, where the quality is never compromised and the dishes are akin to artworks.
These qualities embodied by Hashida Sushi Singapore are echoed by haute horlogerie brand Roger Dubuis. The 100 per cent integrated Swiss manufacture is a pioneer of contemporary skeletons, the leader in innovative high-end complications. The artist in Hatch identifies with the aesthetics of the timepieces and marvels at their mechanical brilliance.
He says: “The watches appeal to me because they are a little edgy, yet each is a masterpiece of technical sophistication. I, too, like to push boundaries.”