A massive brew pub under the masthead of popular Japanese craft beer brand Hitachino Beer Nest in Sinan Mansion with four floors housing a beer bar, yakitori, barbecue and lounge.
Sinan Mansion is one of the places that everyone knows about but isn’t necessarily your go-to for quality drink and bite. That’s looking to change with the up-and-running Hitachino Mansion, the four-story beer bar, yakitori, and Japanese BBQ catch all that’s upping the status of this out-of-the-way F&B stop.
The more casual bar on the first floor
The teppanyaki bar on the third floor
With an open, white-walled interior that’s a far cry from the dense, cluttered MO one might expect from a Japanese restaurant, it speaks to another side of the country’s aesthetic. A solid pick for an after-work hangout or a casual date, the drinks menu opens it up to an evening that’s working in your favor. Available in three sizes small (RMB38), medium (RMB48), large (RMB75), the Amarillo Session IPA is bitter and light with a strong taste of orange peel that cuts into the bite brilliantly. It’s designed to ease you out of your 9-5, hitting the nail on the head.
For those that prefer a sour beer, at 7.5% the Anbai Ale is a top pick, stemming from the “salty plum” flavor profile it’s aiming towards. While that might not sound appealing to all, don’t be fooled by the inherently Eastern description—it’s citrusy, with notes of amber, and a tang that doesn’t linger. Even cleaner than the IPA, it doesn’t require any kind of palette cleanser as it comes in full-force and leaves without a trace.
But what would their menu be without a solid offering of sake? Big brother Kiuchi Brewery has been crafting the spirit for years, and stocks a fine selection for your choosing in a range of prices. The Junmai-Shu comes in two sizes (RMB120 for 330ml and RMB300 for 720ml), a pure rice wine without the addition of any distilled alcohol. Served cold, it’s exceptionally smooth with notes of sweet potato and almond.
We'd pair the drinks with their floral, softly pickled veggies off the food menu.
If the desire for food is stronger than your need to drink, there's plenty of large and small plates, all of which lead to winning combinations. The Sakura Smoked Sanma (RMB30) with quail egg tastes of hickory, and while it has a fishy aftertaste, it’s anything but confrontational.
Their Yakitori Selection (RMB88) is a great way to sample their skewers. From the plate, the grilled asparagus and beef are the real standouts.
Their Kushi-Katsu Selection (RMB118) is also a great way to go, for those that prefer fried foods. The batter is anything but heavy, light, and perfectly crispy—and my God—the tonkatsu sauce is worth it alone. If you’re picking and choosing, don’t skip on the chopped meat-stuffed green pepper or the pork fillets with onion.
We also tried the Tsukune Yakitori (chicken meatball) with an egg on top (RMB28, additional RMB10 for the extra protein), which hit the mark alongside everything else.
From look to taste, Hitachino Mansion was quick to transform this Fuxing Lu outpost into one that’s worth the extra five minutes on a Mobike. While it’s an ambitious project, perhaps you can truly have it all at this Japanese brew house.
Our Rating: 4.5/5 Stars
What: Hitachino Mansion
Address: Sinan Mansions, 519 Fuxing Zhong Lu (near Sinan Lu) 复兴中路519号思南公馆 (近思南路)
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