Sunday Japanese Buffet Lunch – KAMPACHI @ EQKL

When I first moved to Kuala Lumpur back in the early 1980’s, there weren’t that many Japanese restaurants in the city. But one name stood out whenever good Japanese food was sought: KAMPACHI. Back then, this well-established was housed at the Equatorial Hotel Kuala Lumpur and it’s always a special treat for me whenever I got to dine there. I remember their Weekend Buffet was immensely popular and one had to book many weeks in advance for a table. This flagship restaurant ceased operation when the Equatorial Hotel Kuala Lumpur closed for re-development in March 2012. Of course, by that time, standalone Kampachi restaurants have opened in Pavilion Kuala Lumpur and Plaza 33 Petaling Jaya.

So, here’s the good news: Kampachi has reopened its flagship outlet in the newly remade Equatorial KL. It’s back – bright and spacious, spotting a comfortable modern decor. There’s plenty of natural light flowing in from the glass walls, bringing out the natural colours of the light wood paneling and Japanese art hangings. I like how the interior design is cleverly structured to portray a casual and cheery dining experience during the day and transforms into a classy and intimate ambience at dinnertime.

And here’s even better news: the legendary Kampachi Sunday Buffet Lunch at EQKL is now available! The contemporary layout of the restaurant is such that the food counters and stations are well spread out to avoid over-crowding at any one spot.

My favourite is the Sashimi & Sushi counter, of course. I piled my plate with glistening cuts of premium maguro, amberjack, salmon, snapper, octopus, squids and shrimps. On top of that, there are at least 12 varieties of sushi and hand rolls and other mouth-watering starters. Cheerful chefs are in attendance to make fresh maki and hand rolls for diners.


 

At the next chamber, there rows of baine maries with tantalizing freshly-fried tempura, all kinds of grilled seafood, crabmeat chawanmushi, oden, sukiyaki and yosenabe. There’s also a divine roast beef on the board, so tender and gorgeous with sweet jus.

Last but not least, there’s the desserts counter with lots of fresh fruits and Japanese sweets. My favourites are the cooked-on-the-spot mochi and creamy matcha ice cream!

Kampachi maintains its policy of serving contemporary Japanese dining that is authentic, prepared using the highest quality ingredients and characterized by bold flavors and simple but exquisite presentation.

The Sunday buffet is available every Sunday from 12.00pm – 2.30pm, at RM168 nett per adult, and RM78 nett for children (6-12 years old). Reservations can be made via TableApp or by calling +603-2789 7722.

Here’s a special treat for sushi lovers…

 

KAMPACHI
Ground Floor, Equatorial Plaza
Jalan Sultan Ismail
50250 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +603-2789-7723
*Pork-free
Open daily 12.00pm-3.00pm; 6.00pm-10.30pm

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RYOSHI IZAKAYA SIGNATURE @ Atria Shopping Gallery, Petaling Jaya

Since its official opening a few months ago, Ryoshi Izakaya Signature at the Atria Shopping Gallery has been drawing the crowds and steadily expanding its menu. In fact, its menu is one of the most extensive ones I’ve come across. It’s almost like a mini Japan in there, listing most of the popular Japanese food items in a single venue! From the usual Appetisers, Sashimi, Sushi, Maki, Rice, Noodles, Teppanyaki, Hotpots there are also the well-loved Kushiyaki items covering meats, seafood and vegetables!

Did I mention that Ryoshi Izakaya Signature serves pork, too? Pork is featured in all their food categories, from salads to skewers. With a well-stocked sake bar and a grill that doesn’t get cold, this is one happy place for Happy Hours.

The best way to kick-start a meal here is to get the appetite going with a plate of Horensho Bacon – crisp spinach leaves drizzled with an appetising tangy dressing and dotted generously with bits of bacon!

Horensho Bacon (RM18) – spinach bacon salad

We can never resist sashimi, so the huge portion Ryoshi Sashimi Mori was very welcomed! There are 3 pieces each of 6 kinds of fresh seafood arranged prettily on ice: Maguro, Salmon, Tako, Hotate, Amaebi, Kampachi and every piece was super fresh!

Ryoshi Sashimi Mori (RM130)

Next we tried the Gyu Tataki, a platter of lightly roasted sliced beef which was tender and oozing delicious jus.

Gyu Tataki (RM20)

Once we were done with the cold items, it’s time to warm up our tummies. The best way to do this was the have some piping-hot Nabe (hotpot). We had the Kaisen Nabe (Assorted Seafood Hotpot) and Hakusai Buta Nabe (Cabbage & Pork) and diners can choose either spicy kimchi miso or udon soup base. Each serving was good for 2 pax.

Kaisen Nabe (RM42 for 1-2 pax) Assorted Seafood Hot Pot

Hakusai Buta Nabe (RM28 for 1-2 pax) –Cabbage and Pork hotpot

We couldn’t resist the skewers and our plate of Buta Bara (pork belly skewers) were really satisfying. With just a sprinkle of sea salt, the skewers were grilled to perfection, slightly charred at the edges. Rising to its izakaya label, the kushiyaki selection here is pretty extensive, covering pork, chicken, innards, seafood and vegetable skewers – perfect with some sake!

Buta Bara (RM6 each)

More pork items came in the guise of Moyashi Pirikara Itame, aromatic stir-fried spicy pork belly with bean sprouts and chives, excellent eaten on its own or with some rice. We liked the Yaki Buta – slices of pork belly grilled in their chef’s special sauce. The thick caramel-like sauce clung to the meat, best eaten with some plain rice!

Moyashi Pirikara Itame (RM10) stir-fried spicy pork with bean sprouts

Yaki Buta (RM24) Grilled pork belly in special sauce

For a quick simple meal, Ryoshi Izakaya Signature does have a range of set meals as well as single-dish meals like Yaki Soba, Tori Nanban, Hire Katsu and Ebi Fry.

Yaki Soba (RM18) – stirfried soba

Tori Nanban (RM23) – crispy chicken soaked in Nanban sauce

Hire Katsu (RM20) – fried pork fillet cutlet

Ebi Fry (RM36) –fried king prawns

If you are in the mood for some carbs, maki rolls are the answer and the selection at Ryoshi is interesting. Besides the usual salmon, there are also rolls using oyster and pork which create a different taste and bite portfolio.

Cranky Salmon Maki (RM20) – with salmon, crispy chips & mayonnaise topped with Aonori flakes

Aburi Salmon Maki (RM25) – half broiled salmon roll

Oyster Maki (RM28) – oyster sushi roll

Ryoshi Buta Maki (RM26) – pork sushi roll

So, if you are craving for Japanese food but are not sure what to have, head on to Ryoshi Izakaya Signature as you are bound to zoom in on your favourites from their impressively extensive menu. For more information on their food promotions/deals, check out their Facebook Page here.

 

RYOSHI IZAKAYA Signature
Lot G26 Ground Floor
Atria Shopping Gallery
Jalan SS22/23
Damansara Jaya
47400 Petaling Jaya
(North Entrance)
Tel: +6010-2020200

*Non-halal

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RYOSHI IZAKAYA SIGNATURE @ Atria Shopping Gallery, Petaling Jaya

Since its official opening a few months ago, Ryoshi Izakaya Signature at the Atria Shopping Gallery has been drawing the crowds and steadily expanding its menu. In fact, its menu is one of the most extensive ones I’ve come across. It’s almost like a mini Japan in there, listing most of the popular Japanese food items in a single venue! From the usual Appetisers, Sashimi, Sushi, Maki, Rice, Noodles, Teppanyaki, Hotpots there are also the well-loved Kushiyaki items covering meats, seafood and vegetables!

Did I mention that Ryoshi Izakaya Signature serves pork, too? Pork is featured in all their food categories, from salads to skewers. With a well-stocked sake bar and a grill that doesn’t get cold, this is one happy place for Happy Hours.

The best way to kick-start a meal here is to get the appetite going with a plate of Horensho Bacon – crisp spinach leaves drizzled with an appetising tangy dressing and dotted generously with bits of bacon!

Horensho Bacon (RM18) – spinach bacon salad

We can never resist sashimi, so the huge portion Ryoshi Sashimi Mori was very welcomed! There are 3 pieces each of 6 kinds of fresh seafood arranged prettily on ice: Maguro, Salmon, Tako, Hotate, Amaebi, Kampachi and every piece was super fresh!

Ryoshi Sashimi Mori (RM130)

Next we tried the Gyu Tataki, a platter of lightly roasted sliced beef which was tender and oozing delicious jus.

Gyu Tataki (RM20)

Once we were done with the cold items, it’s time to warm up our tummies. The best way to do this was the have some piping-hot Nabe (hotpot). We had the Kaisen Nabe (Assorted Seafood Hotpot) and Hakusai Buta Nabe (Cabbage & Pork) and diners can choose either spicy kimchi miso or udon soup base. Each serving was good for 2 pax.

Kaisen Nabe (RM42 for 1-2 pax) Assorted Seafood Hot Pot

Hakusai Buta Nabe (RM28 for 1-2 pax) –Cabbage and Pork hotpot

We couldn’t resist the skewers and our plate of Buta Bara (pork belly skewers) were really satisfying. With just a sprinkle of sea salt, the skewers were grilled to perfection, slightly charred at the edges. Rising to its izakaya label, the kushiyaki selection here is pretty extensive, covering pork, chicken, innards, seafood and vegetable skewers – perfect with some sake!

Buta Bara (RM6 each)

More pork items came in the guise of Moyashi Pirikara Itame, aromatic stir-fried spicy pork belly with bean sprouts and chives, excellent eaten on its own or with some rice. We liked the Yaki Buta – slices of pork belly grilled in their chef’s special sauce. The thick caramel-like sauce clung to the meat, best eaten with some plain rice!

Moyashi Pirikara Itame (RM10) stir-fried spicy pork with bean sprouts

Yaki Buta (RM24) Grilled pork belly in special sauce

For a quick simple meal, Ryoshi Izakaya Signature does have a range of set meals as well as single-dish meals like Yaki Soba, Tori Nanban, Hire Katsu and Ebi Fry.

Yaki Soba (RM18) – stirfried soba

Tori Nanban (RM23) – crispy chicken soaked in Nanban sauce

Hire Katsu (RM20) – fried pork fillet cutlet

Ebi Fry (RM36) –fried king prawns

If you are in the mood for some carbs, maki rolls are the answer and the selection at Ryoshi is interesting. Besides the usual salmon, there are also rolls using oyster and pork which create a different taste and bite portfolio.

Cranky Salmon Maki (RM20) – with salmon, crispy chips & mayonnaise topped with Aonori flakes

Aburi Salmon Maki (RM25) – half broiled salmon roll

Oyster Maki (RM28) – oyster sushi roll

Ryoshi Buta Maki (RM26) – pork sushi roll

So, if you are craving for Japanese food but are not sure what to have, head on to Ryoshi Izakaya Signature as you are bound to zoom in on your favourites from their impressively extensive menu. For more information on their food promotions/deals, check out their Facebook Page here.

 

RYOSHI IZAKAYA Signature
Lot G26 Ground Floor
Atria Shopping Gallery
Jalan SS22/23
Damansara Jaya
47400 Petaling Jaya
(North Entrance)
Tel: +6010-2020200

*Non-halal

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JAPANESE PREMIUM BEEF @ GENJI, Hilton Petaling Jaya

Matsusaka. Miyazaki. Nishiawa. Wagyu.

Beef lovers would recognize these sweet-sounding names. There’s good news for serious beef lovers – from now until 31 October 2019, these premium beef are available to Genji, the award-winning Japanese restaurant in Hilton Petaling Jaya. Discerning diners will get to savour these 4 types of Japanese Premium Beef, halal and all fully imported from Japan, with prices starting at RM360 nett per portion.

Top of the list is the Matsusaka – widely known as Japan’s finest and most expensive steak. Its high fat content and unique luscious marbling are amazing – the meat’s rich flavor and extremely tender texture practically melts in the mouth.

Miyazaki is 100% pure-bred Wagyu from the “Japanese Black” cattle. It became very popular when it won 1st place in the twice-a-decade Japanese Wagyu Olympics for 3 consecutive times.

Nishiawa beef comes from various local Japanese farms and the first halal dedicated slaughter house in Tokushima. Guests who are new to Japanese beef can opt for the other general Wagyu cuts as introduction. They all have a generous amount of marbling and distinctive flavours.

Personally I think the exquisite flavours of these Japanese premium beef are best savoured when the steak is cooked to Medium/Medium Rare doneness. I love it shioyaki-style where just sea salt is sprinkled on the meat as this brings out the natural sweet flavours of the superb beef. Other flavours like teriyaki and misoyaki are favoured by some, although a little bit on the sweet side. Teppanyaki is another popular cooking style for diners as pepper, garlic and butter are used.

Be sure to head on over to Genji by 31 October 2019 for this indulgence on their Japanese Premium Beef Promotion for halal high-end gorgeous cuts of beef!

Besides the special Japanese Beef promotion, if stomach space is still wanting, check out some of Genji’s bestsellers…

Assorted Sashimi

Shrimps Maki

Dragon Unagi Maki

Garlic Fried Rice

 

GENJI
Level 1 East Wing
Hilton Petaling Jaya
Jalan Barat
Petaling Jaya
Tel: +603-7955-9122

Open daily:
Lunch 12.00pm – 2.30pm
Dinner 6.30pm – 10.30pm

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JAPANESE PREMIUM BEEF @ GENJI, Hilton Petaling Jaya

Matsusaka. Miyazaki. Nishiawa. Wagyu.

Beef lovers would recognize these sweet-sounding names. There’s good news for serious beef lovers – from now until 31 October 2019, these premium beef are available to Genji, the award-winning Japanese restaurant in Hilton Petaling Jaya. Discerning diners will get to savour these 4 types of Japanese Premium Beef, halal and all fully imported from Japan, with prices starting at RM360 nett per portion.

Top of the list is the Matsusaka – widely known as Japan’s finest and most expensive steak. Its high fat content and unique luscious marbling are amazing – the meat’s rich flavor and extremely tender texture practically melts in the mouth.

Miyazaki is 100% pure-bred Wagyu from the “Japanese Black” cattle. It became very popular when it won 1st place in the twice-a-decade Japanese Wagyu Olympics for 3 consecutive times.

Nishiawa beef comes from various local Japanese farms and the first halal dedicated slaughter house in Tokushima. Guests who are new to Japanese beef can opt for the other general Wagyu cuts as introduction. They all have a generous amount of marbling and distinctive flavours.

Personally I think the exquisite flavours of these Japanese premium beef are best savoured when the steak is cooked to Medium/Medium Rare doneness. I love it shioyaki-style where just sea salt is sprinkled on the meat as this brings out the natural sweet flavours of the superb beef. Other flavours like teriyaki and misoyaki are favoured by some, although a little bit on the sweet side. Teppanyaki is another popular cooking style for diners as pepper, garlic and butter are used.

Be sure to head on over to Genji by 31 October 2019 for this indulgence on their Japanese Premium Beef Promotion for halal high-end gorgeous cuts of beef!

Besides the special Japanese Beef promotion, if stomach space is still wanting, check out some of Genji’s bestsellers…

Assorted Sashimi

Shrimps Maki

Dragon Unagi Maki

Garlic Fried Rice

 

GENJI
Level 1 East Wing
Hilton Petaling Jaya
Jalan Barat
Petaling Jaya
Tel: +603-7955-9122

Open daily:
Lunch 12.00pm – 2.30pm
Dinner 6.30pm – 10.30pm

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YAKITORI DINING FUKUDA, Desa Sri Hartamas

Whenever we visit Japan, we never fail to eat and drink at izakayas there, simply because we are quite big fans of the casual food served there. Grilled skewers of chicken and other meats, done the Japanese way have a way of growing your appetite. I mean, we can sit forever in these izakayas and order countless sticks of those goodies and won’t even notice the time passing by! The relaxed (and sometimes boisterous) vibes in an izakaya – chatter, laughter mixed with clinking of drinking glasses in a smokey cheerful bar are all part of the experience.

At Fukuda Yakitori in Desa Sri Hartamas, we kinda get that atmosphere as there is a good turnout of Japanese clientele in the premise. And that’s a pretty positive sign that food must be authentic, which is proved so when we see that the chef is also Japanese. He and his assistants are kept very busy tackling the skewers just behind the bar and food is served immediately from the charcoal grill to the tables.

We enjoy every stick of those skewers, from chicken to every part of the fowl, succulent pork belly and even sticks of cream cheese! As sinful as it seems, the crunchy fragrant Kawa (Chicken Skin) and Bonjiri (Chicken Tail aka Bishop’s Nose) turn out to be our favourites. Trust me, they are damn addictive!

Yakitori (prices indicated are for per stick):

Negima (Chicken Thigh with Leek) RM6.80


Bonjiri (Chicken Tail) RM6.80


Tebasaki (Chicken Wings) RM9.80


Tsukune (Chicken Hamburg) RM9.80


Chicken Liver (RM5.80)

Chicken Hearts (RM5.80)


Kawa (Chicken Skin) (RM6.20)


Iberico Pork Belly (RM12.80)


Cream Cheese (RM9.80)

Continuing with the grilling theme, besides the skewers, the Chargrilled Lamb Chops and Japanese Saikoro Beef Cube Steak are great choices. The lamb and beef are skilfully grilled over charcoal heat, rendering them perfectly tender and juicy to the bite.

Chargrilled Lamb Chops (RM39.80)


Japanese Saikoro Beef Cube Steak (RM48.80)

To balance out the grilled food, salads, sashimi and oysters are also on the menu. Crisp fresh greens mixed with sashimi and a tangy dressing makes up the Kaizen Sashimi Salad and we can’t resist some freshly-shucked plump oysters as well. Unable to resist more oysters, the Fried Oysters with Tartar Sauce are good too.

Kaizen Sashimi Salad (RM32.80)


4 Assorted Sashimi Platter (RM48.80)


Fresh Shelled Oysters 3 pcs (RM59.80)


Fried Oysters with Tartar Sauce (RM18.80)

Seeing rice and even a hotpot on the menu, and as DL’s feeling still peckish, we have a bowl of Bara Chirashi and the Sumo Hotpot. I feel the Bara Chirashi can do with a bit more flavour though to better bind the cubes of salmon, yellowtail, scallop, prawn and fish roe in the rice. I love hotpots and as it’s a rather wet and chilly evening, the simmering soup is indeed a welcome addition. The pot is filled with a comforting broth made even more tasty with generous portions of Iberico pork, chicken fillet, chicken meatballs, mushrooms, enoki and vegetables added in.

Bara Chirashi (RM49.80) 

Sumo Hotpot (RM88.80)

Too full to eat anymore but there’s always a teeny bit of tummy space for desserts so Macha Ice Cream is the perfect way to end the meal.

Macha Ice Cream (RM7.80)

Yakitori Fukuda is a great cosy spot to wind down after a day’s work or just to chill out with friends. We’ll be back for those addictive skewers and if it’s a rainy chilly evening, the hotpot as well!

 

YAKITORI DINING FUKUDA
No. 39-G JALAN 23/70A
Desa Sri Hartamas
50480 Desa Sri Hartamas
50480 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03-6206 3526

Opens 5.00pm

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TOKUSHIMA WAGYU Promotion @ IKETERU, Hilton Kuala Lumpur

For the very first time, Hilton Kuala Lumpur is bringing in the famous Tokushima wagyu beef from Shikoku whereby diners will get to savour this premium beef at Iketeru for the entire month of August 2018. Sourced from Nishiawa Beef from Tokushima Prefecture, the beef is certified halal to be sold in Malaysia, explained Japanese Executive Chef Ricky Kamiishi.

This Grade A5 wagyu is available on a special a la carte menu for both lunch and dinner. Besides the popular cuts like sirloin, tenderloin and ribeye, Chef Ricky is also introducing the lesser-known cuts like rib loin and knuckle. Cooked with the right method and matched with complementary ingredients, these secondary cuts are just as delicious.

Broiling and grilling the wagyu expertly, the Aburi Sushi and Karubi Salad prove that rib loin and knuckle can be rendered just as good.

Beef skeletal muscles and trimmings are simmered with tofu and vegetables resulting in a comforting rustic stew. My favourite is the seared rib loin with sea urchin, enhanced with some garlic ponzu sauce. The textural contrasts from the beef, rice and sea urchin is just amazing.

Aburi Sushi – broil sliced rib loin sushi

Karubi Salad – BBQ wagyu knuckle salad with spicy miso sauce

Wagyu Tataki Uni Soe – seared rib loin with sea urchin with garlic ponzu sauce

Gyusuji Nikomi – beef skeletal muscle with vegetables & tofu

Wagyu Hamburger with Mushroom Sauce

Other dishes offered under this promotion are the Toban Yaki Mojio To Wasabi Shoyu (grilled wagyu chuck roll on hot plate with sea salt and wasabi soy sauce) and Mini Onsen Tamago Karubi Donburi (BBQ wagyu knuckle & half-boiled egg with steamed rice). Prices for the dishes range from RM64-RM320.

Head on over to Iketeru this month to savour these special wagyu dishes, available at both lunch and dinner. This promotion started today and is available until 31 August 2018.

For reservations, please call +603-2264-2264 or visit life@hilton.com for more information.

 

IKETERU
Level 8, Hilton Kuala Lumpur
3 Jalan Stesen Sentral
Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03-2264-2596/2264)

Business hours: Noon-2.30pm (lunch); 6.30pm-10.30pm (dinner)
*Pork-free