Sunday, February 6, 2011

Hanare

Hanare: Round Two. Click here for earlier entry (February 2).

The sashimi platter is worthwhile, with fish flown in thrice weekly (Monday, Wednesday, Friday) from Tsukiji Market. Hanare's selection _ including succulent scallops & tuna belly _ is mercifully free of salmon (which we enjoy, but it often feels like a creatively bankrupt option).

Uni kurage (marinated sea urchin & jellyfish). Squishy stuff, with a briny oceanic aftertaste that lingers on the palate (no fear, strong booze can cleanse it with ease).

Heshiko (marinated mackerel). Super-salty; might actually work well as a bar snack. Addictive, as long as you're into preserved seafood recipes.

Dashimaki tamago (omelet with fish broth). Comfortingly warm and lusciously soft. Beware though, prices here can be steep; this item cost 30 ringgit.

Frontera Sauvignon Blanc (Chile).
Hanare also offers champagne lunches on Sundays for about RM300 per person. But the brief two-hour span allocated (12-2pm) might seem too rushed for a relaxing weekend meal.

Hanare Japanese Restaurant,
Ground Floor, The Intermark,
Jalan Tun Razak, Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03-2164-2133/ 2164-2633
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27 comments:

  1. Did you just say Tuna Belly?

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  2. Michelle: oh yeah, u read it right! That's the one we saved for last while polishing off the sashimi =)

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  3. Fresh from Tsukiji Market? Ooh, I'm lovin' it already. :D

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  4. Lfb: there's gotta be a photo on your blog somewhere of you striking a pose and smiling next to a giant tuna! :D

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  5. Lfb: I call it the tuna tango! Much more fun than the salmon samba! :D

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  6. I LOVE Hanare. We both had the omakase menu which was very good. Food was fresh too.

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  7. lemongrass: the manager recommended the omakase to us! but it often seems a bit intimidating in terms of pricing and time required, especially if we only have an hour or so to spare...

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  8. The tuna tango? Save a dance for me, if that's the case! ;)

    P.S. If both you and the Queen love Hanare, then Devil & I MUST head there as soon as we return from JB! :D

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  9. lfb: the tuna tango is only recommended for trained professionals (think natalie portman in 'black swan')! i'd recommend you start with the squid salsa or cuttlefish cha-cha :D
    p.s. say hi to kou kou for me (and give him a doggie biscuit on my behalf)!

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  10. Darn, you just reminded me - I haven't seen Natalie Portman do her little tango with Mila Kunis yet - so many award films I haven't caught.

    I did watch NEVER LET ME GO last weekend, and it was languid, as you said, and I wasn't entirely sure if I liked it a lot or was indifferent. I will say Carey Mulligan is someone to continue watching out for.

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  11. lfb: being as awards-fanatical as i am, the only films i haven't watched yet are 'blue valentine,' 'another year' and 'biutiful' (yep, i've managed to find everything else!)
    i'm surprised to hear you weren't impressed by 'never let me go' though. i know i only liked that living room scene near the end where carey and andrew discovered the truth (i'm a sucker for tear-jerking revelation sequences, no matter how predictable), but i somehow assumed you'd be enraptured from start to end. (i think the jury's still out on carey though. her acting range in 'an education' and 'never let me go' seems essentially too similar)

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  12. Enraptured? Not really. But possessed by the film? Why, yes. I even ignored the Diva when she dropped by for some tong sui. It's not one of those films that captures me immediately - unlike, say, The Hours, which from the opening credits got me - yet I'm not quite convinced yet I wouldn't completely adore this film with repeat viewings.

    I suspect it's one of those films where my view of it will waver slightly with every time I revisit it. I would love Keira's performance sometimes, loathe it the next; find Andrew perfectly subdued in one viewing, and simply a bore in the next. Something liddat.

    Basically, I haven't decided. And that's a good feeling to have, where a film is concerned. Intrigued, I am.

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  13. lfb: ahhh, okies. i'm thinking though, 'never let me go' is a nice companion piece to 'the remains of the day,' the only other movie adapted from a kazuo ishiguro novel. the sense of longing and quiet desperation and burden of responsibility without a happy ending...
    but anyhow, it's nice when a movie reveals its layers only on multiple viewings. i didn't like 'jerry maguire' at all the first time, but i LOVED it the second time. and i recently watched 'the social network' again (andrew garfield redux!), and i did gain a stronger admiration for how well-crafted it is.

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  14. I guess the problem here is that I do feel like I'm watching a very faithful adaptation of the novel which still resonates in my head.

    The reverse of movies that get better with repeated viewings are those that get worse. 'American Beauty' is on the top of my list for this. The third time I watched it, I was like, what was the fuss again? The years have not been kind.

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  15. Lfb: ohhh I prefer the film to the novel! It was much more accessible and easier to follow :D
    sometimes the context of our own lives profoundly affect how we regard movies. Maybe when you watched American Beauty the first time, you too felt like that plastic bag, blowing aimlessly in the wind =)

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  16. Really? I guess that's where we differ. Maybe I'm less visual and more of a cerebral person. (Doesn't explain my passion for lovely images and illustrations and photography, though.)

    When I first watched 'American Beauty', I just thought Wes Bentley was very hot. Heh.

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  17. Lfb: oh, you're plenty visual too, I'd say. That Wes bentley statement just proved it! :D

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  18. So the food here is very expensive?

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  19. Baby sumo: unfortunately, yeah. Best to budget at least rm100 per person for a full meal here...

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  20. wow three times a week. That is rare. I also just had japanese food here in Colombo and will blog about it soon. Nice find!

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  21. Eiling: oooh, hope you had a good meal! I'm assuming that Colombo doesn't have as many Japanese restaurants as KL! :D

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  22. tng: yeps, the cheapest sashimi platter would already cost about RM80. seafood tempura is slightly over RM60...

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  23. Hi Sean, u got any idea bout their Valentine Menu?

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  24. ang: sorry, i kinda think they probably won't offer a special menu for valentine's day =)

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