Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Hanare

Wrapping up our Hanare trilogy, we returned here for this restaurant's first Sunday champagne lunch, which featured a free flow of G.H. Mumm's best bubbly.
For earlier entries (on Hanare's a la carte menu), click: Feb. 2 & Feb. 6.

Hanare offers KL's most limited weekend buffet selection, but quality trumps quantity here; it isn't an all-you-can-eat spread where abundant trays of abysmal food flood the counters. Instead, everything is efficiently and painstakingly prepared to order (even the sashimi, which is only sliced upon request).

Just three types of raw fish were available _ tuna belly, salmon & yellowtail _ but all seemed worthy of blue-ribbon distinction, flown in from Tsukiji Market. As good as sashimi gets in the Klang Valley.

U.S. oysters, freshly shucked as soon as the two-hour lunch started at noon.

The cost is considerable: RM298+ per person with champagne and RM150+ without. But since Hanare's sashimi and oysters are steeply priced on the a la carte menu, this remains a sensible way to freely indulge while still capping your expenses.

Teppanyaki, cooked with a smile. There were only five tables of customers during this lunch, so the service team managed to keep things running smoothly.

Plump prawns & fleshy fish. As someone once sang: let it flow, let it flow, let it flow.

Achingly tender beef, perfectly prepared. Not unnecessarily salty.

Tempura prawns & veggies, lightly battered with minimum oil. To illustrate how Hanare's weekend lunches are an economical alternative to its weekday dinners, a simple plate of seafood tempura on the a la carte menu would already cost 60 ringgit.

Veggies for variety's sake; green is the new pink. Our only complaint: 120 minutes might seem too fleeting for a leisurely lunch, particularly since many other outlets in KL allow three or four hours for Sunday brunches.

Smoked salmon with seaweed & salmon roe. Admittedly though, we were satiated by 2 p.m. and couldn't eat or drink much more. Mission accomplished!

California Maki. And that, folks, is all that this buffet provided (we tried everything!). Nevertheless, noodles and other tidbits will be available in the future.

Japanese strawberry ice cream brought the curtain down on the meal.

Of course, the primary attraction is the ceaseless supply of champagne...

... and all the sake you can slurp (10 glasses per person might be the safe limit). Would two hours be sufficient time to get sloshed? Here's where you can find out.

Service is irreproachable. Our glasses were never empty for more than a minute.

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

  1. Again? Third time's more than the charm, I'm guessing... Devil has already said we gotta come here ASAP. Yay! :D

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  2. Lfb: ooh, I like how Devil thinks! Yeah, this place seems to get better with each visit ... I haven't done a quadrilogy in a long time, so maybe a fourth round is in order! :D

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  3. Looks like I must have missed you by 12 hours! :-D Cheh. Stars not aligned again.

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  4. Lemongrass: like two ships passing each other in the night, destined never to collide (which actually sounds like a good thing, since accidents at sea are very scary, heheh!) :D

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  5. Now that you mentioned it, maybe RM150 is worthy.. if you can eat that much raw fish & oysters!

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  6. Tng: oh yeah ... My friend and I managed to gobble up 36 pieces of sashimi and 18 oysters, so it worked out pretty ok after all! :D

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  7. hmmm free flow of champagne for 2 hrs, assuming one can down a bottle each, u already get your 300rm worth!

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  8. RM150 is pretty cheap. 5 pcs of tuna belly is already RM70+ at other Jap eateries. Thx for highlighting this buffet :)

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  9. Joe: ya, I guess it's impossible to price a champagne buffet anywhere below the rm200-plus range (Though for a cheaper alternative, one or two outlets in KL like sassorosso do prosecco brunches costing slightly less than rm200) =)
    Baby sumo: true, a regular sashimi platter here with 12 pieces of assorted fish also costs rm70+ as well! And so far, there's less of a crowd here compared to other Japanese weekend buffets at hotel outlets =)

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  10. Hmm, I wouldn't mind seeing you colliding with the Queen DSLR, haha. ;)

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  11. I'm sure they'll be rethinking their pricing after seeing the way you eat....

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  12. Lfb: what a terrible fate to wish for your friends! There'd be shattered plates and broken cameras strewn all over the floor! Choiiiiiii :D
    Lemongrass: actually I feel a bit guilty. At the end of the buffet, I wanted one last glass of champagne, and apparently they had to open up a bottle just to pour that one glass :D

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  13. J: I love how the word describes both what we drink and how we feel after drinking it :D

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  14. The tuna belly looks like leaves! You know the small veins on leaves? So pretty!

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  15. Michelle: and they taste luscious too! Not quite melt-in-the-mouth, but very close! :D

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  16. Was it chutoro? Doesn't really look like otoro. Btw wanted to ask if you know if the Hilton card works with Hanare's champagne brunch?

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  17. baby sumo: yep, it wasn't the fattiest part of the belly, unfortunately (i guess that would have been too expensive). and hanare seems to operate independently, so the hilton card probably wouldn't work here...

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  18. u've got me at the "ceaseless supply of champagne" :) tell me, how many bottles did u stomach hehe

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  19. augustdiners: heheh, i think barely one bottle, since i was also consuming sake. my friend stayed sober (someone had to drive!) :D

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  20. Yes but so much LUB will come from your most definitely romantic collision of soulmates... ;)

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  21. lfb: cough cough, sputter sputter. i think it'd be more 'titanic' than 'before sunrise' :D

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  22. Even if I skip the champagne, I'd still have to fork out RM300++ for the meal (including Jenn la...).
    This year we have set aside a budget to dine every month... so post on fine dining places will definitely get lesser in this 2011! :(

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  23. leo: yikes, but i guess it's the tough responsibility of being parents. hopefully though, you'll still be able to find tasty food at the places you do visit (and some alcohol once in awhile too, heheh!) :D

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  24. Now that's what I call a Japanese buffet. One that doesn't display pre-cut sashimi, pre-fried tempuras or over-cooked teppanyaki beef left out in the cold or boilers and trays. I cringe just thinking about those.

    How much was the lunch you say?

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  25. qwazymonkey: ya, i guess we've kinda had enough of tenji, jogoya and the other japanese buffet outlets. though those still do seem to be decent value for money, especially comparing hanare's RM150+ weekend lunch against tenji's RM55++ one :D

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  26. I'm not a huge buffet fan but if one's gotta buffet, this is the only way to go! Quality over quantity anyday!

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  27. Min: I agree! Three types of super-fresh, top-flight sashimi would be better than a dozen varieties of limp raw fish that are way past their prime!

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  28. wow RM298. That translates to 30 ang pows that I need to collect. So far only collected 2. haha

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  29. Eiling: heheh, happy ang pow collecting! Thank goodness we're not married yet, rite :D

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  30. That's it Sean. I'm SOLD! Hanare here I come (on my next visit).

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  31. monster: i'm betting you'll have a whale of a time! :D

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  32. Hi, was the restaurant full with patrons on that particular day due to the buffet? do i need to make a reservation for the buffet or can i just walk in?

    Is the buffet still available next weekend? im considering giving it a try

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  33. Porch: I think the buffet will be an ongoing affair, though it's best to call and check. It wasn't crowded at all during the start of this month, but I'm betting that business would have picked up since then though...

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  34. Hi again.just came back from the 150 non alcohol brunch hmmm.. i guess you forgot to mention the japanese strawberry ice cream isnt included in the 150 buffet sigh oh well..since the attentive waiter there said that it isnt covered in the 150 buffet i was just about to order it...

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  35. Porch: it isn't? That's strange. They just asked us whether we wanted dessert that day and offered the ice cream. Hope u enjoyed the dessert-less buffet anyhow!

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  36. Hey i did had dessert it just wasn't ice cream if i remembered correctly it was nata d coco with fruits

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  37. Porch: phew alright then ... Every buffet needs a sweet finish :D

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