Monday, May 9, 2011

Coco.Tei

Hajime fans, rejoice! The revered restaurant has been reincarnated in the form of Cocotei, which is run by the same folks who kept Hajime humming.

Since makis had always been our must-order at Hajime, we crossed our fingers that Cocotei's rolls would be similarly superb. This Avocado Lover Roll, brimming with bouncy baby octopus, velvety avocado & a garlicky sauce, lived up to its name. Love at first bite.

Our worst fears were laid to rest by the Miami Ink Maki, a masterful mix of raw fish with soft-shell crab & flying fish roe. Each mouthful of the sensuously smooth sashimi, the charred crab and savory roe supplied an intriguing interplay of tastes and textures.

A rice-free roll, comprising fresh salmon, ginger, crab meat, cucumber, avocado & tobiko. The crucial component here was the ginger, providing a pungent purity of flavor.

Golden Triangle Roll, with cooked salmon, crispy salmon skin, soft-shell crab & avocado sweet sauce. Tasty, but this suffered from the primary problem that plagues makis: after awhile, many of them might start to taste too similar.

Something sweet and simple: Kanpyo Roll, stuffed with Japanese melon skin.

Choya umeshu plum liquor, in lieu of dessert.

More sugary alcohol, bursting with fruity flavors.

Don't be deceived by the vacant seats: this was still early in the evening. Within an hour, most tables were taken, even though this was only the restaurant's first night. The moral: reservations recommended (really!).

Coco Tei,
No. 5, Jalan Delima, Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 1800-88-6655
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50 comments:

  1. oooh so glad to see Hajime version 2.0! We bemoaned the passing of it too..but looks like we now have a replacement. Cant wait to get my hands on those rice-free rolls..lol.

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  2. I love soft-shelled crab with anything! The Miami Ink Maki sounds like what I would love to have ;) And you were there on the restaurant's first night? You're super fast! hehe

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  3. dropsofcontentment: oh yeah, it's been five long months since hajime was forced to close! we were worried they wouldn't reopen/relocate, but thank goodness they're back in business now :D
    iamthewitch: oooh, you'll be glad to hear there's lotsa soft-shell crab on the menu, all over the starters, salads, etc. there were also live crabs in the restaurant's aquarium, but we'll save that for another time =)

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  4. Love the sushi bar section, awesome looking! Will have to try this place soon :)

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  5. Food is quite similar to hajime, no?

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  6. Avocado lovers roll. Sounds like they named it after you? :)

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  7. Hooray! Devil and I loved Hajime when it was still open and now we're gonna flock to its version 2.0 - the new name may take some getting used to, though. :P

    Thanks so much for letting us know, Sean! :)

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  8. Yay, Hajime is back! Will go and try soon!

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  9. My fav Jap resto has reopened!!!...*jumps with joy to the heavens*...

    Thanx for d heads up!...

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  10. Hajime..! Who is the Chef at CocoTei?

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  11. Looks interesting. Is it somewhere near Fukuya? And what are their business hours?

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  12. baby sumo: yeah, the layout of this place is cool! fairly spacious, with lots of tatami seating :D
    michelle: similar, but there are a bunch of new recipes on the menu that i'm anxious to try on a second visit! =)
    j: heheh, me and maybe 100,000 other people in KL? i haven't met anyone who doesn't like avocado so far! :D
    lfb: hopefully u'll find version 2.0 to be an upgrade! the only glitch so far is that the food takes quite awhile to serve, so be prepared to spend at least an hour here for dinner =)
    ck: hey, if we're lucky, maybe we'll bump into each other there! then i can steal some of your food, heheh
    ulric: oooh, looks like there were many of us who were missing hajime. let's hope they stick around here for a long, looooong time :D
    ciki: eeks, some japanese dude is in charge of the kitchen, but i can't remember his name. errmmmm, will have to ask them next time, sorry! =)
    chong: yep, it's on the same street as fukuya, but closer to levain boulangerie. they're open for lunch and dinner everyday, the usual hours (closing at 10pm) :D

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  13. Agree 150 percent. Check out their FB page here:

    http://www.facebook.com/cocotei

    :D

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  14. ulric: their photos of the king crab dishes look very tempting! wonder if it's terribly pricey though, heheh :D

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  15. Had a king crab omikase dinner during my trip to Japan a few years back...

    Imagine eating them raw, sashimied, sushied, grilled, stewed and simmered...*omg*...

    Tat was a great trip...:D

    Dunno about d price here though...*sweats*...

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  16. ulric: wow! sounds almost like a crab overdose (though it must have been an epic dinner and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity)! they've got those monstrously gigantic crabs live here at cocotei's aquarium, so many you could relive your memories by getting a whole crab served in all those styles! :D

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  17. Yeah...but at d cost of super big-holes in my two pockets lor :(

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  18. ulric: eat ramen for the rest of the week to save up for the king crab! :D

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  19. Ramen also not cheap or...

    Too bad Sanuki Udon has closed their branch in Wisma Cosway :(

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  20. ulric: oooooh, i didn't realize that branch had closed. and i never managed to visit it. but ya, u're right, the pork-laden ramen at that popular outlet in fahrenheit 88 is pretty pricey...

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  21. Ah well...fallen back to claypot lou shu fan with its eggy goodness and mee rebus, jawa, and bakso from my ofis building foodcourt to save some bucks 4 d king crabs here :D

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  22. ulric: wow, your office food court sure serves a lot of goodies! now i know for certain that we're not working in the same building. heh :P

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  23. We won't really spending more time here... part of the attraction of how it feels comfortable and almost homey despite being a restaurant, if that makes any sense.

    I think my friends and I have had many a good conversation in the old Hajime and we plan to have more here in its new incarnation

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  24. lfb: yeah, the new incarnation feels slightly less intimate though. the lights aren't dimmed down as much, though i still love the spacious tatami seating. but we'll get used to it, am sure. wonder if poor fukuya down the road will suffer because of this new rival though :P

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  25. I'm not sure I would weep if that happens.

    May patrons visit the Japanese restaurant with better service and food. Omm. ;)

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  26. lfb: oops, did you just mention service? one of my friends went to coco.tei for lunch today and complained to me about the blur service team. let me quote her whatsapp message: the place was "empty but nobody greeted me at the door or ushered me to a table. then they led me to the toilet thinking i wanted to go to the toilet." heheh :P

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  27. LOL. Your friend is obviously not as cute as Devil or me. Tee hee.

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  28. lfb: u're both too old to be using sex as a weapon! :P

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  29. Whoever said using sex as a weapon? Make love, not war!

    And we're so not too old. :P

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  30. lfb: make love, not war? the original battle-cry of the 1960s flower power generation? you're older than i thought! (and at any rate, you're both TWICE justin bieber's age. he would agree that you're old) :D

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  31. Justin Bieber? Now that's one entity that's weirder than Björk. All that pop can't be good for a little kid... :P

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  32. lfb: hey ... that's not what you said while squealing and singing along at his concert last month! :D

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  33. I have an airtight alibi to state I was nowhere near his concert last month. We had very enjoyable alibi-ing while the little terror was supposedly entertaining all the preteens... :)

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  34. lfb: but i've got incriminating photos of you, bieber fever-ing away! anyway, an alibi like "i was slurping noodles at sanuki udon" isn't good enough :P

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  35. I am more likely to be BrunoMarsing away... but neither actually. No money for tickets and no sugar daddies/candy cougars... :P

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  36. lfb: eh, what's that you said just a few comments back about using one's cuteness to obtain special favors. ahem ahem :P

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  37. Cheap/free concert tickets ain't one of them favours. I reserve my special powers for other uses... :P

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  38. lfb: yes yes, with great power comes great responsibility. but even peter parker used his spider-sense once in awhile for personal gain :D

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  39. With awful consequences, no? Maybe I should take a leaf from Parker's book and renounce my evil ways... :P

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  40. lfb: yep, u wouldn't want the green goblin to pop up someday and kill your beloved, would you :D

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  41. I would gill the green goblin, I would! :P

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  42. lfb: no point. then the green goblin's son will rise to terrorize u :P

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  43. wow who would have thought of a rice free roll?!! This is awesome especially for me who doesn't want to pile on rice and carbo...

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  44. eiling: heheh, yeah, it'll allow us to sample even more rolls, cos we won't get full so fast :D

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  45. I wonder if they still have the other rice-free roll: the Taco Belt?

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  46. Ulric: nopes! That taco belt is gone! But they stil have the tuna + foie gras maki (ok, that one has rice, unfortunately) :D

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  47. I shud have seen the foie gras coming...*slaps forehead* :D

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  48. Ulric: I'll be sure to wrap up this cocotei trilogy before the end of this month with some foie gras (they also do a teppanyaki foie) :D

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  49. Hi, I'm looking at one of these 2 places for a dinner. Which do you think is better? In terms of price and food quality? Fukuya or Coco Tei? It'll be a great help if you could let me know as I'm not particularly familiar with Japanese cuisine. Thanks in advance.

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    1. Josiah: I'd lean toward coco.tei ... I think it has more crowd-pleasing favorites and is also more wallet-friendly. Hope you have a good meal there :D

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