Sunday, May 22, 2011

Coco.Tei

Coco Tei: Round Three. Earlier entries: May 9 & May 12.

Can't go wrong with the sashimi platter here. Sit at the counter and watch the chefs slice up the raw fish and spread everything in a flawless presentation, remaining poised and cool-headed despite the clamor of customers placing ceaseless orders.

Two types of eel sushi: in front, anago (saltwater eel) & in the background, unagi (freshwater). We're increasingly favoring anago, which swaps the oily sweetness of unagi for a fleshier texture and less one-dimensional taste.

Smoked tuna topped with foie gras. Had a shot at greatness, but fell short; the fish could have been more succulent, while the bits of liver were a little too meager.

Wagyu beef & leek soup. A rich, belly-warming broth, brimming with flavor, though the Wagyu could probably have been substituted with Angus with no discernible difference.

Foie gras with Coco Tei "special sauce." An intriguing recipe, with hints of sesame in the sauce that nicely complemented the liver's fatty flavor.

Wasabi & sesame ice cream. Tasty but pricey, at RM10 and RM12 respectively.

Umeshu plum liquor jelly. Superbly smooth, with a slight, surprising bitterness that made it a nice enough change from the typically sugary jellies.

Shochikubai Sake-Kyoto Fushimizu Jitate. What a tongue-twister of a name.

Suishen Junmaishu sake (15 percent alkie).

Cocotei,
Jalan Delima, Kuala Lumpur.
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32 comments:

  1. Will try the anago next...how did u find the black sesame ice-cream? :D

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  2. ulric: ya, it was pretty satisfying. tasted kinda homemade, with a nice texture and nutty aroma =)

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  3. "Umeshu plum liquor jelly." ... wow, alcoholic jelly. or does the cooking process evaporate all the booze?

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  4. timing: gosh, i'm not sure. i guess the boiling should remove most of the alcohol, but i think there might be traces remaining. it still had a bitter, boozy flavor in every bite =)

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  5. Hmmm.. seems to be the PLACE for Jap huh here? I got to go sooooonnn....

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  6. tng: ya, the ambiance is very pleasant, and the food is mostly tasty and reasonably priced. definitely a worthwhile option in the city center :D

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  7. Third time's the charm, they say! ;)

    And aye, I'm starting to prefer the anago too.

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  8. Their black sesame ice cream really nice hor.

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  9. Yes...agree 100%...the taste and colour is different from the rest :D

    Managed to tapao a tub the last time I was there...not cheap though :)

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  10. lfb: wonder what the fourth, fifth and sixth time will be though! :D
    baby sumo: best black sesame ice cream in town? possibly, rite! =)
    ulric: wow, i didn't realize they're willing to sell it by the tub! actually my favorite japanese ice cream flavor might be wasabi. i hear xenri sometimes has seaweed ice cream available, but i haven't tried that one :D

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  11. I had the wasabi flavour too but it was too strong for my liking. My face was like this -.- by the time I finished it.

    And yes, the black sesame could simply be the best in town :)

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  12. Baby sumo: heheh, I guess I just like the extra kick from the wasabi =) I remember starhill's Japanese outlet used to serve sea salt ice cream several years ago (but not anymore). That was really nice. I can still recall the savoriness of it, and I hope to have the chance to eat it again someday :D

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  13. Again?!! haha. Round three indeed. How many more rounds before Sean eats this place dry? Bets, anybody? :P

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  14. Ciki: heheh, but the menu is nearly a dozen pages long! I think even three more trips might not be enough! :D

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  15. Haven't try their Yuzu flavour yet :(

    Their wasabi flavour has 3 stages:
    1. A slight tingling of the throat.
    2. A slight tingling of the nose.
    3. The full-on affect :P

    Tried Sakura flavour in Japan...nice...

    Ishin has Lavender and Melon...still need to go there :(

    Sushi Tei has Shio (Sea Salt) ice-cream...might be a commercial-version though...

    Number of visits to Coco.Tei: infinite...hehe...

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  16. Ulric: heh, thanks for all the info! especially about sushi tei ... now I finally have a reason to check out that place :D

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  17. More trips Sean? Could i goooo w uuuuuu

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  18. Tng: hey we're due for our meet-up :D I have a few ideas about places, including both Japanese and Chinese =)

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  19. Oops...forgot to mention Sushi Tei has also Yuzu ice-cream which is kickass :P

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  20. ulric: wow, who woulda thought? and there's an outlet nearby at pavilion. must remember to visit it sometime, really =)

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  21. Fourth turns one into a Goth;
    Fifth one joins the Sith;
    And sixth one turns some trix, er, tricks?

    :P

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  22. Lfb: Goth Japanese?! Yikes, I wouldn't dare ask what seventh, eighth and ninth would be! :D

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  23. Sean...tot u wanna know that Ishin is now offering 50% discount off their RM120 Kaiseki dinner here:

    http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fishin.my%2Findex.php%3Foption%3Dcom_chronocontact%26chronoformname%3Dvoucher&h=bca5e

    A good time to try :D

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  24. ulric: ooo, that sounds like a decent deal. kaiseki priced at RM60 seems like it would barely cover the restaurant's cost of the ingredients. btw, xenri at menara hap seng is also offering what they tout as the best kaiseki in town, but i haven't tried it. xenri will also be having a japanese tapas promo later this month :D

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  25. Thanx for the heads up on the upcoming Xenri tapas promo...bought myself 2 vouchers for d Ishin Kaiseki dinner...hehe...

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  26. ulric: heheh, blog about it if you can! btw, there doesn't seem to be any link to your blog (if you have one) on your profile =)

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  27. Ermmm...sad to say I m too lazy to blog...normally just post to FaceBook...hehe...

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  28. ulric: heh, that's probably good enough too =)

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  29. Here u go: http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=671183170...add me pls...hahaha...

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  30. ulric: done! :D i'm kinda inactive on facebook though. i never update my status or post photos, heh =)

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  31. Tats bcose u r busy fooding, cocktailing, wining, sakeing and beering, and blogging :P

    Btw I added u aredi :)

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  32. ulric: ha, i like your use of all those words as verbs :D

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