Friday, August 19, 2011

Tatsu

Tatsu: Round Four. Earlier entries: April 1, July 8 & July 15.

Amaebi sweet shrimp in a ripe avocado shell with spicy pollock roe, marinated in herbed olive oil. One of the most gorgeous starters we've enjoyed in recent memory. Every scoop supplied a soft, savory mix of top-tier ingredients.

More mentaiko to feed our mania, lightly & impeccably broiled on its outer surface.

Queen crab chawanmushi. A big bowl of piping-hot pleasure. We ordered this because we were curious about queen crab, but it tasted similar enough to king crab.

Japanese mizuna mustard leaves & fried bean curd with mesclun greens. Another whopping portion; not the night's most memorable dish, but the healthiest.

Deep-fried sea bream neck. We had to use our fingers to polish the flesh off the bones, but it was worth the effort, thanks to the superbly sweet flesh enhanced with ponzu bitter orange sauce.

Seafood & veggies stewed in tomato concasse. Mussels, clams & scallops, complemented by a gentle gravy that was only subtly tangy, keeping the spotlight on the fresh seafood.

Teppanyaki foie gras & parmesan cheese omelet with bonito flakes. Could be better; the egg wasn't fluffy enough and the bits of liver within made minimal impact.

Shochikubai sake (Seishu, Kyoto).


Tatsu,
InterContinental Hotel, Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur.
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18 comments:

  1. The Amaebi sweet shrimp must have tasted decadent :D

    Am I correct to expect round five soon? :P

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  2. ulric: the shrimp was spectacular. we would have loved a main course portion, instead of just a starter. but nah, i think there won't be a round five in the near future :D

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  3. Sometimes too much of a good thing will make the good not good :P

    Hopefully I will be able to try Suki-Ya next week :D

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  4. Wow, such a big bowl of the queen crab chawanmushi! Interesting! Should go try try. :P

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  5. interesting Queen crab chawanmushi.. but no diff in taste.. so what was the purpose ar? ;) Oh and I am not surprised you ordered the Teppanyaki foie gras & parmesan cheese omelet.. that's so your kind of dish.

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  6. Hmmm..Is this what became of Benkay? :) Is the pub still around bro?

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  7. Avocado seems to work very well with Jap food hor?

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  8. ulric: that sounds wise! though i must say, i haven't had an experience with TOO MUCH avocado before. it's usually TOO LITTLE, heh :D
    ckiong: ya, it's a real treat for chawanmushi lovers! and the portion is big enough for two people to share =)
    ciki: heheh, i think maybe i haven't eaten enough crab to tell the difference between king and queen crab! though they both taste delicious! :D
    unka: oh yeah, they renamed benkay and turned it into tatsu after a refurbishment. it's a lot more spacious now, with an open bar. the pub is still around and still looks the same though! =)
    baby sumo: yaaa, avocado is like a magic ingredient! it goes so well with italian cuisine too. and i suspect it would work wonders with thai! :D

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  9. Ooh, this looks better than nikko's fares!

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  10. michelle: it's the best restaurant at intercontinental hotel, definitely! :D

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  11. They oughta do a king-and-queen crab chawanmushi pairing! :P

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  12. lfb: wonder whether prince and princess crabs also exist! :D

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  13. Jap is everywhere.. but I mz say Tatsu does offers Jap in a different kind of preparation! Certainly looking worthy of a visit. Whc reminds me.. i got a long list of Jap restaurant to try!

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  14. Rebecca: oh yeah, definitely more interesting than the strictly "traditional" hotel Japanese outlets like kampachi and iketeru! :D

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  15. oh my, that sweet shrimp looks enticing!

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  16. Ky: yep, it's a work of art, heheh :D

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  17. YUMMY.. everything looks beautiful!

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  18. eiling: yeah, i'd definitely give at least a B+ for presentation! :D

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