Wednesday, August 10, 2011


Watami: Round Two. Earlier entry: August 5.

With a menu that spans more than 120 choices, there's no lack of temptations here. For something a little different: a do-it-yourself Japanese potato salad, served warm with fish roe, boiled eggs, carrots, onions & beef bacon. Use the pestle to mash everything up into soft, savory baby food.

More potatoes? This pizza topped with potatoes, corn & mentaiko might seem like a nightmare for carb-fearers, but it's far lighter than cheese-laden Italian creations. Featuring a fabulous thin crust & flavorsome toppings, it's a thorough triumph.

Kamameshi _ a traditional pilaf-like rice recipe with salmon, scallops, chicken & mushrooms, cooked in a steel pot at the table for 20 minutes. Not as lip-smacking as paella, bibimbap or even claypot rice, but still satisfyingly fragrant, brimming with succulent seafood & meat.

Anago tempura maki. A creative change from regular unagi rolls; tastes like a cross between crispy prawn maki & eel maki, if that makes any sense.

Tonpei-yaki _ a luscious omelet containing beef, cheese & cabbage. Comfort food of the highest order, well stuffed with richly tender meat.

Salmon mayo roll. Good news for Watami fans who live in PJ: another branch is opening later this year at 1 Utama. Let's hope there'll be even more eventually.

Deep-fried shishamo. Tired of the typical grilled preparations for smelt? This one is revelation, lightly battered and crunchy outside, bursting with juicy roe within. An absolute joy, reminding us that a little tweak might be all that's needed to make an old ingredient taste new again.

Scallops with mushrooms cooked in butter. An aromatic pleasure; the oceanic sweetness of the scallops blended beautifully with the mushrooms' earthiness. Squeeze a little lime for a tangy touch that takes everything up a notch.

A crisp, bountiful salad with teriyaki chicken, tomatoes & tuna sauce. Could be a main course on its own, but we were thankful that it supplied our fiber requirement.

Green tea tiramisu. Deliciously creamy, with potent, powdery overtones of matcha.

Sumiyaki coffee jelly. Caffeine lovers should enjoy this soft, smooth confection, thanks to its mildly bitter flavor, evocative of freshly roasted beans.

Yamazaki 12-year malt whiskey & choya umeshu with grapefruit.

Mild cocktails: Cassis grapefruit & Milky green tea.

Australian Frankland River Chardonnay & Cabernet Merlot are offered by the glass and the bottle. Prices are praiseworthy, at slightly below RM20 per glass.

Watami Malaysia @ Pavilion,
Watami Japanese Casual Restaurant,
Level 4, Pavilion, Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03-2141-6671
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  1. How are the prices like here? I'd love some of the scallops. :P

  2. Seems that tis a good place to hit for some Jap fusion/fast food .
    Yea, what's the pricing like?

  3. So tats where d tonpeiyaki went :p

    Looks like u hit d jackpot this time around...every dish looks damn inviting...I know wat to order when I pay a return visit soon :D

  4. Everyone: U can check out d grand n lunch menus with prices at: :D

  5. Rats...they still dun have d milk pudding desert yet :(

  6. baby sumo: prices are surprisingly reasonable! the scallops cost about RM14++ for a plate of seven or eight pieces =)
    tng: yep, better than many other shopping mall japanese eateries! i think it'd cost about RM50 on average per person :D
    ulric: i'd definitely recommend the mentaiko pizza and the deep-fried shishamo! =)

  7. Umeshu with grapefruit! Now that's interesting. I think apart from champagne, umeshu is the other liquor that I would drink . ;)

  8. I'll definitely order tat...on top of trying the Sapporo Kaisen Ramen Salad :)

    Btw d tonpeiyaki rocks! :D

    Too bad the milk pudding is still not available or as they say 'sold out' :(

  9. seems you went with the tonpeiyaki as well.

    damn, I knew that the matcha tiramisu was good.. should have ordered it that time.

  10. michelle: yeah, the grapefruit adds a nice fibrous feel to the drink! :D
    ulric: the caesar salad is also tempting, since it has an onsen egg! =)
    jeffrey: no worries, you can always try the matcha tiramisu next time! :D

  11. Gosh! gonna check so many outlets in Pavilion...

  12. leo: yeah, it'll take at least two weeks to eat at all the restaurants that have opened at pavilion this year! :D

  13. you've tried watami! thanks for introducing :) and the pricing seems reasonable too :)
    great looking food

  14. Christine: yep, it's a very good selection of food. I think this place will be very popular for a very long time =)

  15. I love shishamo and those battered-fried ones look divine. Oh goody, can't wait for them to open in 1U!

  16. Pureglutton: yeah, these ones seem a lot fatter and juicier than the usual shishamo! I hope they open at a convenient location in 1 utama :D

  17. Hey...u shud have ordered d Jikasei Milk's a wobbly and milky delight...imo d best desert in Watami...hehehe...

  18. ulric: heheh, maybe the ice cream/parfaits might be nice too! :D

  19. have not tried a green tea tiramisu before. this is very temptimg!

  20. eiling: it's a nice change from the usual coffee-ish tiramisu :D