Thursday, June 7, 2012

Kame Sushi @ Hartamas

The spirit of 'omakase' burns brightly and brilliantly at Kame Sushi, where customers can feast on a chef's selection that's certifiably fine and fresh.

With no menu, the man behind the counter decides what to serve; maybe someday we'll return to find this sesame-coated yam-and-crab cake once more. Comfortingly warm and soft.

Forget about Shanghai hairy crabs; these Hokkaido crabs are ridiculously good, filled with savory, ecstasy-inducing roe and sweet, easy-to-eat flesh. One of our favorite things to have tried this year.

The sashimi here is the equal of Ten's at Solaris Dutamas. Come on Tuesdays and Fridays, when everything's flown in. Thankfully, the chef skipped the salmon and presented us with tuna belly, abalone and firefly squid instead.

With sea urchin included in the sushi platter, how could we complain?

Kame Sushi is strictly non-halal, which explains this beautiful pork belly and seasoned egg. Would be spectacular to complement a bowl of ramen.

Ripe Japanese tomatoes, petite and pleasurably juicy enough to be eaten plain.

Ox tongue, more succulent than most beef. Another total triumph.

Even the grilled fish is far better than average. Extraordinarily tender and tasty.

Everything else pales in comparison, but we nevertheless enjoyed this crab fritter ...

... these bulky beans ...

... the konnyaku ...

... and crunchy salmon skin crisps.

Sensational omelet, seemingly precisely as it should be.

Ditto for the miso soup, umami-rich beyond a one-dimensional saltiness.

Meals here mostly cost upward of RM150, but they make for a fine feast.

Reservations are needed for large groups; parties of two or three must sit at the counter.

Kame Sushi,
20, Jalan 31/70A, Desa Sri Hartamas, Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03-2858-7739
Closed Mondays.

46 comments:

  1. Looks like u found a gem here...everything looks fresh n delish! =)

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    1. Ulric: it's definitely worth at least one visit ... though japanese-speakers might fare better. the chef interacts with them significantly more, and they seem able to make special requests. for example, the crab was initially not served in our omakase, but we noticed him feeding it to a few other folks =)

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    2. So u had to request for the Hokkaido crabs? :(

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    3. Ulric: yup, the hokkaido crab was an extra RM80 on its own (for a portion that was enough for two people)

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    4. Tats quite reasonable...wat was d damage per pax for all the above? Excl. the alcohol...hehe =)

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    5. Ulric: about RM300 for everything above (excluding alcohol) =)

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    6. This goes into me black book for 'Must visit at least once'...thanx for d info :D

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    7. Ulric: enjoy! hopefully after that, it goes into the book for 'must return some more' =)

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    8. Haha...I have a 'Must return always'...so far there's a lonely entry in there...and it's Coco.Tei =)

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    9. Ulric: coco tei is nice. They deserve to have nice, loyal customers like you =)

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  2. this is probably the second post on japanese food that i've read this morning. how depressing. i want good jap food too. :( maybe i should make japanese curry tomorrow.

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    1. Michelle: here's wishing you a very successful, very tasty japanese curry. and maybe with a few japanese side dishes, yeah =)

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  3. sigh reminds me that we have yet to find 1. a cheap jap fix for weekdays and 2. a good place to blow on good jap food!

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    1. Joe: i'm thinking that number 2 might actually be easier to find compared to number 1! :D

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  4. The food looks fresh and good, I so want to go!

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    1. CK: get the horse to go for a visit there on friday, when the fish is freshest! :D

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  5. How come your food look much nicer? I didn't get to try Hokkaido crabs or sesame-coated yam-and-crab cake. =( *sob* *sob*

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    1. Smitten By Food: ooh, i guess the cost of the hokkaido crabs might be too high to include it in the regular omakase. remember to make a special request for it. am not how long the season for hokkaido crabs will last though =)

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    2. Do you have to pay additional for those Hokkaido crabs?

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    3. Smitten By Food: yep, it's an extra RM80 for the crabs =)

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  6. I tried before for dinner. It is marvelous!!! Will go back again

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    1. SLK: happy to hear that! maybe we'll bump into each other there someday :D

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  7. Sean, you make me so hungry with this post! The sashimi, sushi and everything else for that matter looks so good.

    Japanese tomatoes must be in season now, saw many places serving them including Sage.

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    1. Baby Sumo: this meal exceeded my expectations. it was some of the best sashimi i've had this year :D oooh, i'm a fan of japanese tomatoes. will keep looking out for them :D

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  8. Hokkaido crabs? I want...!!

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    1. Bangsar-Babe: tastiest crabs i've had this year! :D

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  9. No menu? Does that mean no indication of what price will emerge? That's a scary thought! haha

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    1. Drops of Contentment: heh, actually, no ... you can specify at the start of the meal, how much you'd like to pay for it. a full-blown omakase starts at RM150. if you just want sushi and sashimi, it starts at about RM80 =)

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  10. expensive but I like to try these new japs dish...
    i like to try the yam and the crab...

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    1. Simple Person: ya, it's difficult that japanese food is usually the most expensive cuisine. but true, the crab is worth it =)

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  11. This place sounds interesting...and because it serves pork...I think its a real gem. hehehe

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    1. Missyblurkit: oh yeah, and even though only one course here contained pork (the pork belly and egg), it was still one of the best dishes of the evening =)

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  12. I need to give myself a treat here, here!

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    1. Pureglutton: hope you enjoy it! :D

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  13. Wow, quite expensive but it sounds good. I never had Hokkaido crabs before, and they look good. And no menu definitely sounds interesting, aiks, but I'm not a fan of counter seats.

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    1. Eat Only Lar: yeah, i hope they'll also serve other seasonal items soon besides the hokkaido crabs, which are great :D ya, i usually prefer table seats too, though the counter seats here are comfy enough, heh =)

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  14. this place is really good!! i like ^*^

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    1. Whoisnell: hope you manage to check it out =)

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  15. wow the omakase here looks promising. I would love to try those delectable hokkaido crabs... yum yum

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    1. Eiling: oh ya, the omakase here exceeded my expectations. and the hokkaido crabs were the highlight! :D

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  16. I went to Kame Sushi recently and though the food was good, it's a little frustrating to see that others are getting special items which are unique and not on the menu! Have you been back, and how long does it take before they recognise you as a "regular"?! =(

    http://picksandpecks.blogspot.com/2013/03/review-kame-sushi.html

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    1. Amber: i think it might be partly a language problem, but if you ask the chef and the service team for their specials, and also keep an eye out for what the regulars are having, they'll definitely serve those specials to you too (i.e. the hokkaido crabs in this post were not part of the omakase) =)

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  17. how much will it cost approx if for 2 person?

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    1. Eugene: maybe to be safe, slightly more than RM300 total for two people

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  18. Heard so much about this place so decided to give it a try ... food was pretty good but for rm250 per head we were pretty disappointed at the end when they served dessert .. after having waited over 30 mins they finally brought out two pieces of apples each for dessert .. when I asked if that was it one of their staff( fat chinese dude in glasses) spoke to me with the most condescending tone and said "these are japanese apples". I think for rm250 per head they could have put a little more effort into making a slightly more appealing dessert or at least have some manners when speaking to your customers. First and last time here.

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  19. Those who appreciate real fresh Japanese style sushi must try. Tell Kame san your budget and he will serve you accordingly. However, if he's busy, you can request for more or your preference ie last dish noodle soup or sushi rice. My favourite is a dish named after me. Michael's rice. It's a half portion of standard Don Bori with chopped tuna belly, sea urchins and salmon eggs in sushi rice. In Adrian Gan's case, I guess you should request direct to Kame San. Request to see him. Tell him nicely because he has big ego too. LOL....

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