Thursday, September 6, 2012

Komura @ Corus & Uzen @ Concorde

Komura and Uzen, two hotel-based Japanese restaurants in the city center, have long kept a low profile, receiving scant attention despite their charms.


First up, Komura at Corus Hotel, built to resemble a Japanese village site. Customers are seated in small rooms with sliding doors that can be completely shut. Not convenient for claustrophobia, but perfect for privacy.


Spinach with bonito flakes. Traditional fare is the highlight here, matching the ambiance.


Cuttlefish dressed with spicy cod roe. Slippery & savory; slurp it up in silent ecstasy.


Whitebait with grated radish. An acquired taste; might be too briny for some.


Sashimi. A hearty selection, sufficiently fresh and flavorsome.


Warm sake to complement a simple but satisfying meal.


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Next up, Uzen at Concorde Hotel, worth visiting for its beautifully calm setting and wide, well-prepared range of recipes.

Crunchy cucumbers and carrots, with an amazingly addictive miso dip. We had to restrain ourselves from pleading with the service team for more of the sauce.

Soft-shell crab, lightly dusted with chili powder. More sodium-laced than expected, but redeemed by the irreproachably crisp batter blanketing meaty crab meat.

Unagi omelet. Protein-packed comfort food, soft and warm.

Jumbo eggplant with miso paste. Luscious, with plenty of flesh to scrape out.

Sizzling ox tongue teppanyaki, tender and peppery.

Foie gras with winter melon. Might work better if the melon is mushier.

Soba with pomfret. Simple but elegant, featuring clean, fresh flavors.

Salmon skin maki. As satisfying as it looks _ nothing more, nothing less.

Shogun (sake, vodka, lemon, pineapple) and Last Samurai (shochu, melon, lemon).

Robertson Winery Pinotage and Chardonnay (South Africa).

Grab a table by the windows for a first-floor view of the traffic snarl outside.


Komura


Uzen



Komura


Uzen


Komura @ Corus Hotel,
Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur.
Uzen @ Concorde Hotel,
Jalan Sultan Ismail, Kuala Lumpur.

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22 comments:

  1. i want to try the jumbo eggplant leh....any special compare to normal eggplant??

    erm... unagi tamago a healthy selection..

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    1. Cindy: it tastes similar to regular eggplant, but there's more of it to eat, heh :D ya, good protein in the unagi tamago =)

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  2. When I was a komura, I felt like I was in a tiny village!! hehe with me, my dad & brother being so tall, we looked like giants!!! :D

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    1. Vien: ooo, i hope you guys took lots of photos! i can imagine, and it'd look both cool AND funny! :D

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  3. I don' know that there is a jap restaurant in Corus hotel that serve so delicious food..
    I like the unagi omelet

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    1. Simple Person: oh ya, the restaurant here is not as well-known as many other japanese eateries, but it's still worth a visit :D

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  4. what's the prices like at Corus? It's just next door to my office but we don't normally think of hotels for lunches..haha

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    1. Drops of Contentment: ooh, it's probably on par with, say, rakuzen's prices. they might have set lunches, and i think they do a la carte buffet dinners sometimes too :D

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  5. hahaha i think I got confused along the way with komura and uzen. =)

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    1. Smitten By Food: heheh, both are worth inspecting! :D

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  6. surrender the set of sashimi to me!!! :-D

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    1. Melissa: am happy to share it, heh =)

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  7. Which one tastes better? F
    Foie gras with winter melon or foie gras with white raddish? hehehe.

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    1. CK: difficult to decide! both nice lah, heheh :D

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  8. Looks like Komura never changed its concept. You're right about this quaint and well kept gem in Corus.

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    1. Missyblurkit: yeah, it's definitely a one-of-a-kind restaurant in KL. let's hope it sticks around for a very long time =)

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  9. The decor in both places look so different... one is so modern and the other so traditional!

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    1. Baby sumo: ya, I felt it was quite striking to compare these two. Thanks for noticing, heh! :D

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  10. wow the rooms does look like village houses. That's cute. The white bait fish with radish reminds me of maggots. lol

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    1. Eiling: yaa, it's a one-of-a-kind ambiance, especially for a hotel in KL! and it's probably the most peaceful japanese restaurant, heh :D hahah, ya, the whitebait fish will probably look disgusting to many customers, unfortunately! =)

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  11. Komura looks like its worth a visit :)

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    1. TNG: worth visiting for the special ambiance, yeah! the food is decent but not exceptional, heh =)

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