Monday, September 24, 2012

Minori & Camelot @ Royale Bintang Damansara

There's no lack of Japanese eateries in the Klang Valley, but it's always a pleasure to welcome another one that takes everything from its food to service very seriously.

Minori's menu is extensive, though this isn't the place to seek surprises; the restaurant focuses on familiar fare executed with flair, like a seafood-rich bowl of miso soup.

Soba with duck and mushrooms, well worth slurping up (we finished every spoonful).

Fried sakura shrimp, kakiage-style. All about crispness, with little of the greasiness.

Here comes the crab, pressed on sushi rice. Could be more flavorsome, but maybe we've become too accustomed to sushi rolls packed with a multitude of components.

More crab meat, creamier this time, cooked up in cheesy croquettes. Hot cuisine, not haute.

Big bottles of sake often result in massive hangovers (though thankfully, not tonight).

Minori is located in the Royale Bintang Damansara Hotel, which is also home to Camelot, a tastefully furnished pub that's worth stopping by.

Nibble on finger food near a faux fireplace or recline in a section called Lady Guinevere's Lounge.

At RM35+ a glass, Camelot's wine should be served in a Holy Grail. Tastes nice at any rate.




Minori Japanese Restaurant and The Camelot Pub,
Royale Bintang Damansara Hotel, PJU 7/2, Petaling Jaya.

26 comments:

  1. Yay...another interesting Jap resto! =)

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    1. Ulric: yup, definitely worth a look, especially for folks living or working in PJ =)

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  2. There's certainly lots of Japanese restaurants these days and I am not complaining:D

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    1. Missyblurkit: oh yeah, in an ideal scenario, there'd be at least one nice Japanese restaurant for every square kilometer, heheh :D

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  3. ohh.. too back about the crab, pressed on sushi rice.. looked good tho! And i could do with some crispy piping hot croquettes right about.. NOW :D

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    1. Ciki: heheh, we sure weren't feeling crabby after having this meal! :D

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  4. I love Japanese food! Another restaurant to makan! :)
    You finished that big bottles of sake? That reminds me of Matsuba..... :P

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    1. CK: yeah, there are quite a lot of japanese restaurants opening these few months. hopefully most of them will be good! :D heh, ya, that's the same bottle of sake that was available at matsuba! though this time, my friend drank most of it :D

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  5. The food looks like a mix of Jap and Chinese. I hardly find duck in Jap restaurants!

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    1. Vien: it usually seems to be the smoked duck variety that japanese restaurants serve. and i love smoked duck! :D

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  6. The duck in the soba looks pretty good. Could imagine the wonderful duck & mushrooms taste in the soup. =)

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    1. Smitten By Food: you're absolutely right. the succulent savoriness of the duck, the earthiness of the mushrooms. great combination! :D

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  7. yesterday I saw the documentary on the sakura shrimp..
    The duck soba looks very delicious le..

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    1. Simple Person: it reminds me of the 'geragau' shrimp that's common in malacca. i remember my grandmother frying that shrimp also, heheh :D

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  8. Nice to see some of Minori's other dishes. How did you find the prices compared to other spots of similar quality?

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    1. The Yum List: hmmm, it's definitely pricier than 'independent' japanese outlets, but probably on par with other japanese restaurants that are based in hotels. ooh, and a little cheaper than the outlets at shangri-la and kl hilton :D

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  9. The crab croquette sure looks yummy! What's the price range like?

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    1. Bangsar-Babe: not too bad actually, similar to say, kampachi. maybe budget about RM20-RM30 on average per dish =)

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  10. I need to try this place...their launch was enough to make me want to go back. Sounds like prices arent too bad considering its in a hotel...

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    1. YouHadYourLunch: yeah, it's too bad that japanese food is generally so pricey. i had to steer clear of the sashimi at minori, even though i'd have loved to try the sea urchin and tuna belly here, but the dent to my wallet would have been a bit too much, heh :D

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  11. Ahhh I'm absolutely drooling over the fried sakura shrimps and the cheesy crab croquettes! I think we'll be great dining partners at Japanese restaurants! LOL!

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    1. Iamthewitch: heheh, i look forward patiently to the day when we'll share a japanese meal together! and we can feast on our favorite dishes :D

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  12. The fried sakura shrimp reminds me of one of my favorite Malay snacks.. cucur udang! :D

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    1. Baby Sumo: heheh, i guess one of the tastiest ways to cook shrimp is to goreng/fry it! :D

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  13. hey first time i see a seafood-miso soup with such a huge prawn.. that's interesting.

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    1. Eiling: oh yeah, it definitely makes the soup richer and heartier. seafood and miso go well together in terms of flavor :D

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