Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Sushi Hinata @ St Mary Place

Talk about a sushi specialist: Sushi Hinata opened this month on a well-hidden corner of St Mary Residences' retail level, offering a menu that's probably 80 percent sushi, with no obvious sight of soupy noodles, teppanyaki or tempura.

The amiable Oritsuki Hideaki, a sushi chef for three decades, helms the counter that's the restaurant's main seating space. The native Nagoyan says this KL branch is the first foreign offshoot of a Sushi Hinata in Nagoya City, but language barriers foiled further elaboration.

Hinata's sushi selection is presented in thematic sets. The top bet: Tuna.

For RM78+, a customer gets three pieces of fatty tuna sushi, as well as fatty tuna maki sushi.

Watch Chef Oritsuki work his magic, meticulously slicing fish & pressing rice in his palms. Hinata's rice is warm, evoking bygone customs when women were barred from making sushi partly because their body temperature was thought to be too low for rice-handling.

Definitely ranks among the Klang Valley's top 10 for sushi. We think Sri Hartamas' Kame Sushi is still No. 1, but there might be a point to consider: we weren't here at Hinata on a Tuesday or Friday, when the restaurant receives its fresh shipments of seafood.

Vegetable sushi? Hinata's RM38+ fish-free sushi set comprises crisp white radish sprouts ...

... shiitake mushroom ...

... asparagus ...

... & torch ginger.

The eel's excellent here, both this yuzu-sprinkled saltwater anago ...

... & the lake-locked unagi. Caveat: These two certifiably chunky pieces total RM50+.

Prices here are high, but standards are too. Hinata serves freshly grated Mazuma wasabi ...

... as well as freshly shaved bonito flakes (yep, that's a slab of the fish right there).

The extraordinary attention to detail even extends to the ginger, painstakingly marinated for hours for a mellow flavor.

Sake & shochu are available at prices far less agonizing than those for the food.

Hinata also offers RM300 omakase meals that comprise a fuller spectrum of Japanese cuisine, with the sushi course remaining the inevitable highlight.

Sushi Hinata (behind The Weld shopping mall),
A-0-1, St Mary Residences, Jalan Tengah, Off Jalan Raja Chulan, Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03-2022-1349
Open for lunch & dinner, except Sundays.
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38 comments:

  1. Steps away from my office! But price seems steep~~~~~

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    1. Unknown: ooh, they also do set lunches, which definitely would be within a two-digit budget range. but ya, the a la carte prices are hefty...

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  2. Ooooyaaaaaaaaa...time to hit tis awesome place! =)

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    1. Ulric: the selection is smaller compared to, say, Ichiro Sushi Bar, and it's unfortunately more expensive, but overall, the experience is pretty much on par! :D

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    2. Once I stop my jobless meandering...I will definitely celebrate with a RM300 omakase dinner here =)

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    3. Ulric: sounds great. okie, will cross my fingers that the jobless period will be over soon (i actually have three temporary-penganggur friends now, though one is spending his free time very well with yoga and pole dancing classes) =)

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    4. Hahaha...icic...thanx! :D

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    5. Ulric: will be waiting for you all to rejoin the kl city center traffic crawl with me =)

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    6. Hey Sean...found the webby for Sushi Hinata in Nagoya City...quite English-friedndly...heh =)

      http://www.shin-hinata.com/nagoya/nagoya_index.html

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    7. Ulric: ah, that's good, hopefully they'll have a similar website for the kl branch eventually :D

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  3. A little steep in terms of pricing but you're right about the standards...looks darn good for that price.

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    1. Missyblurkit: yeah, it's impossible for me to eat here regularly, since it'll bust my budget for sure. but this was a delicious treat, and i wish that more of my sushi experiences could be like this :D

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  4. I must say that Tuna sushi looks quite tantalizing. :D And hopped over to Kame Sushi's post and the Uni sushi definitely won. Haha.

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    1. Kelly: yeah, just looking at the tuna sushi photos have got me lusting after the fish =) yep, kame sushi at hartamas is one of my favorite japanese restaurants in KL. reservations recommended, cos it's quite small and it can get packed, especially on fridays and saturdays. for both Hinata and Kame Sushi, sit at the counter, cos that's a major part of the fun, watching these very experienced chefs =)

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  5. Another Japanese restaurant! Wow! Looks like a good one though.

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    1. The yum list: yeah, there's definitely space in kl for more Japanese restaurants that value this level of craftsmanship and quality. I hope this place does well and encourages more such outlets to open :D

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  6. oh yummsssss!! Those tuna looks absolutely to-die-for!! i would pay RM70 for them.
    kame is my favourite till date, lets see whether this can take over the spot :D

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    1. AugustDiners: oh yeah, i think my current top three for sushi would be kame sushi, ichiro sushi bar and this one, sushi hinata! kame sushi rules partly cos it also offers quite a lot of seasonal ingredients, heh :D

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  7. This is the sort of place where the food looks so good it feels like such a shame to eat it! :D

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    1. DropsofContentment: heheh, yeah, sushi can definitely be a work of art, sculpted in the best of hands! :D

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  8. The tuna sushi looks amazing! I can tell it's fresh just by the picture.. I guess that's why the prices are so steep!! Also, I'm the type of person who can't be full/satisfied by just eating sushi! I need noodles or rice (don) :P

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    1. Iamthewitch: ya, the tuna here is a real delight, especially compared to tuna at sushi chain restaurants =) oooh, ya, sushi alone might not seem like a complete meal. though i can recall back in early days, i'd be quite satisfied just having a very large meal at sushi king in sogo shopping mall :D

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  9. St Mary's? Sounds like a convent. LOL!!!

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    1. Suituapui: heheh, it's the former site for St Mary's girl's school in KL :D

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  10. OMG..check out the 1st sushi..Tuna..rice and tuna has the same ratio!
    I also noticed their sushi is quite special..using mushroom & asparagus.

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    1. Melissa: yeah, they're definitely not stingy with their seafood here. the unagi slice was also gigantic :D and ya, it was strange trying the vegetarian sushi, but also interesting. the veggies were super-fresh too! :D

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  11. The sushi looks really good, but the price is a bit steep. Aiyo another place need to save for it. :P

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    1. CK: ya, i think i can only eat here once in awhile. definitely need to spend more than RM100 per person! =)

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  12. Yeah prices seem a bit high, but the tuna sushi looks good!

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    1. Baby Sumo: yeah, i wish this place could offer a sushi buffet! heheh :D

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  13. The 3rd picture says it all ... Well ! Mmmm ... but for a price !

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    1. Wong: yeah, a great piece of sushi will definitely hurt the wallet in KL :D

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  14. Fresh sushi is always my favourite. I had no idea there is a japanese restaurant at st. Mary place. I look forward to my entire sushi meal here. And sake bomb! Would definately visit them soon. Thank you so much for sharing.

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    1. Sycookies: hope you enjoy your meal! yeah, there's nothing quite like a great sushi meal, especially with super-fresh and interesting varieties of seafood :D

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  15. yoga and pole dancing classes and it's a HE?? Wow wow woow.. LOL!
    Hmmm this looks on par with Sushi Dai in Japan, cuts and quality ..but more expensive than Japan..if u dont factor in the flights!

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    1. TNG: heheh, and he's excellent at pole dancing :D yeah, prices here are scary, sadly. but the chef definitely is dedicated and seems very passionate about ensuring top-notch quality :D

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  16. is that really torch ginger??? i'm looking at it in new light now :p

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    1. Babe KL: ooh, i have very limited experience with torch ginger, but that's what the menu said, heheh. the vegetable sushi set here is quite interesting, ya :D

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