Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Machi Japanese Kitchen @ Terrace At Hock Choon, Ampang

When Fukuharu closed at Ampang's Terrace at Hock Choon recently, KL lost a gem of a Japanese restaurant. Mercifully, this garden-gorgeous space hasn't remained vacant for long; its new occupant, Machi Japanese Kitchen, could be a diamond in the rough.

Many thanks to Machi's proprietors for this invitation to a lovely lunch that launched with formidably filled hand-rolls of luscious minced tuna belly & spring onions (RM18 each).

The kitchen here has retained the services of Fukuharu's Chef Machi, which explains the outlet's name. The happy result: customers can still savor the sensational tamago mentai sushi that became synonymous with Fukuharu.

Crisply battered prawns with creamy mild curry. Effortlessly enjoyable.

Eel comes in multiple forms at Machi, served whole in this teriyaki-style recipe ...

... & rammed into a fried maki (RM28) made spicy with cili padi & crunchy with tobiko.

Lamb might not be the first meat that springs to mind for the Land of the Rising Sun's cuisine, but Machi's proves worthwhile (RM38), coated in a one-of-a-kind mix of sweet-savory Japanese, Korean & Chinese bean pastes.

Yuzu sorbet & black sesame ice cream (RM12 each before taxes). A comfortingly familiar finish.

Sake is available. Machi opens everyday for both lunch & dinner, a nice neighbor to Romanza & La Mexicana; these three ensure that Terrace at Hock Choon remains one of KL's indispensable dining destinations.

Machi is still finding its footing, but its owners & chef seem genuinely passionate enough to make us optimistic about its potential. And as the few who visited Terrace at Hock Choon from the very beginning would recollect, Fukuharu too wasn't perfect on Day One.
Entries on Fukuharu: June 10, 2009, Jan. 21, 2010 & July 28, 2011. 

Machi Japanese Kitchen,
Terrace at Hock Choon, Lorong Nibong, Off Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03-4251-2885
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28 comments:

  1. Awwwww...I din get to try Fukuharu...but looking fwd to sampling Machi! =)

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    1. Ulric: am glad it's another japanese restaurant that replaced fukuharu. the venue is a really nice setting for relaxing and enjoying some sushi =)

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  2. Awesome! Am glad they retained Chef Machi! Looking forward to return for lunch...if they have the lunch promotions that Fukuharu used to do. Value for money especially when dining with colleagues.

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    1. Missyblurkit: oh yeah, it's cool that they've named this restaurant after Chef Machi, and it'll be interesting to see what personal touches he'll bring to the menu here. I think there'll be lunch deals offered soon, if not already :D

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  3. Sean, I have had Japanese food once...many years ago, and I really enjoyed it. The lamb there looks quite nice. The decor is simple and bright.

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    1. Linda: oh yeah, japanese food is mighty good. clean, fresh flavors that really rouse the palate :D and yeah, the lamb recipe here was quite interesting, with some multifaceted flavors. and i love the setting here cos it offers a great view of some greenery =)

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  4. I hope the menu will offer new items besides retaining some of the best sellers from Fukuharu days.

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    1. Pureglutton: good point! yeah, the menu's definitely different from fukuharu, maybe even a bit wider, but it does retain a few fukuharu favorites =)

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  5. Prawns look good - different from the usual tempura.

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    1. Suituapui: yeah, it's not tempura prawns, but it's still pretty addictive, heheh :D

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  6. I love Fukuharu, I was sad when I heard they had to close down. But Machi may be the reason for me to visit Terrace Hock Choon frequently again ;)

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    1. Baby Sumo: yeah, i only visit Terrace at Hock Choon once every few months, and it's a bit sad to see quite a few of its restaurants close down in the past three years. i hope Machi will be here to stay, and i hope you'll enjoy eating here :D

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  7. Wow....the Japanese food above look so beautiful! Nicely prepared too.

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    1. Melissa: oh yeah, very high marks for presentation! and the lighting here during the daytime is nice for food photography too :D

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  8. Didn't know Fukuharu is closed, we love the food there! Luckily we still can have our favourite mentai sushi. hehehe

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    1. CK: oh ya, i don't know why Fukuharu closed, but i'm glad that it was replaced by another japanese restaurant. and ya, i think this is the only place in KL that serves this special tamago mentai sushi! :D

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  9. I've been peeping into this place from my comfy Margarita spot at La Mexicana and wondering how it was... Now I know. ;-)

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    1. The Yum List: ooh, now that could be a great double-dinner. have some fresh sashimi and sake at Machi, followed by hot & hearty mexican fare and margaritas at La Mexicana! :D

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    1. Ciki: come and get it! :D

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  11. I'd love to give Machi a try; only problem is figuring out how to enter the restaurant (even though I know that it's behind the supermarket).

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    1. Waverly: oh, you'll have no problem with that, I think. Just take the road that leads to the back of the supermarket, and you'll spot the building that houses Machi and a few other restaurants on your immediate right. It really is just behind the supermarket =)

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  12. One jap Resto replaced by another jap resto. With the same chef too. It does gives the spot a refreshing perspective , menu-wise yea :)

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    1. TNG: yeah, i do hope that Machi manages to attract a loyal following, cos Terrace at Hock Choon is a place that does deserve to thrive =)

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  13. There is chili padi in the fried maki? Is it fiery hot then?

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    1. Sycookies: heh, it does sting the taste buds, but not too badly. not too much cili padi, just a little :D

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  14. Facebook:
    http://www.facebook.com/pages/Machi-Japanese- Kitchen/544562942228331

    Website:
    http://www.machijapanesekitchen.com/

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    1. Machi: thanks for the links!

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