Sunday, May 12, 2013

Kampachi @ Jaya 33

Compensating for the loss of its Equatorial venue, Kampachi flung open the doors this weekend to a Petaling Jaya spin-off that heralds a sure-to-be-successful new chapter in this very venerable brand's scrumptious saga of sushi-making.

Kampachi in The Plaza @ Jaya 33 is a little more Pavilion & a little less Troika as far as comparisons to Kampachi's other outposts go, centered on a casualness that could cater to suburban PJ families reluctant to drive to downtown KL for their Japanese food fix.

A salad of crunchy-not-oily salmon skin & roe (RM28++) starts us out in a delicious direction.

Freshly flown into the country at daybreak, served at Kampachi well before nightfall.

Kampachi's sashimi soars: the "tobiou" flying fish (RM70++ for half) proves lustrously lovable, as creamy-smooth as a Kree Harrison croon.

Prices can be predictably punishing, but let's roll with it: Kampachi's signature maki (RM58++) allies thick, tender cuts of eel with tuna, avocado & crab stick.

Crisply moreish soft-shell crab maki (RM50++), bounteously stuffed to merit the cost.

 Rolled beef teppanyaki with garlic & spring onions (RM22++ for three pieces) would taste terrific even on its own _ but coupled with a special sauce of tosa shoyu, mushroom broth, black truffles & olive oil, it's a masterclass in meat.

Octopus karaage (RM18++), unassailable in terms of its addictive crunch, with notes of the ocean singing through each resonantly briny slice.

 Grilled pomfret marinated with barley seasoning (RM48++). Striking in its sodium content, though one customer's salty could be another's savory.

 House-made, hand-made soba (RM36++), fresh & firm, served cold with duck meat sauce.

Deep-fried imported pumpkin in tempura batter (RM30++), denser than the norm but still very creamy. Alas, by now, we were too full to order the menu's other temptations, comprising the likes of anglerfish liver, stewed beef tongue, mizuna salad with crispy anchovies & snapper fillet with sea urchin.

Still, there's always space for Kampachi's beloved 'mochi' rice cakes, warmly nut-coated.

Creative cocktails keep us happy: Moshiso (gold rum, shiso leaf, soda water, sweet sour) & Sake-Tini (piccolo tea, ume shu, gin).

Turning green with ecstasy: Macha Lemon (with gin & sour mix) & Macha Whisky (mixed with Japanese whisky & green tea ice cream).

Asahina Gyokuro (RM32++ per pot), crowned by some as the "king of green tea," with a flavor that's supposed to be evocative of seaweed.

Our forecast is for hot teppanyaki & cold matcha ice cream: Come rain or shine, folks will be flocking to this Kampachi's Sunday lunch buffets (RM118++ for adults).

Some fun pod-like seating, a novelty that could endear Kampachi to a new generation.

Service sparkles here. Mohd Aizzar & the entire team exude a warm, polished professionalism.
Entry on Kampachi at Equatorial Hotel (currently closed): Oct. 2010.
Entry on Kampachi at The Troika: Dec. 8, 2012.

Kampachi Japanese Restaurant @ PJ Jaya33,
1st Floor, The Plaza @ Jaya33, Petaling Jaya.
Tel: 012-911-9094

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34 comments:

  1. The sashimi looks darn good - can't wait to dine there! :-)

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    1. Pureglutton: oh yeah, I really wish I could have ordered a whole platter of assorted sashimi, but the cost of the meal would then have exceeded our budget, heh :D

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  2. I'm eyeing their Sunday buffet, heard its fully booked tomorrow so hopefully I get to go soon! It should be very good value for money for you:D

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    1. Baby sumo: oh yeah, the Mother's Day crowd looks like it'll be overwhelming at a lot of restaurants, especially popular places like kampachi. And you're right, the buffet here would be a brilliant way to save on costs, since the basic assorted sashimi platter on the a la carte menu already costs more than RM100, heh :D

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    2. Sigh, to reserve their Sunday buffet would require at least one to two weeks advance notice.

      That'd what I usually did during their Equatorial days.

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    3. Waverly: yeah, that definitely rules out impromptu visits! we need more Kampachi branches around town offering sunday buffets, heh :D

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  3. Oh... Didn't know they have buffet over here. I though it's only available in the hotel. Looking at the price, I guess I would settle for the buffet instead. :D

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    1. Chong: oh yeah, the sundah lunch buffet is only available at kampachi's jaya 33 outlet, it's not offered at the pavilion branch. Meanwhile the troika branch has a semi-buffet at a different (higher) price with more premium ingredients =)

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  4. The decor and flowers are very nice. I have never eaten fish where the eyes are still in it. :)

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    1. Linda: yeah, I love the bright, clean and cheerful decor here :D ooo, and I must admit, I love saying fish eyes! They're pleasantly chewy =)

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  5. Looks good! And looks like Kampachi is all over town making it more accessible to folks all over.

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    1. Missyblurkit: true, i guess PJ's fans of japanese food will be very pleased to finally have a Kampachi in this area at last! :D

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  6. Awesome, it's open! Was just dining at Noble Mansion the other day and wondering when Kampachi would open its doors because I remember the banner saying April 2013. Time to make a visit, that buffet sounds mighty tempting!

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    1. DropsofContentment: oh yeah, even though this Kampachi is pretty spacious, i think it'll be packed every Sunday afternoon for the buffet. all-we-can-eat sashimi is hard to resist! :D

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  7. Had d Senya Special Maki at Senya Izakaya....packed with fresh sashimi at half the price :p but I dun mind having the tobiou though...hehe =)

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    1. Ulric: flying fish sashimi is definitely worthwhile, and it's usually presented in a very pretty fashion :D

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    2. How does it taste like in terms of flavour n texture? I know tat sanma is savoury n somewat fibrous while saba is sweet n fleshy...hehe =)

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    3. Ulric: it's somewhere in between fleshy and fibrous, maybe, with a very delicate taste. perhaps close to aji in texture, close to hamachi in flavor =)

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  8. I'll wait until the crowd and hype has settled before I patronize Kampachi PJ.

    If only the buffet isn't so pricey, I'll definitely go for it. Now, I'll stick with ala-carte.

    You're making me hungry. =(

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    1. Waverly: yeah, i like the a la carte menu cos there are still many options on it that probably aren't available for the buffet =) oooh, i hope you get a good japanese dinner today maybe. one of subang's many sushi-serving outlets perhaps :D

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    2. Maybe, but definitely not tonight. Too many people, too crowded.

      But I know I'll be getting a good lunch at my favorite Japanese restaurant in SS15 sometime soon. =D

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    3. Waverly: ooh, weekends are the busiest times for subang's eateries, eh. I must confess I have no idea which Japanese restaurant is your favorite in ss15, but it must be a very good one, considering the high number of Japanese cafes in that neighborhood =)

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    4. I'd say it's the best one there, but like the idiom says, one man's meat is another's poison. =)

      It's Hyotan that I meant.

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    5. Waverly: ahhh okie, i think i've visited hyotan once, cos i used to make it a point to try the ones that opened on the main roads. but i have to admit, all the restaurants there have blurred into each other, and i can't recall which ones i liked and which ones i didn't, heh. but now that you've mentioned it, i'll head to hyotan if i'm in the neighborhood and feeling like i need a maki :D

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  9. Woooo, I want to try that sashimi! Feel like having some japanese food tonight. :)

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    1. CK: ooo ya, flying fish sashimi has a very light, gentle taste :D heheh, hope you have a good Japanese dinner tonight. My dinner today will be Korean =)

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  10. I really wonder if it's as good as what I had in Japan :) Since it's air-flown and all...
    Ok so this is one of your top 10?
    I'm still trying to figure that out :P
    I know Kampachi, TEN, that Kame place in hartamas...

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    1. TNG: ooh, the top 10 list is quite competitive right now, but kampachi should rank somewhere in there, alongside other places like Hanare, Ichiro, Sushi Hinata, Tatsu & Ozeki Tokyo :D

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  11. that flying fish sure looks very enticing.

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    1. KY: ya, kudos to the sushi/sashimi chef! :D

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  12. All looks really good -
    Whats on the rim Macha Whisky (mixed with Japanese whisky & green tea ice cream). I want to make that - very much appeals to my palate.

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    1. Hugo: i think it's brown sugar, but i can't quite recall =)

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