Some interesting stuff at Yamamomo, a new outlet in Bandar Utama's oft-forgotten Centrepoint.
Chilled charcoal soba with salmon sashimi rose & lightly seared butter fish (RM38 before taxes), a reinvigorating recipe to counter our much-too-hot weather.
A risky fusion of Japanese, Tex-Mex, Thai & Indian inspirations (!!!): Tuna sashimi with guacamole & spicy Sriracha sauce, piled on paratha flatbread (RM32). Does it work? Well, yeah.
Uni chawanmushi (RM20). Quite a fair bit of sea urchin for this reasonable price.
Marinated tsubugai whelk (RM15), the chewier Japanese version of escargots.
Yamamomo serves interesting rolls, but the results are hit-&-miss. The foie gras maki, with seared liver, mango, egg & fish roe (RM35), sounds like a smash, but its flavors clash awfully.
Stick to a safer route: Anago sea eel tempura roll topped with avocado (RM32).
Grapes of glory: the Kyoho variety, imported from Japan. Sweet & juicy, RM18 for six.
Sumomo peach, RM22 per fruit. Expensive, but probably worth trying.
Peanut butter alert! Don't often see peanut butter in Japanese joints, especially not peanut butter ice cream. RM7 for each enjoyable scoop.
Sake is available, of course, as well as whiskey, but not wine.
F113, First Floor, Centrepoint, Lebuh Bandar Utama, Petaling Jaya.
Open daily for lunch & dinner.