Thursday, June 27, 2013

Yamamomo @ Centrepoint Bandar Utama

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.

Yamamomo,
F113, First Floor, Centrepoint, Lebuh Bandar Utama, Petaling Jaya.
Tel: 03-7733-1220
Open daily for lunch & dinner.

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40 comments:

  1. Gawkkk! Marinated tsubugai whelk...such crunchy and jaw-exercising loveliness! :D

    Gotta try the chilled charcoal soba...since chilled noodles is ma thing...same goes for the anago maki...no thanks to u intro-ing it to me last time...hehe =)

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    1. Ulric: heheh, ya, I like the pleasant chewiness of tsubugai too, tho I'm not sure I'm a fan of the tomatoey marinade they used here =) I'm also slowly but steadily growing to like chilled noodles, when they're firm and partnered with something flavorsome, heh :D ooh, yeah, we're lucky that anago is available at so many outlets now, from coco.tei to watami to ichiro to hinata ... just too bad it'll always cost more than unagi =)

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    2. Aiksss...they shud marinated d tsubugai with something light but refreshing eg a yuzu-based marinate...oops me n yuzu again!...hehe :p

      Nowadays its always anago over unagi...anytime! =)

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    3. Ulric: ooo, i think your yuzu idea would have worked better than the rather cloying tomato sauce. Hmmm, maybe yuzu something would have complemented the foie gras maki too instead of the mushy mango =) heh, ya, let's keep fingers crossed that some restaurant will someday offer a Japanese buffet that includes all-u-can-eat anago. But I'm a bit hungry tonite, so what I really want for supper is a warm bowl of anago don :D

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  2. huhu, Japanese food again~ damn miss it now~ air liur sudah keluar liao~

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    1. Mr Lonely: ooo, maybe u can find some sushi at the supermarket in your neighborhood. Or a nice little sushi eatery =)

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  3. Very formal dining area, seems !

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    1. Wong: interesting decor, with the landscape artwork on one side of the walls here =)

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  4. Fascinating and gorgeous decor! It looks so soothing, just the way I love it. :)

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    1. Linda: true, there's a unique calmness to the decor of japanese restaurants that's absolutely wonderful :D

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  5. I love sea urchin! I think I will enjoy the chawanmushi, and of course the peanut butter ice-cream! :D

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    1. CK: ya, uni and chawanmushi are a nice combination! :D i was surprised to see this restaurant serves peanut butter ice cream. it was nice, it had a good strong flavor =)

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  6. Not sure if I like the taste of sea urchin.. remember it being quite strong the last time I tried it. Maybe I should refresh my memory, hehe.. Never heard of that peach before, was it worth the price?

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    1. Iamthewitch: true, sometimes sea urchin can taste a bit foul if it's not stored or prepared properly. but i generally enjoy it, heh =) oooh, i'm not really a fan of peaches or fruits, so i probably won't order it on a regular basis :D

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  7. Kampachi is way better!

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    1. Ciki: yamamomo is better for residents of bandar utama, so they won't have to drive to the other side of PJ :D

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  8. Pity the foie gras maki didn't work out. I thought it looked good from your picture. -_-

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    1. Bangsar Babe: ya, i had high hopes for that foie gras maki, but it turned out to be the least enjoyable item that we ordered =)

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  9. I’m about to embark on a June of healthy eating – you’ve reminded me how lovely that can be!

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    1. Cquek: japanese food is definitely one of our healthier options! :D

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  10. This Jap restaurant uses many expensive ingredients huh...unlike the common ones.

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    1. Melissa: ya, it's a pleasant surprise to see that this restaurant has many items that we can't find at most other japanese outlets =)

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  11. another place to check out, I like the fact that parking is free on weekends and evenings too

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    1. KY: that's true, not many malls where we can enjoy free parking. and parking was quite easy to get here on a weekend evening =)

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  12. Peanut butter ice cream sounds really special!
    I'll give it a try soon! :D

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    1. Charmaine: ya, it's not very japanese, but it was tasty. they also have the usual green tea and black sesame ice creams. hope you enjoy it =)

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  13. How does the Sumomo peach taste like? Curious!

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    1. Baby Sumo: ooh, well, the menu called it 'sumomo peach,' but it's more like a plum, since it's not very big. it was fairly juicy and mildly sweet and overall certainly enjoyable, but not really very memorable or distinctive =)

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  14. Are the Yamamomo prices lower than Kampachi?
    This is so near me but I never went. Wasn't too clear what they serve til you blogged about it hahaahaha..
    One can never be sure nowadays with names, sometimes restaurants have fancy names that doesnt tally with their menu

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    1. TNG: maybe only slightly cheaper, but not noticeably cheaper =) yeah, this restaurant does seem quite ambitious, offering a lot of seasonal specialties and imported delicacies. but they get a decent dinner crowd, so hopefully their ambitions will be rewarded (though they definitely still need to fine-tune some things) =)

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  15. For some reason, Centrepoint is just not doing as well as the 1U mall.

    The sushi is definitely a good way to introduce avocado to diners like me, although I'll be sticking to the traditional Green Tea ice cream.

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    1. Waverly: i guess 1 utama is just the bigger/better option for folks who want variety in their shopping mall. plus, there's the multiplex at 1U :D heh, i'm an avocado fan, so that's one ingredient that i'll always gravitate toward in any cuisine. and yeah, in the end, maybe it's green tea ice cream that's the safest and wisest bet =)

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  16. I think a must have for me is the uni chawanmushi! From your pic, I have to agree that its quite a generous portion of uni! And hopefully they keep it that way:D

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    1. Missyblurkit: true, i was expecting it'd only be a tiny drop of uni, since it only cost RM20. was quite happy that it was reasonably substantial, and it definitely enhanced the chawanmushi :D

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  17. The menu sure looks interesting! I like how they have uni chawanmushi.. hard to find around. The Cha soba looks pretty :D
    I wonder if they could sustain it.. especially since prices are pretty exey and Centre point is not always crowded.

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    1. Chiqess: ya, the menu here is quite wide, with a lot of unique items. the uni chawanmushi is definitely worth trying, and ya, the presentation for the cha soba is very nice :D i saw they had a good crowd for dinner during the weekend. hopefully, their customers will keep coming back =)

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  18. I surely hope their ingredients are consistently fresh all the time. Their dishes looks great. I'm definitely checking them out. Thank you for sharing.

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    1. Sycookies: yeah, freshness really is the priority for Japanese restaurants, true. They say they fly the seafood in regularly from Japan here, so ya, let's hope it's more than once a week, heh =)

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  19. And I do look forward to the chawanmushi :)

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    1. Sycookies: oh ya, they have two different chawanmushi preparations here. One topped with sea urchin, and one more topped with salmon roe! =)

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