Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Kaihomaru @ Starhill

It's the end of an era on Starhill's Relish Floor, as Kaihomaru replaces Gonbei San as this mall's main upmarket Japanese restaurant.

The name should sound familiar; this is run by the folks behind Federal Hotel's Kaihomaru. They'll be closing that outlet soon & focusing on this Starhill spin-off.
Entries on Kaihomaru @ Federal Hotel: Dec. 2011 & Dec. 2012.

Kaihomaru's sashimi platter (RM168++) looks like a real brochure of oceanic pleasures.

Everything's reputedly flown in from Japan; the highlight's the sea urchin, more mellow in flavor & creamier than expected.

Tuna fans, check out this bowl of rice topped with a triumphant triumvirate of 'akami' red meat, 'chutoro' medium-fatty flesh & 'otoro' succulent-sweet belly. RM98++.

Mentaiko (RM28++), not fried but left beautifully soft & supple, spicy & savory.

Well-presented flatfish karaage (RM18++). Tender battered flesh & bones crisp enough to chew.

The sole, surprising letdown: Anago tempura (RM29++), conger eel that shouldn't taste so bland.

Complimentary creme caramel for dessert.

Liquor abounds here, from shochu to shochu cocktails, sake to umeshu.

Kaihomaru is open for lunch & dinner daily, with last orders at around 930pm.

Kaihomaru,
Relish Floor, Starhill Gallery, Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur.

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35 comments:

  1. Kaihomaru! Yet to try...but judging from the sashimi platter and the don triumvirate of akami, chutoro and otoro...zoooooommmmmm! :P

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    1. Ulric: ya, here's hoping their move to starhill will help to raise their profile, though it's rather quiet nowadays on starhill's relish floor (same floor as jogoya). a couple of cool dishes here to check out, definitely =)

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    2. I heard that their set lunches are of pretty good value =)

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    3. Ulric: there's a sinful bowl of don on the lunch menu that contains both sea urchin and salmon roe for RM68++. might sound like an overly extravagant lunch, but it might help lift the spirits a bit on a workday =)

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    4. Now tats a mighty fine lunch...good value! ^^

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    5. Ulric: ya, not bad, considering it's in starhill. just realized that even for the sashimi platter in this post, the 168++ comprises eight different varieties, each of them at least four slices =)

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    6. Tats why we observed tats it's very good value...worth paying for! =)

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    7. Ulric: if only the day would come when sea urchin is offered in a japanese restaurant's all-you-can-eat promotion, that might be the ultimate value worth paying for =)

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    8. Haha...tat n otoro...fulfilling our wet dreams! :p

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    9. Ulric: heh, ya, hanare used to serve chutoro for its sunday all-you-can-eat lunches back in 2011, but not otoro =)

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  2. OMG that sashimi platter looks so good! And pretty good value, I have to say.

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    1. Baby Sumo: heheh, ya, they have different sashimi platters here based on ingredients and price. there's one platter containing both otoro and uni that costs RM358++ (portion meant for four people) :D

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  3. Haven't been to Starhill for ages. That Japanese buffet place still there? Haven't been to that one either - they do not have special concessions for elderly people - only for ladies on certain days...and they do not seem to realise that there are ladies who eat a lot these days. Tsk! Tsk!

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    1. Suituapui: yups, the buffet place, jogoya, is just across the corridor from this place, kaihomaru. jogoya used to have long queues snaking outside during dinnertime, but not anymore =)

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  4. Interesting decor here. That creme caramel looks divine, Sean!

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    1. Linda: yeah, i'm not sure i'm a fan of the decor here, but it's definitely quite memorable :D and yup, the creme caramel was a pleasant (and delicious) surprise =)

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  5. oh i tried the branch in federal hotel side, the lunch is super worth it! RM35 for chirashi don with variety sashimi..

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    1. Jean: oooh, all my visits to kaihomaru have only been for dinner, but it does sound like lunch someday would be a good choice. thanks! :D

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  6. I'd been hearing mixed reviews over the last year abou Gonbei San. Seems like a good time to change.

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    1. The Yum List: ooh, it's been two years since my most recent trip to Gonbei San, and i haven't really kept track of what's been happening at Starhill since then. but yeah, change for the better would always be welcome, u're right =)

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  7. I hope the Meintaiko taste better then it looks !

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    1. Wong: haha, ya, it tastes beautiful, absolutely beautiful :D

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  8. The sashimis look very enticing... I'm sold :-P

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    1. Pureglutton: we can't resist the allure of luscious sashimi! :D

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  9. The sashimi platter really look nice. Nicely cut and thick. Really can satisfy ones craving.

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    1. Melissa: heheh, u're right, this managed to satisfy my sashimi cravings for that week. Especially with the salmon belly and the sea urchin :D

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  10. Same here, heard so much about them in Federal. But that's a huge jump - from Federal Hotel to sparkling Starhill! A jump in reference to rent :P

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    1. Tng: ooh, rental is an issue for them at Federal Hotel too. They say the rent will be increased at the hotel starting next month. So that's the reason they're closing the hotel outlet =) I actually don't mind them moving cos parking at starhill is much much more convenient :D

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  11. very nice atmosphere and ambiance. a nice jap place indeed.

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    1. Eiling: yeah, can really immerse ourselves in all things japanese here =)

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  12. After all these years, Kaihomaru @ Federal Hotel is closing...am certainly looking forward to them in Starhill.

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    1. Missyblurkit: yeah, a bit sad that they're forced to close the federal hotel outlet (due to a rise in rent), but here's hoping they'll thrive in starhill =)

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  13. Kaisen Salada is nice, but not recommended the syunsen kaihomaru because feel it was not worth the price.

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    1. Grace: tnx for the recommendations =)

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