Thursday, July 25, 2013

Soba Kuroha @ Desa Sri Hartamas

Opening this month in Hartamas, Kuroha serves interesting recipes that make it one of 2013's should-visits for KL's fans of Japanese fare.

Begin with 'nama hamu' (RM17++), humbly called 'homemade ham' on Kuroha's menu; it turns out to be luscious prosciutto, delicately sliced & topped with paper-thin radish strips, consumed with wasabi for a fun kick.

 Melt-in-the-mouth mentaiko (RM13++) with a twist, mingled with garlic for additional aroma. A seductively savory dip with crunchy celery & cucumber.

No ordinary grilled cod fish, this one is seasoned with 'sake kasu,' the residual lees left over from sake production, for a singularly pungent flavor. RM28++.

Beef tendon braised with burdock (RM18++). Tastes better than it looks. Tender.

Even the sashimi is unique, with certain fish marinated with 'kombu' kelp for unexpected umami.

Thick cuts of tuna; a set of seven types of seafood (two pieces each) costs RM90++.

Kuroha makes its own soba; we might not be major fans of these buckwheat noodles, but it's nevertheless worth ordering them when they're well-prepared.

Savor the soba with a selection of tempura prawn, shishamo & veggies for RM32++.

Kuroha's house sake is served in fun fashion, with the glass in the 'masu' wooden box.

As tradition sometimes dictates, the glass overflows, filling the box to represent abundance.

Soba Kuroha,
7-G, Jalan 19/70A, Desa Sri Hartamas, Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03-6201-6882
Open for dinner, except Sundays.

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46 comments:

  1. Nice! I'll visit just for the homemade soba! :3

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    1. Ulric: i think i usually only have soba two or three times a year, so it's always an occasion for me =)

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    2. Their prices seems really reasonable...and nice practical touch with the 'masu' wooden box =)

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    3. Ulric: ya, the portions are quite light, so i guess that helps to keep the prices relatively low =) and yeah, it was quite cool to have the sake served that way, flowing out into the box :D

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  2. the glasses are so beautiful~

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    1. 女飞侠: yeah, a nice traditional elegance =)

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  3. Hi Sean, the homemade ham and tuna look very good. The glasses are lovely!

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    1. Linda: yep, the ham and the tuna both were luscious :D

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  4. Waste not a drop! Did you drink the rest from the wooden box?? :P

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    1. Rebecca: heheh, we did! though another way is to pour the sake from the box back into the glass before drinking it =)

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  5. Sake? Was that lunch or dinner? I guess I'm more used to something heavier for dinner so I just assume that was lunch...and I tend to associate drinking with night time too, more a nocturnal activity...

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    1. Suituapui: heh, this was dinner (since this restaurant isn't open for lunch). but yeah, sake is good for day and night, i think! :D

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  6. The soba and tempura remind me of what we tried in our weekend kitchen....Hahahaha

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    1. CK: ooo, that's true! and i remember your recipe looks great also! :D

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  7. when it says home made ham, image of pig carcass lying on someone's living room come to mind :/

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    1. KY: yikes, i hope that's not how it's made! heheh :D

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  8. The chef has really good knife skill. Or should I say most of the chefs in Japanese restaurant must have good knife skills? 'nama hamu' , nicely sliced...and so thin!

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    1. Melissa: that's true, the japanese sushi chefs tend to maintain very sharp knives! i wonder what kind of knife was used to slice the nama hamu :D

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  9. Some traditional, and some more unusual looking Japanese fare here.... the prosciutto looks very fresh! And mentaiko.... love.

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    1. Baby Sumo: ya, a very cool balance of popular favorites and some more exotic dishes. definitely had to order the prosciutto and garlic mentaiko on top of the list =)

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  10. just came back from Bangkok again, have to say Thai ppl love Japanese food too, so many Japanese restaurants all around the city..

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    1. Jean: true, japanese food is beloved not only in KL but also many other southeast asian cities. i'm actually in malacca right now, and i've driven past quite a number of japanese restaurants...

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    2. hmm.. never try japanese food in melaka though.. shall check them out next time.

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    3. Jean: yeah, there was one outlet named Ichi Zen that looked promising =)

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  11. I will certainly love to check out the soba. Not many folks make their own these days.

    Prosciutto and wasabi sound like a very addictive mix.

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    1. Missyblurkit: ya, since it was the restaurant's own-made soba, i figured it was worth investigating :D the prosciutto-wasabi combo was rather surprising, but it was rather tasty!

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  12. Wasnt this premise housing Akane before? So sad Akane no longer there.

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    1. Kelvin: yup, this used to be Akane, not too long ago! yeah, i have kinda fond memories of Akane's mentaiko udon, i think =)

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    2. Miss Akane's duck and also their anchovy on toast and their hamburg steak in curry... plus they made a mean gin tonic.

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    3. Kelvin: gosh, now you're making me miss Akane too. and all those dishes you mentioned aren't available at Soba Kuroha, unfortunately...

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    4. have to say this place is very enjoyable. the cod is really good. and i do enjoy their sardines...

      plus they have shichifuukujin at a reasonable price!

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    5. Kelvin: great to hear you liked this place, thanks for mentioning it. i should have a 'part two' post on soba kuroha pretty soon =) don't think i tried the sardines, but yeah, the cod's memorably different. will look out for that sake if i'm ever back here :D

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    6. also had their grilled miso and some good pork belly. the place lacks a bit of the 'izakaya' ambience for drinking though.

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    7. Kelvin: yeah, it's a more sterile ambiance. Could work for families, though it seems to be mainly populated by businessmen in the evening

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  13. just love it as usual~ =)

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    1. Mr Lonely: love is the best emotion! =)

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  14. It looks addicting! I love japanese food

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    1. Cquek: yeah, you're right, we need to have a japanese meal at least once a week =)

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  15. as good as kame and hinata? hehe!

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    1. AugustDiners: heheh, my heart still belongs to kame and hinata (though i must say, the cod fish marinated in sake lees is a recipe that's worthy of kame!) :D

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  16. nama hamu! Ah.. gotta try this!

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    1. Ciki: it's ham at its hammiest! =)

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  17. Wah that's some level 9000 knife skill there (referring to the paper thin see through radish). And it's so close to home! Shall find a makan kaki to go with me.

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    1. Kelly: ya, i almost didn't notice the radish at all, since it was as thin as fingernails, heh =) i hope u enjoy this place :D

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  18. Did Akane close down? :( so sad.....

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    1. PJ: yeah, unfortunately akane is gone

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