Thursday, August 1, 2013

Kinme Sashimi & Grill Bar @ Bukit Damansara

This sparkling specialist in raw seafood & grilled meat recently debuted at a relatively inconspicuous section of Plaza Damansara, but strong word-of-mouth should swiftly seduce swarms of sashimi-worshipers.

Our top tip here: Chef Voon's Nigiri Special, an ever-evolving selection of showstopping sushi.

Patrons might receive the luscious likes of tuna belly anointed with fermented mushroom puree, or perhaps a king's ransom of scallops crowned with sea urchin.

Or maybe Kinme's signature golden-eye snapper complemented by citrus onion jam, or shrimp coated with mentaiko or red snapper with seaweed paste. The list is inventive & illustriously long.

Each piece clocks in north of RM10, with what seems like a minimum order of six. Chef Voon (formerly of Hilton's Iketeru) creates a tour de force of sushi; the fish & rice would be fulfilling on their own, but the toppings prove masterful matches. Greater than the sum of its parts.

But what prevents Kinme from soaring to the heights of, say, Sushi Hinata (our top 2013 Japanese discovery so far) might be a couple of mediocrities on the menu. The mini bara chirashi is nicely priced at RM23 nett, but its nuances teeter toward blandness.

Thankfully though, the grilled fare here is great; we'll save the skewered chicken parts for a future blog entry, but the juicy-hot whole quail (RM6) deserves an immediate showcase.

Quail eggs? Count us in. Kinme focuses on its specialties, so the menu's kept suitably small, with no trace of tempura, teppanyaki & other distractions.

Skewered grilled garlic (RM3.50). Kinme's a no-pork restaurant; the hog's not needed here. 

Plum wine for a satisfying meal. Service is OK, but try to get the attention of the more experienced-looking members of the service team.

Kinme opens for lunch & dinner, except Sundays.

Kinme Sashimi & Grill Bar @ Plaza Damansara,
67, Jalan Medan Setia 1, Damansara Heights, Kuala Lumpur. Beside Canton Fare.
Tel: 03-2093-8153

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30 comments:

  1. Oh my! Another Jap resto with awesome food...lemme at them! :3

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    1. Ulric: kinme's fresh fish comes in twice a week, tuesdays and fridays, so that's the best time to head here =)

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    2. I like the different types of fish n the little touches given to each...quite unique compared to other Jap restos =)

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    3. Ulric: ya, that's true, and i found it impressive that this wasn't a pointless gimmick. those little touches bring extra texture and taste to the sushi without detracting from the flavor of the fish :D

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    4. Hahaha...I thought so...definitely aim to pay them a visit =)

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    5. Ulric: okie! i think/hope you'll enjoy at least 80 percent of the experience here :D

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  2. Unbelievable! A fabulous place to dine.

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    1. Cquek: marvelous sushi makes for a memorable meal =)

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  3. Golden eye snapper? Sounds good!

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    1. Linda: I love that name :D oh, and it tastes good to, heh =)

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  4. Hahahahahahaha!!!! The quail!!! Eyewwwww...the images running through my mind! ROTFL!!!!

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    1. Suituapui: yikes, it could scary to imagine everything you're thinking of! I'll just say the quail was delicious, heh =)

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  5. That poor little quail really looks in a bad position. ;-)

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    1. The Yum List: heh, we put it out of its misery (and into our tummies) very quickly! =)

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  6. I haven't had sushi for long long time. Hmmm ok I had some nice chirashi sushi in our recent trip, does it count? :P
    Will wait for your skewered chicken post!

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    1. CK: heheh, ya, I think chirashi sushi still counts, but I guess if you feel like having some nice nigiri sushi soon in a convenient location, then this place is recommended. Ooh, ya, the yakitori here is surprisingly more delicious than expected too :D

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  7. Wahh...the sushi all look so pretty!
    LOL!!!....the look of that whole quail ^_^

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    1. Melissa: ya, looks beautiful and tastes brilliant, the sushi :D i like quail when it's served whole, heheh =)

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  8. Right now I am in Sandakan...but I showed the hubster this post and I think its game plan for us to hit tis place over the long weekend.

    Everything looked good...even the simple garlis and quails egg. Hmmm...how many quail eggs did you eat Sean? Hehehe

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    1. Missyblurkit: ooo, hope you're enjoying sandakan! kinme is closed on sundays, but saturdays should be good to go! hope you have a fine feast of sushi here =) and i only had two quail eggs, i think, but they definitely left me wanting more. i've loved quail eggs since my childhood satay-celup and lok-lok years, heheh :D

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  9. The sushi looks pretty damn fresh! Craving for some now... bad time

    Have you tried ichi zen at first subang ? They serve pretty fine sashimi-s as well.

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    1. Peoniesandpancakes: heheh, well, dinner is only three or four hours maybe. plus, today's the best day for fresh fish shipments :D i've heard that ichi zen's pretty much similar to edo ichi, its predecessor at first subang, but thanks for the recommendation, i'll pay them a visit if i'm in the neighborhood =)

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  10. I just bought a box of 15 quail eggs, want some Sean? ;)

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    1. Baby Sumo: haha, omigosh, don't tempt me. looking forward to seeing what recipe you whip up with those quail eggs :D

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  11. Heading to Japan next month. All the sushi/sashimi i can eat :D

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    1. Rebecca: ooo, sounds good! and since next month is still weeks away, you can whet your appetite with the spectacular sushi here at kinme! :D

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  12. I wonder how the grilled garlic taste like!

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    1. Wong: still a little raw, with a nice charred smokiness =)

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  13. Skewed garlic is something interesting.

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    1. Sycookies: it's a true treat for garlic-lovers like me (though it's definitely bad for our breath!) :D

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