Thursday, June 26, 2014

Haru Japanese Restaurant @ Kasah, Medan Damansara

Haru sprang to life in Bukit Damansara this week, specialising in omakase-style dining that showcases the imagination & craftsmanship of Malaysian chefs. Run by a hard-working team, Haru has the potential to become a well-respected restaurant.

The main man behind Haru's counter is Chef Oreo, formerly of Coco Tei; he's spent much of the past year refining his skills at restaurants in Tokyo, Osaka & Hokkaido, with an eye toward channelling that experience in creative ways at his new workplace.

This week, Haru's recommended omakase set costs RM180++, kicking off with a nice-to-nibble selection of starters that work well as an introduction to the meal ahead.

Haru's sashimi is entirely enjoyable too; no complaints, only praise for this platter.

If you're in a group, you'll receive a sharing platter of raw fish, painstakingly put together for excellent visual allure.

Apple salad, with crunchy-creamy components that keep our palates pleasurably perked up. 

Grilled prawn with salmon belly & flying fish roe. Expertly executed; succulent & savoury.

Love this combo too: Maguro with foie gras, salmon with truffle oil, kampachi with fish roe.

Oden? Absolutely, yes, please. A lovely surprise to see this being served here.

 The sushi platter is tasty too; not a show-stopper but satisfying enough in its simplicity.

Umeshu jelly brings the meal to an end. Worth the cost? Pretty much ...

 ... especially since we guzzled glass after glass after glass of sake. JULY EDIT: Do note, a free flow of sake was initially included in the RM180++ cost of the meal as an opening promotion for Haru; however, it is no longer available for now.

Haru may start serving an a la carte selection next month for customers who don't have two hours to indulge in omakase offerings. Expect reasonably priced options like a three-coloured bowl of udon & soba ... 

 ... or seafood (prawns, salmon & scallops), pan-fried with butter. Will we hear more about Haru in the months ahead? Definitely.

Haru Japanese Restaurant
124A, Jalan Kasah, Medan Damansara, Damansara Heights, Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03-2011-8783
Lunch & dinner, Tuesday-Sunday

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20 comments:

  1. Yes! A place to visit...time and time again =)

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    1. Ulric: yay, hope you'll enjoy your visit here! it might be interesting to see how the omakase offerings evolve over time :)

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  2. Lovely presentations. I have never eaten raw fish and don't think I could. I love filet of salmon, and even lightly cooked, but raw? No. LOL! :)

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    1. Linda: yes, kudos the team at haru for the presentation here :) heheh, i love salmon in all its forms ... raw is lovely, and lightly grilled is great too :D

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  3. Great presentation. When it comes to food, nothing beats true passion - straight from the soul. The love in the chef's works of art is obvious.

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    1. Suituapui: wise words and very true :)

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  4. Thank you for your review, Sean! We look forward to welcoming you to dine with us again in the future! :)

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    1. Haru: thank you for providing wonderful service and very enjoyable food and drinks. wishing you all the best, and i hope you'll have many satisfied customers :)

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  5. huhu, i liked this japanese food, in fact, i will eat it tomorrow! XD

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    1. Happy walker: hope you enjoy your meal! :)

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  6. RM180 is reasonably for omakase... most places charge much much higher than that nowadays. Some really alluring dishes too! Oh and I like the chef's name... Oreo :)

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    1. Baby Sumo: true, we had no qualms paying RM180 per person here (especially since we both drank a lot, probably too much). i liked every course that they served here, and yeah, oreo's a cool and memorable name! :D

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  7. Woooo maguro with foie gras, I would love to order that!

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    1. CK: ya, it was a nice surprise when they served that! the combination is delicious :)

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  8. Heavenly, my idea of comfort food!

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    1. Cquek: japanese cuisine is absolutely one of my firm favourites too! :D

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  9. Nice! Omakase style dining and I love the dishes they put out too. It seems very well thought out and I can't get the idea of foie gras with maguro out of my head!

    RM 180++ per pax would be something I'll have to save up for though, definitely not a meal I can have every weekend! :)

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    1. Huai Bin: yeah, i really think they put a lot of care into this inaugural omakase here, and they definitely deserve praise for it. i wish i could have another serving of that maguro with foie gras, heh :D
      yeah, i guess japanese meals are the sort that we do have to save up for to enjoy ... i probably won't be returning to haru yet in the very near future, though i would hope maybe once again before 2014 ends :)

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  10. Agree taht the price is ok, considering the free flow! :P

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    1. Rebecca: yeah, and since there aren't many japanese restaurants in KL that go all-out for omakase, this is definitely a noteworthy outlet in that sense :D

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