Sunday, June 1, 2014

Makishima @ Sheraton Imperial Hotel

One of KL's latest Japanese outlets is an oasis with a zen garden-inspired setting (plans for a koi pond are afoot), concealed on Sheraton Imperial's second floor. Note however, Makishima is a stand-alone venue that operates independently of its host hotel.

Private rooms galore down this path; compellingly pretty & completely crowd-free for now (the hotel isn't helping with publicity).

Makishima embarked on its soft-launch stage with omakase-style set menus, starting from RM130 before taxes (items can nevertheless still be ordered individually). The selection displays distinctiveness from the beginning: An amuse bouche platter with oyster, pickle & eggplant. Exactly enough to arouse the appetite.

Avocado admirers will adore the 'avocado sashimi;' the fruit is bountifully served, both sliced & mashed, for double the delight.

Some of Makishima's premium offerings will set customers back by nearly RM200 per order. The sweetly fleshy tarabi kani (Hokkaido king crab legs) is enjoyable for the palate but excruciating for the wallet.

Kagoshima Wagyu beef, slabs of sirloin that prove stirringly fragrant & fatty (the lipid content might surpass the protein).

Both the crab & the beef shine on their own, so there's scant need for the accompanying sauces (tasty though they may be).

As any Japanese restaurant worth its wasabi realises, a comprehensive menu includes simpler options that still supply sheer satisfaction. At Makishima, the creamy, omelette-wrapped fried rice fits that bill.

Part of fun here is choosing your own cup for the tea; being indecisive, we took more than 10 seconds to make up our minds. 

Service at Makishima is cordial & reasonably obliging, living up to the benchmark set by its food & ambiance. 

Locating the restaurant is not tricky once you know it exists: Take the elevator to the hotel's second level & look for the 'noren.'

Makishima Japanese Restaurant
2F Sheraton Imperial Hotel, Jalan Sultan Ismail, Kuala Lumpur
Lunch & dinner, Monday-Friday. Dinner only, Saturday. Tel: 03-2602-3288


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25 comments:

  1. I m interested in their omakase...any more details on their prices? =)

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    1. Ulric: it's complicated, unfortunately. it starts at about RM130, and contains an amuse bouche platter, appetiser, sashimi, gohan, main course & dessert, but some items require a surcharge. for example, if you choose the premium kagoshima sirloin, you'll have to add a further RM150. pretty hefty either way.

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    2. Oic...at least u have the option to upgrade to better stuff however costly...hehe =)

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    3. Ulric: yeah, you're right. an example would be, if you don't upgrade, you'll get sashimi moriawase comprising five types of fish in your set. if you add RM160, you'll get the hokkaido crab platter. i can envision the logic of simply sticking to the sashimi unless the customer really wants to have the crab :)

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    4. Hmmm very premium prices. And ingredients. I wonder if this is the next wave of the likes of Hinata in KL...

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    5. Rebecca: on one hand, i'd be glad, but it'd be quite painful for my sometimes-tight budget, heheh :)

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  2. Love that bonzai!!! Avocado...I love it! So expensive here - around RM10 each. :(

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    1. Suituapui: ya, i'd happily eat an entire avocado ... or two :D

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  3. Choosing the cups will be especially tough for those who have fear in choosing LOL

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    1. Ken: haha, i chose mine cos the inside of it kinda reminded me of quail egg shells :D

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  4. I love Japanese! Avocado sashimi? No uni or toro ah? Hehehe :P

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    1. CK: heheh, there's uni sushi available here, but we didn't order it :)

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  5. What a fun idea! Choose your own tea cup. I've seen it before with steak knives and coffee cups and know there's tea cups too!

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    1. The Yum List: heheh, yeah, it's especially fun when there are so many different tea cups that catch our fancy :D

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  6. Nice...another Jap outlet, a rather premium one too. Quite odd to choose a premise inside a hotel though.

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    1. Pureglutton: yeah, i don't know what the background is behind the decision for them to open here ... am intrigued :D

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  7. I'm sure ppl will start going now that it's appeared on your blog :D

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    1. Baby Sumo: heheh, that could be a good thing, this place does deserve a look, i think :)

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  8. These look so pretty and tasty - your photos are amazing!

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    1. Cquek: the food was very nicely presented and ya, we enjoyed it. thanks for the kind words :)

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  9. do they serve alcohol as well? please let me know.

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    1. Gilbert: yep, alcohol is available on the beverage menu here :)

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  10. I have an excellent birthday celebrate at Makishima on last night. The japanese food is very nice and traditional. I fall in love in the kagoshima steak. Every one must try the kagoshima steak when you going there. Will go to makishima again wit my family. TQ so much to makishima because I have an good memory with my friend and the delicious japanese food and service.

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  11. i had a nice birthday celebration with my beloved sister last night...such beautiful place,nice japanese food,and good service...i love the foods so much,jz like im at japan...oishi nie!!!u guys must drop here!!wont regret...

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  12. when i reach this restaurant , it can recalls me many thing when i staying in japan.the food , the service and specially the feeling.Thanks for my friend invite me come here to having a memorable dinner. Makishima japanese restaurant really is a good place for gathering or dating.^^

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