Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Mono Sushi @ Solaris Dutamas, Outside Publika

One restaurant, 120 different types of sushi - that's the hook for Solaris Dutamas' new Mono Sushi.

 Our favourite thing about Mono Sushi is its setting, tastefully composed - no surprise, since the restaurant is run by the talents who crafted the polished look for Cosans Coffee. It seems plausible that - similar to Cosans Coffee - Mono Sushi is intended to eventually progress into a chain of eateries too.

Lovely portraits adorn the restaurant's walls, illustrating Mono Sushi's philosophies - the outlet's founders say Mono means simplicity, silence & focus; the feel here is ostensibly inspired by the Japanese city of Kawagoe & its old, evocative buildings.

 The sushi menu is divided into 12 main categories, each with a different seafood topping: Aji (horse mackerel), ika (squid), hamachi (amberjack), suzuki (sea bass), tai (sea bream), hotate (scallop), ebi (shrimp), unagi (eel), sake (salmon), managatsuo (butter fish), tako (octopus) & maguro (tuna). Pretty presentations.

 Each of the 12 categories then contains 10 different preparations - a clever concept that results in a dizzying parade of potential choices. Squid with natto, cheese, kimchi or ume shiso sauce? Horse mackerel tempura or tataki? Amberjack with mango or mentaiko? We could have listed more of the options, but the service team told us to stop photographing the menu.

 Most of the pieces of sushi are priced at RM3.80 or RM4.80 each, reasonably priced enough for many visitors to Publika (though our favourite, the scallop, is a still-fair RM5.80). Customers can stop by for a light snack & spend less than RM20 for several pieces of sushi or splurge on a full-blown meal for very likely south of RM60 per person. 

 Flavour-wise, Mono Sushi somewhat falters for us; the sushi showcases respectable effort, with sufficiently fresh seafood, but this is ultimately more of the mass-market variety, with imperfections in intricacies like the balance of flavours & the preparation of rice, falling short of the bar set by places like Sushi Hinata & Ichiro Sushi Bar - the price to pay for lower prices.

Mono Sushi
A2-G2-3A, Solaris Dutamas, Kuala Lumpur. Outside Publika, same floor as MPH. Walk out, on the same row as Mee Jawa.
Open daily for lunch & dinner. Tel: 03-6206-5239

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23 comments:

  1. that's a steal! such quality at such price, would love to visit there someday :)

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    1. Ken: hope Mono Sushi makes its way to Penang someday ... it just might :)

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  2. A very nice ambiance and the presentations are lovely.

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    1. Linda: yeah, i really do like the decor for this restaurant :)

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  3. Nevertheless will pay a visit...hopefully the quality served is worth the price paid =)

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    1. Ulric: i hope so ... the management here seems to be open to feedback, and i hope they'll continue to tweak and fine-tune the food :)

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    2. Btw any issues taking photos of lovingly plated sushi? =)

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    3. Ulric: nope, nobody stopped us ... i think they were concerned that we were trying to open another rival japanese restaurant or something, so one of the staff members who saw us taking photos of the menu came to us after we had snapped photos of the first three categories on the menu and told us that photos of the menu were not allowed. but we were not barred from photographing the food and ambiance :)

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    4. Yay...good to hear...I just takes notes from the menu then...hehe =)

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    5. Ulric: if you catch them at a good time, maybe you'll get to photograph the menu :D

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  4. wow, i love sushi very much, thanks for sharing again~ =D

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    1. Happy walker: ya, sushi is lovable :D

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  5. So many? I thought mono means one? Muahahahaha!!!!! Looks pretty good.

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    1. Suituapui: heh, ya, i like the paradox/irony of the name and the menu, and if it's intentional, it's actually kinda cute and clever :)

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  6. At RM4 - 5 for a pc of sushi...it's not that cheap...plus, I don't like going to a place where they stop you from taking photos (I take photos of the menu all the time coz I won't be able to remember the description nor the price once I get home) :D

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    1. Contact.ewew: i have the same problem, especially with a menu that's this incredibly wide. it'd be great to have the snapshots for reference in case we wanna plan what to order for future visits :)

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  7. Haven't had any sushi this round, should have some before I balik, hehehe.

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    1. CK: heheh, hopefully the sushi in holland is not too expensive for you :)

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  8. Love sushi and tis looks like the place for me, just focus on the sushi!
    But yeap, I'll pay for Ichiro anytime.

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    1. Rebecca: yeah, it might be fun to just pop by here and maybe try two or three types of their most interesting sushi, if you're at publika :)

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  9. The sushi looks nice.
    From outside...I wouldn't thought it is restaurant serving sushi. hehe...

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    1. Melissa: heh, ya, pretty good work on the sushi presentation :) and ya, i like the decor and the exterior of the restaurant very much too :)

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  10. I had a bad experience here. Waited 2 hours just for food to be served and caused us late for a movie. Food wise...nothing great. I would advice go there only when u have time and nothing much to do

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