Sunday, November 2, 2014

Okonomi @ Solaris Dutamas, Outside Publika

What's your roll? Okonomi's tagline is a simple three-word phrase for a fun restaurant that serves 'sushi as you like it' - customers can mix & match 40 choices of fillings, 16 types of toppings & 20 sauces to create their own 'maki' sushi rolls.

 Choose a base of white or brown rice with seaweed or soy wrap, then select the size of your roll - a six-piece 'small' (RM13.90++) comprises three regular fillings (a premium filling results in a RM5++ surcharge), one topping & one sauce, while 'medium' (RM16.90++) features four fillings & 'large' (RM19.90++) boasts five. Then go wild - how about a freak-of-nature maki stuffed with marinated lobster, jellyfish, mango, strawberries & onions, topped with cili padi & cheddar cheese sauce?

 Brown rice in soy wrap with unagi, soft-shell crab, smoked duck, boiled egg, avocado, garlic sauce & garlic chips (RM36.90++). Reasonably well-executed & enjoyable; it's tricky to ensure everything complements each other in these rolls, so Okonomi keeps its flavours mild & not too punchy. No component overpowers each ensemble or throws things off-balance.

 Hokkaido crab meat, seasoned scallops & tamago omelette with white sesame & kiwi mayo on the side (RM18.90++ - a RM13.90++ small with one 'premium' ingredient for a RM5++ surcharge ). We'd probably recommend the 'large' portions, since those seem to be more fully stuffed; customers can also pay an extra RM1++ to have each roll coated in tempura batter.

Prefer to let the restaurant determine the fillings? Okonomi also has a variety of house recipes for every taste bud, from the 'Health Nut' to the 'Seafood Supreme,' the 'Firecracker' to 'Katsu Curry Roll,' each priced between RM15.90++ to RM20.90++.

 The menu also promises other temptations, from the Japanese curry pasta with chicken, potatoes & carrots (RM16.90++) to battered onigiri rice balls stuffed with salmon, egg & cheddar cheese (RM9.90++).

 There's one unique green tea dessert to spotlight: Matcha white chocolate lava cake with matcha chocolate sticks, powdered sugar, vanilla ice cream & strawberry (RM16.90++). Okonomi only opened this week, but expect to see this pop up a fair bit on your social media feeds in the near future.

 Beverages like red bean blended lattes made with low-fat milk (RM7.90++) fit the theme for a contemporary Japanese cafe. Okonomi has thought out the ingredients for a successful run - a distinctive concept, strategic location, sufficiently good food, prices that'll cater for Publika's crowds, a cheerful ambiance & friendly service team.


Okonomi's menu, for the reference of readers with excellent eyesight. Or click the photo for a larger, higher-resolution version.

Okonomi
A4-G2-02, Solaris Dutamas, Kuala Lumpur. Somewhat below The Red Beanbag, outside Publika. Open daily, all day long.

Check out the latest edition of Eat Drink KL: 100 Favourites, featuring 100 recommended restaurants for October-December 2014, including more than 30 new entries for this quarter. 
This eBook is available to read or download at this link: http://eatdrinkkl.cld.bz/2014D 
This link expires Dec. 31, 2014. Please check the newest blog entries after that for fresh links.

Stay up to date: The Eat Drink KL newsletter is sent by email to subscribers every Monday; it's the Klang Valley's foremost weekly round-up of new restaurant openings (even before they're featured on this blog), F&B promotions & other tasty tidbits.
Subscribe to Eat Drink KL Weekly for free via this following link: 
Note to subscribers on Gmail: The newsletter will be in the Promotions folder of your inbox.


Sausages to sambal. Muffins to marshmallows. Peanut butter to mango chutney. Cornflake ice cream to honey aloe yogurt. Lavender-laced lemonades to lychee-&-guava juices.
Eat Drink KL: Small Businesses, Huge Flavours is the first eBook to help customers navigate the diversity of independent F&B entrepreneurs who bake & boil in their own kitchens, offering some of Malaysia's finest, most fascinating food products.
This resource will be continuously updated with new listings: www.eatdrinkkl.publ.com/businesses 
Check out EAT DRINK, a new F&B website jointly run by The Expat Group (TEG) & Eat Drink KL. This website features all of our up-to-date reviews, plus exclusive weekly articles & a searchable database on restaurants in KL & Selangor: EatDrink.my

25 comments:

  1. My kinda place to go crazy with combos! =)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Ulric: ya la ... i can imagine you'd be the ultimate maki monster here :)

      Delete
  2. Hey! The matcha lava doesn't flow leh! Watch out for mine in a few days' time though I did not order the matcha - not really into anything green tea. Hmmm....looking at the prices, it seems the name has got nothing to do with 'ekonomi', eh?

    You can mix and match - do you get to roll your own? My girl would love that - she enjoys making her own. Did you roll the first one? That looks kind of messy! Muahahahaha!!!! Second one's ok - perfect.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Suituapui: oh, the lava flows, but in a slower, creamier fashion :) oh, the kitchen does all the food preparation, and we just eat, haha :D

      Delete
  3. sushi looks great but expensive again~ >.<

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Happy walker: yeah, sushi meals do tend to be steeper than regular meals :)

      Delete
  4. Too many choices, how to choose? Hehe.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. CK: haha, ya lor, i wish i had seen the menu before going to the restaurant, so i could have sat down and properly chosen what ingredients to combine :)

      Delete
  5. This is a better bet than Mono Sushi, I presume?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Contact.ewew: i enjoyed the food here more :)

      Delete
  6. I am up for anything with Matcha! Well, i was expecting to see some Okonomiyaki here though...

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Ken: yay for green tea fans! :) oh, actually, okonomi means 'what you want' or 'what you like' :)

      Delete
  7. I have never had sushi and am not planning to. I would want a nice salad. :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Linda: ooo, the ingredients here can also be combined into a salad instead of sushi :)

      Delete
  8. Oh yes, I love this! Brown rice and I get to choose my filling - I'm definitely going to grab a roll here.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. The Yum List: it'll be fun, and you can create a pretty healthy roll here with brown rice, salmon, asparagus, alfalfa sprouts and apples maybe :D

      Delete
  9. Custom made sushi roll seem promising and the match dessert is calling me, OMG!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Choi Yen: ya, i think this place has got good potential for franchising ... and heheh, ya, the matcha dessert is quite interesting :)

      Delete
  10. It was fun mixing and matching, and the rolls turned out tasting great. It's a good place to go in a group, so can have different versions created by different personalities

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Footfringe: that's true, this could be a more-the-merrier sort of place! :D

      Delete
  11. Sounds like a fun concept, getting to mix and match your own sushi. Probably first timers gonna spend ages deciding which one to go for though. :P

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Baby Sumo: ya, i spent about five minutes trying to figure out the combinations, and i wish i had taken another five minutes, cos i would have ordered a tempurized roll too! :D

      Delete
  12. custom made, made to order sushi sounds creative. I might be a lazy person...I may end up choosing what's on menu. LOL!! I would love to try Matcha white chocolate lava cake. Looks delicious :-)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Melissa: heheh, yeah, i was tempted to try one of the menu items too, since the recipes are created by the kitchen's experts here :)

      Delete
  13. Hi! Wondering whether it's halal?

    ReplyDelete