Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Ginza Sushimasa @ Le Meridien

KL's Japanese dining scene is seeing the emergence of diverse new restaurants that are housed in hotels but are independently owned, separately operated & often discreetly hidden - we've found Makishima at Sheraton Imperial, then Kurata at Parkroyal, & now, Ginza Sushimasa, tucked on Le Meridien's seventh floor.

Ginza Sushimasa's forte might be its omakase experience, one of the city's most impressive, with course after course of sushi & other mainly seafood delicacies tackled with the ultimate expertise by chefs Murakami & Tanaka. It's a major splurge though - each omakase dinner costs about RM800 per person. For cost-saving, two customers could share one dinner & split the bill.

Sit at the counter, watch the chefs at work & enjoy a ninety-minute exploration of what's best in season - the selection constantly evolves, so there'll consistently be surprises in store.

Our favourites from this session included seared Kobe beef adorned with sea urchin, cod milt tempura (an awesome preparation that adds a lightly crisp dimension to the shirako), fugu fish terrine & gorgeously juicy-briny Japanese abalone.

The sushi is excellent too; prime stuff - these can be ordered a la carte for customers who need to skip the omakase. Top-flight ingredients prevail throughout, from the choice of rice to wasabi to the salt.

Savouries conclude spectacularly, with a bowl comprising a bit of rice crowned with a whole lot of uni. An absolute knock-out that a green tea ice cream dessert can't compete with - though it's clear from start to finish that this meal's on a winning streak.

Ginza Sushimasa
Level 7, Le Meridien Kuala Lumpur. Daily for lunch & dinner (except Saturday, dinner only). Tel: 03-2260-1686

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26 comments:

  1. RM800 per person? *faints* LOL!!!

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    1. Suituapui: yeah, too much for one person, so we ended up sharing this meal to save costs :)

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  2. Lovely photos of the lovely omakase...but not so lovely prices ><

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    1. Ulric: yeah, it's definitely prohibitive for most of us, but ya, the food was memorable and very good :)

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  3. That's indeed an extremely lavish feast!! Not sure if it's worth the price but if I convert to AUD, that's quite the normal degustation price for the high end restaurants I guess... :) As long as you enjoyed it!

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    1. Iamthewitch: yeah, we shared the meal cos we didn't wanna pay the full price per person, but it still turned out well enough, and the chef was kind enough to accommodate our sharing :) but ya, since all the ingredients are flown in from japan, and given other factors as well, a high pricing is expected :)

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  4. Rm 800 ?! You are kidding aren't you?

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    1. Ken: i wish i was, heh! but then again, that big bowl of sea urchin on its own would be worth more than RM100, since it was a lot of uni :)

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  5. Rm800 equal to 25000yen...i guess with the price we can almost go to the famous 'Sushi Jiro' in tokyo?

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    1. De Wheel Of Life: yep, dinner at Sukiyabashi Jiro costs about 30,000 yen :)

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    2. i did have some very special sushi while i traveled to kyoto, somekind also like omakase, but still it does not cost this much of price, this is really very very costly for moderate salary people to go try it

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    3. MyLife: yep, true, unfortunately the cost of having Japanese seafood in KL can often be higher than having the same meal in Japan. there are many extra factors to take into account before the meal can be had here.

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  6. Very nice, Sean! I especially love your last two photos. :)

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    1. Linda: thanks, i'm glad you like the pics :)

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  7. RM800 divided by 2....also *faint* :D But that Kobe beef and uni more than make up the price, I guess! I can see even the wasabi is top-notch...raw, fresh and real :)

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    1. Contact.ewew: yeah, we skipped ordering any alcohol/sake to further save costs :) and yup, a lot of expenses have gone into getting really good food ingredients, and the chef told us some stuff about the restaurant's special furnishing material too that i didn't quite recall enough about :)

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  8. RM800 per person... omo omo omo... think my wallet would bleed. Haha! But it looks like a really fabulous meal.

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    1. Baby Sumo: heh, yeah, this was a once-only thing, i think ... we loved the meal, but we wouldn't be able to return any time soon :)

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  9. I saw uni! The food looks good, but I think it's too high end for me, haha. :P

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    1. CK: haha, ya, we ate more uni in this one meal compared to the whole of 2014 :D

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  10. Woahhh... i need a sugar daddy! LOL!

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    1. Rebecca: heheh, me toooooo! :D

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  11. Thx so much for the review sean! perfect timing! I cant wait to check it out this week nom noms!! :)

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    1. AugustDiners: yay! hope it's a memorably marvellous meal, jess! :D

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  12. You had me at uni....You had me at uni. *drools*

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    1. UnkaLeong: i wish i owned an uni farm :D

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