Saturday, May 23, 2015

Hanare At The Intermark: 2015 Omakase & Sushi Bar

More than four years after it first opened, Hanare remains one of the city's best bets for an above-average Japanese meal. The restaurant recently introduced a sushi bar where customers can watch the chefs at work & enjoy a top-flight selection of sparkling raw seafood, or better still, go all out with an omakase meal that showcases seasonal produce rarely seen in KL.

Expect the unexpected - Hanare's omakase bounty features an ever-changing selection of delights for Japanese food lovers, with carefully sourced fresh ingredients prepared in revelatory ways that let their natural nuances shine, making us feel almost like we're tasting them for the first time, from boiled broad beans (sora-mame) to 'jelly ear' fungus (kikurage), surf clams with miso vinaigrette (aoyagi) to monkfish liver (ankimo).

Sushi chef Masami Moritomo's million-watt smile lights up Hanare’s counter as he plies his craft with deceptive effortlessness. Masami and his compatriot Akira Yonomoto team up to make the best of wild-caught whelk, Hokkaido oysters & more, hand-picked by the restaurant’s own staff in Tokyo’s Tsukiji fish market & flown into KL twice weekly.

 If you're in luck, you might encounter 'noresore' - baby sea eels, only a few centimetres long. But if not, no worries, there are certain to be other highlights with a dizzying diversity in terms of provenance - perhaps Hokkaido-origin fish milt (shurako), Yamaguchi dried puffer fish (fugu), Fukuoka spicy cod roe (mentaiko), Chiba whitebait, Shikuoka marinated tuna intestines, Nagasaki mullet roe, Aomori vinegared seaweed, Osaka sesame bean curd, Mie wasabi octopus, Toyama salted baby squid, Akita sand fish & Aichi little neck clams, all of which can be ordered a la carte if you're not indulging in the omakase (which costs RM250 & above). Hanare also offers a very strong selection of whisky; it's nice to note that service is still very much a stand-out here - many thanks to Hanare's terrific team members for their hospitality.

Hanare
Ground Floor, The Intermark, Jalan Tun Razak, Kuala Lumpur
Open daily for lunch & dinner. Tel: 03- 2164-2133


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10 comments:

  1. Sean, what gorgeous and delectable offerings here! I love the "deep in thought" look on the chef's face in your first photo, and he has a lovely smile! :)

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    1. Linda: definitely some culinary works of art here! and yes, i love the chef in all his different expressions and periods of work too! :)

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  2. Tried their Omakase once before, love it!
    And now is really 'near' my office, hahaha.

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    1. CK: heheh, you can just take an elevator down here and have lunch or dinner any time! :D

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  3. Oh dear! The poor hubby looking quite bored while the missus is happily fiddling with her smartphone. The sign of the times! LOL!!! One thing about Japanese, every dish is a work of art, a labour of love.

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    1. Suituapui: haha, no la, she was taking a quick photo of the chef in action! :D

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  4. wow, i know this place, famosu for expensive japanese food~

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    1. Happy walker: it's very good japanese fare here :D

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  5. cool! I would really love to try once!

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    1. Ken: hope you get the chance, maybe sometime this year :D

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