Wednesday, August 12, 2015

2015 Menu: Uokatsu @ Plaza Damas 3, Sri Hartamas

Everything's going swimmingly for Uokatsu, which has netted a reputation as Sri Hartamas' pre-eminent purveyor of Japanese-origin seafood since 2014. Now sailing into its second year, Uokatsu is making waves with a new season's worth of the ocean's opulence - whether you like your fish & molluscs raw or cooked, the tide will turn in your favour here.

The sashimi selection evolves as the months change, but highlights often include hamachi, buri, tai & kanpachi, mostly costing between RM30 & RM44 for several satisfying slices of one type of fish. Crowds love the botan ebi (RM19) - the restaurant reputedly sells a few hundred of this succulent shrimp every week. And for lovers of uni, Uokatsu's sea urchin reigns supreme.

 Our favourite new orders here are the rice bowl recipes - warm, creamy comfort, resting on classic traditions of cooking. Whether it's the Tai Meshi (RM30), blanketed with sea bream, seaweed & a raw egg, or the Mentai Rice (RM18), burnished with soft, thick strips of roe-topped omelette, this is the sort of lunch that Uokatsu's loyalists return for over & over again, cramming themselves into this compact outlet's 10 tables after falling in love with its scoops of premium Akitakomachi rice.

 A mollusc from northern Japan for every budget: If you're in the mood for splurging, make a booking for Uokatsu's Hokkaido oyster at least two days in advance; it's RM200 an oyster but can be sliced & shared - a behemoth that's fleshy & flavoursome. Alternatively, Hokkaido scallops are also available, capably grilled in their own briny jus, for RM33 a pop.

Uokatsu's respect for its catch, from trusted suppliers in Japan, shines in how fish is prepared to showcase its best attributes; specials include house-made air-dried mackerel (RM20 for half) & grilled tuna cheek (RM16 for 100 grammes), but even the non-seafood dishes are worth sampling, from the signature onsen tamago (RM3.50) to rich-textured otokomae tofu (RM11) to the familiar but finely executed braised burdock root (RM8).

 The menu is extensive enough that you might not need dessert, but you'll probably want it: If Hokkaido melons are in season, snatch a sweet slice for RM15. Otherwise, wrap up with Uokatsu's own ice cream in flavours of wasabi, black sesame & French vanilla (RM9 each). Wash down with leisurely sips of sake or genmaicha; many thanks to Uokatsu for having us here.

Uokatsu
B-0-7. Plaza Damas 3, Jalan Sri Hartamas 1, Kuala Lumpur. Tel: 03-6201-0339
Lunch: Tues-Fri, 1130am-230pm; Sat-Sun, 1030am-230pm. Dinner: Thurs-Sat, 6pm-10pm

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22 comments:

  1. Wow! Ice cream looks so fine, so smooth. Nicely done, the egg.

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    1. Suituapui: ice cream & eggs make me happy :D

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  2. We are certainly spoiled for Japanese cuisine in KL.

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    1. The Yum List: may we never stop being spoiled :)

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  3. Hey...I just visited last Sat...loved their moreish Mentai Rice and the soupish Grilled Hokkaido Scallop...gonna try their Tai Meshi next...but sometimes I do find that they sliced their sashimi too thinly tho ><

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    1. Ulric: that mentai rice is really good hor ... hopefully you'll encounter sufficiently thick slices of tai for your rice bowl :D

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    2. I ate almost 2 bowls of the mentai rice on top of almost half of a hamachi ikura don :D

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    3. Ulric: i want two bowls of the mentai rice too! :)

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  4. I am very unfamiliar with the foods here, Sean. I love the plates. :)

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    1. Linda: yup, the tableware here is pretty cool :)

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  5. Everything looks soooooo good! :)

    I'll love to eat the RM 200 oyster, although it'll have to be a special occasion since it's RM 400 for 2 pax. I know it can be shared but nothing beats slurping down the fat, juicy oyster by yourself. Haha.

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    1. Huai Bin: it was quite a satisfying feast from start to finish! :) yeah, unfortunately, i would hesitate to fork out RM200 for the oyster too, even though it was great. actually this oyster is so massive, it probably needs to be sliced ... you might choke on it if you try to slurp it whole! :)

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  6. Sounds like a Japanese haven! Is the melon really that nice?? :P

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    1. Iamthewitch: the melon is good - firm and juicy, with the kind of ripe flavour that people like in fruits :D

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  7. Rm 200 for an oyster? Err, i'll need to ask for some donations first. :P

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    1. Ken: crowd-funding for oysters! :)

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  8. Wow, everything looks good here. Omg....look at the whole tray of uni! RM200 for one oyster? ***pengsan***

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    1. Contact.ewew: i wanted to seize that whole tray of uni and have it all to myself! :D

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  9. Love the food but loathe the crowd and the small space inside.. Went there the first time with the kids and had to wait for 20-30min With them screaming due to the heat and stuffiness. And they don't take reservation so no choice but to wait. Perhaps I have to go early

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    1. Leo: yikes! yeah, they open at 1030am on weekends, so maybe can come by 11am :)

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  10. Uni, mentai rice and Hokkaido melons, all my favorite. :D

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    1. CK: heheh, i like the first two ... melons, not so much :)

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