Monday, August 24, 2015

Sasagawa @ Sheraton Imperial Hotel

Taking over from Makishima at Sheraton Imperial Hotel, Sasagawa tackles the traditions of Japanese cuisine with confidence; the restaurant borrows its name from its head chef Hitoshi Sasagawa, trained by Tadamichi Ota, an Iron Chef challenger & the former vice president of the All Japan Chefs Association. Here, the pupil strives to become the master, with promising results.

Sasagawa's menu refuses to bow to 21st-century fusion fads, abiding instead by time-honoured conventions that encompass the essentials of Japanese cooking - expect the likes of boiled fish, chicken sauteed with salt, cha soba, sukiyaki & shabu-shabu. The complimentary amuse-bouche sets the tone, with simmered seafood, meat & veggies placating us for the moment.

The restaurant's artistry is evident in staples like the assorted sashimi (RM110) & seafood roll (RM42), executed with finesse.

 Both the sesame tofu tempura (RM24) & steamed rice topped with salmon & roe (RM47) yield interesting flavours & textures. 

 The only item we'd skip is the unagi yanagawa nabe (RM47) - the eel betrays the substandard foulness that has become the norm in KL in recent years. Wine is available at Sasagawa by the glass (RM34++ for the Vina Cono Sur Cabernet Sauvignon).

Sasagawa
Level 2, Sheraton Imperial Hotel, Jalan Sultan Ismail, Kuala Lumpur.
Open daily, lunch & dinner. Tel: 03-26023288

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14 comments:

  1. Works of art!!! So so beautiful that I would be reluctant to eat!

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    1. Suituapui: heheh, photograph the food first to preserve these pieces for posterity :D

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  2. very beautiful place. food looks awesome. definitely promising chef ;)

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    1. Irvine: the look of the place and the food are both pretty gorgeous, you're right :)

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  3. Artful presentations in the first few dishes - I might not know where to start.

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    1. The Yum List: that's the fun part too - figuring out where to begin! :)

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  4. wow I can see myself going crazy over the sashimi and sake here! :D

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    1. Ciki: sashimi and sake - a combination i could have all nite! :D

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  5. Very classy but not out of the world expensive, a perfect place to celebrate an occasion :)

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    1. Ken: that's a nice description for this place :)

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  6. Sashimi always good, more please! Hehehe.

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    1. CK: heheh, i want the whole sashimi bowl for myself :D

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  7. Just tried their Kaiseki menu, just too good to be true especially the sashimi and rice, so yum~

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    1. Choi Yen: heheh, hopefully other customers will also enjoy this place :)

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