Sunday, September 13, 2015

Nomi Tomo Sake Bar @ Bukit Damansara

Hidden without a signboard on the third floor of a Plaza Damansara shop-lot, Nomi Tomo - which translates into 'Drinking Buddies' - serves purely sake & skewers (with an interesting selection of both), founded by friendly brothers Kelvin & Kai Zhou.

You'll find bottles of the brothers' favourite sakes lining the walls, as well as bountifully stocked cabinets that tease & tempt with highlights like the Houraisen Junmai Ginjo Wa (RM173 for 720ml) & Hoshi Usagi sparkling sake (RM81 for 300ml). If sake categories like Honjozo-shu & Daiginjo-shu mean something to you, Nomi Tomo could become one of your favourite hangouts.

We ventured into fruity territory, sampling the invigorating Aragoshi Yuzu & ordering a bottle of the richly sweet Aragoshi Umeshu (RM202 for 720ml), reputedly made with 18 types of plums. Note that Nomi Tomo currently offers sake only by the bottle (with carafes expected to be available later this year), so come prepared to drink a lot if you plan to order sake.

But even if you're not into sake, it's worth visiting Nomi Tomo simply for the skewers, served sizzling & smoky - beef with togarashi spices, tasty-tender pork belly, crispy-savoury chicken wings, & juicy salmon wrapped in bacon. Kelvin & Kai Zhou have spent time working at teppanyaki & Thai eateries in Melbourne, & they've put their F&B experience to fine use here.

Nomi Tomo Sake Bar
3rd Floor, No. 2 & 4, Plaza Damansara, Jalan Medan Setia 2, Bukit Damansara, Kuala Lumpur. 
Currently open daily, 5pm-2am. Tel: 03-2011-2839

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20 comments:

  1. I would love that...in my ginger chicken soup. :D Oooo...I see bacon!

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    1. Suituapui: bacon-wrapped salmon is interesting! :D

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  2. Nice ambiance and dishes. :)

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  3. How you managed to find this obscure location (without signboard) really impress me

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    1. Leo: the smell of sake called out to me! :D

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  4. OK.. one or two hidden bars ago, I found it cute.. but now, if every bar is gonna be hidden, then the apparent ones will become Indie la ok? #justsayin. Nomi Tomo makes me wanna chant and pray... pray for sake! hahaha

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    1. Ciki: heheh, i think there's still room for some more hidden bars, since there are lots of secret corners possible nearly everywhere in KL :) pray for sake here and your wish will be granted! :D

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  5. Sake by the bottle is not a problem for you....not even if they're hidden on the third floor! :D

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    1. Contact.ewew: i'll happily climb the stairs of three floors for sake :D

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  6. Time to get invigorated with the Aragoshi Yuzu and some smoking skewers! :D

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    1. Ulric: sounds like a great plan for a good evening! :D

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  7. Skewers and sake - seems the latest trend to be popping up around KL.

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    1. The Yum List: i hope the trend will persist! :D

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  8. That looks like a nice neighborhood bar in Japan.

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    1. KY: it does have a nice japanese-y vibe to it :D

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  9. I am not a sake fan, but yes yes to skewers, hehe.

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    1. CK: i say yes to both, heheh! :D

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  10. A whole bottle would be tough.. unless I got a group along. Or ONE Sean Yoong. :P

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    1. Rebecca: haha, if the sake is delicious, i definitely don't mind a bottle :D

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