Monday, December 28, 2015

Yamaguchi Fish Market @ Kampung Pandan

From Japanese sea breams to Malaysian white snappers, Canadian-bred sea urchins to French oysters & Alaskan king crabs, Yamaguchi Fish Market is a one-stop polestar for customers coveting the opulence of the world's oceans. The water's the limit.

Have fun exploring Yamaguchi's tanks, which hold an ever-evolving line-up of live catch, potentially including everything from halibut & lobsters to mussels & pen shell clams, plus a tray of local fish like silver pompanos & black pomfrets on ice. Make a selection, then have it scooped out & freshly cooked; alternatively, you can order from Yamaguchi's extensive a la carte menu.

Yamaguchi's signature seafood sashimi platter (RM198++) is a pleasant surprise, with an atypical assortment that partners salmon with non-fish companions such as scallops, abalone, king crab legs, prawns & oysters. If you prefer to focus on fish, the akami, sake & kampachi-laden chirashi bowl (RM55++) is an ideal alternative, with amaebi & ikura cast in for diversity.

For a wave of visual enchantment, the geoduck sashimi (RM27++ per 100 grammes) is presented in a pointed ice sculpture - simple but elegant. The clam flesh is mildly briny, furnishing a crisp, plucky chew, making it likely an acquired taste for some.

This one's a thorough treat: Fresh sea urchin, lifted straight from the water, eaten off its hedgehog shell, bearing the full magnitude of uni's unmistakably charismatic flavour, with its creamy-firm sumptuousness of texture. RM150++ per sea urchin.

Yamaguchi's repertoire of cooked fare is extensive too: We like the garlic-steamed oysters (RM72++ for six pieces), irreproachably cooked to preserve the molluscs' natural succulence, with enough garlic to amp up the flavour without undercutting the oysters' delicate nuances. The poached Hokkaido squid (RM28++) is respectable for what it is, but won't be the star of the show - a couple of dipping sauces help in its munching. And if you're a fan of theatrics, the tai head (RM48++) might be a solid bet, its salt-baked crust dramatically cracked open at the table to reveal moist, tender flesh wrapped in kelp.

Finish with crabs, prepared in recipes that harness the breadth of Yamaguchi's kitchen capabilities, extending beyond the Japanese cookbook - Alaskan king crabs can be braised in an Oriental-style savoury superior soup, their thick, juicy-sweet flesh sliding off their spiny hard exterior (RM168++ for half a crab) ...

... while giant French crabs, rich with dense roe, are treated even more unconventionally, camouflaged in oily slices of flat-bread that evoke a cross between Italian pizza & Indian naan. A diet-destroyer, by every possible measure. RM138++.

Yamaguchi takes pride in a sake selection by Kyoto's nearly five-century-old maker Gekkeikan, reputedly one of the world's longest-surviving companies, with prices for carafes commencing at RM28++. Many thanks to Yamaguchi for having us here.

Yamaguchi Fish Market
16 Jalan Kampung Pandan, Kuala Lumpur. Daily, 12pm-330pm, 6pm-1030pm. Tel: 012-268-2816


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27 comments:

  1. That awesome combo in the chirashi! :D

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    1. Ulric: chirashi power! we actually didn't order that, but they mistakenly made it, so we were happy to accept it :D

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    2. A fantastic mistake if I might say so =)

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    3. Ulric: haha, yeah, not a mistake to regret :D

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  2. the prawns and abalone are so fresh..

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    1. Karen: they tasted good :)

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  3. I love how fresh everything here is.

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    1. Suituapui: especially the seafood that's straight from the tanks :)

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  4. Wow, this place is awesome! I want to go!! :D

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    1. CK: heheh, hope you have fun here! :)

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  5. Such a large variety and beautiful presentations!

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    1. Linda: yeah, it was a visual and gustatory feast! :)

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  6. Apart from the fresh seafood that caught my attention... It was definitely the price :)

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    1. Leo: i hope they both caught your attention in a positive way, heh :)

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  7. Lots to try here! That "spilled glass" presentation I saw in the Maldives a few months back. It's rather attractive I think. I do like a bit of eatertainment with my meal so the tai head sounds interesting.

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    1. The Yum List: yeah, this is actually only the tip of the iceberg for the menu here :) i quite liked the 'glass' presentation, especially since it complemented the otherwise plain colour of the geoduck :) and yep, the tai head provides decent eatertainment value! :)

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  8. I'm amazed that they could move the entire fish market here from Japan LOL! I must make sure to load plenty of cash before walking into this place

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    1. Ken: heh, it's like a mini-version of a fish market for us right here in kl :D there are other options on the menu here which are more budget-friendly than the items we tried though :D

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  9. ooo.. we had similar stuff.. Jo and I love it too! Uni is just nuts huh.. swimming seconds before it's slurped and washed down with sakeeeee :P

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    1. Ciki: that super-fresh uni was a treasure! i think i could have happily eaten an entire sea urchin or two on my own ... with or without sake, heh :D

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  10. Wah...the food looks super fresh....and the prices super expensive too...hehe! :D Let me save some money first. I'm looking at the uni (I've not had it before) and wondering if this is the place to finally splurge and try! ;D

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    1. Contact.ewew: i asked the folks here whether the uni is gonna be permanent or seasonal, and they say it's probably permanent, which is good for us :) if you want uni on its own, you could check out Yamaguchi ... if you'd like uni sushi, then Oribe (at ViPod residences near Pavilion) is great for that ... but in both cases, it's best to call in advance to check with them about availability :)

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  11. Wow, I love to watch those live fishes swimming in the aquarium so does my daughter, I guess she will be more than excited to stroll around the area by looking at the aquarium one by one :P

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    1. Choi Yen: heheh, yeah, i think both kids and adults will enjoy exploring the live seafood :)

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  12. wow, i feel like going to visits it soon~

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    1. Happy walker: hope you enjoy your visit!

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  13. It's a nice place from picture but try calling the end and talk, see how 8s thier reaction. Got a bad experience s0eaking to Chloe and Jason. Just want to book a place and enquire about king crabs but Both sound unfriendly and rude. Do they even bother to book and eat there with this type of attitude.

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