Monday, March 14, 2016

Sou Omakase Dining @ The Gardens Mall, Mid Valley

This new restaurant specialises exclusively in the art of omakase - there's no a la carte menu, so patrons leave it entirely to Yokohama-born executive chef Fukuchi & his team to prepare set lunches & dinners that represent a complete journey through Japanese cooking. Lunch starts from RM88+ for a five-course meal, while dinner can breach RM320+ for 10 courses.

As with any omakase, the selection will evolve according to what's fresh & seasonal, with twists that illustrate innovative surprises. For these opening weeks, the amuse bouche supplies a strong start - savoury-creamy scallop mousse layered with plum jelly, prawn sashimi & kelp. We also like the foie gras chawanmushi with its substantial slice of liver & the salmon trout mille-feuille on ice with a centre of jellied cabbage, topped with roe & asparagus. All pretty & pleasing, elaborate & nuanced.

Sashimi proves satisfactory - each fish is presented in its own unique vessel, with intriguing solid & liquid condiments of umami-rich dark soy mousse & citrus-tinged white soy sauce. For sushi, the star is the chutoro - luscious, medium-fatty tuna. Perhaps in the future, it'd be encouraging to see other cuts of seafood beyond the tried-&-tested basics of salmon & snapper.

Cod fish is a can't-fail as usual, boasting buttery flesh & crisp skin in a light teriyaki sauce, paired with an equally tasty bowl of soaked seaweed & mountain yam. Tuna collar is a treat too, terrifically moist & delicate in flavour. Grilled abalone provides a firm bite, matched with cheese sauce in a strange coupling, accompanied more effectively by crunchy-sweet bamboo shoots.

Lamb or beef? We vote for the former, with its lip-smacking & finger-licking succulence; the bubbling beef would be compelling comfort food if only the meat weren't so gamy. So-so miso soup & a less-than-imaginative dessert platter of cheesecake, fruit jelly & chocolate ice cream end the proceedings with a whimper. Still, there are enough highlights in the overall meal to make this venue worth considering (trivia: Sou is part of KL's Yuzu family of mall-based restaurants). Service is fast-paced & cordial.

Sou Omakase Dining
G247, Ground Floor, The Gardens Mall, Mid Valley City, Kuala Lumpur. 
Take the Riverview centre exit out of the mall, walk to your left toward Gardens Residences/South Tower.
Daily, 1130am-3pm, 6pm-10pm. Tel: 03-2202-1133


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18 comments:

  1. Nice! Haven't eaten Omakase for quite sometime, hmm maybe can be a birthday treat? Hehehe.

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    1. CK: haha, well, if your birthday is still more than three months away, you have time to plan! :)

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  2. We were considering the other day if we should try this new restaurant, then I said lets wait for Sean's review of the place first :P

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    1. Baby Sumo: heheh, i think it's worth trying if you want to try a new japanese place. the lunch sets seem reasonably priced, and there are some interesting dishes :)

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  3. I wish i could try this place when i get to Malaysia, the dishes looks so yummy and classy at the same time!

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    1. Stevevhan: there's quite a variety of fare to check out in malaysia - i think you'll enjoy your trip here! :)

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  4. Looks good.. it's on my list!! :D

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    1. Ciki: yay - omakase is the way to go, heheh :D

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  5. The very reason why I love staying around there - lots of such nice eateries around...no need to leave the building even, and no need to face those horrendous KL traffic jams!

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    1. Suituapui: heheh, it can be a bit jammed trying to get into and out of the mid valley loop during peak hours though :)

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  6. Some very pretty plating here.

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    1. The Yum List: yep, they've done a nice job with that :)

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  7. 88++ is certainly a good starting point.

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    1. KY: yep, decent enough for a respectable omakase :)

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  8. It's always exciting to see all these beautifully presented Japanese dishes

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    1. Ken: yep, i look forward to this too! :D

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  9. The food plating is tempting me to try it immediately. Going to give it a try this week!

    By the way, giving you a heads up to stay tune on one of the Japanese restaurant that will be serving Omakase menu when St Regis Hotel @ KL Sentral opens. The menu is absolutely very interesting! :P

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    1. Amuyo: yay! hope you enjoy Sou :) i probably might not be able to initially visit sushi saito at st regis, but maybe later on in the future :)

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