Friday, April 22, 2016

Spring Delight @ Tonkatsu by Wa Kitchen, Pavilion

Spring awakening: It's too late to fly to the Land of the Rising Sun to see this season's cherry blossoms come into full bloom, but there's still a chance to savour the spirit of hanami, or flower viewing - Tonkatsu by Wa Kitchen has crafted a special meal (now available exclusively at Pavilion until May 15) to showcase the beauty of one of Japan's most cherished celebrations.

The Hanami Box is a hearty bento of steamed rice, seasoned with sakura denbu, a pinkish fish floss that's fluffy & sweet-savoury, & strikingly styled within the box to evoke a landscape scene of cherry blossom trees. This uniquely pretty set also includes crunchy breaded prawns, tender pork-wrapped asparagus, onion rings, tori karaage, yaki tamago, baby octopus, pickled vegetables, cabbage & edamame salad, & miso soup - a mighty meal that two light eaters could share. RM35.80+.

For dessert devotees, the Wagashi Set (RM14.80+) comprises a choice of either a Full Bloom Set (featuring refreshing Sakura ice cream produced in Japan, Sakura mochi also from Japan, & a fresh strawberry) or a Sakura Tea Set (with two pieces of Sakura mochi & a hot cup of Sakura tea). The Sakura mochi is a lovely wagashi (traditional confection) made of rice cakes with a red bean paste centre, wrapped with a Sakura leaf, while the Sakura tea is also interesting, conveying a subtle floral scent that's coupled with a slightly salty flavour from preserved cherry blossoms. The Hanami Box & the Wagashi Set can both be combined for a total of RM43.80+. All in all, a very pleasant lunch - thanks to Tonkatsu by Wa Kitchen for having us.

Tonkatsu by Wa Kitchen
6.12.00, Level 6, Pavilion, Jalan Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur. 
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10 comments:

  1. No wonder I saw a beeline of people when I passed by the place last weekend. My last fully fried meal here will last me a while but the Hanami Box seems like a very good deal.

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    1. Contact.ewew: yeah, i consider myself an enormous eater, but i was quite filled up by the combination of the hanami box and the two wagashi sets! :D

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  2. The Hanami Box is so colorful & attractive. Sakura is indeed beautiful. How does the Sakura ice cream taste like?

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    1. Melissa: the Sakura ice cream reminded me a bit of strawberry ice cream, but with a mild floral scent, balanced with a hint of salt :)

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  3. I would give the double thumbs up if they had been real cherry blossoms! Are they?

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    1. Suituapui: ooo, I don't think so. Unfortunately would be quite difficult for most practical purposes :)

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    1. Rebecca: ya, quite a cool vibe from both the promotional decor and the food :)

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  5. Arhh.... beautiful pink elements in bento~~ so inviting

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    1. Choi Yen: yeah, they did a good job creating the bento ;)

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