Friday, September 23, 2016

Tenmaya, Hana Yuzen, Kotaro Sushi & Moriawase Bento

This low-key eatery is a decent destination for diving into a Japanese dinner of comfort carbs - a rice roll stuffed with foie gras, a bowl of rice topped with tuna belly & sea urchin, & a hot-pot of rice mixed with mushrooms & truffle oil, all capably prepared.

Tenmaya, Nexus Bangsar South, Kuala Lumpur

 Hana Yuzen's selection of maki - some stuffed with eel & avocado, others with salmon sashimi, fruits & fish floss - qualify as passable, though based on these sushi rolls alone, it's impossible to build a case for this Subang restaurant as a should-visit.

Hana Yuzen, SS15 Subang, Selangor

Kotaro may be a cautionary tale on how Japanese joints that aspire to impress must more robustly examine the strength of their produce & chefs, especially with a menu that raises expectations by offering Wagyu beef sushi & Sakura shrimp rolls.

Kotaro Sushi, Pearl Point Shopping Mall, Old Klang Road, Kuala Lumpur

A meal at Moriawase may comprise a sashimi bento, soft-shell crab spring roll, cherry tomatoes stuffed with crab meat, tuna-packed rice paper rolls, & lemongrass-grilled salmon - it's a struggle however to summon up compliments for these creations.

Moriawase Bento, Oasis Square, Ara Damansara, Selangor

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  1. Four in a row! These Japanese places, it's like you've seen one, you've seen them all. Everything looks great but some may have an edge over the others - the test of the pudding is in the eating. The one we have left over here is not all that great, service isn't all that friendly but at least, it is nicer than the franchise one that I never bother to go to.

    1. Suituapui: yeah, with so many japanese restaurants, you're right, there'll be many hits but many misses too! it's not easy to stand out as a japanese eatery in malaysia, i guess ...

  2. Oh dear, one out of four ain't great. I suppose if the prices are on the cheaper end, then we'd be more willing to compromise on the taste a bit.

    1. Contact.ewew: yeah, some of these outlets would work OK if we just need an easy fix for a sushi craving ;)