Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Sushi Hibiki @ Four Seasons Place

Some chefs wait a lifetime, for a moment like this: Sushi maestro Makoto 'Sam' Saito has spent over two decades honing his craft, from his home city of Tokyo through stints that have spanned Sydney to Rome, Tel Aviv to Kuala Lumpur. This month, he finally opens up his own sushi bar in Malaysia, Hibiki (Japanese for echo), which resonated with laughter and excitement on a recent weeknight. It might be tucked inside a shopping mall, but it's a relaxed, intimate space with a cosy charm.
Hibiki's elegant attention to detail extends to every facet of the experience here, from the food to the tableware, so it's worth going all out for the restaurant's most comprehensive omakase feast at RM480 per person. You'll start with a choice of sparkling wine or cold-brewed Shizuoka-cultivated green tea, each sip of the latter flowing with natural nuances, followed by a selection of seasonal specialities, perhaps some baby scallops with a briny bite, edamame freshly harvested this month, tofu sweetened with corn, and tomatoes that burst with a smooth, sweet lusciousness.

Subsequent seafood courses display delicately captivating flavours, consistently well-balanced with sprightly accompaniments from the land. Our sashimi plate comprised what the chef called 'the king of whitefish,' alongside slices of scallops and octopus, with sea urchin as a compellingly lovely bonus, representing a range of textures to relish. We also liked the tuna 'satay,' a tender, fleshy skewer with the crunch of leeks; the bonito with ponzu sauce and spring onions; and the squid coated in two kinds of roe. The affable chef exudes an exuberant joy in presenting each serving, and that enthusiasm is infectious.

A series of sushi comes next, entirely handcrafted by the chef, who makes the effort to ensure that even the salmon is not of the norm, sourced instead from the wild in Hokkaido. From chutoro to kohada, rosy sea bass to golden eye snapper, it's a parade of pleasures at their prime. To cap off the sumptuous feast, an elegantly elaborate matcha panna cotta conceived by KL-based pastry chef Shigeru Hashizume of Suria KLCC's Le Geci Pastries for Hibiki ensured that we concluded on a delicious note.

If the occasion befits a splurge, you can go off-menu for a rice bowl irresistibly blanketed with uni and ikura (RM250) or request extra pieces of sushi (the otoro is RM55). Hibiki's cheapest bottle of wine is a Pinot Grigio that clocks in at RM320, but it works well with the fare here.

Sushi Hibiki
Lot B1-04(A), Basement 1 (inside Atlas Gourmet Market, near the wine bar), Shoppes at Four Seasons Place, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Open Tuesday to Sunday, 1230pm-230pm, 6pm-late (last orders at 10pm). Tel: +603-2391-9008

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  1. Very elegant fare. Kinda curious as to the use of those screwdriver ends of the chopsticks. Never seen any like those before.

    1. Suituapui: you have an eye for detail - i didn't even notice that, heh :D

  2. Ooooo...I am planning to savour their 'Iki' premium sushi course sometime in the future. :3

    1. Ulric: that does sound good if your primary target is sushi - and you can add on a few sushi items from their a la carte menu too! :D

  3. تعد شركة تسليك مجاريواجهات فلل في الكويت من أفضل الشركات التي تعمل على التخلص من جميع الرواسب أو التراكمات و هذا عن طريق استخدامواجهات فلل الحجر أساليب الضغط بالنيتروجين مع السوستة من أجل أن تعمل على دفع القاذورات و الأوساخ واجهات عمارات حجرالموجودة في الأنابيب من الداخل إلى الخارج من أجل تسليك المجاري

    توفر الشركة الكثير من السيارات الكبيرة واجهات عماراتو التي تساعد أيضا على التخلص من جميع أنواع الرواسب عن طريق تصريف الأوساخ و المواد فني صحي بالكويتالتي تعمل على انسداد المجاري تسليك مجاري بالكويتمثل المواد الدهنية إلى الخارج للتخلث منها تماما

    تستخدم شركة تسليك مجاري الكويت أيضا العديد من المواد التي تعمل على تطهير و تعقيم الانابيب من الداخل من أجل التخلص من جميع الجراثيم أو البكتريا و بالتالي التخلص من الحشرات و الروائح الكريهة

  4. شركة نقل عفش بينبع شركة تنظيف مداخن مطاعم في جده
    لا بد من وجود مداخن في كل مطعمشركة تنظيف خزانات بينبع من المطاعم يعمل علي تجميع البخار شركة تنظيف بالبخار بجدهوالروائح الناتجه عن تجهيز واعداد الطعام والتي تسبب بدونها دخنه جامده في المطاعم تؤدي الي خنقة الزباين شركة تنظيف دكت مكيفات بجدةفالغرض منها شركة تنظيف مداخن مطاعم بجدههو تجميع البخار والدخان شركة تنظيف مساجد بجدهالناتج عن الماكولات ثم طلقها شركة تنظيف خزانات بجده
    في الهواء
    و لذلك يجب با استمرارشركة عزل خزانات بجده التخلص من هذه الرواسب اموجوده حفاظا علي صحه المقيمين فني المنيوم الكويتفي الفنادق والاطعمه