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Omakase: 3 Things You Need To Know Before Trying It

What is Omakase?

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A decadent dining experience relishing and admiring Insta-worthy delights has become a norm and one could hardly resist dining out just to enjoy such eye-pleasing and palate-titillating experience. However, if you are seeking a more soul-satisfying and unique gastronomic dining experience to delight all the senses, Omakase dining would definitely be worth trying.

If you are wondering what is “omakase”, it is actually a Japanese word that simply translates to “I will leave it to you”, in this case the chef will be in charge.

Why try omakase you ask? You will be surprised that not knowing what you are eating actually heightens your senses of taste and smell! Just close your eyes and savour the complex flavours and texture of each and every dish served.

3 Things You Need To Know Before Trying It

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Credit: Kampachi

1. Seated facing the chef

Unlike other restaurants, diners will be seated at the sushi bar and will be able to interact directly with the chef. Omakase dining allows the chef to personalize your dining experience, hence there will be no more than 10 guests per dining session. This way, the chef can make sure each diner is given the appropriate attention and best service.

2. There will be no menu

Don’t even bother asking for the menu because you won’t be getting it. The whole idea of omakase is letting the chef decide what to be served, this way the chef can flex their culinary creativity. So, simply relax and enjoy the show!

3. Expect more attention from the chef

Ever wondered what is the chef’s inspiration behind a dish? In omakase dining, you are most welcome to ask the chef. Besides, diners might even be surprised by how much attention they will be getting from the chef. Expect small talks, dish explanation and also at time, a little instruction on how the dish should be enjoyed.

Here is a fun fact: If you notice a thick wooden ‘Geta’ plate in front of you, don’t move it! That is where the chef put your sushi.

Omakase Dining in Klang Valley

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Credit: Ishin Japanese Dining.

Undecided on what to eat or feeling a little adventurous? Well, omakase is always a great option and if you don’t know where to have it, we have got your back! Here is our hand-picked list of restaurants that offer great omakase dining that you should not forgo!

1. Nobu KL

Location: Level 56, Menara 3 Petronas, Persiaran KLCC, Kuala Lumpur City Centre, 50088 Kuala Lumpur. 

>> Click here to book a table at Nobu KL

 

2. Sushi Azabu

Location: ISETAN The Japan Store, LOT 10, No. 50, Jalan Sultan Ismail, 50250 Kuala Lumpur.

 

>> Click here to book a table at Sushi Azabu

 

 

3. Kampachi EQ, Kampachi Plaza33 or Kampachi Pavilion

 

>> Click here to book a table at Kampachi

 

 

4. Ishin Japanese Dining

Location: No. 202, Persiaran Klang, Batu 3 3/4, Off Jalan Klang Lama, 58000 Kuala Lumpur.

 

>> Click here to book a table at Ishin Japanese Dining

5. Sou Omakase Dining

Location: G247, Ground Floor, The Gardens Mall, Mid Valley City, Lingkaran Syed Putra, 59200 Kuala Lumpur.

 

>> Click here to book a table at Sou Omakase Dining

 

 

6. Iketeru @ Hilton KL

Location: Level 8, Hilton Kuala Lumpur, 3, Jalan Stesen Sentral, 50470 Kuala Lumpur.

 

>> Click here to book a table at Iketeru @ Hilton KL

 

 

7. Uroko Japanese Cuisine

Location: 2nd Floor, 22-A-1, Jalan 17/54, 46400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor.

 

>> Click here to book a table at Uroko Japanese Cuisine

 

 

8. Hanaya @ Grand Millennium

Location: Lobby Floor, Grand Millennium Kuala Lumpur, 160, Jalan Bukit Bintang, 55100 Kuala Lumpur.

 

>> Click here to book a table at Hanaya @ Grand Millennium

 
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Lip-smacking Japanese Buffets in Klang Valley That Even Japanese Will Approve

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Are you a fan of Japanese cuisine? Do you wish to be able to feast like an Emperor? Well, you don’t have to be an Emperor to feast like one, simply join us at any of these top Japanese restaurants for an all-you-can-eat buffet!

1. Kampachi

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Being acknowledged as Kuala Lumpur’s leading Japanese restaurants for more than 40 years, Kampachi has been an haute dining spot in town for its best authentic Japanese cuisine and unparalleled hospitality. With that said, Kampachi is also known for their weekend buffet that features a vast array of the freshest, authentic Japanese specialties featuring seasonal premium items.

On top of that, if you are a TABLEAPP ELITE member, you will be entitled to redeem the signature buffet at Kampachi Plaza33!

Kampachi Plaza33
1. Saturday A la Carte Lunch Buffet
2. Sunday Brunch Buffet
Location: P1-02, Level 1, Podium, Plaza 33, No. 1, Jalan Kemajuan, Seksyen 13, 46200 Petaling Jaya, Selangor

Kampachi EQ
1. The Legendary Japanese Sunday Buffet
Location: Ground Floor, Equatorial Plaza, Jalan Sultan Ismail, 50250 Kuala Lumpur

>> Click here to book a table at Kampachi

2. ROCKU Yakiniku

Nestled in Hilton Petaling Jaya, the award-winning Genji Japanese Restaurant is a modern Japanese restaurant that perfect for all occasions. With such a strong reputation, diners can expect to savour the finest produce prepared the authentic way. Elevate your dining experience with their extensive buffet offering today! Scrumptious tempura, sushi and California rolls awaits await you! Book to enjoy a 25% off for Sunday Lunch buffet for all reservations made via TABLEAPP. Genji @ Hilton Petaling Jaya Level 1, Hilton Petaling Jaya, 2, Jalan Barat, PJS 52, 46200 Petaling Jaya, Selangor. >> Click here to book a table at ROCKU buffet

An experience like no other, ROCKU Yakiniku is the much-loved restaurant for those who enjoy an all-you-can-eat barbecue buffet. That is not only it, they will also let you grill your own meat too which makes the experience even better! Just order away your favourite meats, seafood or help yourself to the open bar for some sushi and more!

ROCKU Pavilion
Location: Lot 07.01.03, Level 7, Pavilion Kuala Lumpur. 168, Jalan Bukit Bintang, 55100 Kuala Lumpur.

ROCKU 1 Utama
Location: Lot F355/356/357, First Floor, Rainforest, 1 Utama Shopping Centre. 1, Lebuh Bandar Utama, 47800 Petaling Jaya, Selangor.

>> Click here to book a table at Rocku

3. Shabu X

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New in town, Shabu X is the latest Japanese buffet that every shabu-shabu enthusiast is talking about! With its appealing modern design, Shabu X aims to offer the best dining experience to diners and that includes a wide selection of great foods, oden, tempura and sushi too! And not to mention, Shabu X offers up to 7 selections of broths and the Signature Tori Paitan Broth which must not be missed!

With one price, diners can enjoy an all-you-can-eat at Shabu X. It is a perfect place for gathering, celebration and event hosting.

Shabu X
Location: LG-07 & 08, Setia City Mall, No. 7, Persiaran Setia Dagang, Setia Alam, 40170 Shah Alam.

>> Click here to book a table at Shabu X

4. Kimiya Seventeen Mall

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Kimiya is a casual dining and cozy Japanese restaurant in the heart of Petaling Jaya which is well-known for their premium high-quality foods. And of course, one of the restaurant’s highlights is their newly-launched a la carte buffet. Diners can pick from their extensive menu that features tantalizing dishes like mini donburi, teppanyaki, sashimi and desserts too!

Kimiya Seventeen Mall
Ala Carte Buffet
Monday to Sunday (5.00pm- 10.00pm)
Location: Lot L2-22, Seventeen Mall, Seksyen 17, 40150 Petaling Jaya, Selangor.

>> Click here to book a table at Kimiya Seventeen Mall

5. Genji @ Hilton Petaling Jaya

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Nestled in Hilton Petaling Jaya, the award-winning Genji Japanese Restaurant is a modern Japanese restaurant that perfect for all occasions. With such a strong reputation, diners can expect to savour the finest produce prepared the authentic way. Elevate your dining experience with their extensive buffet offering today! Scrumptious tempura, sushi and California rolls awaits await you!

Book to enjoy a 25% off for Sunday Lunch buffet for all reservations made via TABLEAPP.

Genji @ Hilton Petaling Jaya
Location: Level 1, Hilton Petaling Jaya, 2, Jalan Barat, PJS 52, 46200 Petaling Jaya, Selangor.

>> Click here to book a table at Genji @ Hilton Petaling Jaya

6. Iketeru @ Hilton Kuala Lumpur

Nestled in Hilton Petaling Jaya, the award-winning Genji Japanese Restaurant is a modern Japanese restaurant that perfect for all occasions. With such a strong reputation, diners can expect to savour the finest produce prepared the authentic way. Elevate your dining experience with their extensive buffet offering today! Scrumptious tempura, sushi and California rolls awaits await you! Book to enjoy a 25% off for Sunday Lunch buffet for all reservations made via TABLEAPP. Genji @ Hilton Petaling Jaya Level 1, Hilton Petaling Jaya, 2, Jalan Barat, PJS 52, 46200 Petaling Jaya, Selangor. >> Click here to book a table at Iketeru, Hilton Petaling Jaya buffet

Set in the 8th floor of Hilton Kuala Lumpur, Iketeru is the go-to restaurant if you would like to pamper yourself to a unique dining experience. Speaking of which, diners can enjoy both a bird’s-eye view of the city and scrumptious Japanese cuisines at the same time! So, if you are someone who enjoys an exquisite atmosphere, this is it! The restaurant’s all-you-can-eat buffet is available every weekend!

Iketeru @ Hilton Kuala Lumpur
Location: Level 8, Hilton Kuala Lumpur, 3, Jalan Stesen Sentral, 50470 Kuala Lumpur.

>> Click here to book a table at Iketeru @ Hilton Kuala Lumpur

7. Kofuku Japanese Cuisine @ Seri Pacific Hotel

Nestled in Hilton Petaling Jaya, the award-winning Genji Japanese Restaurant is a modern Japanese restaurant that perfect for all occasions. With such a strong reputation, diners can expect to savour the finest produce prepared the authentic way. Elevate your dining experience with their extensive buffet offering today! Scrumptious tempura, sushi and California rolls awaits await you! Book to enjoy a 25% off for Sunday Lunch buffet for all reservations made via TABLEAPP. Genji @ Hilton Petaling Jaya Level 1, Hilton Petaling Jaya, 2, Jalan Barat, PJS 52, 46200 Petaling Jaya, Selangor. >> Click here to book a table at Kofuku, Seri Pacific Hotel buffet

Did you know? Kofuku means “double happiness” and we bet their extensive Saturday Buffet Dinner will bring you doubled enjoyment too! Indulge yourself in the all-you-can-eat sushi, sashimi, teppanyaki or tempura favourites and lots more!

Kofuku Japanese Cuisine @ Seri Pacific Hotel
Location: Level 4, Seri Pacific Hotel, Jalan Putra, 50350 Kuala Lumpur.

>> Click here to book a table at Kofuku Japanese Cuisine @ Seri Pacific Hotel

8. Komura Japanese Restaurant @ Corus Hotel Kuala Lumpur

Nestled in Hilton Petaling Jaya, the award-winning Genji Japanese Restaurant is a modern Japanese restaurant that perfect for all occasions. With such a strong reputation, diners can expect to savour the finest produce prepared the authentic way. Elevate your dining experience with their extensive buffet offering today! Scrumptious tempura, sushi and California rolls awaits await you! Book to enjoy a 25% off for Sunday Lunch buffet for all reservations made via TABLEAPP. Genji @ Hilton Petaling Jaya Level 1, Hilton Petaling Jaya, 2, Jalan Barat, PJS 52, 46200 Petaling Jaya, Selangor. >> Click here to book a table at Komura Japanese Cuisine, Corus Hotel Kuala Lumpur buffet

Komura Japanese Restaurant, nestled atop the cobblestones pathways leading to the serene ambience of Tatami rooms, is the perfect place to enjoy an all-you-can-eat buffet lunch or dinner. Available only on the weekend, diners can indulge on over 75 choices of Komura’s finest Japanese cuisine!

Komura Japanese Restaurant @ Corus Hotel Kuala Lumpur
Location: Ground Floor, Corus Hotel Kuala Lumpur, Jalan Ampang, 50450 Kuala Lumpur.

>> Click here to book a table at Komura Japanese Restaurant @ Corus Hotel Kuala Lumpur

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The World Is Celebrating International Sushi Day and You Need To Know Why!

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Did you know every year on the 18th of June, International Sushi Day is celebrated around the world? We bet some of you didn’t even realize that was a thing. The reason International Sushi Day was created is to solely eat and appreciate the amazing history of sushi.

But to be honest, who doesn’t like an excuse to revel in all kinds of lip-smacking sushi dishes? Definitely us, because we can’t wait for it!

How the Sushi Culture Started?

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Isn’t it crazy how in today’s world, sushi is readily available in so many countries across the globe! From Asia, Europe, North America and even South America. What once used to be unique and exclusive to the Japanese has now evolved into an international love affair.

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With that being said, let’s dig a little deeper to uncover how this global love affair started. In the early 17th century, a time where “Tokyo” was still known as “Edo”, lived a man named Matsumoto Yoshiichi – the person to be credited for popularizing the new type of “sushi” seasoned with vinegar (fish wrapped in seasoned rice).

However, it was only until the 19th century that a man by the name of Hanaya Yohei made the first sushi that we know today. An oblong-shaped piece of warm-seasoned rice topped with fresh fish.

As the time progresses, sushi continues to evolve and wherever it lands, local influences take over. For instance, in the United States, there are the California Roll and Boston Roll – both created to suit American’s taste buds and preferences.

How to Celebrate International Day in Malaysia?

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What’s the better way to celebrate International Sushi Day than to indulge in sushi at some of the best Japanese restaurants in Malaysia? Take this opportunity to taste authentic and unique sushi creations offered at these restaurants. Pick from our list of top Japanese restaurants and make your reservation here!

Understanding the origin of sushi is fun, but do you know how to eat sushi the right way? Well, you can learn the correct way of enjoying sushi according to the world-renowned chef Nobuyuki “Nobu” Matsuhisa – the owner of 47 highly-regarded Nobu restaurants worldwide! Check out these simple steps right here.

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S.Pellegrino and Acqua Panna: The Wagyu of Bottled Water

When dining out, have you ever been asked by the waiter, “Would you prefer sparkling or still water?”. Chances are the water offered are either S.Pellegrino or Acqua Panna. With that being said, today we are going to talk about two of the world’s most famous bottled water! Synonymous with gourmet food and wine culture, they are also the preferred choice of many award-winning and Michelin starred restaurants in the world.

1. S.Pellegrino

Credit: www.sanpellegrino.com

Origin

Given its strong reputation as fine dining water, S.Pellegrino (and its still counterpart, Acqua Panna) has been producing excellent and fine tasting mineral water since 1899. What is even more interesting is that there are at least 10 minerals found naturally in the water!

Here is a fun fact: Every bottle of S.Pellegrino has come from the same natural spring for the past 600 years!

Credit: www.sanpellegrino.com

How did Sparkling Water come about?

It is said that if you drink the water at its purest form, the after taste would be like milk. However, with the addition of CO2, the milkiness disappears and all that is left is the signature crisp taste. In the beginning, the bubbles were added to preserve the natural minerals but customers ended up preferring the taste of carbonated water. This ultimately leads the company to stop selling the non-carbonated version once and for all.

2. Acqua Panna

Credit: www.acquapanna.com

Hailed as the still water of fine dining, Acqua Panna bottled water is a companion of the finest palates on every table. Bottled at the heart of uncontaminated nature in Tuscany, Acqua Panna needs 13 years to flow through the aquifer and reach the surface at the natural spring where it is bottled without any additional treatment nor filtering.

Here is a fun fact: The Acqua Panna Natural Spring Water sources are located 1128 meter high in the serene Apennines Mountains of Tuscany.

Why good water is important in fine dining?

Just like wine, no water tastes alike. With that said, it is undeniable that fine dining water plays a significant role in the world of gourmet dining. Besides acting as a palate cleanser, still and sparkling water when paired correctly can help to amplify the flavours of a dish without covering them.

The next time you dine out at a restaurant that serves either S.Pellegrino or Acqua Panna, why not give it a try and taste the difference. Book a restaurant here!

 

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A Simple Guide To Enjoy Oysters – Should You Chew or Swallow Whole?

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It is not uncommon to see a restaurant serving oyster but how much do we actually know about them? Today, we are going to explore the different types of oysters and how to eat them. Do not worry this is nothing overwhelming and just perfect for beginners.

Common Types Of Oysters Served in Restaurants

For your information, there are actually hundreds varieties of oysters yet it all comes down to a total of only 5 species of oysters. They are namely Crassostrea gigas, Crassostrea sikamea, Crassostrea virginicas, Ostrea edulis and Ostrea lurida. To put it in lay man’s term, they are Pacific oysters, Kumamoto oysters, Atlantic oysters, European flats and Olympia oysters.

Oyster farm in which oysters are bred and raised.

1. Pacific Oysters

Pacific oyster or Japanese oyster (Magallana gigas) are oysters native to the Pacific coast of Asia. They tend to be meatier and creamier in which the more popular types include Kusshi and Marin Miyagi.

2. Kumamoto Oysters

Kumamoto oysters are usually deep-cupped with smaller meats inside. Although it is smaller in size, they are a favorite for both new oyster eaters and connoisseurs. It is also known as the ‘Chardonnay of oysters’ due to its fruity flavours with a hint of brininess.

3. Atlantic Oysters

Atlantic oysters (aka great American oyster) are usually a lot bigger and they are most commonly found in North America. In terms of taste, they come with a slight metallic finish and because of that it is not recommended to beginners.

4. European Flats

As the name suggests, the European Flat oysters are native to Europe. These European countries include England, Denmark, Nether­lands and many others along the western and southern coasts of Europe. They are usually larger in size compared to other types with a rich and extremely flavourful taste recommended only to true oyster lovers.

5. Olympia Oysters

Last but not least, the Olympia oysters which are just bouncing back from being almost extinct. As a matter of fact, they were wiped out and for many years thought to be extinct. With that being said, they are the least common type of oyster found in this day and age.

Here is a fun fact: Oysters get their flavours from their environments. Meaning the same species of oysters in another region of the world may have a different taste when eaten.

How To Eat Oysters

Oysters are usually served with a slices on lemon on the side.

Now the interesting part, eating oysters! For a start, you would want to eat the oysters naked with no sauce added. This way you can truly taste the region or seawater of where the oyster is from. Moving on, you can gradually experiment by adding some lemon, cocktail sauce, vinaigrette or horseradish to find what best suits your taste buds.

All in all, the general rule of thumb here is to never over sauce the oysters as it will mask its natural taste. The tip here is to add just enough sauce and chew it twice to release the flavours within before swallowing whole.

The key is to never over sauce the oyster!

To make it simple, here is a step-by-step on how to eat an oyster:

1. Use the fork to release the oyster from its shell.

2. Add your preferred sauce or simply have it naked.

3. Using the shell as a spoon slide the oyster into your mouth.

4. Chew it twice to release the flavours within then swallow whole.

5. Repeat.

Where To Eat Oysters

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With these 5 simple steps you can now start your journey in search of the best oysters in town! Better yet, save your precious time by checking out these top seafood restaurants on TABLEAPP. Bon voyage!

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What Makes Dates Your Perfect “Date” To Break A Fast?

Click to view image of people sharing dates

It is almost the time of the year again where you will start to listen to this phrase on the radio, “Yusuf…Taiyoob…”

If you don’t already know, this is a famous phrase in Malaysia during the festive season in which it is promoting dates. In Malaysia, people go crazy over dates (aka Kurma), especially when the fasting period is quickly approaching. Reason being, dates are actually very nutritious and makes a great breaking fast delight on the go. No wonder, it is nicknamed the power food!

1. What Are Dates?

However, do you know what are dates, and where it is from? First of all, dates grow on trees and those big trees are called “date palms”. Let us give you an idea, just like grapes, dates grow in large clusters too! Commonly found in the Middle East, dates are a native fruit that has been a part of that region for thousands of years!

If you ever come across dates that are sold at the supermarket, you will probably notice that most dates on display are dried and pre-packaged. Nevertheless, if you’re lucky enough, sometimes you will be able to purchase fresh dates that are bright orange in colour! Not to mention, it is super delicious and packed with nutrients too!

2. What Are The Health Benefits of Dates?

Ever wonder why dates are the go-to fruits when breaking a fast? To begin with, dates are high in sugar, fiber, minerals, and phytonutrients. They also contain potassium, magnesium, iron, and small amounts of protein and fat. On top of that, dates are easily digested, making them a quick source of energy and nutrients that are essential for those who are fasting.

On the other hand, the tradition to break a fast with dates is rooted in religious teachings of the Prophet Muhammad, who is quoted as saying: “When one of you is fasting, he should break his fast with dates; but if he cannot get any, then (he should break his fast) with water, for water is purifying.”

3. Best Restaurants To Break Your Fast - Book Now!

Now that you know the benefits of breaking fast with dates, it is time to find the perfect place for your main feast! From tantalizing buffet feast to specially curated festive set dinner you are in for a treat!

>> Check out our hand-picked list of the top restaurants in Malaysia to break a fast and celebrate togetherness!

Don’t forget to secure the best slots and grab your early bird promotions as the time is ticking for these early bird promotions! 

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Do You Know Your Tuna: Akami, Chutoro and Ootoro?

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So, recently I had my first good sashimi eating experience and I won’t lie, it was quite intimidating and yet unforgettable at the same time. This is mainly due to a previous experience I had eating bad sashimi. Yucks! Plus, if I were to be given a choice, I’ll pick a hot meal over cold and raw sashimi anyway.

However, one fine day, I had a change of mind and decided on going to a Japanese restaurant with my colleagues. Lucky me, they are very familiar with sashimi and know what the best dishes are to order. One dish after another, my perspective towards sashimi started to change for the better but the turning point was the Ootoro (or commonly known as otoro)!

One bite was all it took and I was hooked ever since. Surprised? Well, it was an even bigger surprise when we asked for the bill, it was quite a hefty price but it was worth every penny!

Types of Tuna

Click to view image of a Slab of Bluefin Tuna
Credit: Sushi Azabu Kuala Lumpur

Following the great meal, I was curious to find out more about sashimi, especially about the bluefin tuna. So here are the few facts I found out! For example, in Japanese, the term “tuna” is widely known as “Maguro”. Also, it’s perhaps the best known and most commonly eaten fish in all of the sushi dinings. With that being said, you will be able to easily find many Japanese restaurants serving tuna or bluefin tuna.

If you happen to sit at the sushi bar, most likely you will be able to see a slab of Maguro displayed behind the glass. But have you ever noticed there are actually three shades of colour with Akami (lean) tuna being the darkest red, slightly lighter one is Chutoro (medium-fatty tuna) and the lightest and smoothest-looking of the three, Ootoro (fatty tuna)?

1. Akami (Lean Tuna)

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Credit: Sushi Azabu Kuala Lumpur

Akami is the most commonly used and available part of tuna in many Japanese restaurants, the reason being it is the main part of a tuna fish. Again, you will be able to easily tell Akami apart solely by its darker-reddish colour. In terms of texture and taste, Akami is the leanest part of tuna and is described to be meatier and has a bolder taste profile. In a Japanese restaurant, Akami is found most often served as sushi, sashimi and sushi rolls.

2. Chutoro (Medium Fatty Tuna)

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Credit: Sushi Azabu Kuala Lumpur

The next part of the fish is Chutoro which has a lighter reddish colour. This part is a perfect blend of Akami and Ootoro because of its fatty level that lies between the lean and fattiest part of a tuna. Also, you can already guess, Chutoro provides both a meaty and a fatty texture in one bite. It’s recommended by many sushi enthusiasts that Chutoro shall be eaten as sashimi. So, the next time you are going to get some Chutoro, be sure to have it raw and of course, with a little dab of wasabi!

3. Ootoro (Fatty Tuna)

Credit: Sushi Azabu Kuala Lumpur

The last but not least, the highly sought-after tuna belly, also known as Ootoro! For your information, this is the most desirable part of a tuna. This is mainly because of its melt-in-the-mouth texture that sashimi lovers go crazy about! However, do not expect to eat a lot of Ootoro (and Chutoro) because it only makes up such a small amount of the entire tuna.

Due to its limited nature, both the Chutoro and Ootoro can be a little expensive when compared with Akami. Nonetheless, for many sashimi lovers, it’s worth every penny!

 

Discover Where To Enjoy Tuna Sashimi in KL

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Credit: Ishin Japanese Dining

Can’t wait to have a taste of some sumptuous tuna sashimi? We have got your back! Check out the top Japanese restaurants lined up just for you!

Explore and book a table now!

 

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Revel In 3 Brand New Signature Dishes at Ishin Japanese Dining @ Jalan Klang Lama

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Psst…did you know? Ishin Japanese Dining is offering brand new signature dishes for TABLEAPP ELITE members! Yes, you heard it right! For your information, TABLEAPP ELITE is a membership in which members can redeem free signature dishes when dining out at participating restaurants.

Filled with joy and excitement of the news, I reminisce about the last time I visited Ishin when the signature dishes blew my mind! At that instance, I invited two of my colleagues and we immediately headed to Ishin for our lunch.

Upon arrival, we quickly got a parking slot right in front of the restaurant, may I add, finding a parking spot here is a breeze as free valet parking is provided by the restaurant! For us, this is definitely a plus as finding a parking nowadays is a fuss especially during lunch hour.

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As we walked in, the staff readily held the door open to welcome us, and we couldn’t help but melted a little inside by the warm welcome! After being seated by the staff, we were each presented with a tab displaying their digital menu.

A few minutes went by and to our surprise, none of the ELITE signature dishes were on the menu! Oh no! We extended our concern to the manager and he clarified that the signature dishes we were looking for are actually off-menu dishes. Wow, it means these signature dishes are specially curated by the chef only for ELITE members!

1. Hokkaido Uni Chawan Mushi

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After ordering our dishes, we waited patiently while chatting away, and it didn’t take long before the first dish was served. Placed in front of us was the Hokkaido Uni Chawan Mushi presented in an aesthetically appealing ceramic cup that came with a lid.

For us, the lid actually added an element of surprise because one of the joys of eating Chawan Mushi is discovering the “treasures” hidden in the custard. And it did not disappoint us at all! This little cup of warm deliciousness is topped with premium quality Hokkaido Uni which adds a creamy and rich flavor to the already silky smooth egg custard.

Click to view Ishin's Signature Hokkaido Uni Chawan Mushi.

Scoop a little deeper and you will unveil many ingredients such as mushrooms, Narutomaki (a type of cured fish surimi) which is imported from Japan, diced chicken, ginkgo nut and prawn. Overall, this dish was great as an appetizer and it really amazed us by how well the uni and egg complemented each other.

>> View this Hokkaido Uni Chawan Mushi

2. Bluefin Tuna Sashimi (Akami)

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As we were finishing our appetizer, the highlight of our lunch arrived – Ishin’s signature Bluefin Tuna Sashimi beautifully presented atop crystal-like crushed ice. There were five glistening pieces of tuna which were a mouthful but in a good way.

Just like how it should be savoured, we added a little dab of wasabi to go with the Akami before enjoying it in one wholesome bite. I must say the zesty wasabi really brings out the best of the tender Akami, and how we wish there were more! So far this is one of our favourite dishes.

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Apart from that, this dish really got us excited because it has an igloo which was embellished with contrasting flowers! If you are someone who loves taking food pictures, this dish is a mustorder!

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3. Kami Nabe Soup

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Here comes the last dish which, in my opinion, is very luxurious indeed. Why? It felt like we were being pampered with all the gifts of the sea, from Hokkaido king crab, tiger prawn to scallops, this soup is worth every penny!

In case you don’t know, in Japanese, “Kami” means “Paper” and “Nabe” means “Pot” and essentially you will be served a paper pot with fire literally burning beneath. What!? Don’t worry, we were shocked too but upon asking the manager, we found out it’s actually common in Japanese cooking.

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Let’s talk about the soup! Every sip is filled with mind-blowing seafood goodness, it’s no surprise though, judging from the ingredients used. Not to mention the crab meat and the prawn were so succulent and fresh that all were gone in a blink of an eye!

While finishing our last dish, at the back of my mind I was thinking if anyone were to ask me where to go for good Japanese dishes, I will point them in Ishin’s direction!

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What Are The Best Tasting Roe Used For Sushi?

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Do you agree that we Malaysian really enjoy eating Japanese cuisine? Don’t take my word for it but if you look around, you might just find a Japanese restaurant lurking at every corner of the city. Yes, it’s true and that is just great news for us!

When dining at a Japanese restaurant, have you ever felt excited and confused at the same time wondering what’s being served to you? Speaking of which, do you recall eating those “mini dragon ball” looking salmon fish roe (Ikura)? Very interesting, isn’t it?

And that brings us to our topic of the day! What types of roe are the most commonly used in Japanese cuisine? From fish to shrimp to sea urchin, we are going to unveil all of these types of unique and delicious roe from the sea!

1. Ikura

Click to view an image of salmon roe (Ikura)
Don't the salmon roe (Ikura) and the dragon ball look similar?

Ikura, the “mini dragon ball” looking salmon roe is first on the list as it’s one of the most commonly served roe in a Japanese restaurant. Generally, salmon roe is larger in size, reddish-orange in color and is quite delicate to handle because of its gooey texture.

Bite into it and you’ll feel an immediate explosion of its sweet liquid that is to die for! Ikura is usually served as a sushi topping and occasionally as a garnishing for donburi dishes.

2. Tobiko

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Another commonly used fish roe in sushi making is the Tobiko, also known as the flying fish roe. Wait, fish can fly!? Yes and so will your taste buds when you taste the Tobiko. What makes this roe special is its distinct smoky, salty flavours with a hint of sweetness and crunchiness in texture.

It has a beautiful reddish-orange color similar to salmon roe but is relatively smaller in size which can range from 0.5 to 0.8 millimeters. Did you know Tobiko can also change in color and flavor when infused with some natural ingredients? Such variations include squid ink to make it black, wasabi to make it green, and yuzu to make it yellow.

3. Ebiko

Apart from using fish roe, sushi restaurants also use Ebiko in which the word “ebi” means shrimp and makes up a part of its name. Ebiko is considered to be similar to Tobiko in taste but darker in color. In addition, the price of Ebiko is cheaper than that of Tobiko hence, making it a more affordable treat!

4. Masago

Deep fried Capelin fish with roe inside.

Masago is basically roe from the Capelin fish. Similar to other types of roe, it’s naturally red-orange in color and quite a common ingredient in sushi. Alternately, you can order deep fried capelin fish with the roe still inside the fish. It’s a common yet delicious dish in many Japanese restaurants. If you have not tried it, we highly recommend it!

5. Uni

Click to view an image of Uni (Sea Urchin Roe)

If you don’t know what uni is, don’t worry, you’re not alone. Uni is the Japanese name for the edible part of the Sea Urchin. While it’s usually referred to as the roe, uni is actually the animal’s gonads and not eggs.

However, since it’s such a famous ingredient in sushi making, we decided to include it on the list. Uni comes in many ranges of colours, from rich gold to light yellow, and has a creamy consistency that some love and is off-putting to others. It might look intimidating but give it a try then you decide!

Restaurants where you can try different types of roe?

Now that you know what are the different types of roe available in Japanese restaurants, let’s get going and try them out at these top Japanese restaurants in Kuala Lumpur! So, what are you waiting for? Reserve a table at one of these restaurants today!