Showing posts with label teppan. Show all posts
Showing posts with label teppan. Show all posts

Monday, February 17, 2020


Highly revered by the Japanese, maguro or tuna is the king of fish when it comes to savouring sashimi and sushi at any sushi-ya (sushi restaurant) worth its salt. The bidding for this deep-sea fish in Japan is fiercely competitive with record-breaking sums paid each year for the biggest tuna.
When invited to witness Hilton Kuala Lumpur’s Japanese Executive Chef Masami Okamoto perform a live tuna-cutting demonstration at Iketeru Japanese Restaurant, it was an opportunity no foodie can refuse.
Weighing in at 30kg, the tuna’s sleek, torpedo-shaped body was an awesome sight to behold. Chef Okamoto soon held us spellbound when he set about carving and filleting the huge fish with practiced finesse, his sharp knife cutting through the tuna as if it was butter.
Before long, he was deftly slicing up fresh, deep-red slices of chutoro for our sampling. Every slice tasted soft yet toothsomely succulent with an imperceptible flinty sweetness to it. The chef also hand-crafted dainty pieces of maguro sushi to tickle our tastebuds before we sat down to Iketeru’s All Tuna Course Menu.
The duo of curtain-raisers featured Tuna Sumiso Sauce and Tuna, Avocado, and Tomato with Wasabi Mayo Sauce. Both appetisers showcased how different preparation techniques resulted in palate-pleasing morsels to pique diners’ interest.
I enjoyed the latter for its simplicity as the diced tuna with little avocado and tomato wedges were lightly dressed in zingy wasabi sauce. However, the former proved interesting too as the cooked tuna paired with some kelp came anointed with sumiso sauce – a mixture of white miso, sugar and vinegar.
After these profusion of rich flavours, we sipped on Tuna Belly Soup. The clear, savoury broth was conceived to cleanse the palate yet its full-bodied nuance was unmistakable, thanks to the meaty tuna belly immersed in it. Tofu and negi (Japanese leek) lent textural contrast to the overall dish.
A generous serving of Tuna Sashimi then enlivened our dinner further. Some of the raw tuna I savoured au naturel whilst others I dipped in shoyu and wrapped in shiso (perilla leaf) with a dab of wasabi for added punch. Slivers of gari or Japanese pickled ginger came in handy to temper the fish’s inherent richness.
Teppanyaki-style Tuna with Truffle Teriyaki Sauce was the night’s stellar show-stopper. Although my serving of tuna was a tad overdone (a seared crust with a raw core would have done the fish greater justice), its sumptuousness was dialled up by the accompanying truffle-infused teriyaki sauce.
Reeling us in further was Deep-fried Tuna Tatsuta Age with Spicy Miso Dip. Marinated earlier in soya sauce, the deep-fried tuna with its nice crisp crust boasted distinct savouriness reminiscent of fu yue (Chinese fermented beancurd). It was a sublime treat when relished with the tangy-sweet-savoury red miso dip and grilled shishito pepper.
More of the fresh tuna returned to delight us; roughly chopped and sprinkled with sesame seeds then set atop white rice, we valiantly found tummy space to fit in the Oshokuji Tekka Don with Miso Soup. Again, this no-frills approach was an apt reminder that a prime quality fish such as tuna is best treated with respect and doesn’t need frills to shine.
Black Sesame Ice Cream with fine watermelon and dragonfruit dices wrapped up our exclusive tuna dining experience on a high.
The All Tuna Course Menu is priced at RM480 nett per person inclusive free flow of house red and white wine, juices and soft drinks, and at RM300 nett per adult for food only.

For reservations, please call Iketeru @Hilton Kuala Lumpur, tel: 03-2264 2264 or visit

Friday, November 30, 2018


Deliciously hearty Fish Head Curry by Executive Chef Rossham Rusli of Sunway Putra Hotel KL heads the ‘must eat’ list when you visit the hotel. Served at the Coffee House daily from 11am to 1030pm, the house speciality is priced from RM39.90 nett per portion (ample to feed 2 persons, the price may vary according to size of the fish head).

Served piping hot in a claypot, the fish head curry redolent with the enticing, heady scent of Indian spices is enough to make the mouth water. Marinated overnight in turmeric powder, salt and pepper, the red snapper fish head is then cooked with onion, shallots, garlic, curry powder and fresh tomatoes before tamarind, yoghurt, green cardamoms, cumin, green chillies, coriander seeds and mace are added.

The thick, bright orange and deeply flavourful curry runneth over with such complex spice nuances that you'd be asking for more after the first taste. Sweet and fleshy, the fish is substantiated further by chunks of eggplant, okra and fish eggs.Two plates of white rice with cucumber raita, mango chutney and papadum crisps are included, making it a complete meal. The Coffee House even accords a complimentary bib with every fish head curry order. For every five portions purchased, diners will get the sixth serving free.

Angel Hair Golden Pasta with Soft Shell Crab from the Coffee House a la carte menu is a surefire crowd-pleaser. I dread creamy pasta sauces but in this case, the zingy, punchy flavours rendered by bits of bird’s eye chilli, curry leaves and garlic in the lightly creamy sauce hit the spot. The al dente pasta won extra points as did the deep-fried hunk of soft shell crab and sliced garlic bread.

Indian cuisine fans will find ample succour from Murg Butter Chicken, a delectable chicken dish cooked with tomatoes, spices, butter and cream. According to Bon Appétit magazine, this Delhi speciality was reputedly made using leftover tandoori chicken in the early 20th century. We love the lush creaminess with subtle fruity-tangy hints of tomatoes. So scrumptious when doused over white rice.
From now until 31 December 2018, the Coffee House has a new A La Carte Deal going for only RM25 nett. One of the notable mains we’d recommend is Grilled Chicken Chop with Mashed Potato. Tender and juicy, the chicken fillet has an appetising charred smokiness to it; some veges and sauce complete the equation. Giving you more bang for your ringgit, a cup of coffee or tea and a slice of cake-of-the-day are included the superbly good value meal.

Curry Noodles is another worthy contender. Spicy fare seems to be the forte of the Coffee House team and this piquant offering confirms that. Although the cockles were a tad tiny during our visit, the overall dish still had big appeal, thanks to its sublime gravy.

Those who prefer Asian fare will find viable choices such as Indonesian Fried Rice with Melinjo Crackers, Fish Tikka with Naan Bread and Vegetable Curry Tauhu with Jeera Pulou Rice up to their expectations. Parents with little ones in tow can enjoy their meal in peace as the Coffee House has a playroom to keep the youngsters occupied.

Over at Gen Japanese Restaurant, Chef de Cuisine Mazwadie Mohamad holds court with a plethora of a la carte, teppanyaki and buffet temptations reflective of the Land of the Rising Sun.

Prices are surprisingly affordable when it comes to the restaurant set meals. Our advice? Go for the superb value Teppanyaki Matsu (RM50 per person) comprising Zensai (special appetiser of the day), chef’s house salad, miso soup, a choice of teppan-cooked chicken or beef steak, fried rice, stir-fried Oriental vegetables and dessert (fresh fruits or green tea ice cream). Remember to inform the Gen team how you prefer your beef done…that delicious steak coupled with the panoramic city skyline view proves dining at Gen can be a romantic and enjoyable experience.

Fish lovers may prefer the box set of Grilled Salmon Bento (RM55). It’s literally a taste of Japan in one sitting as the different compartments proffer appetiser of the day, miso soup, three types of sashimi: tuna, salmon and squid, tempura seafood and vegetables, grilled salmon with teriyaki sauce, deep-fried eggplant, steamed white rice and green tea ice cream. Based on our experience, the entire meal passed muster.

Sushi and hand rolls are equally popular at Gen. Personally I’d prefer less mayo topping for the Dragon Maki (RM39) but overall, the Salmon & Unagi Sushi should hit the spot for sushi fans in general.


Crispy deep-fried Soft Shell Crab & Avocado slices combine to create the hand-rolled House Special California Temaki (RM28). Resultant flavours appear subtler in this offering but the lashing of mayo and sweetish sauce atop the sushi roll should stand you in good stead.

Girly chit-chat sessions are ideally spent over light savoury and sweet nibbles. Set at the heart of Sunway Putra Hotel KL under its lovely glass dome atrium, guests can sit down to a choice of English or Malaysian Afternoon Tea (RM55 nett per set) at the Atrium Lounge.

Lest you presume the lightweight selection too little, be assured the Malaysian Afternoon Tea platter shown here is plenty for two persons. Pastry Chef Rukedi Yajid's creations include Chicken Rendang French Puffs, Sardine Tortilla Wrap, Pandan Layer Cake, Potato Curry Puffs, Egg Tarts, Chicken Satay, Breaded Sesame Balls, Lime Macarons and Fresh Fruits. 
While tea is the beverage of choice to complement the dainty morsels, coffee drinkers need not fret as the hotel team will readily serve cappuccino and latte should that be of preference. It's relaxing to sit and fritter time away in the comfy lounge settees; a splendid setting to catch up with friends or loved ones.

For reservations, call Sunway Putra Hotel KL, tel: 03-4040 9988 or visit the official website:  

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