6 star Japanese Cuisine, Kampachi @Equatorial Hotel KL
I am not claiming that I have dined in all the Japanese Restaurant in Malaysia but I dare to admit that I have dine in most of the Japanese Restaurant inclusive high class Japanese Restaurant. Among all the Japanese Restaurant, let me introduce to you which is the best that I have known so far. Well, I think I will just leave it to my girl for the introduction.
Yes, it is Kampachi! Heard of it? I hope you do as the main branch is at Equatorial Hotel Kuala Lumpur while the branches are located at Equatorial Hotel Melaka, Equatorial Hotel Bangi-Putrajaya, Equatorial Hotel Penang and the latest branch will be at Pavillion Mall.
You will firstly served by their original green tea. This is not the normal RM2.00++/cup green tea, this is a Tsugaru Green Tea which has a strong tea leaf taste. It is served in a teapot which is refillable @RM16.00++.
As a vivid Japanese cuisine lover, Sashimi is a must order! The above picture is the Chef's Special Recommendation Sashimi Combination (Sashimi Moriawase - Tsuki) air flown from Hokkaido at RM260.00++. Kampachi will order fresh fish from Hokkaido in daily basis to make sure we are able to taste them as if we are having them at Hokkaido. You are allowed to customize your own sashimi but limited to 5 types only.
The combination sashimi have 2 pcs each for Salmon (shake), Tuna (maguro), Yellowtail (hamachi), Fatty Tuna (toro) and Butter Fish (abura bozu). Please look at the thickness of each pieces which is obviously thick and equally size. Take note on their wasabi as well. It is not made from normal Horseradish. It taste very smooth and delicious where you can eat it just like that if you are a wasabi lover.
Overall: 4/5 - The price is surely at the high but you are enjoying real fresh raw fish meat with no fishy taste at all. Honestly, I should order 10pcs for each instead. It is really not enough for me.
Maybe you know about how tasty hot Ramen and hot Udon are but you may not know a Soba which is served cold can be as delicious as well. All you need to do is to know the steps to eat a Soba. When a Soba is served, normally you will see a quail egg, wasabi, onion, special sauce and soba noodle.
1) Mix the quail egg inside the special sauce
2) If you like onion, add all the onion.
3) Add a little wasabi just to tickle your taste bud.
4) Stir it well and your sauce is ready.
5) Take a little soba noodle and dip into the sauce for 1 second and put into your mouth. The soba noodle cannot soak in the sauce for too long because the noodle will absorb the sauce very fast which will make the noodle not nice to eat.
There are a lot of type of Soba noodle to choose from but the best one is always Zaru Cha Soba @RM29.00++
Overall: 3/5 - The price is at the high but the noodle is very tasty. Seems like they just freshly handmade.
Next, we have Goose Liver @RM100.00++. This is the first time I have a goose liver in a Japanese restaurant instead of French restaurant. Just 5 pieces of tiny goose liver in a super big plate. Haha...The taste of the goose liver is truly amazing. You don't have to bite because it melts in your mouth in less than 3 seconds. Faster than ice cream and chocolate!
Overall: 3/5 - You may order if you have not taste a goose liver before.
After all the meals, it is always important to have a great dessert. In a French restaurant, we may usually order their Parfait. In a Chinese restaurant, we may usually order their Tong Sui. While in a Japanese restaurant, you will order their Japanese Melon. Eventually you SHOULD! This is also a fresh melon air flown from Japan daily at RM75.00++. This melon cannot compare with our local honeydew. It is incomparable. The sweetness of each bites stays in your mouth for hours. Actually it stays in my mouth until the next morning! Maybe I did not brush my teeth at night. LOL
Overall: 4/5 - Truly an amazing dessert. No matter how full you are after your main course, you will surely still have a room for this. However, the price is slightly stunning.
There is one more dish which I have ordered but I do not have the picture which is their Unagi Sushi @RM18/plate. Sushi and sashimi are must order dishes in a Japanese restaurant, right?
Overall: 4/5 - The unagi is fresh and tasty. For all unagi lovers, without a doubt this is the place you will find one of the best unagi.
Total damage: RM598.55 (2 pax) - The most expensive dinner in my life. LOL
Food Serving Speed: Moderate
Will I revisit?: Absolutely! But will make sure I have the money to spend
Each Kampachi outlet serves their lunch and dinner differently. Buffet lunch and dinner only available on Saturday or Sunday at Equatorial Hotel Bangi-Putrajaya and Melaka only. KL main branch serves buffet lunch on Sunday only. While the other branches only serve ala-carte meals.
For more info, please visit their official website below: