Nagomi Shabu Shabu & Sushi Bar

Nagomi Shabu Shabu & Sushi Bar

Just this weekend, lexiegirl and I had delicious Japanese food for dinner at Nagomi Shabu Shabu & Sushi Bar, specifically the branch at Menara Hap Seng.

Menara Hap Seng was a quiet place during the weekend and the KL traffic was merciful.


Nagomi Shabu Shabu & Sushi Bar

The interior of the restaurant was cozy, with sitting area well spaced away from one another. Warm lights and modern looking deco decorate the place, each table also comes with a boiler unit.

Nagomi Shabu Shabu & Sushi Bar

There is a bar at the center of the restaurant, feel free to have catch a glimpse or few of how some raw materials are being prepared.

Nagomi Shabu Shabu & Sushi Bar

We decided to go really bold on our dishes this time, so our meal started with Kobe Beef! Yes, you read that right – Kobe Beef.

Nagomi Shabu Shabu & Sushi Bar

As per the menu, it’s called the “Authentic Japanese Shabu-Shabu set: Kobe Beef”, coming in at 120g for a whopping RM139. It’s also served with Nagomi’s signature broth to bring out the flavor of the beef.

The shabu-shabu came with assorted vegetables comprising of Chinese cabbage, Japanese leek, tofu, oyster mushroom, carrot, bamboo shoot, and Shirataki noodle (the zero carbohydrate Japanese glass noodle).

Crazy goldfries – out of his n00bish-ness in Kobe Beef eating, decided to eat the beef slices before cooking it into the boiling broth. ๐Ÿ˜› Well it was an interesting experience, at least now I know what it taste like when raw, when dipped in ponzu sauce, and of course – the boiled version. ๐Ÿ˜€

Nagomi Shabu Shabu & Sushi Bar

Thank you lexiegirl, for holding the beef for me in the pose above – it’s a good arm muscle building exercise.

I love the broth, and how it sweetened the beef. We really wish there’s more beef – it tasted so good. Each chew released not only the goodness of beef but also the essence from the vegetable broth. Some how the meat and fats reminded me of bacon

I enjoyed the entire set. The beef was fresh, tender, sweet and has strong beefy aroma that will definitely entice beef-lovers. The portion of vegetables was just nice for 2 person. The broth was very tasty, unique in taste even to the aroma. The broth has a distinctive taste that’s not found in our local broth.

I ordered “Soft Shell Crab Maki” (RM 18). Classic and contemporary sushi rolls, beautifully decorated on a solid piece of tray. The maki was adorn with Ebikko while stuffed with the crab right in the middle, along with fresh green vegtables.

Nagomi Shabu Shabu & Sushi Bar

Delicious, crispy soft-shell crab and the rice, The menu was deceiving ๐Ÿ˜› What I love the most was that the crab portion was not skimped and it was a great mouthful of it.

These maki pieces are not in bite sizes. It takes me at least 2 bites to finish each pieces, the portion is big. Each serving has 4 pieces of maki. You need not to worry about the crab meat portion as fair amount of crab meat are evenly distributed in each pieces. However attempting to take bites from this large roll can be a messy experience as it was coated with a lot of ebikko. This one is indeed very yummilicious! I was even contemplating to have second order. But finally did not as I need to reserve my stomach space for other food

Yes lexiegirl, indeed it was. It would be nice to order another plate but really, we were curious on the other food available, such as the Temaki, I ordered “Soft Shell Crab Temaki” (RM13) and lexiegirl ordered “Ebi Tempura Temaki” (RM 13) which the main ingredient was fried king prawn.

Nagomi Shabu Shabu & Sushi Bar

The temaki was the most delicious I ever had, unfortunately my crab and rice and ebikko were pretty much seperated, simply because it’s was big and holding those pieces together while yanking the seaweed – it takes skills, unfortunately my skills with the smaller rolls I had so far in my life didn’t prepare me for this.

It is the usual California roll but with generous amount of ebikko. However, I thought the taste and aroma of ebi tempura does not stand. Perhaps the taste and aroma of rice was overpowering.

We ordered “Assorted Sashimi” (RM45), it comes with Sake, Maguro Akami, Tako, Kizu, Butterfish and Hokkigai – 2 pieces each. I love it, all served item were fresh. You can feel the varying taste and texture of each bite.

Nagomi Shabu Shabu & Sushi Bar

I am not a Sashimi fan, surprisingly I enjoyed most of them, except Hokkigai (soft clam). The first bite was hard to swallow as it has mild fishy stench. I had to dipped with wassabi & ponzu sauce.

I was fine with the Hokkigai, it was the Maguro Akami that I need a little ponzu to help with the taste.

And as if Sashimi wasn’t enough, we also ordered “Assorted Sushi” (RM55), it comes with Sake, Ebi, Kisu, Maguro Akami, Butterfish and Hokkigai – 2 pieces each.

Nagomi Shabu Shabu & Sushi Bar

Yes, it pretty much felt like repeated items, just that it’s served with rice this time. I didn’t quite like the rice on the sushi, I found them more sticky and loose than what I usually have but I do like that they placed really huge meat that practically envelopes the rice portion. Fresh and tasty just as the Sashimi.

Yeah, I agree with goldfries on the meat freshness and thickness.

lexiegirl got adventurous and decided to order ice-cream.

Nagomi Shabu Shabu & Sushi Bar

On the left is the Macha Azuki (RM6/scoop), described as Zen-like home-brewed macho ice cream masjed with the oriental red bean while on the right, Black Sesame with Soy Milk (RM6/scoop).

I didn’t like either of it, just not my taste of ice-cream.

Both are creamy, smooth textured and sweetness to my liking.

The Macha Azuki has mild green tea taste and it blends very well with the oriental red bean. The combination of both worlds, melts evenly in my mouth, giving a soothing experience. I never like green tea flavored ice cream, somehow this one appeals to me.

The Black sesame with soy milk ice-cream had mild sesame taste, but even so I can’t actually taste the soya milk. It’s still one of the better tasting sesame flavor ice cream I come by.

And there you have the opinion on their ice-cream, clearly I’m not a fan of such ice-cream.

Drinks? We just ordered Ocha, I had mine iced while lexiegirl had hers hot. It was refillable. (No, there’s no photo of it. It’s commonly known as green tea.)

Our meal came to a whopping RM 310 for the food alone, BUT because it was a special event – we got 50% off for all the dishes and with the discount and all the other charges – it comes to RM 178.25.

And what event was this? It was a………….

Nagomi Shabu Shabu & Sushi Bar

Yup, cool eh? Don’t go start yourself a food blog just because you want goodies and freebies. ๐Ÿ™‚ For more tips and guides on blogging, do visit my site at goldfries.com (yes, shameless advertising.)

Now, back to the event – it was simple – come, order, eat, get to know their food……….. and pay la. of course. ๐Ÿ˜€

Beside that, there were special sessions for demonstration of salmon fish cutting and sushi making.

Nagomi Shabu Shabu & Sushi Bar

As you can see the attendees were more than delighted in harvesting every piece of information they can; the many that are curious on how sushi are made, and the possibly of being sushily-creative in the kitchen.

Nagomi Shabu Shabu & Sushi Bar

*the following feedback / comments are pertaining to the said event ONLY.*

I enjoyed the Chef’s presentation. He really took pain to demonstrate the process of preparing the dishes. Thumbs up for the well organized show!

However, I do wish that the host was not interrupting our eating pleasure at the beginning of the event. He should have let us settle down first with our meals before proceeding the agendas like the saying “Satisfy us by satisfying our stomach first”.

The sound system was not very good as the host speech was not consistent in volume and clarity. The sound did not cover certain areas properly.

Lastly, I wish a fair chance of participation is given to all tables for the “Sushi-making competition”. At present, only 3 tables of Nagomi’s management choice are given the chance to compete, whereas the rest had no opportunity.

lexiegirl pretty much summed up the event. ๐Ÿ™‚ Yes, get the sound system running properly or people would just ignore whatever they can’t hear properly. And about the competition, yes – voluntary participation should be encouraged before going for a random or organizer decided candidacy. ๐Ÿ˜€

*END of feedback / comment for the event*

So there ya have it. Was it good? Yes it was. Was it pricey? Yes it was, which is why you should keep an eye out on promotions.

And about the menu – it’s “deceiving” in a good way! This is the first restaurant where the food served is actually bigger than what’s shown on the menu.

Before I end this article, I’d like to thank my friend vkeong for informing me of the event and Nagomi Shabu Shabu for the initiative to organize such event.

Here’s how to get to the branch in this article.


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4 Responses to “Nagomi Shabu Shabu & Sushi Bar”

  1. April 28, 2009 at 11:08 am #

    wow, would love to join the gathering next time around ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. July 31, 2009 at 9:08 am #

    Hi

    We are launching the new menu, great deal!

    Please check out the website: http://www.nagomishabushabu.com

    Thanks

    Regards
    Tam

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