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.
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.
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.
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.
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. 😛 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. 😀
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 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.
Delicious, crispy soft-shell crab and the rice, The menu was deceiving 😛 What I love the most was that the crab portion was not skimped and it was a great mouthful of it.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
lexiegirl got adventurous and decided to order ice-cream.
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.
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………….
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Now, back to the event – it was simple – come, order, eat, get to know their food……….. and pay la. of course. 😀
Beside that, there were special sessions for demonstration of salmon fish cutting and sushi making.
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.
*the following feedback / comments are pertaining to the said event ONLY.*
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. 🙂 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. 😀
*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.
Here’s how to get to the branch in this article.
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