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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Food: Kampachi by Equatorial, [email protected] 33, Petaling Jaya

I know many mourned when Hotel Equatorial closed its doors for redevelopment last year, because with it went the original Kampachi and its greatly-loved weekend buffet. Well, thankfully, we now have reasons to rejoice again with new Kampachi outlets making themselves very comfortable at the Troika and more recently, at Plaza 33 in Petaling Jaya.

We dropped by not long after their opening, on a Sunday. Immediately, we liked the sleek bar that greeted us as we walked in, looking well-stocked and classy in the night. Adam even commented he wouldn't mind returning for drinks at the bar -- it hasn't happened yet, but perhaps soon?

Your choice of liquid for the night?

On the right next to the bar, are these ingenious cocoon-like seatings. Each is a round table with cushioned booth seats, but the surrounding "wall" can be rotated to block your table off for more privacy. That makes these pods very nice for small gatherings.

Past the bar is where most of the crowd is (although this picture was taken after our dinner when most had already left); mostly tables for two and four but larger crowds can easily be accommodated, up to a total capacity of 198 pax.

We spent quite a lot time oohing and aahing over the menu, but in the end we thought the bento sets were pretty value-for-money and went with two of those for our party of four.

This was the Tokyo Bento (RM 50), a hearty set of rolled beef, prawn tempura, grilled mackerel and assorted sashimi. No complaints here, the seafood and sashimi were top notch and everything was executed very well, from the crispy tempura, right down to the fluffy grains of garlic fried rice, becoming a very hearty, filling meal for one.

Another set which I thoroughly enjoyed was the Unadon & Shake Sashimi (RM 58), grilled eel on rice with salmon sashimi.

To my delight, the unagi was sublime! :D The flesh was tender with a nice melt-in-your-mouth gelatinous texture and had absorbed the sweet marinade so well. Some days, I really really crave for the unagi here.

The cuts of sashimi we got with the set were also great; the slices were thick and fresh -- really the ultimate satisfaction.

Adam couldn't resist the promise of beef and teppanyaki, so he got the Sirloin Beef (RM 110 for 250g) served with your of sauces. Quite a fancy array of interesting sauces available, such as Shichimi Miso, Ponzu, Shouga Fuzi & Goma, but the latter two were recommended to complement the seafood teppanyaki instead. \

We ended up picking the Kampachi Truffle, a signature sauce from a mixture of shoyu and mushroom broth with hints of black truffle & olive oil. It made for quite a rich, earthy dipping sauce but we're inclined to say that the sirloin tasted just as good on its own. It was perfectly grilled, retaining a cheery pink centre of which we enjoyed every mouthful of. Bliss. :) 

The Nabeyaki Udon (RM 32) hotpot noodles was a standard, satisfying affair. Nothing too special here, but we appreciated how the prawn tempura had been thoughtfully served separately, away from the noodles and soup. Nothing irks me more than soggy food that's supposed to be crispy -- I think more places should start doing this!

We only decided to have one sushi roll that night and went for the Soft Kani Maki (RM 50), a huge rice roll with deep fried soft shell crab, fish roe and cucumber, for the four of us to share.

We didn't try any of the other rolls, but I think if you have to only order one, make it this one. Soft shell crab is always a must order for us, but it's more often than not that you get less flesh and more batter in your rolls.

This is definitely not the case here! The roll was a delightful combination of flavours and textures; fleshy soft-shell crab with a crispy outer shell, crunchy cucumber, popping roe, and a hint of creamy mayo.  Really yummy, and really filling, since they're so large. 

Cutely shaped wasabi

We also had the Saba Shioyaki (RM 32) to share, a chunk of salt-grilled mackerel. The flesh was firm and flaky; I'm not really a mackerel fan so I won't comment much, but Adam enjoyed this.

Because it was Mother's Day, the ladies at the table got a scoop of Matcha Ice Cream on the house (yes, that's exactly how long this review has been sitting in our drafts! *embarassed*). This surprisingly fell short, creamy, but not sweet enough for me. It wasn't very smooth either, you could taste the ice in it which for me is a no-no.

Not to be outdone, Adam decided to order the Goma Ice Cream (RM 14) to try ('cause no free ice cream for him hahaha). This was a far better choice! Creamy and dense, and full of flavour.

Food here will put a dent in your wallet (well, for us anyway - if it doesn't dent yours maybe you can bring us here too :p), but you can be most definitely be assured of the quality of food here. Service is attentive and prompt as well. Would love to return here for the Sunday Lunch Buffet soon - priced at RM 118++ for adults and RM 68++ for children.

Kampachi by Equatorial | Site 
1st Floor, [email protected],
No. 1 Jalan Kemajuan, Seksyen 13,
46100 Petaling Jaya,
Tel: +6 03 7931 6938
Fax: +6 03 7931 8294
Email: [email protected]
Opening Hours: Daily, 12pm-3pm & 6pm-11pm (the Sunday Lunch Buffet runs till 2:30pm though)

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