Kurata Japanese Fine Dining is a lovely new addition to Kuala Lumpur's Japanese dining scene. While the full menu is still being finalised, we are definitely loving the menu that the chefs whipped out for us last Friday.
Kurata has a lovely selection of liquor awaiting you. Its pretty difficult to ignore the bottles as they are nicely lined up on the wall display as you walk in. The hubster was a tad busy checking them out and photographing the bottles while our food was being prepared.
It was full house during our visit last Friday but there wasn't any compromise on food quality. From where we sat, we could see the chefs and the team working efficiently in the kitchen.
Striped Jack and Scallop Carpaccio with Grapefruit
Its a refreshing start to our meal and definitely one of my faves. Zesty grapefruit to go with naturally sweet Striped Jack fish and scallop. So good, I had 2 servings to myself!
Kyoto Style Tomato Pasta
It might look a tad plain but this cold bowl of pasta is more than just a good filler before the mains arrive. Its another perfect appetizer with juicy fresh tomatoes and savoury sun dried tomatoes to go with the al dente pasta.
Finely sliced scallop with wasabi - this is not for the faint hearted as the wasabi is rather potent.
Sesame Tofu with Sea Urchin
Rich, dense and absolutely flavourful sesame tofu that compliments the delicious sweetness of the creamy sea urchin.
Sliced radish with cured mullet roe
This received a mixed response from my dining companions. Some liked it while some found it a tad plain. I loved how the subtle bitterness of the radish that somehow tasted a tad sweet when eaten with the cured mullet roe.
Salmon with Pollock Roe
Rather salty to be eaten on its own. Strangely I could not help taking another nibble followed by another nibble. I could definitely do with this at home with a bowl of hot rice...maybe an onsen tamago too.
Edamame works for me every time.
Scallops and Herring Caviar
A nice combination of flavours with juicy, sweet scallops with savoury herring caviar. Love the luxurious popping of the caviars. Amazing!
Thinly Sliced Salad with Yuzu Mayonnaise Yoghurt Dressing
This is a delicious way to get non vegie or salad eaters to eat the entire serving of salad. Thinly sliced, crunchy and every piece is evenly coated with the delicious mix of yuzu and creamy mayonnaise.
Seafood Shabu Shabu
After the many servings of cold dishes, the shabu shabu is definitely a nice welcome. Its light, nourishing with the goodness of all the ingredients in the bowl. I love my seafood and I am glad that the seafood is not overcooked. Kudos to the chefs and serving team for getting their timing right. Slurp and this is highly recommended if you love seafood shabu shabu.
Wagyu Beef Sukiyaki
The sukiyaki is a tad sweater than the usual ones that many of us are accustomed to but this is the real stuff. Noted a few other Japanese diners smiling with nods of approval when they relished the delightful bowl of wagyu beef sukiyaki.
Australian Wagyu Steak
More wagyu goodness and the husbter is more than thrilled that his piece of grilled wagyu is all tender and juicy. Its a rather complete meal served with a side salad of lettuce, sweet potatoes and potatoes.
Sablefish saturated by Rice Wine
Sablefish or black cod fish is an all time favourite for me. Creamy cod with a lovely hint of rice wine minus the alcohol. Can I have more gindara please?
Assorted Sushi - Salmon Roe, Shima-Aji, Maguro
How do you like your sushi? I definitely love the servings of sushi at Kurata. A generous serving of fresh and cold seafood over dense rice cake with a small dab of wasabi hidden under the fishes.
Assorted Sushi - Uni, Tamago, Botan Ebi, Tamago, Shima-Aji
More sushi goodness. The sea urchin is of course a favourite of mine and I can't help admiring how generous Kurata is with their seafood because one sees more seafood than rice!
Sweet shrimp sushi. Its really lovely to see most of the rice hidden unlike many other restaurants.
The appetizers and mains were delightful. While the husbter was about to pull out his white flag for being too full, the moment our desserts arrived, he had a change of mind. We were told that the cheese cake are highly recommended and I must say that cheesecake lovers must and should order this for their dessert. Its sweet, dense but not overly sweet and boast of an aromatic brown sugar cinnamon crust.
Cheesecake with Brown Sugar Cinnamon Crust with a scoop of yuzu ice-cream
This is not the usual yuzu ice cream that we are accustomed to having. There's lil bits of yuzu in the refreshing and creamy yuzu ice cream.
Sesame Ice Cream
Its not grey in colour. Slightly brownish with lil bits of sesame in a rich and creamy base. Delightful.
Kurata Japanese Fine Dining's grand opening is tomorrow (Saturday 29th November 2014). Head in and enjoy 50% off your meal.
Kurata Japanese Fine Dining
Jalan Sultan Ismail
T: +603 2110 0226
Opening hours: 6pm to 11pm daily