Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Japanese Food @ Kampachi, The Pavilion, Kuala Lumpur

Chirashi Don (RM45++)

Kampachi located at Equatorial Hotel has made a name for itself with it's consistently good quality and fresh seafood. Also popular is their infamous Sunday buffets which see people booking in advance and piling themselves with food. Last Saturday, we happened to be at Pavilion at just the right time i.e. minutes before 1pm. When we walked around the sixth floor to see what had opened, we stumbled upon Kampachi. Moments before the witching hour of 1pm, the staff were all in front of the restaurant taking a picture. Once they dispersed, we approached them and was told the restaurant would only be opened at 1pm per management's instructions as that was the "feng shui" hour. Since it was a few minutes more we hung around and became the first customers to walk in to the restaurant.

Salmon OyakoDon (RM28++)

I liked the spacey restaurant with high ceilings and modern touches. What's adorable is the row of bowls with shapes of animals in the front. You also get to watch how udon is made - a new item they have brought in for this Pavilion outlet which will also be subsequently available at the hotel's outlet. Since it was their first day, things was of course a little confusing. First we were told only certain items were available, after we placed orders for the bento, we were told by the waiter these were not available. Some customers weren't too happy though as we overheard one lady kicking up a fuss when she found out about the limited choices. We kinda expected her to walk out but she didn't.

Tori Karage (part of Salmon Oyaka Don set)

I spied familiar faces - the chef in charge of the sashimi. Many a time have I sat behind the sashimi counter watching him slice the fresh fish skilfully so it was good to see him. While we were waiting for the food, people kept trickling in - a testament to their good reputation. The menu is of course different from the hotel. Here there is an emphasis on sets - various types with noodles, rice sets, teppanyaki, grilled, sashimi and etc. Bentos are also available. Apologies to all of you as I don't have the receipt with me. My bad habit of emptying my pockets at my house has come back to haunt me since I can't seem to find it tonight. I remember the bentos were about RM50 to RM60 while our sets were about RM40 plus. Definitely on the higher side but the food quality is good.

I had the Chirashi Don - an eternal favourite of mine. The slices of sashimi were gorgeous - glistening and thickly sliced. What I also loved was their miso soup - really full of flavour and so delicious. Thumbs up to the miso soup! Splashie Boy had an interesting rice dish - topped with salmon flakes and ikura, the salty fish roe we love. He had a side dish of fried chicken wings or what is known as Tori Karage in Japanese. I had a bit and it was good stuff. Although food was fresh and fantastic, my only gripe was the rice served! It was definitely short grain with tiny individual grains BUT it wasn't sticky enough. I suspect they omitted the vinegar mixture of mirin and sugar as it didn't have any sweet flavour to it. Maybe it was just the first batch they messed up.

Overall, I definitely would not mind returning for the food here. Would love to sample the a la carte dishes especially the salmon carpaccio and the udon which is made fresh on a daily basis. The makis look very interesting too.

Lot 6.09.00, 6th Floor
The Pavilion
Jalan Bukit Bintang
Kuala Lumpur

Tel No: 03 - 2148 9608

(Pork free.)

*Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here is entirely based on my personal tastebuds and may vary for others. The reviewer also declares that she has not received any monetary or non-monetary compensation from the restaurant for writing this review.

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Unknown said...

whoa, it seems like we can skip the buffet for some change..:)

HairyBerry said...

guess it's a good alternative to all kampachi fans...was the quality as good as equtorial's kampachi?

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

i just posted about this like 2 mins ago, seemed firstly you were like 6 hours earlier in trying out this place and roughly 9 hours faster in blogging about this place..damn you are efficient..

Xiu Long Bao said...

wow...the first pic is killing me... I love the cheap chirashi don from sushi zen, loaded with all sorts of sashimi for only Rm15.90! :D

ling239 said...

Wow... the Chirashi Don is calling my name ~ ^_^ must find to go back to Pavilion again.... hmmm

tankiasu said...

Tried their outlet in Penang's Equatorial. Very impressed with the food presentation and the excellent service. But the again, you pay premium prices for them.

Christina Kim said...

Wow!! Your pics look great!!
Hehe...the salmon pieces look so cute:D
I love salmon!!

Tummythoz said...

Was expecting to hear you got special doorgift(s) for being first customers at fengshui hour.

KY said...

looks best, chirasi sushi is one of my favorites too.

Rarebeet said...

Well, 4 plates at Yo!Sushi = 1 bento at Kampachi. About right! :-)

New Kid on the Blog said...

I didn't know Kampachi spread their wings to KL Pavilion.... their food is ichiban!!!!

boo_licious said...

kampungboycitygal - yes, slightly different menu.

nic - good in terms of fish but not the rice but maybe I got the first batch cooked?

Joe - LOL! Did u know they opened on Sat? I just stumbled on it.

Xiu Long Bao - this one not cheap though so may need to save up $$$ for this.

ling239 - hee hee....calling u to visit them this weekend.

tankiasu - yup, definitely premium pricing here.

christy - flaked salmon so good for those who don't like the raw stuff.

tummythoz - sadly no gift but it was quite cute to see them snap pixs and wait for the 1pm opening hour.

KY - near yr office so can visit during the weekday?

Paprika - so when are we going? When I saw the makis, I knew Mdm Maki needed to go check them out.

new kid on the blog - it's interesting as they also have Etoile downstairs.

Lingzie said...

that salmon don looks absolutely mouth watering.....

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TummyFull said...

Your food pictures look big and clear. It makes me really hungry!. You use macro lens to capture it?

Unknown said...

I use a Canon Powershot G7 to take macro

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