Tuesday, September 15, 2015

[Review] Komura Japanese Restaurant @ Corus Hotel, Kuala Lumpur Malaysia

Photo By: Elin Chow
Address: Jalan Ampang 50450 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Last week, my husband and I celebrated our 2nd wedding anniversary with a simple dinner at Komura Japanese Restaurant.

Situated at the lobby of Corus Hotel Kuala Lumpur, the restaurant offers a variey of authentic Japanese dishes, including starter, salad, Sashimi, Sushi, Teppanyaki, Yakimono (grilled dish), Agemono (fried dish), noodles, Temaki, Sunomono (Vinegared dish), Nimono (boiled dish), Mushimono (steamed dish) and desserts for diners to choose from.

Strategically located only 5 minutes walk from the iconic Petronas Twin Towers, Corus Hotel is easily accessible by bus, taxis and Light Rail Transit (LRT).

Operating Hours

The operation hours is from 12 pm to 2.30 pm and 6.30pm to 10 pm daily. For reservation, please call +60 321605921


The restaurant offers diners four dining options - set lunches, a'la Carte meals, steamboat and 'Eat-All-You-Can" buffet. For those who have limited dining time, the set lunches would be a good choice for you. 

For us, we decided to have the "Eat-All-You-Can" buffet which is available on weekend only.


Upon entering the restaurant, we were warmly greeted by a waitress dressed in traditional Kimono. After confirming our reservation, we were promptly seated in a private room with menus to scan.


Set in a cozy atmosphere, the restaurant offers a variety of private dining options perfect for a romantic dinner, an important business meeting, a family gathering or a night out with friends.


Seating up to 80 diners in total, the restaurant boasts 5 Tatami rooms, 9 private cubicles rooms and a teppanyaki table with live cooking. Each room is equipped with its own sliding shoji door for privacy and noise reduction.


We get to enjoy an intimate dining experience in absolute comfort and privacy with minimum disturbance. Unfortunately, the rooms are not soundproof and we could easily hear people talking next door


For drinks, we ordered Ocha, which was served in a teapot to our table. Other than Ocha, the restaurant also offers a selection of expensive Japanese liquor and Shochu for diners to choose from. 


Each of the tables are equipped with bells which guests can press whenever service is needed. We were glad that we were promptly attended to whenever we pressed on the call bell.


Unlike most eat-all-you-can buffet that have all the food pre-cooked and just waiting to be devoured, the offerings at Komura are cooked to order. Dishes are only prepared or cooked upon ordering to ensure its quality and freshness.

To order, simply mark your selection on an order form and wait for your food to be served fresh to your table. You may order as much as you like from its menu and reorder as many times as you wish for just one price. However, there are a few menu items that are limited to one order per person only. So, in the case where there is two of us, we are allowed to order two items from the "One Order Only" section.

Please only order what you can eat so to avoid any food wastage. Do note that an additional RM 10 will be charged to your bill for any substantial food wastage.


We did not have to wait too long for our food to arrive. One by one, delicious dishes in appropriate portions were delivered to our table. The wait staffs will politely knock on our door and greet us with a smile every time before entering our room.


Chawanmushi (Steamed Egg Custard)

The first dish that was brought to our table was Chawanmushi, a traditional and healthy Japanese appetizer made of steamed egg custard and topped with mushrooms. Simple and nourishing, this a dish that we would always order whenever we dine in a Japanese restaurant.

The texture of this dish was silky, smooth, soft and melts instantly in your mouth. Eating it was easy due to its slippery smooth texture. Taste wise, it was light but richly flavourful. It was perfectly well-seasoned, thus no extra condiment was necessary.

If you are a fan of Chawanmushi, this steamed egg will not disappoint. It was such a delight to eat.

Sake (Salmon) Sashimi & Tako (Octopus) Sashimi

The next dish to arrive at our table were the freshly sliced Sake and Tako Sashimi. Sashimi is a delicacy from Japan, consisting of thinly sliced raw food. Seafood is most commonly eaten as Sashimi and among all, Sake (Salmon) is one of my most favorite.

The Sake Sashimi was incredibly delicious. Its bright orange flesh were fresh and thick but very smooth and tender to swallow. The Tako Sashimi, on the other hand, was thinly sliced. Its texture was firm and satisfying chewy but a little tough to bite into. The taste was fresh but a little too salty for our taste buds.

Each slice of Sashimi was delicately cut, nicely presented and served freshly raw. Portion wise, it was very generous and was more than enough to satisfy the two of us. This was undoubtedly one of the freshest Sashimi I had in Kuala Lumpur so far! 

The best way to enjoy the Sashimi is to dip each slice of it into a dish of soy sauce mix with Wasabi and eat it in one bite. Every bite of it was truly a delight.

Potato Salad

For side dish, we ordered Potato Salad - a very simple dish which was surprisingly delicious and filling.

The salad was served chilled to our table. The taste was a little salty and sweet with a texture that was simultaneously creamy, crunchy and fluffy. Despite the presence of mayonnaise, the taste was not overly heavy or over-powering for my liking.

I could not get enough of the salad, so I went on to order a second bowl of it after finishing the first one. It was incredibly tasty!

Ebi (Prawn) Sushi & Kappa (Cucumber) Maki 

Ebi Sushi is a popular type of sushi and one of our favorite item to order whenever we visit a Japanese restaurant. It is easy to make, with shrimp placed atop of a bed of Vinegared rice. The shrimp was fresh and sweet, which goes well with the rice.

Kappa Maki is a sushi roll consisting a small strip of cucumber wrapped up in vinegared rice and a sheet of nori (seaweed) that was cut into mini bite-sized pieces. Simple and easy to make, Kappa Maki is another one of our favorite item to order at a Japanese restaurant. The Kappa Maki were firmly wrapped and does not fall apart upon picking it up with the chopstick. Each piece of it was really refreshing and they are just right size, not too large to eat in a single bite.

Kyuri (Cucumber) Temaki & Takka (Tuna) Maki

Next up, we had Kyuri Temaki, a conical shape "hand roll" style of sushi consisting of cucumber and Vinegared rice, wrapped in a sheet of nori. Usually, we would not order a Temaki at a Japanese restaurant because it was too filling. But we decided to try their Kyrui Temaki this time.

We decided to order Takka Maki for the first time too. This is a sushi roll consisting of a small strip of raw tuna wrapped up in Vinegared rice and a sheet of nori. Although I am a huge fan of raw salmon, I did not like the taste of raw tuna very much due to its strong fishy flavor. It was not unpleasant, but I just did not like it.

Cold Soba

Cold Soba is buckwheat noodles served chilled in a broth, topped shredded nori, finely chopped green onions and a bit of Wasabi. The soba noodles we had was chewy and absolutely delicious in a flavorsome broth. 

Hot Udon

Kake Udon is a basic udon dish served in a mildly flavored hot broth that covers the noodle. Served without any toppings and garnished only with thinly sliced green onions, the broth was tasty and flavorful, but not too salty.

The freshly made udon was cooked prefectly with a delightfully chewy and bouncy bite. You may sprinkle some red pepper powder on it for more flavour.

Ebi Tempura (Prawn Tempura)

Ebi Tempura is served hot with light and flavorful Tempura dipping sauce.

The tempura were fried to a crisp and gave a loud satisfying crunch sound each time I bit into it. Although deep fried to a light golden brown texture, it was not greasy.  The prawns were incredibly fresh and well-cooked, nicely crisp in the batter, succulent and tender inside. It was

It was absolutely a delight to eat. Not overly battered or overcooked but moist and bouncy in a pleasing way. The tempura dipping sauce enhance the flavour of tempura greatly. Try dipping each piece of tempura into the sauce briefly so that it does not lose its crunchiness.

Sake Shioyaki (Salmon) & Scallop Teppan

Sake Shioyaki (known as salt-grilled Salmon in English) is a simple but delicious Salmon dish that will satisfy a majority of palate.

The Salmon is grilled to perfection with delightfully crispy skin and tender and juicy meat. Its meat was wonderfully fresh and juicy with no unpleasant fishy taste. The Salmon was well-seasoned, not too bland and not too salty. The taste was just right with no extra condiments need to be added to enhance the flavour of the dish.

We ordered Scallop Teppan from the "One order only" section. The perfectly cooked scallops were incredibly tasty and fresh. Its texture were tender, moist and easy to chew. Although it was a little greasy, the Scallop Teppan is undoubtedly still my favorite dish of the night.

Enoki (Mushroom) Teppanyaki & Kaki (Oyster) Teppan

Since there were two of us, we are allowed to order another item from the "One Order Only" section. For the second item, we decided to order Kaki Teppan to try. However, unlike Scallop Teppan, the Kaki Teppan was a little disappointing. The taste was not bad, but it was just not as tasty as expected.

The Enoki Teppanyaki, on the other hand, was well-cooked and tasty. But unfortunately, it was a little way too salty for our taste. Even a salt lover like my husband found the dish too salty to consume.

Kurage Su (Jellyfish)

Kurage Su is a jellyfish appetizer seasoned in a delicious savory sauce. The taste is sweet with a crunchy and chewy texture.

Papaya

For dessert, we ordered Papaya, Red Bean and Peanut Butter Mochi. The papaya are well-presented and served fresh and chilled to our table. 

Red Bean & Peanut Butter Mochi

Mochi is a light and sweet Japanese treat made of glutinous rice that comes in different shapes and flavor. Its texture is silky, chewy and a delight to eat. Between the two, I actually prefer the red bean ones to the peanut butter ones. The flavor of peanut butter is just too strong and creamy for my liking.

Overall, we had an extremely unique and enjoyable dining experience at Komura Japanese Restaurant. The service was excellent and serving staffs were always very polite and attentive. We were impressed by the quality of the food although the choices were somewhat limited.

Price wise, it was a little expensive but still reasonable and well worth it. I would definitely recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for a quiet and romantic dining experience.

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3 comments:

  1. RM115 seems a bit pricey, even for Malaysia? But since the meal was meant for a special occasion, the price tag doesn't seem to be that important.

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    1. I think the price is still acceptable. You get what you pay for. The quality of food is great and the ambiance was really nice to dine in. There is also a 10% for local card holder, which worked out to be RM 90+ per person only. I have been to more expensive ones like Shangri La hotel. But the food was really disappointing. It really depends what you are looking for. But anyway, just like you said, it is meant for special occasion. The price tag does not really matter that much.

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  2. Congratulations on celebrating your 2nd wedding anniversary, I'm glad you had a nice time at the Japanese restaurant. I recently visited japan and its an amazing country with great food.I was able to try all the local dishes like sushi which is very tasty. The restaurant looks very nice and traditional. I liked looking at the photos you took, the food looks great!

    Lucille Foster @ The George Hotel At Cley

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