Malaysian can now enjoy top quality fully imported from Japan the Omakase style. Best Restaurant To Eat was invited to this special Japanese epicurean experience at Yuzen Japanese Restaurant located at LG03, Plaza Emerald North, Jalan Pju8/3A, Damansara Perdana, 47820 Petaling Jaya.
Omakase; is an expression that are widely used at Japanese restaurants particularly in sushi restaurant where one leaves the selection of what to eat entirely to the chef. It is the direct opposite to ala-carte. Customers ordering omakase style expect the chef to be innovative and surprising in the selection of dishes, and the meal can be likened to an artistic performance by the chef.
Ordering omakase can be a gamble for those that are choosy on the type of food that they like; however, the customer typically receives the highest-quality fish in stock at a less expensive cost than if it had been ordered à la carte. A little more of that later.
Yuzen Japanese Restaurant décor is of a minimalist simple Zen design. Its’ ambience suits a casual Japanese dining experience while there are some private rooms that caters to more privacy for the guests.
The afternoon lunch started off with an Omakase Sashimi (market price)– it is a platter of raw fresh fish and seafood selection by the chef. Our platter of the Omakase Sashimi comes with variety of fish and seafood.
Although one can also order a normal Sashimi set, an Omakase Sashimi Platter allows the chef to mix with some top quality seasonal fishes into this platter.
According to the Chef, one can expect that the Omakase Sashimi Platter that you eat this week would not be identical at all to the following week.
One can also be surprised by this offering to taste some of these specialty Japanese fish which can be very costly to be ordered ala-carte.
At Yuzen, the Chef have concocted a special in-house made wasabi which is perfect for eating Sashimi, as you would not need any soya sauce added into it. In Japan specialty restaurant, Sashimi are most likely be served with this special wasabi concoction which will bring out the natural taste of the fresh fish and seafood.
Next, we had the Tuna Takaki Avocado Salad (RM22.00), the tuna are lightly pan fried on the outer layer and slice thinly and served with avocado, fresh green salad and rocket salad.
The dressing was a light sesame mayonnaise and blended perfectly with the salad greens.
This is then followed by the Omakase Nigiri Platter (market price) which has pieces of specialty sushi which include the Salmon Roe, Toro, Tuna, Salmon, Ankimo and others. Your order will definitely be different from the one we had.
We had another salad which is the Deep Fried Salmon Skin salad. The skin was very crisp and eaten with the salad, it gives the mouth a feels of crunchiness while the greens gives you a refresh feel.
After that, we had the Chawan Mushi (RM10.00). At Yuzen Japanese Restaurant you can order your Chawan Mushi with a Seafood topping
or a Crab Meat Topping. I find the eggs custard very smooth, where you can slurp it into your mouth. It also has a strong tinge of flavourful taste. Upon checking with the Chef, his Chawan mushi are made from a special clear broth that takes more than 6 hours to boil and mix with the eggs and steam at the right temperature to this perfect setting and texture.
Next, we had the Chicken Teriyaki – RM13.50 – the chicken was deep fried to a light crisp and topped with a special in-house blended teriyaki sauce that was not too sweet and was just nice for my taste. Usually, I am not a big fan of teriyaki but this one made me go for a second helping.
One of the most interesting dish for me which leaves me an unforgettable taste even after sometime as I write this post is the Surume Ika Teriyaki (Squid) – RM20.50. The squid was lightly grilled to a seared while retaining the squid, firm and bouncy texture.
What makes this dish an unforgettable taste is not the grilled squid but the accompanied squid sauce which the chef has used the squid roe, squid ink and the secret recipe to cook this sauce which has a very strong and smooth taste of the squid.
The after taste from eating this sauce with the grilled squid leaves one taste bud and senses highly satisfied. If Squid is one of your favourite, you gotta try this.