The past few years we have seen a flourishing of high-quality sushi restaurants in Kuala Lumpur. From Kame to Kampachi to Hinata to Oribe to Ryu to Hara to Ori, there are no lack of choices for sushi aficionados like us! Sushi Kazu is the latest promising player that offers full-blown, all-out omakase meals.
Located just above Restoran Shangri-la at Bukit Damansara, Sushi Kazu has a typical Japanese discreet entrance that leads to an intimate space with counter seatings and VIP rooms.
Helmed by Chef Norikazu Shibata with four decades of experience, Sushi Kazu serves Edomae style of sushi where the fish is marinated and preserved for a few days rather than served fresh. Some may remember Chef Shibata from his days at Kampachi Japanese Restaurant and Ebisu, Pavilion Hotel.
Sushi Kazu offers different omakase menus for lunch and dinner, and the pricing range from RM 129 to RM 598. However, chef said the menu is more for reference because the the truth of omakase lies in the word itself—”I leave it up to you”. Patrons can just give him a budget say, RM 200/RM 300/RM 400/more, and chef will prepare accordingly. There is no written menu, so every course is a surprise.
We visited Sushi Kazu in early January so the omakase menu is winter-centric. We started with a simple garden salad, followed by poached firefly squid, chef’s special selection of sashimi (kampachi, chutoro, akagai and hirame) and a nitsuke (simmered) fish dish.
We enjoyed sitting at the counter and watched the chef prepared and served the nigiri piece by piece. From torched fugu, akagai, aji to otoro and kawahagi fish + liver, every piece is a work of art. The miniature rice bowl topped with Uni, Chopped Otoro, and Ikura were really good too, I like to stir everything together to enjoy the exquisite flavours.
The chef has already placed the proper amount of wasabi for the sushis and he knows the best way to season the fishes, such as soy sauce, salt, spring onion and others. So there’s no need to ask for wasabi or soy sauce.
Do eat the sushi in one bite to enjoy the perfect harmony of fish, rice, and wasabi. If you bite halfway, the balance will be lost. It i best to pick up the sushi with your hands too.
Other courses such as a cold dish consists of fugu skin, chawanmushi, miso soup and seasonal fruits platter were pretty enjoyable too.
Sake is almost unrivalled when it comes to Japanese food-and-drink pairings. Here at Sushi Kazu, you get to choose your own sake cup to go with your order of nihonshu.
Sushi Kazu is definitely the place to go for if you feel like splurging a bit for an amazing culinary experience. You expect to be brought the most perfect seafood available at that time of year, prepared by only the most skilled chef.
Add: 8A, First Floor, Plaza Batai, Bukit Damansara, Kuala Lumpur.
Hours: Open Tuesday-Sunday, 12pm-3pm, 6pm-11pm.