Monday, 30 July 2012

Hokkaido Ichiba, Gardens Mall, Mid Valley, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia



 Entrance                                                          Small details - leaf shaped wasabi
 Sashimi on rice
 Udon soup
 California Rolls
 Mini udon and sushi set
A close up of the sushi

Hokkaido Ichiba in Gardens Mall was streaming with hungry diners when we arrived for a late lunch. Usually put off by crowds, we noticed the fast moving line up and packed tables (a sure sign it's at least fresh, if not even good), so made the decision to stay.

At first glance I thought the prices were a little steep. When I saw the size and tasted the quality of the meals though I realized the meals are actually quite good value. All of the sets were around 30RM. Shame I didn't get a shot of the edamame as they are something special - fresh beans, some still attached to the vine. When our correct orders finally came there were no complaints from any of my dining companions. The California Rolls and Udon Soup were put on the "to order again" list. A well lit booth by the window was also decreed as a table to reserve once more. I can see my Japanese girlfriend turning up her nose now at the choice of a large Japanese chain on The Yum List, but for those not accustomed to eating this cuisine from birth, it tasted pretty good. (sorry Yuka)

Our meal was wrought with miscommunications in English but misunderstandings were cleared up without a problem. For hiccup free ordering though I recommend pointing to pictures and insisting that your ordered is repeated before the busy waitstaff scoot off.

A handsome looking ice cream parlour next door might entice me back for a future date.  

Reason to visit: value for money filling Japanese

Hokkaido Ichiba
The Gardens Mall
T-201 3rd Floor
The Gardens Mall
Mid Valley City
Lingkaran Syed Putra
59200 Kuala Lumpur
+6 03 2283  1060
Open 10am - 10pm

12 comments:

  1. Seems that Hokkaido is the in thing these days - there's Hokkaido cake, Hokkaido ice cream... Would love to try those and see what is so special.

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    1. Ha! I think you're right. What delicious mysteries does Hakkaido have to offer? :-)

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  2. The Sashimi on rice looks good, a lot of things inside, yum yum. :D

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    1. Good portions for the price I think. :-)

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  3. Where is the rice? I can see any at your Sashimi on rice lol

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    1. The rice is hiding underneath. Good sign right, when you see more sashimi than rice. :-)

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  4. mmmm, i'm thinking that sometimes, japanese eateries in shopping malls get a bad reputation for serving soulless food, but if we give them a chance, some of them might surprise and satisfy us! i'm craving some sushi right about now, topped with thick slices of fresh fish :D

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    1. You're right. I think many eateries in shopping malls get stereotyped into the mass market category.

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  5. The sashimi looks really fresh. I want the scallop!! Keep some for me next time. Hahaha!

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    1. Alright, a scallop shall be reserved just for you :-)

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  6. OMG.... the sashimi with rice is making me hungry.... only Rm30+ for that portion ? That's too good to be placed at that price

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    1. That's what I thought - it's a great deal for a set packed with fish. :-)

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