|Jamu Bar, Pangkor Laut Resort|
|Pangkor Deluxe Bento RM275|
|Maguro (tuna) Sashimi|
|Sake (salmon) Sashimi|
|Kaisen Shiru RM45|
Jamu Bar, Pangkor Laut Resort, Malaysia
Our first meal at Pankgor Laut was the perfect introduction to the relaxing nature of the tropical island resort. Set atop an infinity pool overlooking the sea, Jamu Bar eased us from the rush of our hectic city life to the calm of the sea.
A giant wooden gazebo is cooled with ceiling fans and a draft rising from the running water that falls into the bordering pool. Soft classical tunes add a touch of refinement and modern table settings provide a contemporary contrast. Jamu Bar is a fine spot for a casual lunch or dinner, or cocktail by the water. During the day the flies can be quite persistent. Smokey cones help ward off the little critters though and a later meal seems to attract less than an earlier one.
Surrounded by the lush gardens of the Spa Village, Jamu bar serves a light and wholesome menu of Japanese classics such as noodles, tempura, sushi and sashimi. Ordering a la carte is not the most economical way to eat and indeed prices seem to have a ‘serenity and unbeatable vista’ fee included. However, dining as part of Pangkor Laut Resort's all-inclusive package is a steal. With two lunches included in a three day two night package, one of them should be taken here and the other at Emerald Bay.
|Pineapple Blast RM15|
Cold sparkling water and, a blend of pineapple, ginger and lime, the Pineapple Blast, took the heat from our bodies and helped us to settle into island mode. A one page menu filled with Japanese items made ordering simple, but still we took the waiter’s recommendation and requested the Pangkor Deluxe Bento. This popular plate, a selection of sushi, sashimi and maki comes out in three rounds.
A trio of Sashimi served on a shell shaped plate was the first platter out. Maguro (tuna), Sake (salmon) and Ebi (prawns) were fresh and simply decorated with a nest of green noodles, a leaf of lettuce and a dollop of wasabi.
Next came an array of Nigiri Sushi, rice ovals topped with Sake (salmon), Saba (mackerel) and Akagai (ark shell). The salmon and mackerel were soft and to my liking, however it seems the ark shell is more of an acquired taste with a slightly chewy texture.
Maki Sushi was the third plate. Hand rolled rounds of sushi rice, beef, cheese and cucumber arrived drizzled with a chili mayonnaise. A subtle contrast in textures made this dish special with the crunch of fresh cucumber, the smoosh of the beef and cheese, and the slight stickiness of the rice. The slightly spicy topping was just enough zing to bring out the flavours of the other ingredients without overpowering them.
In my opinion, our light lunch was enough to leave me feeling satisfied but not lethargic. For hubby’s dinosaur appetite however, it was just an opener, so Kaisen Shiru was his next order. A miso and seafood broth came steaming with shrimp, salmon, ark shell seaweed and tofu. The salty brew served to fill his tummy and left him in good spirits speaking of his mouth being filled with the taste of the Malacca Straits.
A medium strength cappuccino provided just enough lift at the end of the meal and I happily ordered another knowing that I would have no trouble sleeping at night with the serenity of the setting at aide. The wine list is short and affordable featuring mostly new world wines starting from RM120 a bottle and RM25 per glass. Surprisingly, for an isolated island resort, the prices are in line with most restaurants in KL. Freshly squeezed or blended juices are RM15 with no less than 20 revitalizing concoctions listed.
Reason to visit: light Japanese meals in line with the wholesome environment of the Spa Village in which it is located
Japanese Restaurant and Bar