Thursday, 23 May 2013

Kogetsu Japanese Restaurant, Saujana Hotel, Shah Alam, Malaysia


Kogestu Japanese Restaurant, Saujana Hotel, Shah Alam, Malaysia
Hot Sake, Kogetsu Japanese Restaurant, Saujana Hotel Kuala Lumpur


Kogetsu Japanese Restaurant Saujana Hotel Kuala Lumpur

Words by Caning Jaramillo

Photos by The Yum List



Japanese culture and cuisine seem to be a well developed craze for Malaysian taste buds. As a blogger bouncing around the country looking for great food to write about, it’s a great pleasure to hear about an outlet that is doing well amongst the now 100s (?) of Japanese restaurants in the country. This time my ears were alerted to Kogetsu Japanese Restaurant at Saujana Hotel Kuala Lumpur.

Kogetsu Japanese Restaurant is a re-creation of a traditional Japanese wooden house, enclaved on Saujana Hotel's artificial lake. A wonderful view over water and the resort's gardens enhances the ambience. Kogetsu forms part of the many food and beverage outlets of the Saujana Hotel Kuala Lumpur. It is however open to the public and, the night we dined seemed to be filled with outside guests - possibly residents from the surrounding suburbs.

Kogestu Japanese Restaurant, Saujana Hotel, Shah Alam, Malaysia
Kogestu Japanese Restaurant
Upon arrival, a salutation by the staff in Japanese, “Irashai mase,” is the first thing I heard. I felt transported right away to Japan! Well, this fierce and hungry ninja was ready to eat all the Nippon food he could get his hands on.

Kogestu Japanese Restaurant, Saujana Hotel, Shah Alam, Malaysia
Edamame
Celebrating spring and the cherry blossom season, we were able to sample some seasonal dishes from a special menu, alongside some popular regular a la carte favourites. 

My first order in a Japanese restaurant is always a hot pot of sake. We went with the waitress' recommendations and soon at our table was a warm pot of Masumi Karakuchi Kiipon (RM45). This smooth, sweet rice liquor was a superb pairing for our first nibble -  Salted Stingray with mayonnaise and soy sauce. The chewy strips of fish were addictive and soon the small hill of slices had disappeared.

Kogestu Japanese Restaurant, Saujana Hotel, Shah Alam, Malaysia
Salted Stingray
Second came Black Sesame Bean Curd. A single cherry blossom adorned the top and the cubes of soft tofu sat in a light soy broth. I found it refreshing and would totally recommend it.

Kogestu Japanese Restaurant, Saujana Hotel, Shah Alam, Malaysia
Black Sesame Bean Curd
After this first round, we switched to a bottle of cold sake Tamano Hikari Junmai Ginjyo (RM75 for 300ml) for a better pairing with our upcoming orders of sushi and sashimi. This fruity and semi dry rice liquor with a medium body was the perfect combination for the Makimono (hand roll) – Crispy Soft Shell Crab Roll (RM35). 

Kogestu Japanese Restaurant, Saujana Hotel, Shah Alam, Malaysia
Cold Sake
Kogestu Japanese Restaurant, Saujana Hotel, Shah Alam, Malaysia
Soft Shell Crab Hand Rolls
The Agedashi Tofu with dashi sauce (RM21) appeared triumphantly and gave me more joy than I thought possible of the humble bean curd. Definitely it’s a must try dish - super fluffy, mouth watering and soupy.

Kogestu Japanese Restaurant, Saujana Hotel, Shah Alam, Malaysia
Deep Fried Bean Curd
Dobin Mushi – Clear Seafood Soup Served in a Pot (RM27) - was also a winner. A powerful broth served with lemon is to be sipped slowly to appreciate the delicate ocean flavours. 

Kogestu Japanese Restaurant, Saujana Hotel, Shah Alam, Malaysia
Seafood Broth in Tea Pot
Another great pairing for the chilled sake was the beautiful Sashimi Platter of Seasonal Fish: Toro- tuna belly, Shake - salmon, Hamachi – yellow tail. This is another must order!

Kogestu Japanese Restaurant, Saujana Hotel, Shah Alam, Malaysia
Sashimi Platter
My stomach was full but I never complained and bravely charged on like a true Ninja, never giving up in the cause for good food. From the Yakimono – Grilled Dishes Menu- we tried the River Sweet Fish with Salt - Ayu Shioyaki (RM40). This whole fish had a very peculiar flavour, and was a tad bitter for my taste.

Kogetsu
River Fish
The Gyu Hire - Beef Tenderloin Teppanyaki  (RM74) with Yakimeshi Garlic Fried Rice - came as an explosion of goodness in my mouth. Boom! So juicy and flavourful, this quickly turned out to be another favourite from Kogestu Japanese Restaurant. 


Kogetsu
Beef Tenderloin Teppanyaki

Another dish from the spring menu had my wife politely dribbling. Sakura Noodles, thin hand pulled buckwheat noodles, with a cherry blossom paste came bathed in a hot udon broth. They made my honey happy, and I imagine would be a cheery choice for vegetarians.

Kogestu Japanese Restaurant, Saujana Hotel, Shah Alam, Malaysia
Spring Noodles
The Cherry Blossom dessert, a glutinous rice cake filled with red bean paste and wrapped in Sakura (cherry blossom) leaf, was pale pink in colour and a magnificent ending.

Kogestu Japanese Restaurant, Saujana Hotel, Shah Alam, Malaysia
Cherry Blossom Glutinous Rice Cakes

Reason to visit: Spring menu, Beef Tenderloin Teppanyaki, Sashimi Platter of Seasonal Fish,  Agedashi Tofu, lake views

Kogetsu Japanese Restaurant
Saujana Hotel Kuala Lumpur
Jalan Lapangan Terbang SAAS
40150 Shah Alam
Selangor Darul Ehsan
Malaysia

www.shr.my
+6 03 7843 1234  
Lunch: 12 noon - 2:30pm
Dinner: 6:30pm - 10:pm
Closed on Mondays

3 comments:

  1. What interesting and creative dishes they have, some I have never heard of like Salted Stingray & Black Sesame Beancurd... drooling...

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  2. ooo, this definitely looks like a royal feast that's fit to be served to a japanese emperor! it really does justice to the glory of japanese cuisine :D

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  3. Wah the sashimi is awesome. It makes my tummy drooling now

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