Monday, November 19, 2012

Birthday #1: Hanare Japanese Restaurant KL's Sunday Buffet Brunch

And so the celebration begins..

Every year during my birthday, we will have a week long celebration of good food. We started off the celebration with one of our favorite cuisines - Japanese. Hanare recently brought back their Sunday Buffet Brunch which I love, so this is where Hubby took me for my first birthday treat of the year.

Love the fresh sashimi here


Hanare Japanese Restaurant located in Intermark Mall serves fine Japanese cuisine. We were here 1 1/2 years ago when they first introduced the Sunday brunch buffet, and really enjoyed it. Recently, they brought this buffet back. Am happy to report that the food quality is still as good as before.

The Sunday Buffet Brunch is priced at RM148++ with free flow of green tea and soft drinks.  You can also choose to have free flow sake and draft beer (usually priced at RM198++) but from now until end Dec, you can get it for the same price at RM148++ too.

Interior of Hanare

Teppanyaki counter


What's available for the Sunday buffet - prawns/salmon/scallops/Australian wagyu beef/chicken

Table setting


Green tea


Nice chilled sake

The buffet spread here is still small, but that's okay since we would prefer it to be of high quality. The only difference between the spread this time and the last is that chutoro servings are limited. Each person is given a token when they arrive, and can only redeem one plate of chutoro per person (3 slices). Of course I was a little sad as I really love chutoro, but at least the other sashimi selections were excellent too.

We started off our meal with the chutoro - thick slices of fresh sashimi, melt-in-the-mouth kind. Then, followed by plate after plate of luscious sashimi - salmon, tuna, kanpachi, amaebi and katsuo tataki. I loved them all, but most of all, I liked the salmon and kanpachi, which we had many servings of. The raw freshly shucked oysters were fresh and briny too. We were best friends with the sushi chef by the end of the meal. LOL!

Chutoro


Salmon and tuna


Kanpachi and salmon


Salmon and amaebi (sweet prawn)


Salmon, tuna, kanpachi and katsuo tataki



Freshly shucked oysters


Oysters - fresh and briny

Usually we avoid maki and sushi at buffets (cos rice fills us up faster), but the maki here was good. Loved the popping ebikko that coats the rice. :)

Soft shell crab maki


As usual, there is a selection of cold starters - garden salad, edamame, potato salad, and other seasonal starters such as seaweed, burdock root and shishamo. There is also zaru soba and udon. Too bad there wasn't any ikura with the garden salad this time.


Potato salad

Shishamo


Seasonal starters




Ebi tempura - good


Other than the sashimi counter, my next favorite section is the teppanyaki. The wagyu beef was very good, cooked to our liking (medium rare) - love the buttery texture. YUM. I had so many plates of this. We had one helping of hotate (scallops) and many of the cheesy prawn teppanyaki. There's only one word to describe the prawns... FABULOUS! This was one of the best things we ate from this buffet.



The chef skilfully prepares our teppanyaki
video


Wagyu beef teppanyaki - so delicious


Scallop (hotate)


Cheesy prawn teppanyaki



See the cute sushi chef (check out his shoes too!)


Desserts were ordinary. There was cheesecake, green tea pudding, vanilla ice cream and a selection of fresh fruits.






Verdict: If you're looking for a good quality Japanese buffet, this is it. Small selection but very fresh sashimi and great teppanyaki counter.



Opening times: Lunch 12.00-2.30pm. Dinner 6.00-10.30pm.

Service: Excellent.

Price: RM148++ with free flow green tea as well as sake.

Location: Hanare Authentic Japanese Cuisine, Lot G06, Ground Floor, The Intermark, 182 Jalan Tun Razak, 50400 Kuala Lumpur.

Tel: 03-2164 2133 / 03-2164 2633

GPS Coordinates: 3.161620, 101.719670

31 comments:

  1. Happy birthday dear...you sure deserve nothing but the best!!

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    1. Thanks Amrita! A great time to indulge in good food ;)

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  2. The food looks delicious! I hope you had a lovely birthday and have a great year ahead!

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    1. Thanks Michele! Hubby certainly knows how to spoil me, very memorable birthday indeed.

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  3. *faints* But since it was your birthday, that was fine! Comes only once a year...and a very good reason to celebrate and pamper oneself!

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    1. True! Birthdays / anniversaries or any celebrations is the best time to indulge in good food!

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  4. Eh, yen, did you ask your hubby to be your model in the last photo, hahaha! The food there looks great, esp the dessert, hahaha!

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    1. Haha actually he ask me to take photo of him. So I just use it for the blog also :P Love the sashimi and teppanyaki here!

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  5. What a great way to spend a birthday, a week of food! Happy birthday to you :) That sashimi looks so so yummy.

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    1. Yeah the sashimi is one of the best I've tasted in KL! So fresh!

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  6. Nowadays I'm more to quality than quantity when comes to buffet :)

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    1. Same here. If got many variety but the quality sucks, also pointless.

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  7. ooo, RM148++ for a meal that throws in a free flow of sake along with such top-notch sashimi is a very, very good deal indeed! i can imagine finishing nearly RM500++ retail value worth of sashimi and sake :D

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    1. Yeah we ate a fair share of sashimi and Wagyu beef too! :)

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  8. Those sashimi looks very fresh and thick slices!

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    1. Very fresh indeed! I love it very much, the salmon was quite fatty and tasted so smooth!

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  9. We just visited this Sunday for the first time. Loved the spot.

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    1. OK Cool! You must have bumped into another fellow blogger too.

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  10. one and a half year ago.. haha!!at first I was like.. I glanced too fast, I saw 11/2 years ago? WHATT? They existed 11 years ago? then I realize.. ah chey! 1 and A HALF year..;P

    Very fine japanese dining restaurant, wanted to try , but somehow pocket money does not allow.;P

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    1. Well, RM148++ may sound pricey but to be honest, it's worth going for since the quality of sashimi is really good. As you know Japanese food in general is pretty expensive.

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  11. I love sashimi!! We visited Hanare once and we enjoyed their food very much.

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    1. Sashimi in KL is really expensive right? So I feel this buffet brunch is really good value for money.

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  12. girl.... i had to see your video kepala senggek leh... love sashimi!!

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    1. LOL sorry! This morning I had to rush out and my Windows Movie Maker wasn't working. Anyway I've rotated the video now ;P

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  13. How does it compare to tatsu? RM148++ with unlimited sake wow! That's definitely a great deal. Too bad my other half will not appreciate this meal at all as a seafood hater. :P need to find someone to go with me!

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    1. Tatsu has more variety, and I did enjoy their salmon sashimi immensely. If I was bringing my kids, then I would choose Tatsu as they have sashimi and udon, and other more exciting desserts, but if I wanna indulge in sashimi and Wagyu teppanyaki, then Hanare.

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  14. that is really good.. will try it..

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  15. buffet with chutoro? *drools*

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    1. Only 1 plate chutoro per person, but everything else is unlimited orders.

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  16. The variety is only slightly more than the last time I went...huhu :(

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