Dine like a Jap King@Tatsu, Intercontinental Hotel Kuala Lumpur

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The foodie galore rendezvous gang is off to Tatsu again, for a foodie gathering with some of the TLCC family. There is a super worthy alacarte buffet promotion at Tatsu, for lunches and dinners on Saturday, Sunday and public holidays. You may order anything from the ala carte menu as many times as you want (as long as you can finish, of course) for RM 118++.

As there was a big group of us, the waitress did the honour to serve us everything worthy, rather than individual ala carte orders. We were first served with cold dishes: smoked duck slices and baby octopuses. The smoked duck…oooohย  lala. Tender, full of flavour, and not too fatty. We had several platefuls of this.

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Needless to say, we’d be fools not to order sashimis. They had tuna, salmon, octopus, yellowtail, butterfish. They were a lot fresher than the last time we ate here. We went sashimi crazy that we ordered at least 6 plates of these, or more.

The best fish was the butterfish, soft, tender, buttery flavored somehow. Yummmmyyyy..the waitress noticed how much we loved it that she brought an entire plate of butterfish sashimis alone later. And of course, we wiped it clean!

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Grilled beef cubes. Juicy, tenderlicious, a little fiery due to the black peppers. The fried garlic slices added an oomph to the beef! I think we wacked more than 10 plates of it. Holy canoly.

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This soft shelled crab sushis did not get replenished. Although delicious, but the rice was just not worth spending the calories and tummy space.

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Holy canoly. This is the bomb yo! The grilled unagi. Oh so fresh. Oh so nicely teriyaki-ed. Oh so good in the mouth. I myself easily ate 6 pieces of unagi. Many eyes widened seeing my gorilla appetite.

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Butter grilled scallops! Shucks. For…freeeee floowwwwww!!! We had like 5 6 platefuls of this. Thumbs up for freshness.

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The grilled mackerel was..not bad. A little too bony for me hence, I didn’t eat much of it.

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More teriyaki grilled fishes:ย  salmon and cod. The COD. Soft…not too hard and chewy. YUMS. YUMS. YUMS. 1 more order of teriyaki cod please!

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The chawan mushi thankfully, was small. I didn’t enjoy it that much as it was a little too bland for me. Then again, I am no fan of this dish in general.

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The tempura, was quite average. The prawns were the best thing from the plate. Even so, I have had better fried battered prawns than this one.

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The kids were already anxiously waiting for their parents’ approval to flip to the final page to order…desserts! My eyes sparkled too knowing there was free flow ice cream, and chocolate fondue!?

The chocolate fondue came with caramelized fruit slices in sticks and the melted chocolate was added with red bean paste. Rather than using the chocolate sauce to dip the fruit sticks, it was used as ice cream toppings. Haha.

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Holy canoly round 2. This was by far the best green tea ice cream I had ever eaten. EVER. Not too icey and crumbly, oh so smooth without the powdery granular bits and not sweet. You could actually taste the green tea bitterness. I had like 2 scoopfuls of this. And almost had the 3rd one too.

Our hostess said all ice creams are made in house but the waitress blurted and told us that the ice cream was from the BIG TUB HaaganDaz. She also added that the small tubs (which we buy from marts) tasted different from the giant tubs.

Which is the truth? We will find out!

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Our kind and courteous hostess went to the dessert bar and bought us cakes! Honestly, I think the patisserie chef from Intercontinental Hotel really does have class and finesse. His cakes and bakes looked amazing and refined. We had the opportunity to eat his Snickers cake, cheese cake, coffee cake, macaroons, chocolates etc. And they all did not disappoint.

Neither did it, for these two lovelies! Tiramisu in a Fifa Cup ball made of chocolate and a hazelnut slice. Holy canoly number 3. I was chocolate high. Coupled with sugar high from the ice cream.

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It did not stop there. We also had chocolate truffles courtesy from the dessert bar too. Felt like a queen having all these awesome desserts! I need more!

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We were told that this promotion may be changed soon as the chef is interested to have a new menu, those who love Jap food and want to eat every penny’s worth, quickly make your way to Tatsu! Before the promotion ends. It is really worth every penny put in. Once you are so done with Jap food, you have the luxury to have amazing desserts right after!

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Jap food galore@Tatsu, Intercontinental Hotel Kuala Lumpur

We are back again for Food Galore Rendezvous. This time…at Tatsu, an award winning restaurant in the Intercontinental Hotel, Kuala Lumpur, with executive chef Yanagida Testsuya, long running chef that rules the kitchen all these years.

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Penfolds Koonunga hill 76 is one of the best valued Penfolds ever purchased. Costing only RM 70, the quality is could better the Bin 389 or those RM 100-ish wine. Amazing full body that is well structured. Tannins were silky smooth.

Gotta say it must be the careful selection of the grapes or the old vines that make it such a beautiful bottle.

With regards the Prosecco, its balanced but nothing to shout about. A good value at RM70.

This is a first for me, to have Prosecco complementing with Penang Him Heang’s tao sar pia!

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Thank you hostess ! ๐Ÿ™‚

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The edamames were excellent. Pungent aroma of smoked grilled charcoal flavour. It’d be perfect to have this on a couch watching your favourite movie!

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Fishes freshly flown from Japan and skillfully cut would translate into a happy 6 sashimi lovers smiling upon each bite. My personal favourite was the Otoro!

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In my Jap foodie ventures, this dish is always one that I must have. I could eat ’em like they are noodles all day long!

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I was told by our hostess Janny, that the avocado unagi roll with almond sauce, topped with fish roes is a personal creation of the chef himself. Rich, dense, yet you can taste each individual flavours at the same time. Thumbs up!

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This was my first time trying this out: fried salmon skin salad. Sounds a little irky. But oh boy…the chef made it with finesse. You barely taste the oil and yet each piece was super crunchy and perfectly flavoured. Yummmmsss…

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The waitress came in to our room and grilled these wagyu beef slices on the spot with a portable griller. Marble, tender, wagyu smoothly swims down my throat. Oh man!

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After all the guilty pleasures, we were suddenly served with a healthy option: chopped asparagus! Don’t be fooled by its simplicity. They were one of the best cooked asparagus I had ever ate in my life. Cooked just about right that they were soft inside yet retaining a thin crunchy layer on the outside so as when you bite them, they felt good in the mouth.

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May not look like much: but the teppanyaki ingredients were of top notch quality. Cod fish, shrimps, clams etc. And the smoke grilled flavour were intense.

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The garlic fried rice…for someone who does not fancy rice. Divine. I don’t need to say further. From the picture itself, you can see each pellet of rice is nicely separated from each other, yet each was nicely browned. The chopped fried garlic was also prepared in house.

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Time to unzip the fly to give some space for the expanded tummy to breathe…for cake! Coincidentally it was Grace’s birthday too and we gluttoned our way through with Intercontinental Hotel’s coffee chocolate mousse cake. I had to stop myself from grabbing another slice as it was already near 11 pm, and the thought of sleeping off after all these. yikes!

Total estimated dinner for 6 pax: possibly about RM800- RM1000, including the 2 bottles.

To dine here, quality wise,ย  it is definitely there but you must prepare to spend a rather hefty sum for good stuffs.

Opening hours:
Lunch : 12.00 noon – 2.30 pm
Dinner: 6.30 pm – 10.30 pm
Tel: 03-2782 6118 (was advised by hostess it is best to make reservations before you come)

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