Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Kin Shui Tei

These days Japanese food can be found everywhere especially with fast food sushi joints popping up all over the city, it is much harder however to find a truly authentic Japanese restaurant and this is where Kin Shui Tei stands out from the rest.

Master Chef Ikuo Tanabe, founder and resident chef at Kin Shiu Tei is known as one of the most experienced Japanese chefs in the country. He first moved here in 1974 and was the first chef to run Daikoku, now known as Kampachi in the Equatorial Hotel. For Kin Shui Tei he has come up with a menu that boasts over 200 items ranging from the finest quality sashimi to some traditional dishes that are not found in the average Japanese restaurant in Malaysia. He always uses quality seasonal ingredients and prepares them in ways that bring out the best flavour. Master Chef Tanabe also takes pride in his presentation and chooses dishes that enhance the appeal and season theme along with decorating the dishes with real leaves and edible flowers.

To start off with we had a beautifully presented boat of fresh sashimi. There was everything in this assortment; salmon, tuna, shrimp, scallops, butterfish and more.
Each piece was undeniably fresh and had a nice sweetness, the kind of sweetness that comes from a high quality piece of sashimi. This paired with a steaming hot bowl of miso soup would have been the perfect lunch, but then it got better.

Master Chef Tanabe prepared us a seafood teppan special which came with a few seafood items such as salmon, prawn, and oyster cooked Teppanyaki style. The impeccably fresh seafood lightly cooked with seasoning and a special sauce was divine.

For dessert the chef prepared a little sampler platter with a few of his creations. There was a Japanese dried persimmon filled with a mango cream and served on top of a slice of Australian fresh persimmon. There was also a homemade sesame ice cream served with plum jelly and diced fruits and a creamy matcha tiramisu. All of these desserts had unique flavours and were certainly a nice end to a delicious lunch.

At Kin Shui Tei you’re sure to find something for every taste bud. Some of the specialties include a mango salad with seafood strips, grilled salmon fish head, octopus with diced radish, as well as a variety of noodle and porridge dishes. Another unique feature is the special beef menu which allows you to select your meat to be cooked in different ways such s sukiyaki, shabu shabu, in a western steak style, or as a Carpaccio. I'll be going back to give that a try!

Kin Shui Tei
Tropicana Golf & Country Resort Clubhouse
Jln Kelab Tropicana
47410 PJ, Selangor
Tel: 03.7804 8888


Lyrical Lemongrass said...

I've been curious about this place - thanks for the info. How are prices like?

Alexandra@Chefspiration said...

LL - It's a bit pricey...but I suppose you gotta pay when it comes to fresh sashimi...it's worth it though! Tuesday and Friday is when their sashimi is the freshest because their stock comes in from japan on those days :)

Arwen from Hoglet K said...

The presentation of the sashimi platter is beautiful. I love the flowers. The desserts sound really interesting too.

Alexandra@Chefspiration said...

Arwen - It really is beautiful...a rainbow of delicious seafood :)

Lorraine @NotQuiteNigella said...

That sashimi boat looks incredible! In fact I think it's the nicest one I've ever seen! :o Lucky you Alexandra :)

Dharm said...

Oh my! That sashimi looks just perfect! Never been here before so maybe I should pay it a visit...

Alexandra@Chefspiration said...

Lorraine - It really is a beautiful presentation...

Dharm - yes you should go! you'll enjoy it :)