Once in a while, Saucer and I would crave for Japanese food, especially when we are in the mood something raw. It is without a doubt that Japanese restaurants in the Klang Valley are a dime a dozen, and it’s almost a painful task deciding on which restaurant to go to that would provide a different twist or a breath of fresh air. We ended up at Agehan Japanese restaurant in Grand Blue Wave Hotel last week for dinner, the same time when the buka puasa buffet was going on in their in-house restaurant. Due to the less-than-ideal ventilation in the hotel, the corridor towards the restaurant was rather smoky and filled with the smell of BBQ. That aside, the restaurant boasted of traditional wooden furniture, with plenty of green bamboo plants and warm orange lighting welcoming us at the entrance. I immediately felt at ease.
Sashimi Moriawase Large – 4 pax (RM165)
We started dinner with a platter of Sashimi Moriawase – a combination of salmon, mackerel, tuna, butter fish and octopus served with a dollop of wasabi. Of all the choices, I found the salmon to be the freshest and juiciest of all, perfect with a dash of soy sauce and wasabi.
Green bamboo plants at the entrance
Since we were in the mood for something raw, we also had a plate of Nigiri Sushi Moriawase, a combination of various sushi including one with salmon roe on top. The colourful platter showcased the chef’s skill in cutting the fish slices to perfection, each nicely placed on top of a small mound of vinegared rice. Again, the soy sauce and wasabi made the sushi an enjoyable combination that was also pretty filling!
Nigiri Sushi Moriawase – Large (RM80)
To down the fresh sashimi and sushi, we shared bottles of cold and warm Sake Nihon Sakari Kire Aji among us. I personally favoured the cold sake, thinking that it’s much easier to drink. But I could be biased since I was also attracted to its cute glass bottle with a hole in the middle filled with ice! 🙂
Cold Sake Nihon Sakari Kire Aji – 250ml (RM32)
Warm Sake Nihon Sakari Kire Aji – 250ml (RM32)
After having enough of raw food, we had Agedashi Tofu to mark the start of our cooked food adventure. The tofu was deep fried with a crispy exterior while maintaining a silky soft and smooth interior. The tofu on its own was bland, but mix it with some soy sauce and the savoury bonito flakes on top and it resulted in a nicely balanced flavour that was not overpowering.
Agedashi Tofu (RM10)
Tori Katsu or fried chicken was deep-fried until golden and was extremely crunchy. It was also good to note that the chicken did not turn out to be overly oily, and a dash of lemon juice gave it a slightly sour taste on top of its savoury flavour. Pretty addictive!
Tori Katsu / Deep fried Chicken (RM21)
I’m not a fan of Saba Shioyaki or grilled mackerel, but Agehan managed to grill the fish perfectly, with slightly charred bits on the skin that gave it a nice crispy bite while retaining its moist within the flesh. The squeeze of lemon was imperative in removing what little fishy smell that the fish had, while giving it a hint of sourness that made it all the more irresistible.
Saba Shioyaki / Grilled mackerel (RM21)
A squeeze of lemon was important
We also tried a plate of Tempura Moriawase that was filled with huge deep-fried shrimps, vegetables and a slice of pumpkin! The shrimps were succulent and fresh, while the batter was light and fluffy. Served piping hot, this dish seldom goes wrong especially after soaking it in the dipping sauce. Yum!
Tempura Moriawase (RM30)
When the next dish of Kaki Furai was served, I took a bite without knowing what was inside. I found it to have an extremely crunchy skin with a soft and juicy inside, which I later found out to be oysters! Boy was I surprised! It did not have the fishy oyster smell nor taste at all, and was actually very delicious. I definitely did not mind having a second serving of this, coming from someone who is not even fond of oysters.
Kaki Furai / Deep-fried Oyster (RM21)
Finally, we ended our meal on a sweet note with a serving of Green Tea Ice-cream topped with red bean and a piece of cracker. Lovely!
Green Tea Ice-cream (RM10)
It was overall a satisfying meal, with plenty of sashimi that fulfilled our cravings for the next week. 😉 Agehan proved to be a place with decent Japanese food in a cozy and traditional environment.
Agehan Japanese Restaurant