So it was my 7th Valentine with my dear, it gonna be our 8th anniversary in 2 months time actually, but we were in relationship 2 months after Valentine, that's way.
The BF had finally work, though only few months, so he decided to treat me for something better for our Valentine this year. I wasn't really like the idea at first cause you certainly know the salary for fresh graduates wasn't enough to enjoy all the good food after deducting all the necessary expenses. But still he insisted, so we finally settled for Japanese cuisine in Umai-Ya, KLCC branch.
It was a last minute plan actually, so we didn't manage to do pre-booking, and reached there to know all the tables were fully booked. But lucky enough, they had one extra table for us and we manage to get our seats after waiting for 15 minutes or so.
Their ala-carte menu.... They have buffet for RM58+ per person from 11.30am to 2.30pm. But it is only available in Damansara and Puchong branches.
Salmon Sashimi @ RM25++
Umai-Ya is well known of its fresh sashimi, as reviewed by most of the blogs over the internet, so I ordered my favorite Salmon sashimi to give it a try. Couldn't remember the exact price for this 5-piece salmon sashimi, it was around RM25 if not mistaken.
And the taste, I wasn't sure how to define the freshness. For me, it tasted somewhat similar to the one in Sushi Zanmai, which was priced way cheaper, though the slice is thinner. I would definitely go to Sushi Zanmai to satisfy my crave for salmon sashimi rather than Umai-Ya.
Well maybe it is indeed fresher, but I can't tell the difference, so no point paying extra. LOL...
Set of 3 Appetizer (not exact name) @ RM15.90++
Appetizer includes Itako Kyuli (seasoned baby octopus), Chuka Kurage (seasoned jelly fish), and Chuka Chimni (seasoned scallop wings), I super love these 3 dishes. They could be ordered separately at RM8.90 if not mistaken, but I chose to have these 3 altogether at RM15.90 if not mistaken again. Maybe the separate one is in bigger portion.
Chicken Sukiyaki @ RM22.90++
Hmmmmm.... I wasn't really satisfy with the way they serve it. The one I used to order in Sushi Zanmai was Beef Sukiyaki. They serve the egg and beef slices separately, and most important of all, the pot is served on a stove to keep it boiling. This Chicken Sukiyaki in Umai-Ya was served exactly like the picture shown above, where the chicken and the egg are all in the pot when it is served. Well maybe the chicken takes longer to get cooked as compare to beef slices so they served it right away in the soup.
Even so, I still prefer it to be served on a stove, because the soup got cold pretty fast and it was only warm instead of boiling hot. And then the taste, hmmmm the taste is just nice, nothing special.
Mixed Sashimi & Vege Rice (not exact name) @ RM39.90
The most expensive rice I've eaten so far, LOL. Couldn't recall the name of this dish, it was a combination of around 5 different sashimi ranging from salmon, maguro (tuna), tako (octopus), ika (cuttlefish), and suzuki (seabass), with omelette and cucumber, topped with errrrrr fish roe (??), the round orangy jelly stuff, LOL. It comes along with a soup with tofu, not sure what's the name, maybe normal miso soup or something similar.
Ok, the taste. It tasted heavenly good for the first few mouths, with the fragrance rice, fresh sashimi, and the fish roe that pop in your mouth. Everything blends in very well. The bf was a bit reluctant to order this rice at first for its expensive pricing, but I was so tempted to try what's so special bout this rice to be priced so expensive, so I said I will forgo my salmon sashimi for this. Well, the bf is like the best bf on earth, he knew I love salmon so much so he ordered both for me. *touched*
Why I said it tasted heavenly good for the first few mouths is because the more I eat the more I feel the rice is a bit sweet. Not sure how they seasoned the rice to get the sweetness, but I feel a lil bit unhealthy the more I eat it. Duh....
Avocado Maki with Baby Octopus (not exact name) @ RM25++
Sorry, I couldn't recall the name of this avocado maki as well as the price. Thought I could easily Google them at home but to my surprise I Googled Umai-Ya's menu and found almost nothing. Not even one of those I'd ordered, I have no idea why.
This sushi roll is a must try!!! I don't know how they did it but the avocado seems to melt in your mouth. The one I always eaten in Zanmai wasn't as soft as this, they were harder and tasteless. I wasn't sure of which maki to order at first and asked the waiter to recommend, she then recommended this and I was really pleased with the taste. This is definitely the best dishes among all those ordered that day.
Fried Chicken Bones @ RM15.00++
The bf taught it was fried chicken and ordered it, the waiter then remind us that this is not chicken meat but its soft bones and reconfirm whether we really want it. I was like, okay, chicken bones, let's try, LOL...
Paying that price to eat chicken bones sound a bit retard actually, haha! But the taste was quite okay la, would be a nice snack to serve with beer, for its so crunchy and chewy.
Fried Cuttle Fish @ RM15.00++
Last but not least, fried cuttle fish which taste way normal to me. It was serve with mayonaise instead of any other sauce, which I think is seriously a suck combination. Even the one I eat at roadside "Lok-lok" taste much much better, with its spicy satay sauce. This one was way too dry and tasteless.
Well, in general, the food was okay. But I may not revisit it, consider I could get the same satisfaction at Sushi Zanmai at a way cheaper price. For sure the environment in Umai-Ya is way more classy, but the food doesn't really impress me to the stage that I would make frequent visit.
So, try it once and judge on your own. =)
Bill Total : RM192.00 (for 2 pax)
Ambience : 5/5
Food : 4/5
Service : 5/5
Serving Speed : 5/5
Will I revisit? Maybe, but not in near future.
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