Hajime probably needs no further introduction. It's one of those restaurant destine to stay for many years to come. With the high turnover of restaurant in F&B industry, im glad that this particular japanese restaurant is still growing strong. Wooden tables and chairs make the atmosphere casual and cheerful. With light japanese music playing at the background, and tiny personality of stickers on the tables, it was one environment that brings back customers again and again. From my recent visit, it seems like it has became a favourite spot for families.

The menu is extensive, from its light starters (salads, assorted sashimis) to more substantial items such as the fine inaniwa udon, or innovative sushis such as Golden Dragon, Hajime offers one of the fresher ingredients around town. They have a wide varieties of sashimis seldom seen in other japanese restaurants too.

Our only hiccup of the night is the constant mix up of food deliveries. While the service was decent and friendly, we didnt receive some of our orders as it has been sent to the wrong table (and reading from some blogs, it seems like this has been a constant problem yet to be resolved)

Started off with something light- Salmon Salad (RM22) with a slightly sourish sauce (somewhat like mayonnaise) was refreshing. You can choose between seared salmon or raw. The raw ones was pretty fresh.

Definitely worth ordering- and also in its seasonal menu is the Shake Bomb (RM12/pc) Salmon & foie gras with truffle oil. Every bite was delicious. Just close your eyes and devour slowly with each bite while waiting for different flavours to explode in your mouth. *yummay*
Sashimi Moriawase (Hana) (RM100) - mackeral, tuna, shrimps, belly salmon, squid sashimis etc sitting on a bed of crushed ice. Nice food presentation and the ice helps to keep the sashimis cool. The few that i tried was fresh enough.

I love this dish. Inaniwa Udon (Cold) served with dashi sauce. (RM26). Much like how you eat cold soba, by putting the kuey teow-like noodles into the dashi sauce mixed with a bit of spring onions, preserved tunips and wasabi. Again the ice sitting underneath the noodles help to keep the dish cool, and the noodles texture is silky. It was an addictive eat, i couldnt get enough of it.

Executed well, the batter was crisp and not too thick. The Ebi tempura (RM28) came out piping hot and crispy, one portion came with 4 pieces of prawns

Black Spider Maki (RM20) - Crispy soft shell crab with caviar was decent, but not memorable.

Reservation would be advisable as it was pretty pack for a weekday.
Our bill came up to RM250 between two without alcohol.


Food: 7/10
(it was a very satisfying meal and i definitely spotted quite a few that i'll come back to)

Service: 6/10

Ambience: 8.5/10
(casual dining atmosphere with several odd corners that can be quite romantic too)

Presentation of food: 6/10

Overall: 7/10


No. 64, Jalan Damai
off Jalan Tun Razak
55000 KL

Tel: 03-2143 0073


Crusader said...

In my opinion, this is one of the best Japanese restaurant in KL. I love the food there and the ambience and service is equally as good. How can hajime score an overall 7 while Oriental Pavillion score an overall 8? Doesn't add up wei!

KY said...

I wanna eat!!!! haven't been there yet, haerd so much about it

Augustdiners said...

Crusader: well hajime is not all rounder as their service pulled their overall rating down. :)

KY: go! good for paktor with haze. hehe

Sean said...

there's a rumor that all the restaurants at jalan damai will be forced to close by the end of the year because of complaints from residents about parking problems, etc. hopefully that won't affect hajime, since it has its own parking in its compound...

Crusader said...

I don't believe that Oriental Pavillion's service warrants anywhere near a 7. I believe you sat in a private room (service should be very much different), where else - 85% of the other diners are outside in the main hall. I hope you will revisit your ratings :)

AugustDiners said...

sean: yeah i had a hard time squeezing thru the lane to get there.. fingers crossed that it wont be affected

crusader: ratings are based on personal opinion and through that visit alone which may change in time haha.

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