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  • Nadya Woon

Manmaru, Atria Shopping Gallery

Calling all Japanese food lovers! I’ve got just the place for you. Manmaru in Atria Shopping Gallery has just recently revamped their menu in September, introducing new and exciting dishes that are also quite affordable!

We started off with the cold dishes prepared by Chef Steve Lim (Head Chef of Manmaru Atria). The 7 Type Sashimi Platter (RM150) was an absolute masterpiece. Sure enough, it’s taste did not disappoint either. The entire platter was so fresh, it almost tasted like it was straight out of the ocean! My favorite item was the Sweet Prawns. Having never tried them before, I was shocked to find that it was named in a LITERAL sense.

After setting such an impossible bar with the first dish, in walked the waiter carrying a lobster head on a plate! The Lobster Roll (RM65) was truly impeccable. The fried whole lobster was crispy on the outside but managed to maintain a succulent and juicy meat inside, while the homemade mayonnaise drizzled on top added a different depth to the sushi.

As for another one of our starters, we were also presented the Unagi Tama Roll (RM34). Unlike the typical thinly sliced eel that we are accustomed to, these were thick and chunky, a total value for money. The unagi sauce, though subtle, was a superb accompaniment to the dish.

Moving on from the sushi rolls, we were served a different take on the basic "gyoza" dish -- the Gyoza Kawa Age To Maguro Salsa (RM13). So many different textures were going on in my mouth with just one bite - AMAZING!

The Cream Karokke (RM16) is a very clever Japanese influenced version of the croquette. It’s outer shell is firm and crunchy, but as soon as you sink your teeth into it, a homemade seafood cream oozes out and leaves you speechless.

I’m not usually a big chawan mushi enthusiast, but Manmaru’s might have made me reconsider my judgement. The Kani And Fukahire Chawan Mushi (RM10) was so incredibly soft and silky, as if I were eating a bowl of custard. It is topped with snow crabmeat and shark fin shreds. (But not to worry, I checked and its really just mock shark fin!)

Now, I know most people don’t go into a Japanese restaurant to order a plate of sliced tomato. But before you make such a decision, you should try the Momotaro Salad (RM10), especially for all you vegetarians out there! The Momotaro tomato is so different from the normal ones we get. It is sweet and juicy, particularly when its eaten with the the Tosasu Jelly and sushi vinegar dressing. Oh, what a lovely and refreshing dish!

Proceeding to the hot dishes, which were specially prepared by Chef Mike Sim (Outlet Chef of Manmaru Atria). He introduced the Hotate Ishiyaki Ninniku Chahan (RM25) as your typical comfort food, sure to satisfy your stomach. Believe me, he was not lying when he said that. The smell of the garlic fried rice in the hot stone bowl filled me with immense joy. But tasting it multiplied that sense of happiness by leaps and bounds. The baby scallops were also super tender and moist with flavor.

My personal favorite was the Sanuki Udon (RM35). The noodles were handmade by Chef Mike, who learnt his traits from his father who was the Head Chef in one of Kuala Lumpur’s most renowned Japanese restaurant in a hotel chain. The noodles were seasoned immaculately and had an enjoyable chewiness to it, nothing like I’ve ever had before. Definitely a must-try!

The final main dish we were served was the Kamo Teppanyaki (RM22). The slices of grilled smoke duck were cooked to perfection. The intense flavor of the Wafu Steak Sauce was paired flawlessly with the pineapple and cucumber chunks.

What would a meal be without dessert? Manmaru’s Coconut Ice Cream (RM10) was simply divine. The bits of coconut was a pleasant surprise amidst the creaminess of the ice cream. It was garnished with fried shredded pumpkin, giving it an extraordinary dimension.

The two chefs were undeniably talented and provided great hospitality. Special thanks to Chef Mike (left) and Chef Steve (right)!

Manmaru has definitely proved that food can be for the mind, body and the soul, while being 100% wallet-friendly! Not only is it suitable for business occasions, it is also a great place for family or friend get-togethers.

If you're craving some Japanese goodness, Manmaru is offering a RM50 cash discount with a minimum spend of RM150 until the end of November!

Manmaru Atria Shopping Gallery

G26, Atria Shopping Gallery,

Jalan SS 22/23,

Damansara Jaya, Petaling Jaya

Open daily from 10AM-10PM

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