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15 April 2015

HANAYA 華家 Japanese Dining @ Grand Millennium Kuala Lumpur

HANAYA Japanese Dining @ Grand Millenium Kuala Lumpur

HANAYA Japanese Dining @ Grand Millenium Kuala Lumpur

Just now I was at HANAYA @ Grand Millennium Kuala Lumpur for a food tasting session courtesy of Sushi Train Malaysia and Nuffnang. We had a special course menu with authentic Japanese food including extremely fresh seasonal sashimi, Akita Wagyu Steak, seasonal sushi and many more. 

HANAYA 華家 is the first Japanese Dining Restaurant that open in KL Hotel and I can assure you they serve high quality sashimi in this place. Most importantly is that HANAYA is a Pork-Free restaurant and this could be your new meeting place with client while being able to enjoy great food.

Now please scroll down and enjoy a series of food photos and also interior photos of HANAYA restaurant too.


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A nine seating Sushi Bar where you can see how your sashimi and sushi being prepared
A nine seating Sushi Bar where you can see how your sashimi and sushi being prepared

Assorted Seasonal Sashimi in preparation
Assorted Seasonal Sashimi in preparation

I do enjoy looking at how Sushi Chef preparing our food. Therefore do look for the Sushi Bar seats if you like it too
I do enjoy looking at how Sushi Chef preparing our food. Therefore do look for the Sushi Bar seats if you like it too 

HANAYA has Special Course Menu everyday and this was ours menu of the day
HANAYA has Special Course Menu everyday and this was ours menu of the day
Our 8 course menu was specially customized by the chef and you will definitely get a good surprise from them. I am not sure how frequent they change the menu but if you do a reservation first with HANAYA I am sure they will prepare fresh sashimi and sushi depending on their fresh stocks. We had fresh sushi with fishes delivered all the way from different part of Japan and it just arrived a day before.

Appetiser: Parboiled Red Snapper Soft Roe with Ponzu Sauce
Appetiser: Parboiled Red Snapper Soft Roe with Ponzu Sauce 
Now before I explain the taste of the dishes above, let's learn some new terms:
Roe - A seafood delicacy with two varieties: "Hard roe" is the female fish's eggs. "Soft roe" (also called "white roe") is the milt (male reproductive glands filled with seminal fluid) of the male fish. Salted roe is called "caviar."

So yeah our appetiser is Red Snapper's milt with the exotic and salty taste that will last in your mouth even after a few dishes. If you can withstand this taste you can actually eat any kind of sushi. What a great start hahaha!!

Soup: Common Oriental Clam Fritters with Grated Green Beans Sauce
Soup: Common Oriental Clam Fritters with Grated Green Beans Sauce
A green soup with Clam flesh on top of the fish cake fritters accompanied with grated green beans sauce. Tasted kinda smooth in your mouth giving you the mixture of vege and fish.

Entree: Fried Prawn in Three Colors, Tofu Skin, Red Snapper with Mozuku Seaweed and Botargo
Entree: Fried Prawn in Three Colors, Tofu Skin, Red Snapper with Mozuku Seaweed and Botargo
Among all the entrees my favourite would be the fresh red snapper with Mozuku Seaweed. It gaves me a great combination between the slimy seaweed and the slightly crunchy red snapper sashimi. The fried prawn looks really colorful yo. Botargo is a Mediterranean delicacy of salted, cured fish roe, typically from grey mullet or tuna.

Assorted Seasonal Sashimi
Assorted Seasonal Sashimi
A beautiful plate of assorted seasonal sashimi that I've decided to take individual photos of each of it. Since Chutoro was served with sweet and spicy sauce, we were advised to start with the milder flavours such as saba with vinaigrette, Chinese Mactra (Aoyagi), Botan Ebi with Avocado and Cucumber Sauce, Seared Salmon with Bonito Cream Cheese.

Assorted Seasonal Sashimi in a closer view
Assorted Seasonal Sashimi in a closer view
I am impressed with the time and efforts spent on this plate of dish. Not only your food looks good in the picture, it also tasted great in your mouth =D I don't know the exact words to describe their taste but all I know is they are really fresh and delicious.

Traditional Wooden Ice Refrigerator to keep your sushi fresh
Traditional Wooden Ice Refrigerator to keep your sushi fresh
The owner of HANAYA was kind enough to show us the interior of their traditional wooden refrigerator that operate using ice only as this is the traditional way to keep your sashimi and sushi fresh and ready to serve.

If you are a sashimi lover you'll definitely love this part
If you are a sashimi lover you'll definitely love this part
Two big slice of Otoro (Otoro is the most desired part of the tuna belly that usually doesn't get a price on any sushi house menus) ready to be served.

Fresh seafood being kept in the wooden tray of the Traditional Ice Refrigerator
Fresh seafood being kept in the wooden tray of the Traditional Ice Refrigerator 

Fresh wasabi in the making
Fresh wasabi in the making
Dennis waiting for his sushi patiently
Dennis waiting for his sushi patiently

Succulent Akita Wagyu Steak paired with Black and White Sea Salts
Succulent Akita Wagyu Steak paired with Black and White Sea Salts
The Akita Wagyu Steak is very well done by just having it directly or dap it with small amount of black and white sea salts at the side. There's crispy garlic slice at the side as well (not in the photo)

Steamed Alfonsino paired with Japanese Yam and Egg White with a hint of fish stock
Steamed Alfonsino paired with Japanese Yam and Egg White with a hint of fish stock
Another dish of Red Snapper topped with a slice of Japanese Yam. Something to clear up your taste buds before the next dish.

Chef's Recommended Seasonal Sushi: Sardine, Scallop, Kampachi, Otoro and Sea Urchin
Chef's Recommended Seasonal Sushi: Sardine, Scallop, Kampachi, Otoro and Sea Urchin
I am a happy kid when I tasted all five of these seasonal sushi. They were all so fresh that you don't need any sauce to cover the smell. My first time trying out Otoro and it is really a sushi that tasted so different and surprisingly good. We all know that whenever we order an uni sushi the sea urchin must be fresh, or else the taste will be different. HANAYA didn't disappointed me as all five of these sushi are with top rated freshness and taste.

Coconut Bavarois with Pineapple Jelly in Pina Colada Style
Coconut Bavarois with Pineapple Jelly in Pina Colada Style
I was already full when I had the 7th course, but when you see the nicely presented cold desserts being served, immediately your stomach got extra space for it haha. There are total three layers in this pineapple flavored jelly covered by coconut bavarois. If you love desserts you will definitely  love this one.

Your desserts will be served together with a cup of coffee/tea
Your desserts will be served together with a cup of coffee/tea
A perfect meal should be ended with a cup of siphon coffee or tea and spend the rest of your time digesting the food in the restaurant. I mean, chit-chat with your friends and share your opinion regarding the 8 course and your favourite dishes.

I believe HANAYA 華家 Japanese Dining will be the new top Japanese Dining hang out place in town based on what I've experienced today. The 8-courses menu that we have today is a dinner menu and their lunch menu are still in progress. There will be lunch set available so stay tuned for it.
Plenty of 4-6 seated table to serve you at HANAYA Japanese Dining
Plenty of 4-6 seated table to serve you at HANAYA Japanese Dining

8 Seated Private Room @ HANAYA Japanese Dining
8 Seated Private Room @ HANAYA Japanese Dining
If you preferred a private space, you can make a call to reserve this place with just additional of RM50. 

My favourite corner is still the Sushi Bar @ HANAYA
My favourite corner is still the Sushi Bar @ HANAYA
If you love to see how the sushi chef prepare your dish, the sushi bar at Hanaya is the best place to be to satisfy both your eyes and taste buds.
A little sneak peek of Hanaya Japanese Dining Food Menu
A little sneak peek of Hanaya Japanese Dining Food Menu
Above is a sneak peek of HANAYA Food Menu so you will roughly know the pricing of the restaurant. The 8-course menu that we had today cost around RM300++.

Available Sake at HANAYA Japanese Dining @ Grand Millennium KL
Available Sake at HANAYA Japanese Dining @ Grand Millennium KL
 We didn't order Sake but they do have variety of Sake including the premium one. I wonder how Hakuryu Junmai Daiginjo tasted like =)

HANAYA 華家 is located at the Ground Floor of Grand Millennium Kuala Lumpur
HANAYA 華家 is located at the Ground Floor of Grand Millennium Kuala Lumpur

HANAYA 華家 Japanese Dining Restaurant Address:

Lobby Floor, Grand Millennium Kuala Lumpur,
160 Jalan Bukit Bintang, 55100 Kuala Lumpur.

HANAYA 華家 Opening Hour
Lunch: 11.30am - 2:30pm
Dinner: 6:00pm - Onwards

For reservations of HANAYA:
Tel: +603 2110 5499
Email: hanaya@sushitrain.com.my


HANAYA JAPANESE DINING RESTAURANT is Pork Free
HANAYA JAPANESE DINING RESTAURANT is Pork Free 
Good thing worthed to be shared with friends, and the good news is HANAYA is PORK FREE=) Therefore you can share good Japanese meals with more friends now =D


HANAYA 華家 Japanese Dining @ Grand Millenium Kuala Lumpur
HANAYA 華家 Japanese Dining @ Grand Millenium Kuala Lumpur
If you love to have fresh sushi/sashimi in the city, HANAYA 華家 Japanese Dining can be your new preferred choice starting from tomorrow. There will be complimentary 3 hours parking if you park your car at Grand Millennium Kuala Lumpur. Therefore you can have plenty of time enjoy your Japanese Food in a new ambient.


Please let me know how was your experience at HANAYA as I hope it reach the standard that everybody is looking for. Share with us what is your favourite dish too! If you want to have detailed food tasted explanation do hop over to BabySumo's blog for her interpretation =D

PS: All photos above are captured using Samsung NX1 Smart Camera

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