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This famous sushi specialist has a string of outlets in Tokyo, and their first outlet in Kuala Lumpur has received much fanfare and praise from sushi purists since its opening. Hidden in a corner of Le Méridien Kuala Lumpur, the restaurant, awash in natural wood veneer, takes great pride in offering the freshest top flight seasonal seafood that is flown in thrice a week from Tokyo. They even have special licence that allows them direct access into the world-famous tuna auction where they get to pick the best of the lot.
Ginza Sushimasa eschews farmed fish and seafood; instead they favour fish caught in the wild, served as is, or if preparation is needed only then a light touch of marinade or housemade sauce is used to elevate the produce’s natural flavours. As such, prices are steep for KL standards. An omakase meal starts at RM500 for lunch and RM800 for dinner. A bowl of seasoned raw tuna on rice that’s served with an appetiser, steamed egg custard, soup and dessert will set you back RM160 (only available for lunch) while a selection of 12 pieces of sushi coupled with soup and dessert over dinner costs an eye-watering RM400.
Opt for the main sushi counter (which seats 12; there are also three private rooms available) and watch master chef Hiroyuki Murakami prepare the restaurant’s signature dishes such as Japanese abalone, fugu fish terrine and the beautifully marbled kobe beef with sea urchin and a touch of wasabi.
Le Meridien Kuala Lumpur
2 Jalan Stesen Sentral
|Opening hours:||Sun-Fri, 12midnight-2pm, 6pm-10.30pm; Sat, 6pm-10.30pm|