rif and I enjoyed Hanare’s Sunday Buffet Brunch last year and when we received a newsletter regarding the return of brunch, we had to pay them a visit. There is a promotion which ends this 31st December 2012 – RM148++ for the brunch buffet with free flow of sake and beer.
It wasn’t the sake and beer than caught my fancy, but the unlimited wagyu ribeye, large scallops and juicy prawns from the teppanyaki counter. Like last year, the spread was simple but quality was apparent, especially in the sashimi, air flown from Tsukiji Market in Tokyo.
The sashimi is sliced upon request and I love how the chef arranged them beautifully on my plate. Fresh, sweet and smooth, I really enjoyed these.
You can also order chicken karaage, tempura and agedashi tofu from the counter and they will deliver it to your table. The chicken was a tad salty and tempura batter was thicker than I like it to be. That said, the tofu had a lovely silken texture lightly enhanced by the dashi.
Other items worth trying were the garlic fried rice and noodles in fish stock, but remember to leave more stomach space for the teppanyaki. The wagyu ribeye was well marbled and resulted in a delicious, buttery-rich flavour. rif and I really indulged.
Also damn good were the scallops and prawns, seared to brown the edges and seal the tasty juices within. The prawns, coated in cream-like sauce, were insanely addictive. And the scallops were large, juicy and sweet. Despite it being a buffet, Hanare didn’t stinge on the portions and quality was properly maintained.
The dessert selection was limited to fruits and cake, but you can order ice cream through the waiter. Hanare serves a pretty good sesame and green tea ice cream. We managed to finish a small bottle of sake and walked out feeling like a stuffed turkey.
Service was relatively good but I did notice slight preferential treatment (understandable reasons) towards some diners. One was their VIP customer and another was a blogger doing an invited food review. Hanare’s Sunday Buffet Brunch is priced from RM148++ onwards per person.
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Food: 7/10 (pork free)
Verdict: Fresh ingredients, quality spread and good value for money.
Hanare Authentic Japanese Cuisine
Lot G, Ground Floor,
182 Jalan Tun Razak,
50400 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03-2164 2133/2164 2633
GPS Coordinates: N 3 09.699 E 101 43.192
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