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Manmaru, Atria

Manmaru, Atria

Manmaru, Atria has plenty of potential – a modern Japanese restaurant that focuses on top quality fresh ingredients, fused with a touch of Italian flavours. Seafood is air-flown on a bi-weekly basis and the restaurant produces their own udon with zero preservatives, MSG or artificial colouring.

Large sofas for comfortable dining

Large sofas for comfortable dining

Manmaru Private Dining Room

Private Dining Room

I’ve dined here several times and find the food pretty good, consistent and reasonably priced, plus service is attentive even during peak hours. The menu is extensive so there’s a good variety to choose from – sashimi, robatayaki, salad, sushi, hotpot, fried items as well as a Chef’s Omakase menu (5 course or 7 course).

Wagyu Roll

Wagyu Roll

Manmaru’s wagyu roll (RM68) features tender pieces of wagyu beef cubes, encased in rice ball and topped with a sliver of Japanese wagyu. Large enough to share as a starter, this is not only interesting, but packed with flavour. A bit of wasabi gives it oomph, but it’s good enough on its own.

Wafu Spaghetti (closeup)

Wafu Spaghetti

Salmon Ikura Millefuille (closeup)

Salmon Ikura Millefuille

The Wafu Spaghetti (RM48) features braised pasta with assorted seafood and flower crab – rich in flavour and saucy, just the way I love my noodles. If I can only choose one appetizer at Manmaru, it would be the Salmon Ikura Millefuille (RM45). Tartar of fresh salmon, topped with roe for that burst of umami and served with crispy pita.

Manmaru Nigiri Sushi Moriawase

Manmaru Nigiri Sushi Moriawase

The Nigiri Sushi Moriawase (RM80) comprise eight hand-pressed sushis with assorted toppings (depending on the catch of the day) – prawn, fish, sea urchin, foie gras and egg. The foie gras was particularly delicious, as was the sushi with sea urchin.

Chef's Selection of Sashimi

Chef’s Selection of Sashimi

Momotaro Salada

Momotaro Salada

Momotaro Salada stuffed with crab mayo

Stuffed with crab mayo

Alternatively, you can opt for the Chef’s Selection of Sashimi (RM150 for 5 varieties) where the slices are thick and melt in the mouth, especially the salmon and tuna belly. Momotaro Salada (RM18) is a creative play of flavours and textures – Japanese tomato stuffed with crab mayo and crunchy ebiko on a tangy jelly base.

Hotate Chawanmushi

Hotate Chawanmushi

Cream Korokke

Cream Korokke

Cream Korokke (RM22) is a sumptuous snack of deep fried seafood cream on a base of tartar sauce and ebiko. While this was tasty, I preferred the boneless chicken karaage (RM18) for obvious reasons. Hotate Chawanmushi (RM30) takes steamed egg custard to a new level – topped with seared scallop, roe and ebiko for plenty of flavour.

Isaki Shio

Isaki Shio

Wagyu Teppanyaki 2

Wagyu Teppanyaki

The Wagyu Teppanyaki (RM180) is a Manmaru specialty and one that is truly an indulgence. Thick cubes of Japanese wagyu, beautifully marbled and cooked just right, and served with sautéed mushrooms. Do eat this quickly as the beef risks being overcooked when left on the hot stone for too long.

Omakase 7 Course (starter) 2

Omakase 7 Course – Starter

Omakase 7 Course (sashimi)

Omakase 7 Course – Sashimi

Omakase 7 Course (foie gras and crab)

Omakase 7 Course – Foie Gras & Crab

Omakase 7 Course (foie gras)

Perfectly cooked foie gras

I also checked out the Omakase Menu where a 7-course meal is priced at RM280 (min order 2 pax). Depending on the items available, the chef will prepare a meal that can be tailored to your eating requirements (should you have any). Considering the taste and quality of ingredients used, I find this quite reasonable.

Omakase 7 Course (fish)

Omakase 7 Course – Fish

Omakase 7 Course (beef)

Omakase 7 Course – Beef

Omakase 7 Course (soup)

Omakase 7 Course – Soup

Omakase 7 Course (udon)

Omakase 7 Course – Udon

Manmaru serves good cocktails too – my favourite being the Smoke & Plum Galaxy. The combination of whisky, peach monin and dried plum is further accentuated with the smoked woodchip for a deep, fruity finish. Hanakotaba is a ladies’ favourite, with creamy, floral notes, but I liked the Smoke Honey Land better as it was bolder and sharper in finish. Personal preference, really. 😉

Smoke and Plum Galaxy 2

Smoke and Plum Galaxy

Smoky Honey Land

Smoky Honey Land

Hana Kotaba 2

Hanakotaba

Apple Gravity Beer

Apple Gravity Beer

The Apple Gravity Beer is a popular cocktail at Manmaru and rightly so. This is easy to drink and very refreshing where the bartender combines beer with apple syrup, lime and mint leaf.

Coconut Ice Cream

Coconut Ice Cream

They serve coconut ice cream (RM18) for dessert, but I personally like the tiramisu (RM22) and black sesame ice cream. (RM10) The latter isn’t overly sweet but still retains a creamy consistency while the tiramisu comes topped with cookie crumbs.

Fresh fishes for the day

Fresh fishes for the day

On a whole, I find the food at Manmaru pretty decent and prices are reasonable considering the quality. It has become one of my go-to Japanese restaurants when the craving hits.

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Ambiance: 7/10
Price: 6.5/10
Food: 7/10 (pork free)
Verdict: Modern Japanese cuisine, cleverly fused with Italian touches.

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Manmaru Robatayaki & Bar

Manmaru Robatayaki & Bar
G26, Ground floor,
Atria Damansara,
Jalan SS22/23, Damansara Jaya,
47400 Petaling Jaya.
Tel: 03-7733 1038
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