You know it’s time to indulge in sashimi when you start dreaming of it twice in a week. For some bizarre reason I’ve been having this insatiable craving that no amount of sashimi moriawase at Japanese restaurants would suffice without burning a hole in my wallet. So I turned to Top Catch Fisheries in Taman OUG, where the freshest sashimi prevails. So I was told.
I went there twice last week – first to buffer my cravings and the second time around, to fully tuck into the assortment of seafood I ordered in advance. There was a 100g of ootoro (tuna belly), 250g of salmon and belly, 100g of hamachi, 8 large scallops, 100g of uni and 150-200g of butterfish. Which cost less than RM320. Great value, considering how this was for three pax and we were stuffed by the end of everything.
The fishes were impeccably fresh, and the ootoro and Hamachi were worth particular mention – the former was lusciously creamy and melted in the mouth while the yellowtail was savoury with a clean aftertaste. I also enjoyed the uni which was unfortunately not live, but good enough considering the price tag; a 100g of uni would set you back around RM60-70 if I’m not mistaken. If only I had a bowl of Japanese rice to go with this.
If you’re into scallops, place as order for some at Top Catch Fisheries as they offer pretty decent ones. Though these aren’t as sweet as Hokkaido scallops (if you are a scallop snob like some people I know, shut up and go buy your ticket to Japan kthxbai!), I found the flesh firm and texture, moderately creamy.
Salmon is also very reasonable here – you can get a 250-300g piece for about RM30 and that feeds two adults. I actually ate the whole piece on my own (during my first visit), which I turned into a sashimi don by buying rice from a Japanese restaurant near my office. Walked around like a penguin for the rest of the day. So ideally, a 300g portion feeds two (not so greedy) adults.
Ebi lovers will like what Top Catch Fisheries has to offer as well, but do call or text them in advance as the prawns aren’t always available. They also sell frozen seafood such as mussels, prawns and crab legs, which you can purchase to cook at home. But I’m not much of a cook so I’ll just go there for all the sashimi I can stuff myself with.
A lot of people opt to have their sashimi to go, so they can enjoy it in the comfort of their home. I liked both my experiences as there’s nothing quite like having quality sashimi by the sidewalk with kopi ais (from the next door coffeeshop) and kaya toast. Yeah, I’m pretty cincai that way. ;)
Food: 7.5/10 (pork free)
Verdict: Good assortment of sashimi at reasonable prices. Don’t forget to call/text them to order!
Top Catch Fisheries
17, Jalan Hujan Rahmat,
Overseas Union Garden (OUG)
58200 Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 012-611 6212
Business hours: 7:30 am – 1pm