Hotel Equatorial Bangi-Putrajaya,
Off Persiaran Bandar,
43650 Bandar Baru Bangi, Selangor
Business hours: Monday-Friday,
noon to 2.30pm (lunch),
6pm-11pm (dinner) and
Saturday buffet from 6.30pm-10.00pm
Closed on Sundays and public holidays.

IF you are looking for a signature Japanese establishment to celebrate the Chinese New Year (CNY) and some private time with your loved ones on Valentine’s Day, then the Hotel Equatorial Bangi-Putrajaya’s Kampachi restaurant is the place to be.

According to executive chef Cheah Kwok Heng, the dishes are prepared as exquisitely and as contemporary as possible.

“Both the buffets and the a la carte menu are no less spectacular. The restaurant is the perfect place to chill out, away from the maddening crowd,’’ said Cheah, a veteran of 13 years with Japanese specialties at Kampachi.

The CNY Special Valentine’s dinner course consists of a spread of the chef’s choice of appetiser buffet and desserts and a pick of one main course from a choice of Sashimi Moriawase, Tempura Moriawase, Teppanyaki Kaisen Moriawase, Tori Teriyaki To Kinoko-Iname, San-Ten Kaisen-Yaki Moriawase and the Gyuniku Teriyaki To Gyu Kinoko Maki. At RM88++ per pax, it is definitely a steal.

All the main courses are served with steamed rice or Japanese fried rice and miso soup.

The Sashimi Moriawase is an indulgent combo platter of the finest raw fish from selected imported freshly-sliced fish with condiments.

If raw fish is not to your liking, then you can opt for the Tempura Moriawase — a combination of deep-fried prawns, salmon, scallop, oyster, soft shell crab and vegetables in a light batter or simply go for the Teppanyaki Kaisen Moriawase which is grilled assorted seafood consisting of king prawn, salmon, scallop, crabmeat and oyster served with fried vegetables.

C452B54B164D418385F328305AD8E4A4Beef Rolled with Assorted Mushroom.

There is also the Tori Teriyaki To Kinoko Itame — grilled chicken in teriyaki sauce and sauteed imported mushrooms, San Ten Kaisen Yaki Moriawase — grilled three assorted seafood including imported black cod in teriyaki sauce, stuffed salmon with mayo-miso sauce, unagi (eel) in teriyaki sauce and Gyuniku (beef) Teriyaki To Gyu Kinoko Maki — grilled striploin in teriyaki sauce and beef rolled with assorted mushroom.

Cheah said the word Moriawase means “assorted” and Japanese food is rich in kaleidoscope of colours, be it served raw, grilled or deep-fried. They are only available on Feb 14.

Kampachi is also open for the CNY until Feb 28, serving contemporary Maki Sushi at RM48++ for the Hawaiian Sushi Maki, the Volcano Sushi Maki and Rainbow Maki, RM45++ for the Soft Crab Crunchy Maki and RM52++ for the Sunshine Maki.

All dishes are subject to 10% service charge and 6% government tax.

Cheah said the names for the dishes were coined by him and the Volcano Sushi Maki is prepared in an image of a volcano with the condiments flowing like lava, similarly with the Rainbow Maki prepared in the seven colours and the Sunshine Maki presented in the form of a sun with rays.

“This is only to make the dishes presentable without compromising on the authentic Japanese taste,’’ added Cheah.

This is the writer’s personal observation and is not an endorsement by StarMetro.

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