Corus Hotel Kuala Lumpur,
Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03-2161 8888 ext 121
Business hours: noon-2.30pm (lunch)
and 6.30pm-10pm (dinner).

WHEN it comes to Japanese food, I am always fascinated by the idea of a bento set. I feel like a child with a new toy.

The rectangular lunch box holds a variety of dishes, each in its compartment which is exciting for me.

Some bento sets are larger than others, and these usually have more surprises like the one I recently had at the Komura Japanese restaurant in Corus Hotel Kuala Lumpur.

8BE2A1B8698544D29899A4575F38E780Hot off the grill: A chef at Komura preparing the Teppanyaki Scallop.

Known as the Komura Bento, it is also the restaurant’s signature bento set.

It has a segment of sashimi — tuna, salmon and squid, assorted tempura vegetables, stir-fried beef with onions, fruits and steamed egg custard.

Restaurant manager Zalela Ann Ramli said diners could also opt for other dishes like grilled salmon or mackerel.

“The same also goes for the beef, as diners can always opt for something else while maintaining the other dishes.

“Many diners come here for the authentic Japanese dishes that we serve,” she said.

6EEACA422DD843A2A91256A4B79CDD98Bite-sized: The Komura Maki offers an interesting mix of flavours.

Rhe restaurant also served some contemporary combinations like the Komura Maki for the adventurous palate.

The Maki was an interesting and tasty mix of flavours. Tiger prawns done teppanyaki-style, wrapped in Japanese sticky rice, rolled with Cheddar cheese and topped with juicy bits of salty ebiko (prawn roe).

The restaurant also has a refreshing range of rolls such as the Spider Roll, which is a hand-roll with deep-fried soft shell crabs, avocado salad and fish roe tucked within.

Till the end of November, Komura is also holding a cod fish promotion. At RM36++ onwards, diners can savour the Canadian black and Chilean white cod for lunch or dinner prepared in teriyaki, saikyo miso or pan-fried with wasabi, mayonnaise and garlic.

Although I am not a big fan of ice-creams, I do have a weakness for flavours like mint and green tea.

At Komura, the green tea ice-cream is a pleasant finish as a dessert — creamy and not too sweet, with a toasted bitter after-taste.

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

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