Ten Japanese Restaurant at Marc Residence right by KLCC, is a fine dining experience you won’t easily forget.
The floor plan isn’t exactly conventional. There’s a long dining hall with smaller private rooms on the sides, with another big classy private dining hall that can house some 20 people at the right side of the entrance.
The interior decoration certainly has a flavour of modern Japanese styling but one that does not stray too far from tradition as evident from the stone garden at the other end of the restaurant.
The four-course degustation lunch menu began with the unique Japanese Dango made with seasonal vegetables, filled with French foie gras.
The three dango (or dumplings) were made from carrot, sweet potato, and yam.
The taste was subtle yet exquisite, with bits of foie gras enhancing the overall flavour profile.
Katsuobushi (smoked Skipjack Tuna) and leek shavings gave the soup an extra touch of sophistication, a good way to start lunch.
The second course had a simple description on the menu – Assorted Ocean Fish Sushi and Sashimi.
Delicately presented on the plate were these beautifully crafted delights:
- Grilled Baramundi and sushi with Salmon roe
- Slow-cooked scallop with chilli and plum paste
- Poached Alfonsino fish marinated with Natto soy sauce
- Simmered white clam with sticky egg sauce and grilled sushi
- Otoro (tuna belly) sashimi and tuna tartar with a hint of truffle flavour
- Geoduck with Italian leaf soy
- Anago (salt water eel) with black garlic vinegar
- Tasmanian Salmon sushi with Mascarpone sauce
- Tasmanian lobster sushi with deep-fried leek soy sauce
It was hard to choose a favourite, but if pressed to pick one, it would probably be the Otoro, with the truffle flavour really adding to the already superb cut of tuna belly.
This was by far the most sophisticated plate of sushi and sashimi ever served. If you’re a fan of Japanese food, this is a must-try.
Meanwhile the teppanyaki-style Miyazaki A5 Wagyu beef served with Tasmanian garlic chips and daikon was truly glorious. A little freshly grated wasabi complemented the meat beautifully.
Teppanyaki and Ponzu sauce was also at hand, but to truly enjoy this cut, none was required. The garlic chips were a great accompaniment to the slabs of pure heaven.
Every meal has to eventually come to an end, and the fourth course was a dual of Ten’s specialty desserts.
It was perhaps impossible to keep up to the excellence of the previous three courses, but dessert lovers would not be disappointed with the bitter-sweet chocolates and its sweet-sour combination of plum and jelly.
Ten Japanese Restaurant will be in some pretty stiff competition with a few other restaurants within the vicinity.
Ozeki Tokyo Cuisine offers great lunch value and is just a stone’s throw away at Menara TA, Fukuya at Jalan Delima can never be discounted for fine Japanese food, and Fukuhara too is a fine alternative if you’re looking for a good evening of Japanese delights.
Ultimately though, Ten does set itself apart with its modern offerings and unique menu.
Ten Japanese Restaurant
A-G-1, Marc Residence, Ground Floor,
No.3 Jalan Pinang,
50450 Kuala Lumpur
GPS: 3.155396, 101.710203
Tel: 03-2161 5999
Hours: 11.30am-2.30pm; 6pm onwards; closed on Mondays
This article first appeared in kyspeaks.com