Oh, Sushi and sake, it has been (longgggggg) while.
My friends and I planned to visit Sushi Azabu in August, but… when this event poster flashed out at the end of June, I buzzed the partners-in-crime, discussed …. to change our date to this!
Sushi X Sake Vol. 1 was happened at the end of July. This two-day only dinner event was a collaboration between Sushi Azabu and Luen Heng, featuring the 20 pieces nigiri sushi at Rm 470+ per pax, to pair four types of sake, served in hot or cold temperature. I was really excited and looking forward this event, to savour this perfect combination of sushi and sake.
Moreover, there were only 17 seats available for each day, very very limited, I would say. Honestly, I palpitated when I was informed that we managed to book our seats. LOL (consequences of too much excitement).
Also, glad to have Yabe-san that night, to educate us on how to taste the perfect duo; pairing the right sake at its best temperature will actually enhance the flavours of sushi and elevate the whole experience of enjoying both sushi and sake. Many thanks to Markey-san, Haruka-san and Yogi-san for bringing this enjoyable yet happening event to us.
Welcome drink – Nigori cocktail.
Both the smoked duck and deep fried fish were a little dry to my liking, perhaps they were prepped a little earlier. But the condiments that topped on the deep fried fish were appetizing to me to long for next course.
Hata – Grouper was very delicious! Especially that one with negi rolled in, WOW. The flavour of the fish intensified slowly as I chewed it on with the negi along the way. Delicious.
Tako – Octopus
Oyster marinated with miso, jam-packed with umami-ness. I like it!
Hot Side Dish
Grated lotus roots dumplings
Ika – Squid seasoned with Koji
Appetiser above was paired with Koikawa Junmai Daiginjo, a very light and fruity sake that comes with umami flavour, slide down the throat smoothly.
We then started off with 4 Nigiri Sushi that were made of seasonal fish, these were paired with Asahigiku Daichi Junmai Ginjo that was served cold.
Ainame – Fat Greenling
Kampachi – Amberjack which had aged for 8 days
Iwashi – Sardine
Kinmedai – Golden eye snapper
Chawanmushi was extraordinary wobbly and silky smooth
After the chawanmushi, we were then served with warm sake – Fusozuru Tokubetsu Junmai to pair with the next few nigiri and otsumami set. It was rich on the palate and hinted with a sharp aftertaste.
Suma Katsuo – Bonito
4 different cuts of Bluefin tuna
Chutoro – medium fatty tuna
Yuhiki Zuke – Marinated tuna
Both chutoro and ootoro are from Shiogama, Miyagi prefecture. The ootoro was not overly oily; the marbling was just nice on the palate along with the firm and chewy appetizing shari.
Ume sorbet – plum sorbet was very refreshing!
And then we were served with some Otsumami to go with the sake!
Tuna guts marinated with rock salts
Karasumi – the torched Mullet roe was very smoky and aromatic! A small bite of it and a sip of sake, perfect combo!
Mekajiki – Simmered sword fish with a melt in mouth texture. So delicious to pair with sake.
Coming to the final set of nigiri, we were served with the Komagura Gen Enjuku Junmai Ginjyo , in both warm and cold temperature.
Enoki Kobujime – Enoki mushroom marinated with kelp from Hokkaido.
Honestly, I was a little skeptical when I first saw this enoki mushroom on the event’s poster (it was also a conversation topic among us before the sushi event). However, to my surprise it was a very special and delicious nigiri. The enoki was crunchy, and pairing so well with the shari. Indeed a wow factor for the course.
Akamutsu – Rozy seabass
Engawa – Flounder fin
Botan Ebi – Botan shrimp
Hotate – Scallop
Ikura – Salmon roe
Uni – Sea urchin
Saba – Vinaigrette Mackerel wrapped with seaweed
Anago – Sea eel
Kampyo – Winter melon
Tamago – Egg
Miso soup with botan shrimp head
The sweet ending was ice cream made with sake lees and 100% Hokkaido milk! It was extremely smooth, creamy and milky. How I wish I could encore this.
REVISIT? Definitely a YES from me! My sushi gang said so too!
Sushi Azabu @ The Table
4th Floor, Isetan The Japan Store KL
Lot 10 Shopping Centre,
50, Jalan Sultan Ismail,
50250 Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03-2119 2624
Tuesday to Sunday: Lunch – 12pm to 2.30pm; Dinner – 6pm to 10pm
Closed on Mondays