November 8, 2013

Watami Japanese Casual Restaurant: Back for More New Dishes!

Tis the Season for a New Menu!

I am back at Watami for more Japanese dishes! Watami Japanese Casual Restaurant introduces an addition of new dishes twice a year to cater to foodies. Back for more new dishes this year, its always an excitement to be able to have a first taste of new dishes.

A quick recap, modern and classic Japanese cuisine is Watami‘s forte. Their menu is always filled with lots of choices and there are just about something for everyone. I arrived just on time and put in my order for my drink. Their beverage list is just as long as their dishes. Watami’s menu even has recommendation on which drink to go with their dishes for best pairing.

Feeling extra thirsty, I was glad my Green Citrus Yuzu Marmalade Soda was a big tall mug of refreshing beverage. Lovely citrusy flavor with a nice finish of tangy yuzu marmalade, it certainly took care of my thirst! I also tried the Passion Fruit Mango Tea, tangy and delicious. My other friends had Apple Yakult and Fresh Strawberry Mojito.

Dinner kicked off with Bariuma Teba Kaarage (RM10.90), translated into crispy chicken wings with a wasabi & beef consommé dip. Nicely battered chicken wings are so yummy. The dip has a nice flavor of the wasabi so one gets the tingling sensation. Great snacks with beer!

This is what I have long been looking for, a well fried Kaki Fry (RM17.90). I love fried oysters and definitely when it’s done perfectly. I must say, the fried oysters here is marvelous! Light golden and crispy, it wasn’t oily at all. A bite renders briny juices of the oysters filling my mouth. Such a contrasting texture and served with two sauces, a mayonnaise based and a rich tangy sweet tonkatsu sauce.

A squeeze of lemon brightens up the flavors and finely shredded cabbage to counter the fried food. This dish is perfectly executed in my books and if you like oysters, you must try this one!!

We had three sushi rolls that evening. A Salmon & Avocado Roll (RM21.90), a Spider Roll (RM21.90) and a Fire Oyster Roll (RM18.90). For the first sushi roll, one gets luscious slices of salmon draped with creamy avocado over sushi roll filled with cucumber and pickled daikon. Popping flying fish roes are sprinkled over the roll for texture and flavors.

The Spider Roll shows off deep fried crispy soft shell crab, avocado, cucumber and lettuce all tightly rolled up and coated with masago. It’s a bit dry on its own but I am glad Watami serve this roll with a yakitori mayo sauce, making it sweet and creamy. The Fire Oyster Roll has to be my favorite among the rolls, simply because I love fried oysters. Fried juicy oysters fill the sushi rolls before being drenched with tartar sauce spiced up with chili. I had quite a few of these as it was just so addictive.

Tokyo Meibutsu Stamina Don (RM15.90) is a one bowl dish aim to please those who loves a good comfort dish. Pork slices are marinated and stir fried sweet onions. Served with a raw egg yolk in the middle, we are told to mix this all up as the yolk will make the pork smoother and more luscious in flavors. It also has seaweed, pickled radish and is served with a light salad and miso soup.

A classic, Teriyaki Salmon (RM22.90) is probably one of the most ordered dishes. I say this simply because I always have family and friends ordering this whenever I dine with them at Japanese restaurant. Here it is served on a hot plate with potatoes, broccoli and sweet corn.

Kushiyaki Miso Onigiri (RM 9.90) is cutely skewered toasted rice ball with miso. Savory and nutty, it’s got a nice smoky crunch…

This one is loaded with seafood. Nagasaki Chanpon-fu Ramen (RM26.90) is ramen serve up Nagasaki style in a tasty pork broth. This one is quite unique as I was told that noodles and vegetables are stir fried for extra flavors before the hot pork broth is ladled on. The ramen is quite bouncy and the soup is hearty and warming.

It is a tight and delectable selection of new dishes as the variety will please many. Read about my earlier visit here. Do check out Watami Japanese Casual Dining’s new dishes, especially if you are a fan of oysters and sushi rolls!

Watami Malaysia @ 1 Utama
1st Floor, Rainforest, 1 Utama Shopping Centre,
1 Lebuh Bandar Utama,
47800 Petaling Jaya, Selangor.
T: +603-7727 1399

Watami Malaysia @ Pavilion KL
C4.04.00, Level 4, Pavilion KL Shopping Mall,
168, Jalan Bukit Bintang,
55100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
T: +603-2141 6671

Watami Malaysia @ Paradigm Mall
Lot 07, Level 1, Paradigm Mall,
1, Jalan SS7/ 26A, Kelana Jaya,
47301 Petaling Jaya, Selangor.
T: +603-7886 9661



  1. Everything looks great. No outlet at Mid Valley? KIV the one at Pavilion then, not likely to drop by the other two places.

  2. wah i wanna try that ramen, filled with loads of seafood awesomeness!

  3. The chicken wings are so addictive, definitely don't wanna share it!

  4. Oooo the salmon and avocado roll looks so pretty and mouthwatering.

  5. Kinda miss the food at WATAMI :-)

  6. Pavilion, eh? Must KIV this place, looks great... Now, you've got me craving for Japanese even though I'm not really crazy about it. Can't wait till my girl comes home tomorrow - will go for it to appease the craving!