The special thing about Sumi Nabe‘s steamboat is their Bincho-tan charcoal-fired stove which they use as the restaurant’s main marketing tool. If you are wondering if it is effective, well I did dine here because of that. And the price seemed quite alright too considering it is only RM37 for a two person set. Usually it is around RM14.50 to RM18 per pax in Kepong area.
Here’s the imported Bincho-tan charcoal (備長炭) they use for the steamboat. It is also known as white-charcoal, produced in Japan and has great benefits like not emitting any smoke and burns longer than the usual charcoals. So it is suitable to be used in a closed and air-conditioned area. Needless to say the charcoals also contribute a good part of the sum you pay for the steamboat at Sumi Nabe.
I am going to cut to the chase here and say that Sumi Nabe’s steamboat’s concept is quite unique, food is fresh (organic vegetable and stuff) and the soup tastes very natural – definitely not those laden with MSG. But the portion for the set meal is just not sufficient for a fulfilling meal unless you pile on the a la carte, which by the way is not very affordable either.
For example, a plate of pork slices (8 pcs) like this costs RM15. As tasty and fresh they are, the price is just a bit on the high side if you ask me.
The environment is rather classy for a steamboat restaurant, something unexpected in the Segambut area. In all fairness, I would only recommend Sumi Nabe is you are really curious about the Bincho-tan charcoal thing or if you are after a more comfortable (quiet, clean and air conditioned) steamboat experience.
Sumi Nabe Steamboat
No.1, Jalan 1/38A, Segambut Bahagia,
51200 Kuala Lumpur