Uokatsu does not enjoy the best location in Sri Hartamas, yet it is not a deterrent for sashimi and Japanese seafood lovers.
While the other restaurants in the same vicinity appear dead and on the brink of financial collapse on a weekend, Uokatsu is full to the brim. No wonder they are able to expand into another shop next door.
Uokatsu’s 2-page menu offers enough variety and alternatives without being overwhelming. For those who don’t enjoy raw fish, there are still a couple of cooked options to choose from.
Price is the only thing to consider while dining here, as high quality produce doesn’t come cheap. When in doubt, simply ask for recommendations from the friendly and knowledgeable staff.
Horse-Mackerel @ RM40 – garnished with chopped scallions andserved with a side of grated ginger. A crude way to describe this is that it tasted almost like a Chinese steamed fish sans the soya sauce. The fish is undoubtedly fresh and had a firm texture with a faint sweet flavor.
Ocean Trout Belly @ RM29 comes in thick, luscious slices but I reckon the slices should have been cut more even. That being said, the value is exceptional for the portion and quality you get.
Fresh Uni is available at RM60/20gm and based on what we had (creamy and briny, melts in your mouth) it’s highly recommended if you’re into it. However, if that’s too rich for your blood, you can always opt for 10gm like we did. It’s roughly about the size of two teaspoons as shown above.
The Uokatsu Don @ RM23 was neither disappointing, nor impressive. Personally, I feel you could omit this and go for other dishes instead.
Grilled Whole Japan Squid @ RM24 was done perfectly and delicious but I had mixed feelings about the accompanying dip made with the squid’s guts, ink and all.
I wished they had served the dip in a separate dish because the taste is really overpowering and it’s not something everyone would find acceptable. If you ask me, I think Yuzen probably did a much better job at the dip.
Uni aside, Uokatsu’s homemade air dry saba @ RM20 was the other highlight of the dinner. Compared to the usual grilled-with-salt rendition, this has a much even flavor – one that seeps through the fish entirely. Just give me a bowl of rice and I could eat this anyday.
Depending on what you order, a meal here could be affordable or bank-breaking. For the price we paid (RM170) I am pretty sure we could have a more satisfying and not to mention fuller Japanese meal elsewhere. It’s the experience that counts I guess since Uokatsu has been on my list of restaurants to try for quite some time. Lastly, do note their peculiar business hours if you are planning to drop by.
Uokatsu – Specialty Food Store
B-0-7, Ground Floor Plaza Damas 3
63, Jalan Sri Hartamas 1
Sri Hartamas, 50480 KL
Tel: 03-6201 0339
Business hours: Tue & Wed (11.30am – 2.30pm), Thus & Fri (11.30am – 2.30pm, 6pm – 10pm), Sat (10am – 2.30pm, 6pm – 10pm), Sun (10am – 2.30pm)