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The Harvest Feast
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Kuala Lumpur has a reputation for offering top notch Japanese cuisine, and over the years Minori has championed a combination of attentive yet unobtrusive service, garden fresh produce prepared with soul and a tranquil atmosphere. 

Diners experienced this first-hand at the recent MIGF Publicity Dinner as they immersed themselves in the delicate and intricate flavours inherent in this cuisine. 

Andy Goh, Dato' Liaw Choon Liang and Datin Joyce Goh

Situated in the newly renamed The Royale Chulan Damansara, in the bustling suburb of Damansara Perdana, Minori has received much critical acclaim picking up a healthy six awards for their efforts during last year’s Festival among others and stands as one of the city’s elite Japanese eateries. 

Wu Tien, Dato' Ngeow Voon Yean, Datin Carol and Datin Joyce Goh

Meaning ‘harvest’ in Japanese, only the freshest of ingredients are used with care taken to balance flavour profiles of each dish, as the Japanese way dictates. 

Tuan Haji Johari Abas, Rino Cucarano, Dato' Frank Steinleitner, Gillian Hung and Datin Su Wai Fun

The restaurant welcomed some of the city’s most well-known gourmands, including Dato’ Frank Steinleitner, Director of SRI Elastomers Sdn Bhd; Dato’ Nelson Kwok Teng Toong, Founder & MD of Nelson’s Franchise Sdn Bhd; Dato’ Ngeow Voon Yean, MD Property Investment of Sunway Integrated Properties and Dato’ Gary Chua, GMD of Rotol Food-Chain Sdn Bhd, there to savour the MIGF menu. 

Inside Minori, a stone sushi bar imposes at one end while deep mahogany walls, bamboo screens and plush sofa cushions afford a warm yet rustic ambience. Those who desire a more private experience can retreat to the cosy secluded area which served as the location of the night’s dinner. 

Minori's sushi bar - one of the epicentres of the restaurant

The menu this year has been expertly crafted by the dashing Chef Chu Koon Wai, a highly dedicated individual who takes immense care that every dish leaving his kitchen is nothing less than perfect. 

Upon arriving, guests whetted appetites with a selection of mouth-watering canapés, however diners were careful not to indulge too much as a seven course Far East extravaganza lay ahead. 

Minori's Takoyaki Salmon Rice Balls


First up was the fresh and light appetiser featuring four distinct and delicious morsels – followed closely by lush selection of prime sashimi including buttery salmon and tuna belly with salmon roe and kelp maki, served with kanpachi wafu grape fruits – a rare find in Malaysia. Gillian Hung was partial to the course, enthusing that, “My favourite food is Japanese and my favourite type is sashimi. I have not eaten such fresh fish that has such a pure taste, tanginess and great texture.” 

Fruits Tomato with Yuzu Dressing, Mozuku-Su, Camembert Cheese with Ohba Dressing, Konoko Ohitashi, Raisin Butter, Morokyu with Kinjanji Miso
 Chef Chu plates up a dish


New Style Sashimi - Oh Toro Tataki Yuzu Kosho, Aka Ebi Shiraita Konbu Maki, Maguro Yuzu Miso, Kanpachi Wafu Grape Fruits, Salmon Ikura 

Chef Wai followed this up with scallops in a pumpkin cream sauce as an entrée to a grilled seafood course comprising the firmed fleshed snow crab and white fish, which had the guests in rapture.  

Hotate With Kamo Nasu in Pumpkin Cream Sauce

Kanpanchi to Tarabagani Shioyaki with Satoimo, Pumpkin Umani, Satsuimo Shishito

The main course was composed of slices of the finest marbled Wagyu, pink in the middle, served on a bed of julienne vegetables. By far the most popular course on the menu, the beef was cooked to perfection and approved of by many but most notably Joyce Yap, CEO of Pavilion KL, who called the dish “utterly fantastic” and raved about the marbling, something that Dato Frank Steinleitner agreed with wholeheartedly. 

Wagyu Tataki Ponzu

To round off the evening a cold noodle dish followed and finally the Minori dessert took an abrupt left turn away from the usual Japanese fare, coming in the form of a chocolate fondant.

Fondant Chocolate

One of the most popular restaurants at the recent Taste MIGF weekend, Minori has continued to build on its already stellar reputation. Diners were thanked on behalf of Tuan Haji Johari Abas, Member of the Festival Advisory Committee and foodie extraordinaire along with Dato Liaw Choon Liang, MD of Focus Point Holdings. 

Dato' Liaw delivering his closing speech

The Festival Menu at Minori is a steal at RM295++ with wine and RM245++ without. A lighter version of the menu costs RM188++ without. For more information head to migf.com.