Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Genji @ PJ Hilton

It took me awhile to think how i would like to write the review.

Courtesy of ZestPJ (check out their bloggers registration), 5 lucky people each month will get a chance to do a food review at their preferred restaurant in PJ Hilton.

Well what can i say, my wish finally came true; i was going to dine at Genji with a RM300 voucher.

I suppose doing food reviews without the manager by your side, waitresses in special attention mode and chefs pressured to outdo him/herself, your opinion is meant to be more balanced.

I mean if the chef was personally talking to you all night long, while you dine and feed on the freshest things in their fridge and getting tea refills without blinking an eye, what would be the only downside? The bill of course.

So in a more discreet mode, a true flavour of Genji i would get that night.

The front page of the menu says it all.

Fine food, wine and lifestyle. From fine sashimi, sushi, tempura, teppanyaki, you name it and you got it.

The crunchy pickled cucumber is meant to whet the appetite.

Now seriously RM300 sounds alot to some, however in a place like Genji, RM300 doesn't stretch very far, if you would like a flavour of everything. So i ignored the promotional sets ranging from RM60-RM100 and went for the cheapest kaiseki set at RM220. Threw in a Ozaka Styled Sushi too.

Meanwhile, time for pictures! Chefs in action..

Osaka styled sushi basically means boxed up sushi rice instead of hand shaped balls. The rice is more densed and you will find a slice of seaweed in the middle. No complaints about the layerof salmon on the top. For RM35, it is rather affordable and comparable to standalone japanese restaurants.

Course 1: What looks like a platter of octopus. You see a familiar baby octopus, a funky strong flavoured innards and a greenish lump of thinly sliced octopus.

Course 2: This looked like another raw squid/octopus dish. Perhaps an overdose of something too alike?

Course 3: Dobin Mushi. Clear till on the verge of being abit bland. The squeeze of lime added a zing to it. Note the prawn inside the pot, it was one fresh crustacean.

Course 4: The sashimi; salmon and kampachi along with a rather sad looking clam in the background. More variety perhaps?

Course 5: The spicy miso tiger prawn was awesome. Probably best dish of the lot. Firm fresh meat topped with abit of spice and finished off with some mayo.

Course 6: The cod fish tasted like cod fish, the familiar flavours of a frozen fish in bland broth. Not the best of dishes when one has eaten the strong flavoured prawn just before.

Course 7: The tempura came. "An interesting what tasted like minced meat ball topped with a mushroom". Served with a leaf and a small sized lady finger/chilli.

Again more variety instead of giving me 4 pieces of the above?

Course 8: The rice ball came with a familiar looking broth. I think this was like the 3rd dish that incorporated some sort of broth. In the pan fried rice ball, was some rather sour "sour plum". The crusted rice though was quite nice to chew on.

Course 9: The dessert to end the meal. A good black sesame ice cream, dorayaki with red bean and fresh fruits.

When i look back at it, the servings are quite decent (in fact rather generous) for a single person. The fact that this was shared comfortably among three fellows (yes, i am trying to be on a diet) does show that hotel restaurants DO serve huge portions.


Maybe I was trying to be very particular or comparing to another kaiseki meal i had but i had better.

However that being said, some of their items on the menu including their promotional sets are value for money and probably wouldn't dent your wallet as much when compared to any of the popular japanese restaurants out there.


PJ Hilton
Tel: 60-3-7955-9122
Fax: 60-3-7955-3909

Verdict: 3 stars out of 5 stars. Still definitely room for improvement but the essentials are all there. I was particularly impressed when i emailed them regarding my experience and they called back to say they have already launched an investigation. What can i say? They definitely do deserve a second chance.


Sean said...

rm220 seems reasonable for 9 courses at hilton. also more variety than most of the migf menus...
wonder what exactly they plan to investigate though!

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

sean: haha this aint migf anyways. well service wasnt very friendly and i found the menu boring, i mean kaiseki meant to b intriguing n keeps u guessing kinda they r finding out the answers to that..

sc said...

though 9 courses, many seemed to be deep fried..a tad boring after a while, no?

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

SC: i think more dishes with broth than deep fried..the only deep fried is the tempura. the prawn looked grill (i hope) and the rice ball was probably pan fried.

thule a.k.a leo said...

so this restaurant is the one that u were talking about... lol!!!

superwilson said...

got free food also complain, dats why i said u r the complain king! so drama

~Christine~Leng said...

lol at wilson ;P
haha.. was recommended by rebecca to check this place out :)
We just couldn't say no to Japanese food.

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

christine: prepare a bigger wallet =)

superwilson: bugger..

leo: =)

CUMI & CIKI said...

makin me hungry!!

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

c&c: lunch time? haha

taufulou said...

starving after looking at the pics..!

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

taufulou: nvr eat lunch meh? poor thing..

rokh said...

mmm then i wonder where is the better kaiseki you had? :P

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

rokh: restaurant starts with a z..