Compensating for the loss of its Equatorial venue, Kampachi flung open the doors this weekend to a Petaling Jaya spin-off that heralds a sure-to-be-successful new chapter in this very venerable brand’s scrumptious saga of sushi-making.

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Kampachi in The Plaza @ Jaya 33 is a little more Pavilion & a little less Troika as far as comparisons to Kampachi’s other outposts go, centered on a casualness that could cater to suburban PJ families reluctant to drive to downtown KL for their Japanese food fix.

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Salmon Skin and Roe

A salad of crunchy-not-oily salmon skin & roe (RM28++) starts us out in a delicious direction.

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Fish

Freshly flown into the country at daybreak, served at Kampachi well before nightfall.

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Sashimi

Kampachi’s sashimi soars: the “tobiou” flying fish (RM70++ for half) proves lustrously lovable, as creamy-smooth as a Kree Harrison croon.

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Maki

Prices can be predictably punishing, but let’s roll with it: Kampachi’s signature maki (RM58++) allies thick, tender cuts of eel with tuna, avocado & crab stick.

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Crisply moreish soft-shell crab maki (RM50++), bounteously stuffed to merit the cost.

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Teppanyaki

Rolled beef teppanyaki with garlic & spring onions (RM22++ for three pieces) would taste terrific even on its own _ but coupled with a special sauce of tosa shoyu, mushroom broth, black truffles & olive oil, it’s a masterclass in meat.

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Octopus Karaage

Octopus karaage (RM18++), unassailable in terms of its addictive crunch, with notes of the ocean singing through each resonantly briny slice.

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Grilled Pomfret

Grilled pomfret marinated with barley seasoning (RM48++). Striking in its sodium content, though one customer’s salty could be another’s savory.

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Soba Ramen

House-made, hand-made soba (RM36++), fresh & firm, served cold with duck meat sauce.

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Pumpkin Tempura

Deep-fried imported pumpkin in tempura batter (RM30++), denser than the norm but still very creamy.

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Dessert

Still, there’s always space for Kampachi’s beloved ‘mochi’ rice cakes, warmly nut-coated.

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Beverages

Creative cocktails keep us happy: Moshiso (gold rum, shiso leaf, soda water, sweet sour) & Sake-Tini (piccolo tea, ume shu, gin).

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Turning green with ecstasy: Macha Lemon (with gin & sour mix) & Macha Whisky (mixed with Japanese whisky & green tea ice cream).

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Asahina Gyokuro (RM32++ per pot), crowned by some as the “king of green tea,” with a flavor that’s supposed to be evocative of seaweed.

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Final Thoughts

Alas, by now, we were too full to order the menu’s other temptations, comprising the likes of anglerfish liver, stewed beef tongue, mizuna salad with crispy anchovies & snapper fillet with sea urchin.

Our forecast is for hot teppanyaki & cold matcha ice cream: Come rain or shine, folks will be flocking to this Kampachi’s Sunday lunch buffets (RM118++ for adults).

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Some fun pod-like seating, a novelty that could endear Kampachi to a new generation.

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Service sparkles here. Mohd Aizzar & the entire team exude a warm, polished professionalism.
Entry on Kampachi at Equatorial Hotel (currently closed): Oct. 2010.
Entry on Kampachi at The Troika: Dec. 8, 2012.

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Location and Contact Details

Kampachi Japanese Restaurant @ PJ Jaya33,

1st Floor, The Plaza @ Jaya33, Petaling Jaya.

Tel: 012-911-9094

View Kampachi’s directory page here.

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