He’s back! Chef Hideaki Oritsuki mysteriously vanished from Sushi Hinata several months ago, but thankfully, he never left KL – the sushi maestro’s legion of fans can now find him at Oribe, which opened this week at the ViPod Residences near Pavilion.

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It’s been nearly two years since we first encountered Chef Ori, back when Sushi Hinata was still entirely unknown, on a Saturday evening on a lonely corner of St Mary Residences. The affable & gracious Oritsuki soon turned Sushi Hinata into one of the city’s most deservedly respected names in Japanese dining – Kuala Lumpur’s go-to place for top-drawer sushi.

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Sushi Counter and Private Rooms

Introducing Oribe – the evolution of what Chef Ori wants to do in KL; it’s a partnership between him & two other Japanese men who’ve created a spacious street-level restaurant with a beautiful sushi counter & several private rooms, bathed in a polished sheen & fair share of natural light. Note: Limited parking lots are available in ViPod’s compound.

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Immensely Positive Vibes

Oritsuki has assembled a terrific team – his right-hand man is Akira, who’s less than half Oritsuki’s age but is eager to uphold his mentor’s standards. The rest of the staff is sterling too – this is a place with immensely positive vibes, a feel-good restaurant where customers are welcomed as honoured guests & enjoy the most satisfying meal possible.

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Multi-Course Sets

Oribe is kicking off with lunch & dinner multi-course sets – make sure you have at least 90 minutes; this meal can’t be rushed.

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Luscious Cuts of Seafood

Oritsuki has maintained every ounce of what made Sushi Hinata fantastic – expect luscious cuts of seafood that burst with freshness & flavour. Extra care is taken in even how the ginger & wasabi are sourced & served. A few bites of these & it becomes clear that Oribe Sushi instantly merits a berth in the highest echelons of Japanese restaurants in KL.

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Seasonal Highlights

From roe-flooded Hokkaido king crabs to briny-juicy Hiroshima oysters, Oribe reaches deeply into the bounty of Japan’s waters & brings out the best for patrons, with lots of seasonal highlights to ensure that repeat visits over time are fruitfully rewarded.

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Omakase Set

Buttery shirako (cod sperm sacs), succulent braised abalone, flaky grilled flounder – if any of these interest you, check out this week’s omakase set (RM350 for lunch & RM480 for dinner).

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From Tuna Belly to Mackerel

From tuna belly to mackerel, Oribe’s sushi shines – secure a seat at the counter & admire Oritsuki’s way around his work, slicing the fish with an elegant precision that seems to come effortlessly to him (the result of years of experience), then patting the rice & toppings together before presenting the sushi to you, piece by piece. The photos in this post show him looking serious & intent in his tasks, but he’ll also take time to chat with you, explain the sushi & smile a lot.

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Request the scallop sushi topped with Hokkaido uni if it isn’t served to you. Also love the sweet prawns & tamago.

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Chawanmushi and Miso Soup

Gorgeous dinnerware, thoughtfully chosen, helps to ensure that even the chawanmushi & miso soup look incredibly alluring.

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Dessert

By the time dessert emerges (creamy azuki beans with mochi, alongside a plate of Japanese melon), you might discover yourself plotting your next visit to Oribe. Bravo to chef Ori & his collaborators for producing one of 2014’s best new restaurants.

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Location and Contact Details

Oribe Sushi

Ground Floor, ViPod Residences, Jalan Kia Peng, Off KLCC, Kuala Lumpur

Tel: 03 2725 8064

Find: Contact details and map for Oribe Sushi here.

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