Ten Japanese Fine Dining, Solaris Dutamas

First launched on the Gold Coast, Australia, the award-winning Japanese Fine Dining restaurant “Ten” has now arrived in Malaysia.

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As befitted its standing, Ten was officiated by YABhg Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and his wife YABhg Tun Dr Siti Hasmah Mohd Ali on the 13th of Oct 2011 at Solaris Dutamas, Kuala Lumpur.

If that’s not impressive enough, Chef Hiroyuki Sakai of the Iron Chef fame was there in person during our special media luncheon, supervising the kitchen, our meals and camwhoring mingling with the invited guests.

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I must say I was most honoured and lucky to be able to meet him in person; what more to dine on dishes that he had personally overseen it’s preparation in the kitchen.

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Our entree platter above; “Deep Fried Prawn Dumpling encased in Burdock Vegetable, Japanese Cherry Tomato and Egg Yolk with balsamico and Shitake mushroom stuffed with prawn and a sprinking of truffle salt” gave me an inkling of what lies ahead for lunch.

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I envisage a menu and dishes of premium ingredients; with selective and meticulously prepared items uncompromising on its freshness, quality and taste.

And I was right.


MAIN COURSE: Chicken Three Ways
* Grilled Chicken Thigh marinated in Miso, served wrapped in iceberg lettuce and seaweed
* Dark Miso Chicken Gratin, with button mushroom, tomato & Parmigiano cheese
* Foie Gras and Chicken Terrine wtih Japanese Leek and teriyaki sauce

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Admittedly, there were parts of some dishes that made one realized that it was actually nothing out of the ordinary, such as the prawn dumpling and stuffed mushroom in the entree platter.
But details were all in the taste, and one could immediate deduce that everything was immaculately prepared with each ingredient carefully paired to bring out its best flavour.
Japanese food are after all; simple and delicate, with emphasis on freshness and the natural flavours of the food.

Ten, (meaning “Heaven” in Japanese) offers delectable fusion of Japanese & French cuisine and the French element was pretty much emphasized with that rich, little bowl of Chicken Gratin above.
Another French-y element was the delectable Foie Gras and Chicken Terrine, which had all of us wiping the plate clean. Sandwiched between the 2 discs of foie gras terrine was a small succulent piece of mango, almost insignificant at first but works wonders on the palate when savoured with the liver.

A review of a Japanese meal couldn’t possible be complete without a showcase of the outlet’s sashimi and sushi.
Quality fresh seafood, the pinnacle of any Japanese meal, truly sets the standard of any self-respecting Japanese restaurant, especially one like Ten’s, since it pride itself as one of the best fine dining Japanese restaurant in town.

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I must admit my most eagerly anticipated dish was the sushi platter the moment I glanced at the menu after parking myself at the sushi counter upon arrival.

Throughout lunch, we were teased with the action at the sushi bar, where Mr. Hiroshi Miura, Executive Chef and Mr. Atsushi Nishibuchi, Executive Sushi Chef sliced fresh seafood and plated each sushi platter for us.

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Each platter consisted of trout, garoupa, tuna and ebi sushi plus a few sushi rolls at the side.

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Happiness was realizing that I was served freshly grated wasabi – a small detail yes, but totally transform any sashimi or sushi eating experience. I do not know about you, but I love my wasabi. The heat from a freshly grated wasabi is unparalleled with those instant pre-mixed ones.

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The secret to Ten’s exceptional food lies in the meticulous and masterful preparation of every dish by the restaurant’s experienced and highly-acclaimed chefs.
Mr. Hiroshi Miura has had classical Cha-Kaiseki (tea ceremony meal) and Ryotei (traditional upmarket restaurant) training and was the Head Chef for a number of reputable establishments over the years while Mr. Atsushi Nishibuchi had training in the unique modern sushi technique known  as “Edomae Sushi” (Tokyo-style sushi). After numerous years honing his technique,  Mr. Nishibuchi moved on to become Head Chef at one of Tokyo’s premier restaurants in Tokyo’s upmarket Ginza district.

The Ten Team that ensures your stellar dining experience:

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The sweet ending of our media luncheon was Ten’s Green Tea Cake; honestly not as memorable as I would have liked but it was good nonetheless.

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Another aspect that sets Ten apart from all other Japanese restaurants is its unique offer of seasonal Japanese cuisine. Whether spring, summer, autumn or winter, each season offers an exciting and surprising change of cuisine based on the different type of ingredients available in that particular season. This seasonal cuisine allows you to experience truly authentic Japanese food based on the unique offerings of each changing season.

So, ready to have your tastebuds tantalised as never before?

The Menu.

Best prepare the wallet and your palate for the gastronomical meal ahead. :)

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Ten Japanese Fine Dining
D5-G3-05, Solaris Dutamas
No. 1 Jalan Dutamas 1
50480 KL.

Tues to Fri :
Lunch : 11.30am – 2.30pm
Dinner 6.30pm till midnight (10.00pm being the last order).

Saturday and Sunday:
Dinner: 6.30pm till midnight (10.00pm being the last order).

For reservations, kindly contact us at [email protected] or +603-6211 9910.

For those who are confused with the maze that is Publika & Solaris Dutamas, just park your car at the basement parking of Solaris Dutamas building. Look for D5 (see pic below) and take the lift up to G3. Ten is just a few shoplots away from the lift.

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All pictures:
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This Post Has 40 Comments

  1. Sean

    gosh, even the lunch set prices seem kinda steep rite. but hopefully there’ll be enough businesspeople and residents at solaris/publika soon who are willing to splurge on the meals! but i’m still not sure the ‘french’ element is noticeable enough in their regular a la carte menu 😀

    1. rebeccasaw

      Totally agree on your observation there Sean. I guess the foie gras & the gratin was about it for now. Well, they did say there are changes to be expected for the menu seasonally right?
      Also, I realized Iketeru is really expensive, the other when I was there for Oxygen band launch at Zeta, I checked out the set lunch and it was averagely RM90 – RM150 for one set lunch!

  2. Fui

    wow, really an honour! Chef Hiroyuki Sakai >.< impressive!

    1. rebeccasaw

      Oh yes it was!
      OMG.. I just rmbr-ed. You sent me an email right???

  3. Akulah Pak Lan

    I in love with japanese food since I have been Japan before. maybe I will go here someday

    1. rebeccasaw

      Wow! I’m jealous! You actually had Jap food in Japan before!
      Well, according to Mr Suzuki, the MD of Ten, he’s in KL/Malaysia for nearly 40 years and he said there is currently no authentic or really good Jap restaurant here, of which his Ten is supposedly to be fitting into that gap.
      I wonder what is Genji, Iketeru, Rakuzen and Hanare if that is still not “authentic” good Jap enough…

  4. Timing

    “If that’s not impressive enough, Chef Hiroyuki Sakai of the Iron Chef fame was there in person” … OMG … uber jealous!

    Prices don’t look *that* bad I think. Pricey but not in that ‘out of reach’ range. Gotta go try the next time I’m in KL!

    1. rebeccasaw

      Yea, not like Iketeru. I nearly fainted at the prices when I walked in for the first time last week!
      Eh, you’re not in KL meh?

      1. Timing

        Yeah, got a job in SG, moved about half a year ago. Lots of nice eating here as well!

      2. rebeccasaw

        Oh yes!
        SG does have great dining places..even the hawkers (if u look properly) are not half bad!
        Eh, Congrats! SG $$$$ !!! 😛

    1. rebeccasaw

      Eh everything look good to you leh??
      By the way, I hope to see you soon for makan-makan yea!

  5. ulric

    Hey…thanx for d look at d pricing n cark park tip…not too bad…will definitely visit here sometime :good:

    1. rebeccasaw

      Helloooo! 🙂
      Yea, I cant imaging how hard it would be for others to find this place!
      Do visit & let me know if it’s up to your expectations. My luncheon that day kinda gave me an idea of how fresh the seafood produce are, but I do want to test out the other “cooked” items too!

      1. ulric

        I wanna compare this with Coco.Tei n Riki-ya…my current fav Jap restos :heart:

      2. rebeccasaw

        Which reminds me, I have yet to try Riki-ya and CocoTei!
        Also Tatsu and Tenjin in Grand Millenium.

      3. ulric

        Haven’t tried Coco.Tei n Riki-Ya…jom! :bye:

        Ditto on Tatsu n Tenjin for me too :unsure:

      4. rebeccasaw

        Oh? you havent tried Cocotei? Or Riki-Ya? And Tatsu and Tenjin too??
        So we go try all 4?? 😛

      5. ulric

        No lar…I m referring to u on Coco.Tei n Riki-Ya :wacko:

        Tatsu n Tenjin I belum try lor :unsure:

        I can retry 2 n try d other 2 :yahoo:

      6. rebeccasaw

        Ok lets try set a date for Tenjin & Tatsu..

      7. ulric

        Fridays r good…

        Weekends for these 2 months are reserved for couponing activities (Gonbei, Suki-Ya, Brotzeit etc…) 🙂

        Btw…have u tried Ril’s @ The Warehouse yet?

      8. rebeccasaw

        LOL! I didnt get to buy the Gonbei one! Grrrrr..
        Ril’s – yeah the coupons still waiting for me… Got a bit too many events this month 😛

      9. ulric

        I went to Ril’s twice aredi…1 on coupon while another time for a celebration 😛

        Let me know on the date for some Tatsu-ness and Tenjin-ness 😀

      10. rebeccasaw

        Wow! Was it that good that you went back twice ? (other than cos of the coupons :P)
        Yea, let’s start w Tatsu!

      11. rebeccasaw

        Now you got me clearing my calendar to go! 😛
        Ok ok noted on the must-orders! Tatsu – Yup will let you know!

      12. ulric

        And I dun mind going to Ril’s again…*hint hint*…hahahaha :whistle:

      13. rebeccasaw

        LOL! Why not! Have to go before our coupon expires!

  6. a lil' fat monkey

    Wow, Chef Saakai was there. Awesomest. He’s gotta be one of them most hilarious person to watch on TV. Did he bring his golden pear/apple?

    Anyway, just want to inform you that I’m back to blogging again and I’ve recently migrated over to http://alilfatmonkey.com. Please do update your RSS or blogroll. thanks!

    1. rebeccasaw

      Yay! Ur back!
      And your own .com too .. congrats! Missing your comic strips.
      Ok will update my feeds

  7. ciki

    so , it is a perfect 10? 😉

    1. rebeccasaw

      Can’t say! I have yet to try Hanare, Tenjin & Cocotei, which I heard is very good!

  8. J2Kfm

    Indeed, pricing’s a bit steep. Though does look promising, from the mega launch itself.
    But can’t help but notice several typos on the menu.

    1. rebeccasaw

      LOL! I noticed it too 😛
      Yup, the very fresh seafood is definitely one of their selling point. Other than that, I see the other dishes to be quite “normal” but perhaps its the taste that rocks?

  9. eiling

    Nice to see you there Rebecca!

  10. Shaun

    Thanks for the info. Planning to have a reunion dinner with all the Japanese Graduates in Malaysia and thinking of having it there. Thanks for the review.

    1. rebeccasaw

      Hi Shaun! I do hope it meets your expectations 🙂
      Do note that it can be pricier than most Jap Restaurants out there!

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