Located at InterContinental Kuala Lumpur, Tatsu Japanese Cuisine is a stylish restaurant specialising in contemporary Japanese food. It recently launched a refreshed repertoire, which will be available from tonight. We stopped by for a sneak preview during lunchtime today, and sampled some of the new dishes on its menu.

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Yuzu soy is our new favourite condiment for poke bowls.

Our tantalising meal began with a sashimi appetiser soaked in yuzu soy and heated sesame oil (RM48). One serving includes four slices of sashimi served in individual spoons for easy sharing. The natural sweetness of the fish, citrusy yuzu flavours, and fragrant sesame oil, worked beautifully together.

tatsu japanese cuisine-Crispy Duck Confit on Sprouts and Japanese Spinach, with Sesame Vinaigrette
A fantastic poultry alternative to crispy soft shell crab for those allergic to seafood.

Hungry for more, we tucked into crispy duck confit on a bed of beansprouts and Japanese spinach with sesame vinaigrette (RM47). The duck confit was delightfully crunchy and not overly salty, and provided a lovely contrast to the tangy vinaigrette. Its accompanying vegetables also made us feel slightly less guilty about feasting on something so decadent.

tatsu japanese cuisine-Rock Shrimp Tempura with Creamy Chili Garlic Sauce
Pro tip: You’ll want to have more than just one piece.

Next, we tried the scrumptious rock shrimp tempura, which came with a spicy chilli garlic sauce (RM98). The prawn tempura were golden-brown bites of perfection that tasted divine with the sinfully rich and creamy sauce. We predict that it’ll be a real hit at the restaurant.

tatsu japanese cuisine-Australian Wagyu Beef on Heated Himalayan Rock Salt
Cooked and seasoned atop a block of Himalayan salt, this was an absolutely delectable steak.

Get your smartphone camera ready, because the Australian Wagyu beef on heated Himalayan rock salt (RM420) is one Insta-worthy dish. The tender and juicy meat was served sizzling and crackling atop a block of Himalayan rock salt, which helped season the meat while cooking it. If you prefer your beef slightly rarer, don’t leave it too long on the salt.

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Dangerously chocolatey yet refreshing, this tart will satisfy both chocolate-lovers and citrus chaps alike.

For dessert, we dug into a chocolate tart with caramelised yuzu (RM35). Easily our new favourite sweet confection, the tart’s biscuit-like shell was generously filled with rich dark chocolate and served with strawberry slices. The yuzu infusion provided a wonderful citrusy freshness, making the chocolate less cloying.

All in all, we really enjoyed the new dishes at Tatsu Japanese Cuisine, and were impressed at the restaurant’s reinterpretation of traditional offerings such as sashimi and tempura. Do make a trip down sometime, and don’t forget to ask for a sake, wine or whisky pairing recommendation for an extra-memorable dining experience.

Tatsu Japanese Cuisine, Level 1, InterContinental Kuala Lumpur, 165, Jalan Ampang, 50450 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, +60 3 2782 6000