Their chef has spent 10 years working in a Tokyo restaurant and it really shows in his subtle but creative way in food preparation.
What can I say. The steamed grade 9 wagyu was exquisite. So light and soft with marbling that it literally disintegrates as it touches your tongue. Dip the wagyu in ponzu sauce and sesame sauce to take the flavour up a notch. This dish is priced at RM120/100g of Grade 9 Wagyu beef. What a start to the night.
Well, Hakka Republic’s corn bread and sweet buns are freshly baked and go fantastic with either the salted butter or the olive oil they serve. These buns possess a sweeter taste over normal bread and this goes perfect with the salty edge of the butter.
The Ciku Sorbet! Sorbet is served as a dessert or, sometimes, between courses of a meal to refresh the palate. In this case, it was the latter.
I liked the Ciku Sorbet because it was not too sour and did not give my head an immediate ‘brain freeze’. I also liked the fact that it imparted a local touch to the meal. The word Asian Fusion comes to mind.
My favourite dish of the night was the Miso Marinated Black Cod. This dish has been my all time favourite mains in Nobu, LA, and at Hakka Republic they really do the dish justice. At RM55, it is worth every penny.
Desserts served were the Hakka Republic’s Special Rich Fruit Cake with Brandy Sauce, Sticky Date Pudding, Baileys Infused Croissant and Butter Pudding.
Oh no! Do I have to be a wet blanket again and say that nothing on this platter really excited me all that much? Well, it’s just a matter of preference and I don’t really like fruit cake or dates or butter pudding etc etc.. give me chocolate cake, pavlova.. any-day I tell ya! Anyway, my dinner companions loved it so all I can say is that for the Fruit Cake lover, this would be a great choice!
Well, WINE on tap of course (so says Ciki, the wine drinker). Just looking at the Enomatic Machines, I am in love! (What’s better than wine on tap? Well, whisky on tap of course… ahem! is anybody listening out there?!)
Anyway, which ever genius invented this Enigmatic Enomatic machine… , He or She, should get an award! These wonderful wines by the glass keep well for at least 3 weeks.
Well, here ends the wonderful dining experience at Hakka Republic. Of special note is that all the portions you see are really tasting portions i.e. smaller than the actual price size. We started off with Champagne, on to the lighter Whites and finally finished with a Full bodied Reds. This is probably why our meal tasted so good as well, because almost each course, had its own complimenting wine.
To re-cap, The Steamed Wagyu was exquisite and the Chef’s recommendation of the Black Cod in Miso which was incredibly delicious. Hakka Republic has an outstanding selection of Italian wines and all in all, for what it is, the meal was really affordable.
I would recommended this place to anyone who enjoys good food!
Lot 2.05, Level 2,
Menara Hap Seng,
Jalan P Ramlee,
Tel: 03-2078 8908