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A few weeks ago while walking from KLCC to Pavilion I strolled pass Vipod Residence and noticed that there’s a new Japanese restaurant opening up on the ground floor – Oribe Sushi. I’m a huge fan of proper Japanese food, so there’s no other reason needed to give it a try.

Oribe Sushi at Vipod Residence (between Pavilion & KL Convention Centre)
Oribe Sushi at Vipod Residence (between Pavilion & KL Convention Centre)

A peek on the menu shows that Oribe Sushi only serves Omakase (literal translation: “I’ll leave it to you”). For lunch, there are 4 choices priced at RM 88, RM 150, RM 180, and RM 250. Dinner omakase are priced at RM 120, 168, 198, and 350.

We took a seat at the sushi bar and then of course, I chose the cheapest – “Seto”.

appetizer & chawanmushi
appetizer & chawamushi

This set starts out with appetizer in the form of some carefully stirfried bean sproud, tiny shrimps, and other vege.

Then there’s the chawanmushi that’s smoother than most tofufa I’ve had, it was delicious. So far, so good.

sea bass, flounder, bluefin tuna, yellow tail
sea bass, flounder, bluefin tuna, yellow tail

Then came what we were here for – the sushi.

The experience here is pretty unique. While seated at the sushi bar, the chef is dedicated to your meal. He will prepare one sushi meticulously, serve it on your plate, explained what it is, and then only start preparing the next piece after you’ve consumed the current piece.

This way, the sushi never sit on the plate longer than a few seconds (or however long you take to snap a pic to show your jealous friends on instagram).

mackerel with seaweed, barracuda, scallop
mackerel with seaweed, barracuda, scallop

The 8 types of sushi we had were sea bass, flounder, bluefin tuna, yellow tail, mackerel with seaweed, barracuda, scallop, and ikura.

These were not just simple slices of fish (or other seafood) on rice, but also with addition of seaweed, blow torch treatment, bits of citrus peel, a wipe of sauce/oil and so forth. It was a work of art. I found myself not even really needing those grated fresh wasabi to accompany the sushi.

ikura (salmon egg), and er.. some vegetable roll
ikura (salmon egg), and er.. some vegetable roll

The ginger used here too is not of the usual variety. It was less spicy but carries a slightly sweet flavor which I really liked. They will refill it should you find yourself finishing them like I did.

After 8 pieces of nigiri sushi, we were treated with three pieces of vegetable roll (I think it was Japanese bamboo shoots?) to end the main course part of the meal.

miso soup and mochi with red bean to conclude our omakase
miso soup and mochi with red bean to conclude our omakase

Our omsake ended with a small bowl of miso soup and mochi with red bean as dessert. While the dessert wasn’t as exquisite as the other dishes, it was certainly not disappointing either.

While RM 88++ is certainly no chump change for lunch, I do feel that it provides value for money so far as the quality of food, and the excellent services goes. If you are a fan of proper Japanese food, this is one place you should check out.

map to vipod residence, KL

Oribe Sushi @ Vipod Residence
19, Jalan Kia Peng,
50450 Kuala Lumpur

GPS: 3.152181, 101.712662
Tel: 03-2181 4099

Discuss : KY eats – Omakase Lunch at Oribe Sushi, Vipod, KL

  1. I thought that price is okay though… for certain occasions of course. Would love to try 😀

  2. Atas sekali! But looks good ya!

  3. KY, when I want fast Japanese food I head to Japantown for set meals there. It like bento box set with sushi and other type of food with tempura and so. It made fresh and come with miso soup fresh fruit for dessert.

  4. immature 2.0

    due to falling ringgit, RM88 is like US1 now, cheeep

  5. The premium menu like Mino is even better, the fishes served would be top of the range including otoro, small bowl of sushi rice with uni, ikura and chopped otoro with spring onion

    And I find dinner Mino is better than lunch since the price difference is only RM18 and you get 2 more sushi and the special dessert – tamago and pickle!

    Have not tried the grilled fish so can’t comment on those

  6. bhtan528

    Actually the dinner omakase is RM480 for the top one. I was there a couple of times. It is really 👍 and I like Chef Ori. However I think sushi Hinata is better value for money but mind you these are top sushi and sashimi restaurants in kl

    • bhtan528: One of these days when I have a very good reason to celebrate then perhaps I’ll do that, thanks!

  7. I think what you’ve tried is a set, not Omakase as Omakase is kind chef’s special and usually seasonal, which is why they don’t list the individual items on the menu.

    • Anon: it is omakase though, they don’t list what type of sushi you’re getting.

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