Sunday, 30 December 2012

Nagisa Japanese Restaurant @ Hyatt Kota Kinabalu

Kota Kinabalu is never short of Japanese food, don't mentioned those outside the city center, there are at least 6 or 7 Japanese restaurants here. I've already tried all but one -- the Nagisa Japanese Restaurant at Hyatt Hotel Kota Kinabalu. Nagisa was the winner of the Best Restaurant Award (under Hotel Category) in the 2012 KK Food Fest. Taking opportunity to try out their food here, we celebrated our X'mas eve with Japanese food at Nagisa Japanese Restaurant.

Nagisa is the only Japanese Restaurant located in a 5-star hotel in KK. The interior of this restaurant utilize large amount of dark wood giving it a dining experience as close as in Japan! While trying to figure out the decorations, we were warmly greeted by the waiter who led us to our table at the main dining area which is astonishingly spacious in contrast to the narrow entrance! In addition to the main dining area, there are also sushi bar, teppanyaki tables and private dining rooms at Nagisa. 

Sashimi - very fresh and firm with "right" temperature =)

Rather small entrance with traditional Japanese architecture which using
dark wood as the main building material

It's so dark inside there!

Sushi bar near entrance, business travelers can choose to have their
quick meal here

Fresh ingredients in the sushi fridge

Geisha puppet

We ordered a Gyu (beef) Terriyaki Course (RM68) and an Unagi Kabayaki Course (RM78). Every dinner course comes with a small plate of vinegared seafood and cold tofu as starter, a plate of sashimi, a mixed tempura, miso soup, rice and a scope of handmade green tea ice cream as dessert. I liked the vinegared seafood very much, the slightly sour prawn and squid make it a very good appetizer!

Cold tofu

Vinegared seafood

Salmon and tuna Sashimi, with some freshly prepared wasabi

Nagisa's tempura is crispy but not oily~ I once heard tempura not similar to deep frying (furai),
the oil is just a media to cook the food hence a perfect tempura shouldn't be oily on the
surface. I don't know how they make it but only the best Japanese restaurant or those who
follow very strict rules managed to get this kind of tempura


Terriyaki beef - very nice at first bite despite the cut a bit too large

Miso soup

Our X'mas eve dinner at Nagisa perfected with a scope of green tea ice cream


Lunch: 11:30 am – 2:30 pm
Dinner: 6:30 pm – 10:00 pm


Hyatt Regency Kinabalu
Jalan Datuk Salleh Sulong, 88991,
Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia

1 comment:

Lady G said...

I would say I have tried almost all the Japanese Restaurants in KK, but I've never been to Nagisa. My sister is a chef, she was recently transferred there. Maybe one of these days we'll drop in during her shift, haha.

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