Hanare at The Intermark – Free Flow Wagyu Beef

Hanare @ The Intermark Mall

April seems to be the month where I spend the most every year. Many of my close friends’ birthdays fall on the fourth month of the year. Celebrated the birthday of a special someone on 10th April  2016 at one of my favorite Japanese buffet restaurant at Hanare located at the Intermark Mall, Kuala Lumpur.

We made a reservation online via Table App and upon arrival they didn’t seem to be able to find us on their list. Luckily they still had some empty seats left. I guess a phone call is still more reliable.

Hanare - Sashimi

First stop for me at any Japanese buffet is the sashimi. Loaded up on salmon bellies while we waited for the wagyu beef to be grilled.

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Hanare - Toro

Had a few pre-grilled stuff. I never fail to have a shishamo or two whenever at a Japanese restaurant. The ones here were a tad too tough and dry for my liking. Each person was entitled to 3 pieces of toro (tuna belly). The ones today were fresh and melted in our mouths.

Hanare - Wagyu Beef

Finally our food from the grill came. Best part of the whole buffet – Freeflow Wagyu. Awesome as always and it is the main reason I frequent Hanare. Scallops and prawns went really well with it. =D

Hanare - Hokkaido Oyster

Next up was the specially flown Hokkaido oyster which was in season. Each customer is entitled to only one piece each. It was really fresh and I just had lemon slices and a little special oyster sauce with it.

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Dessert at Hanare are really commendable as well.  They also serve Haagen Dazs ice cream for you sweet toothed people out there.

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So, after a very filling and delicious meal, total damage – RM391.78 which comes up to a little under RM200 per person. Expensive I know, but I’d recommend everyone try this and enjoy authentic Japanese food. I’ve been spending a little too much this month, coupled with my recent watch purchase – the Seiko 5, I’ve spent close to RM1,200 in a month! Not exactly setting a good example of frugality but I’d say it was money well spent.

Note: The above post was originally published in April 2016.

Hanare Japanese Buffet 2017

I find myself at Hanare again today on 9 July 2017 to celebrate another special occasion. Hanare made a major change to their buffet – Free flow Wagyu beef is only available on Sundays at RM180 per pax. On Saturdays, they’ve switched to an a la carte buffet and you’re only entitled to 120 grams of Wagyu beef at RM160.

We arrived at 12pm sharp and got seated right away. Had a slightly unconventional start to the buffet with Matcha ice cream as everyone else clamored to get their Wagyu beef and sashimi.

Hanare @ The Intermark 2017
Ice cream first!
Hanare @ The Intermark 2017
Assorted Sashimi

After taking our time with the ice cream, we moved on to get ourselves some fresh sashimi.

Hanare @ The Intermark 2017
Chu-toro aka Fatty Tuna
Hanare @ The Intermark 2017
Chu-toro – Look at those glorious streaks

As per Hanare’s policy, each customer was entitled to 3 pieces of fatty tuna. The tuna given this time around was much, MUCH tastier compared to last year’s. Melted right off in the mouth.

Hanare @ The Intermark 2017
Chawanmushi

I then had some Chawanmushi to prepare myself for some grilled meat! The Chawanmushi was steamed to perfection and I actually had 3 of them.

Hanare @ The Intermark 2017
Scallop plated by yours truly
Hanare @ The Intermark 2017
Surf – Scallops and Prawns

Started off with some seafood – grilled scallops and prawns.

Hanare @ The Intermark 2017
n’ Turf
Hanare @ The Intermark 2017
Wagyu – Medium Rare

Filled ourselves with some Japanese red meat. Medium rare as always. We had 3 plates of these. I’m pretty sure that’s past the 120g limit for your Saturday a la carte buffet.

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Some Greens

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Hanare @ The Intermark 2017
The Damage

So, want a real life example of inflation? That’s 7% right there.

RM391.80 in 2016, a year later? RM419.75I’ll still come for their buffet though..

I’ve been coming to Hanare for a few years in a row now. Usually for special occasions and they’ve never failed to let me down. While glancing through their Facebook page, I’ve noticed some bad reviews and complaints by customers, mainly on the slow wait time for their Wagyu beef and Teppanyaki. I think Hanare has already got a handle on the issue and they’ve actually stationed two chefs there.

The service has always been outstanding as well. We got moved to a nice corner as one of their reservations was canceled. Their resident chef taking the time to explain the various cuts of sashimi, even giving us some salmon belly sashimi to savor. It’s the little things.

So please, give them a try!

Do you guys have any nice Japanese restaurants to recommend?

As always, thanks for reading.

My New Watch – Seiko 5

Seiko 5 – SNKE03K1

I will be detracting from my usual posts on stocks today to talk about my new watch – the Seiko 5. It cost me RM799 for this piece, the dividends from March 2016 more than paid for this watch.

It may not be in the same league as some of the higher end watches, but I wanted to learn about automatic watches and opted for the ever durable Seiko. If you don’t know what an automatic watch is, I’d suggest a quick google search to know more, but basically it winds itself with the movement of your hand, ie. no batteries.

I’ve always loved watches, always wearing the ones my dad owns but I’ve finally decided to purchase my very own piece.

Unboxing the Seiko 5

I bought mine online and it came packed in layers of bubble wrap. The Seiko 5 range boasts hundreds of different watches, most of them a little too sporty for my liking, the SNKE03K1 however looks beautiful and is classy as hell. This post might be a little image heavy but I’d like to show you how beautiful my Seiko 5 really is.

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Layers of Protection
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Peeling away the layers
Seiko 5 - Automatic
Automatic movement

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Up Close

 

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On me

Men should wear watches

Alright enough pictures. So why the sudden fascination with watches you say?

Once upon a time, a watch was a necessity, something both men and women put on their wrists every morning and took off only at night before bed.  As cell phones and later smartphones started becoming more common, the watch suddenly seemed old-fashioned.

To me however, without my watch, I’d all but feel naked. Now I’m not against smartphones, I still love my Samsung Galaxy, I love the way smartphones have changed my life. But, still, a watch will forever hold a place among my daily outfit. I like how I have several watches for different occasions, I actually make sure my time piece matches my outfit on important events.

The Seiko 5 however, will be my default every day watch – my daily beater.

I know this post has nothing much related to stocks and investments. But the watch is a gift to myself and I’d like to think that I’m not just a miser who saves and saves. I too sometimes indulge. 

Cheers and thanks for reading!