To celebrate the Chinese New Year, the symbolic raw fish salad is a must have at any dining table during the festive season. And to make sure you get the greatest satisfaction when it comes to those sashimi, October Japanese restaurant in Johor features fresh seafood ingredients in the form of colourful prosperity platters to usher the wonderful Year of Dog, along with some other auspicious specialties. It was one of the first few early “yee sang tossing” when we were at the restaurant last year but the vibe was totally present upon seeing the beautiful platter of vibrant sashimi.
This Prosperity Yee Sang with Assorted Sashimi in Wasabi Sauce (RM108 and RM68 for large and regular respectively) consists of varieties of deep water fish Sashimi – Norwegian Salmon, Maguro (Tuna) and Hamachi (Yellow Tail), with aplenty colours of assorted textures from the greens. For the crunch, be ready to be fall in love with pieces of fried Gyoza skin and almond flakes. Chopsticks at the ready!
At the same time October Japanese Cuisine has prepared some auspicious specialties crafted by the chef. This Auspicious Flaming Nabe (RM68.80) is a pot miso and Japanese sake soup with generous ingredients packed in within. With Norwegian Salmon and slices of chicken breast, Shitake mushrooms, leeks and carrots, in a pot serving on flame with a pour of “KaoLiang” Rice Wine and sake stirring in to not only bring out more flavours of this dish but to also some flaming action. While the pot simmers and boil, the other thing pleasant to look at is their Fortune Sushi& Sashimi Platter (RM 58). I’m absolutely loving how each dish are given such abundance significance to represent the festive celebration. With six assortment of sushi ball beautifully placed in gorgeous rhythmic stairways along a medley bed of thick slices of fresh sashimi.
Of course, there are plenty more creativity when they torch and flame up the Flaming Salmon Aburi Maki (RM 29.90) made with salmon, rolling in crab stick and drizzled with spicy sauce. Or when they present the October Special Bento (RM 59.90) holding a lovely assortment of meat, fish and vegetable; complete with hearty miso soup to aid digestion and improve immune function. I am a sucker for anything involving fermentation.
Then there was this Grilled Edamame (RM 9.90) with spicy Japanese Togarashi seasoning and then sautéed for extra smokiness. It really got me wondering if these extra preparations are even necessary given how people already fancy a simple quick boil of this green goodness. Skip this if you have limited space and go ahead and order the Kushiyaki Moriawase (RM44.90)- a plate of grilled skewers of assorted classic favourites. Either that or the Tempura Sweet Potato (RM 9.90). Made from mashed sweet potato and yam coated with breadcrumbs before deep frying to crispy outer layer. Pairing this is the tartar sauce by the side for some fancy combination of flavovurs.
Some might have already seen this on my insta stories when it took me hours to get to Johor but I was glad I joined the food trip with so many other blogger friends. Johor is one of the place I felt compelled to revisit again and again but it was never for their Japanese food. This was my first visit to the restaurant albeit having been to this part of Johor several times and I have no idea about the huge parking space at the back of the restaurant. I’ve been to most of their neighboring resto but never this one where I should have. It was cosy comfy with some nice garden view separated by glass windows- a great place for ootd too. Watch my 2 days of nuisance and a peek of what’s next on the blog.
October Japanese Restaurant is located at :
6a, Jalan Persiaran Jaya Putra 1
Bandar Jaya Putra (JP Perdana)
Johor Bahru 81100
Opens : daily 12-11pm
Tel: 016-365 7910
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