The fish was so fresh, it literally had no smell at all, and that mayo based sauce just blew me away!
Eatomo is one place that has fascinated me, and I’ve wanted to try it for the longest time. However, I was under the impression that it only served raw fish and seafood, and I didn’t fancy an entire meal raw. I couldn’t have been more wrong.
The weekend that I dropped by Eatomo with my vegetarian hubby, the place was quiet. It’s interior is pretty rustic, with a lot of wooden planks being used on the walls. Marine and Japanese themed decorative elements filled the walls and ceiling. One corner of the restaurant was filled with a counter that’s filled with ice, displaying their latest fish, freshly flown in from Japan and other parts of the world.
As I browsed through their menu beneath the web of fishing nets and artificial fishes that adorn the ceiling, I was surprised to find that they have several Japanese dishes that don’t feature raw seafood. For those who so desire, there’s the popular Beef Gyudon bowl, which is wok fried beef on a steaming bowl of rice. There’s also spicy chicken bowl, Oyakodon and the Tori Nanban bowl.
Happily for me too, there were some vegetarian-friendly options for the Hubby who doesn’t eat seafood. He had the Wakame Udon (RM11.90) which had a very rich broth and tons of delicious seaweed. I had a few spoonfuls of the broth and really appreciated the effort that went into making it. The umami was really apparent and I could really taste the sea in the broth, which is a result of the seaweed used as a flavouring.
I myself chose the Californian Poke bowl (RM19.90). Poke, as we may have heard, is a dish that’s popular in Hawaii. Its main feature is fresh cubes of sashimi over some rice drizzled with a mayo based sauce. There have been many versions of it popularized around the world. The California version served at Eatomo features three types of sashimi, namely Salmon, Tuna and Butterfish. There are also some chunks of octopus. Apart from that, the Poke bowl had some crab salad, guacamole and capelin fish roe. The entire thing was topped with a spicy mayo sauce.
The bright colours of this dish really stood out when it was it was served to me, and I was really reluctant to mix it up, but mix it up was what I had to do. I have mixed feelings about raw fish, depending on how I’m feeling. This poke bowl, however, can satisfy fans of raw fish and non-fans alike. The fish was so fresh, it literally had no smell at all, and that mayo based sauce just blew me away. It was not spicy, unlike what its name suggests. Instead, it had a slight tang to it so that your taste buds don’t get closed with the taste of the fish.
To cap off the meal, we ordered some deep fried Enoki mushrooms from the snacks portion. My favourite part of the evening was actually dessert. We had three pieces of deep fried Oreos and it was Heavenly!
My one advice for visitors to Eatomo is that you have to be willing to spend good money if you want good, fresh seafood. The food is great, but you do have to accept that it this level of quality doesn’t come cheap as our meal for two came to almost RM70.
- Address: 11-1-1 Jalan 3/109F, Taman Danau Desa, 58100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
- Phone: +60 3-2303 1608
- Opening Hours: Tuesday-Sunday 12pm-3pm | 6pm-10:30pm