Authentic Japanese restaurant Kampachi by Equatorial is serving up a taste of Okayama Prefecture and we were fortunate enough to sample five of its dishes at The Troika. Located in the southern part of Japan, Okayama is known for its abundant produce such as white peaches, grapes, rice and white Chinese chives. Using produce flown in from Okayama and the rest of Japan, Kampachi has crafted a seasonal Okayama a la carte menu as well as a fixed course menu that will not only tantalise your taste buds, it will transport you to Japan’s Kingdom of Fruits.
The A la Carte menu
The Okayama Winter Melon & Mince Prawn with Thick Sauce boasted subtle flavours with a smoky aroma from the prawns. If you’re not into bold flavours, then this dish would definitely appeal to you. For me however, this dish was overshadowed by the others in the menu.
While most were looking forward to tasting the famous Hakuto white peach, we were served instead with three very large Pione grapes. This is going to sound absolutely ridiculous but they were the best grapes I’ve ever had in my life and I’m afraid no grape will ever come to close to these ones. The grapes were crisp and juicy but the highlight was, it tasted as if it was soaked in wine. Sounds bizarre? You really have to try it.
The Course Menu
Next up was a dainty little dish that came in the form of salmon carpaccio. The fresh salmon was served with tomatoes, asparagus and yellow chives with a yummy wasabi dressing. Overall, this dish was faultless.
The Okayama Course Menu will only be available for one night at each of the Kampachi outlets. That means, if you want to have it more than once, be sure to take note of these dates:
- Troika – August 25th
- Pavilion – August 29th
- Plaza 33 – September 1st
- Johor Premium Outlets – September 1st
* The Okayama Promotional Menu runs from August 22nd – September 15th, 2014.