With three outlets to its name — in Taman Desa, Publika and now Bangsar — it is safe to say Eatomo Food Co has its fair share of fans. And why not? Specialising in affordably priced seafood, it is the place to be, particularly on weekends when all you want to do is have oysters sliding down your throat, chased by a poke bowl or two. We popped into the latest outlet in Bangsar and found the interior to be bright and pleasing to the eye, with a California beach boy meets Tokyo teenager sense of style. There are stuffed salmon fish toys everywhere — in a bucket by the doorway and in nets suspended from the ceiling. Aloha signs and waving maneki-neko cats beckon to you from the counter and an entire wall features oyster shells in a wave-like design. Other design touches to catch the eye include three clocks showing the time zones in LA, KL and Osaka and a big California state flag.
We appreciate the “Skip a straw, save a turtle” policy here but if you insist, it is a paper one you will be getting — and in pretty blue stripes too.
Start with the Virgin Bloody Mary Oyster Shooters (RM13.90 for a Fine de Claire No 4 and RM18.90 for a Fine de Claire No 1) before moving onto a luscious Snowcrab Guacamole Salad (RM16.90). Those needing a hit of carbs would do well to order the Mentaiko Mozza Fries (RM16.90).
Hipsters would, of course, go straight for the poke bowls. Nothing is above RM25 and you can choose from a wide selection, including spicy scallop poke, salmon lover poke and the only local-flavoured dish on the menu — the Pokelantan Bowl (RM21.90), featuring salmon, yellowfin tuna and butterfish tossed in zesty chilli padi and fresh lime before being topped with crisp salmon skin and kerisik gula Melaka.
And, in case you were wondering what’s with the Cali-Tokyo vibe, the answer lies in the selection of desserts — from deep-fried snickers and oreo funnel cakes, to strawberry tofu pannacotta and a sakura raindrop cake. Gourmet globalisation? Bring it on.
This article first appeared on Nov 5, 2018 in The Edge Malaysia.