YAKITORI DINING FUKUDA, Desa Sri Hartamas

Whenever we visit Japan, we never fail to eat and drink at izakayas there, simply because we are quite big fans of the casual food served there. Grilled skewers of chicken and other meats, done the Japanese way have a way of growing your appetite. I mean, we can sit forever in these izakayas and order countless sticks of those goodies and won’t even notice the time passing by! The relaxed (and sometimes boisterous) vibes in an izakaya – chatter, laughter mixed with clinking of drinking glasses in a smokey cheerful bar are all part of the experience.

At Fukuda Yakitori in Desa Sri Hartamas, we kinda get that atmosphere as there is a good turnout of Japanese clientele in the premise. And that’s a pretty positive sign that food must be authentic, which is proved so when we see that the chef is also Japanese. He and his assistants are kept very busy tackling the skewers just behind the bar and food is served immediately from the charcoal grill to the tables.

We enjoy every stick of those skewers, from chicken to every part of the fowl, succulent pork belly and even sticks of cream cheese! As sinful as it seems, the crunchy fragrant Kawa (Chicken Skin) and Bonjiri (Chicken Tail aka Bishop’s Nose) turn out to be our favourites. Trust me, they are damn addictive!

Yakitori (prices indicated are for per stick):

Negima (Chicken Thigh with Leek) RM6.80


Bonjiri (Chicken Tail) RM6.80


Tebasaki (Chicken Wings) RM9.80


Tsukune (Chicken Hamburg) RM9.80


Chicken Liver (RM5.80)

Chicken Hearts (RM5.80)


Kawa (Chicken Skin) (RM6.20)


Iberico Pork Belly (RM12.80)


Cream Cheese (RM9.80)

Continuing with the grilling theme, besides the skewers, the Chargrilled Lamb Chops and Japanese Saikoro Beef Cube Steak are great choices. The lamb and beef are skilfully grilled over charcoal heat, rendering them perfectly tender and juicy to the bite.

Chargrilled Lamb Chops (RM39.80)


Japanese Saikoro Beef Cube Steak (RM48.80)

To balance out the grilled food, salads, sashimi and oysters are also on the menu. Crisp fresh greens mixed with sashimi and a tangy dressing makes up the Kaizen Sashimi Salad and we can’t resist some freshly-shucked plump oysters as well. Unable to resist more oysters, the Fried Oysters with Tartar Sauce are good too.

Kaizen Sashimi Salad (RM32.80)


4 Assorted Sashimi Platter (RM48.80)


Fresh Shelled Oysters 3 pcs (RM59.80)


Fried Oysters with Tartar Sauce (RM18.80)

Seeing rice and even a hotpot on the menu, and as DL’s feeling still peckish, we have a bowl of Bara Chirashi and the Sumo Hotpot. I feel the Bara Chirashi can do with a bit more flavour though to better bind the cubes of salmon, yellowtail, scallop, prawn and fish roe in the rice. I love hotpots and as it’s a rather wet and chilly evening, the simmering soup is indeed a welcome addition. The pot is filled with a comforting broth made even more tasty with generous portions of Iberico pork, chicken fillet, chicken meatballs, mushrooms, enoki and vegetables added in.

Bara Chirashi (RM49.80) 

Sumo Hotpot (RM88.80)

Too full to eat anymore but there’s always a teeny bit of tummy space for desserts so Macha Ice Cream is the perfect way to end the meal.

Macha Ice Cream (RM7.80)

Yakitori Fukuda is a great cosy spot to wind down after a day’s work or just to chill out with friends. We’ll be back for those addictive skewers and if it’s a rainy chilly evening, the hotpot as well!

 

YAKITORI DINING FUKUDA
No. 39-G JALAN 23/70A
Desa Sri Hartamas
50480 Desa Sri Hartamas
50480 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03-6206 3526

Opens 5.00pm

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TOKUSHIMA WAGYU Promotion @ IKETERU, Hilton Kuala Lumpur

For the very first time, Hilton Kuala Lumpur is bringing in the famous Tokushima wagyu beef from Shikoku whereby diners will get to savour this premium beef at Iketeru for the entire month of August 2018. Sourced from Nishiawa Beef from Tokushima Prefecture, the beef is certified halal to be sold in Malaysia, explained Japanese Executive Chef Ricky Kamiishi.

This Grade A5 wagyu is available on a special a la carte menu for both lunch and dinner. Besides the popular cuts like sirloin, tenderloin and ribeye, Chef Ricky is also introducing the lesser-known cuts like rib loin and knuckle. Cooked with the right method and matched with complementary ingredients, these secondary cuts are just as delicious.

Broiling and grilling the wagyu expertly, the Aburi Sushi and Karubi Salad prove that rib loin and knuckle can be rendered just as good.

Beef skeletal muscles and trimmings are simmered with tofu and vegetables resulting in a comforting rustic stew. My favourite is the seared rib loin with sea urchin, enhanced with some garlic ponzu sauce. The textural contrasts from the beef, rice and sea urchin is just amazing.

Aburi Sushi – broil sliced rib loin sushi

Karubi Salad – BBQ wagyu knuckle salad with spicy miso sauce

Wagyu Tataki Uni Soe – seared rib loin with sea urchin with garlic ponzu sauce

Gyusuji Nikomi – beef skeletal muscle with vegetables & tofu

Wagyu Hamburger with Mushroom Sauce

Other dishes offered under this promotion are the Toban Yaki Mojio To Wasabi Shoyu (grilled wagyu chuck roll on hot plate with sea salt and wasabi soy sauce) and Mini Onsen Tamago Karubi Donburi (BBQ wagyu knuckle & half-boiled egg with steamed rice). Prices for the dishes range from RM64-RM320.

Head on over to Iketeru this month to savour these special wagyu dishes, available at both lunch and dinner. This promotion started today and is available until 31 August 2018.

For reservations, please call +603-2264-2264 or visit life@hilton.com for more information.

 

IKETERU
Level 8, Hilton Kuala Lumpur
3 Jalan Stesen Sentral
Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03-2264-2596/2264)

Business hours: Noon-2.30pm (lunch); 6.30pm-10.30pm (dinner)
*Pork-free

CANTONESE CUISINE at ORIENTAL TREASURE @ The Sphere, Bangsar South

Oriental Treasure is the latest addition (10th outlet) to the Oriental Group of Restaurants located snugly on Level 1 of The Sphere in Bangsar South. Like most of its sister restaurants, Oriental Treasure is set to satisfy your cravings for good dim sum, fine Chinese BBQ meats and the familiar creative Cantonese dishes from the kitchen of Executive Chef Justin Hor and his teams.

Checking out an Oriental restaurant when you are famished is always a good idea.  We started off with some irresistible appetisers – who can say “No” to Salted Eggyolk Fish Skin and Chilled Pig Stomach with Wasabi Sesame Sauce?  Crunchy with intense umami flavour, the fish skin pieces were just too addictive and the chewy-in-a-nice-way pig maw polished off within minutes!

Salted Eggyolk Fish Skin (RM28)

Chilled Pig Stomach with Wasabi Sesame Sauce (RM24)

Specially in just Oriental Treasure’s menu, new-wave hors-d’oeuvres, the Three Cones made an interesting entrance. Mini wafer cones hold diced cold seafood mixed with fruits, vegetables and mushrooms made very delightful bites for us!

The Three Cones (RM33)

The Fiery Baby Duck was a very firm favourite with us.  Exquisitely marinated, the tender duck was so skilfully executed that the thin crispy golden skin practically disintegrated on the tongue.

Fiery Baby Duck (RM50)

We tried a few dishes that went well with steamed white rice –

Codfish with Mushrooms on Stone Pit, Stir-fried Ying Yang Zucchini with Pork Neck and Deep Sea Garoupa Steamed with Clams.  All did not disappoint and these are popular items on the menu.

Codfish with Mushrooms on Stone Pit

Stir-fried Ying Yang Zucchini with Pork Neck (RM48)

Deep Sea Garoupa Steamed with Clams (RM198)

Still with seafood in mind?  The Freshwater Prawn cooked in aromatic Indonesian spices and fresh milk was perfect with some fried mantou.  Every drop of the tasty spicy gravy was mopped up!

Freshwater Prawns Indonesian-style served with Fried Mantou (RM33/half prawn)

Do try some of Oriental Treasure’s one-pot flavoursome steamed rice with several kinds of toppings.  These are perfect when you just want something light and comforting…

Steamed Rice with Softshell Crab and Crispy Rice (RM17)

Steamed Rice with Braised Pork Belly & Anchovies (RM17)

Don’t like rice? Why not have some noodles and one of their recommended noodles items is the Crystal Noodles with Eggplant.  Using simple but top quality ingredients, these noodles cooked Japanese style hit the spot with us.

Crystal Noodles with Eggplant, Japanese style (RM28)

Dim Sum is available for brunch/lunch, so do head over to Oriental Treasure when you are in the mood for Cantonese cuisine.

 

ORIENTAL TREASURE
1st Floor, The Sphere
1 Avenue 1, Bangsar South City
8 Jalan Kerinci
59200 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03-2242-2382

Mondays-Fridays
11.00am till 3.00pm, 6.00pm till 11.00pm

Saturdays, Sundays & Public Holidays
10.00am till 3.00pm, 6.00pm till 11.00pm

CANTONESE CUISINE at ORIENTAL TREASURE @ The Sphere, Bangsar South

Oriental Treasure is the latest addition (10th outlet) to the Oriental Group of Restaurants located snugly on Level 1 of The Sphere in Bangsar South. Like most of its sister restaurants, Oriental Treasure is set to satisfy your cravings for good dim sum, fine Chinese BBQ meats and the familiar creative Cantonese dishes from the kitchen of Executive Chef Justin Hor and his teams.

Checking out an Oriental restaurant when you are famished is always a good idea.  We started off with some irresistible appetisers – who can say “No” to Salted Eggyolk Fish Skin and Chilled Pig Stomach with Wasabi Sesame Sauce?  Crunchy with intense umami flavour, the fish skin pieces were just too addictive and the chewy-in-a-nice-way pig maw polished off within minutes!

Salted Eggyolk Fish Skin (RM28)

Chilled Pig Stomach with Wasabi Sesame Sauce (RM24)

Specially in just Oriental Treasure’s menu, new-wave hors-d’oeuvres, the Three Cones made an interesting entrance. Mini wafer cones hold diced cold seafood mixed with fruits, vegetables and mushrooms made very delightful bites for us!

The Three Cones (RM33)

The Fiery Baby Duck was a very firm favourite with us.  Exquisitely marinated, the tender duck was so skilfully executed that the thin crispy golden skin practically disintegrated on the tongue.

Fiery Baby Duck (RM50)

We tried a few dishes that went well with steamed white rice –

Codfish with Mushrooms on Stone Pit, Stir-fried Ying Yang Zucchini with Pork Neck and Deep Sea Garoupa Steamed with Clams.  All did not disappoint and these are popular items on the menu.

Codfish with Mushrooms on Stone Pit

Stir-fried Ying Yang Zucchini with Pork Neck (RM48)

Deep Sea Garoupa Steamed with Clams (RM198)

Still with seafood in mind?  The Freshwater Prawn cooked in aromatic Indonesian spices and fresh milk was perfect with some fried mantou.  Every drop of the tasty spicy gravy was mopped up!

Freshwater Prawns Indonesian-style served with Fried Mantou (RM33/half prawn)

Do try some of Oriental Treasure’s one-pot flavoursome steamed rice with several kinds of toppings.  These are perfect when you just want something light and comforting…

Steamed Rice with Softshell Crab and Crispy Rice (RM17)

Steamed Rice with Braised Pork Belly & Anchovies (RM17)

Don’t like rice? Why not have some noodles and one of their recommended noodles items is the Crystal Noodles with Eggplant.  Using simple but top quality ingredients, these noodles cooked Japanese style hit the spot with us.

Crystal Noodles with Eggplant, Japanese style (RM28)

Dim Sum is available for brunch/lunch, so do head over to Oriental Treasure when you are in the mood for Cantonese cuisine.

 

ORIENTAL TREASURE
1st Floor, The Sphere
1 Avenue 1, Bangsar South City
8 Jalan Kerinci
59200 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03-2242-2382

Mondays-Fridays
11.00am till 3.00pm, 6.00pm till 11.00pm

Saturdays, Sundays & Public Holidays
10.00am till 3.00pm, 6.00pm till 11.00pm