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

KIMI-YA: affordable modern Japanese dining in Old Klang Road, Kuala Lumpur

There are many dining options in Old Klang Road – predominantly from Chinese tai-chow places to steamboat restaurants and a scattering of Japanese food outlets. One particular Japanese restaurant which stands out is Kimi-Ya which has been making quite a name for itself. Translated as “Your Home”, Kimi-Ya is located on the ground floor of Avantas Residences. Its simple interior deco has a cosy and homely ambience. Seating is functional, nothing too fancy and what stands out is the food.

Cosy & comfortable interior

Let’s start with Kimi-Ya’s monthly specials. If you hurry, you may still be able to catch their June-July promotion of Hokkaido Uni. Freshly air-flown from Japan, the sea urchin is unbeatable at RM38 a portion. Uni fans, make your way there now for this sweet indulgence!

Hokkaido Uni 

The menu at Kimi-Ya is really extensive and we could only zoom in to our favourites. Of course, sashimi is a must for us in a Japanese meal. Kimi-Ya’s sashimi range includes amberjack, scallops, tuna, salmon, white tuna and don’t forget to have some really good salmon roe as well!

Take Sashimi Moriawase

One of the signature dishes here is the Wagyu Steak (120g). The best way to savour this premium cut is to just have it pan-grilled and our preferred done-ness is “medium” to “medium-rare”. Just look at that superb marbling and those juicy tender slices are to die for! They practically melt in the mouth.

Pan-grilled Wagyu Steak

A must-eat item in Kimi-Ya is their Zaru Inaniwa Udon – cold thin wheat noodles served with a dipping sauce smoothened with a raw quail’s egg. and spiced up with some wasabi. This udon is quite unlike the regular udon served in other restaurants. It’s thinner and smoother with a nice bite in its texture. You really have to taste it yourself to know the difference.

Zaru Inaniwa Udon

If you are a fan of clams in soup, check out Kimi-Ya’s Asari Hoiru Butter Yaki. The fresh succulent clams are cooked in dashi soup with himeji mushrooms and enhanced with some unsalted butter – heavenly!

Asari Hoiru Butter Yaki

There’s also the Hamaguri Sake Mushi – giant clams soup with sake and bonito. The sake gives this soup a little kick and for maximum satisfaction, make sure you have it piping hot!

Hamaguri Sake Mushi

Taraba Gani (150g) – Grilled King Crab with Salt

Although we try not to have too much carbs, especially rice in our meals, Kimi-Ya’s Gyu Garlic Rice Ishiyaki and Unagi Bara Chirashi Don are quite irresistible. The former is garlic fried rice served in a stone pot, thus retaining the heat beautifully and every spoonful of the well-flavoured rice with thin slices of tender beef is immensely satisfying!

We had some really superb bara chirashi don during our recent visit to Okayama. The Unagi Bara Chirashi Don here has assorted cubed sashimi like tuna, salmon, white tuna and eel and what it needs is a good binding sauce to make it memorable.

Gyu Garlic Rice Ishiyaki 

Unagi Bara Chirashi Don

Salads – don’t miss the salads here. Our favourites are the Soft-shell Crab Salad and Kaisen Salad with assorted sashimi. They are perfect to get the meal going!

Kimi-Ya Soft Shell Crab Salad with fish skin and assorted vegetables

Kaisen Salada with assorted sashimi

To round off the meal, we had a selection of sweets … green tea ice-cream with red bean paste, glutinous rice balls, house-made mochi and my favourite raindrop jelly.

Abekawa Mochi – house-made rice cake with red bean paste and soybean powder

Mizu Shingen Mochi – Japanese raindrop jelly served with brown sugar syrup and soybean powder

Kimi-Ya’s delectable offering of honest good-quality Japanese dishes is wallet-friendly. Chefs here make the effort to serve a diverse range of dishes using fresh ingredients and many of them are curated with flair and creativity.

 

KIMI-YA
G-2 Avantas Residences
162 Jalan Klang Lama
58200 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 013-239-3406

Open:
12.00pm-3.00pm; 6.00pm-10.30pm (Mondays-Thursdays)
11.30am-3.00pm; 6.00pm-11.00pm (Fridays-Sundays)

KIMI-YA: Modern Japanese dining in Old Klang Road, Kuala Lumpur

There are many dining options in Old Klang Road – predominantly from Chinese tai-chow places to steamboat restaurants and a scattering of Japanese food outlets. One particular Japanese restaurant which stands out is Kimi-Ya which has been making quite a name for itself. Translated as “Your Home”, Kimi-Ya is located on the ground floor of Avantas Residences. Its simple interior deco has a cosy and homely ambience. Seating is functional, nothing too fancy and what stands out is the food.

Cosy & comfortable interior

Let’s start with Kimi-Ya’s monthly specials. If you hurry, you may still be able to catch their June-July promotion of Hokkaido Uni. Freshly air-flown from Japan, the sea urchin is unbeatable at RM38 a portion. Uni fans, make your way there now for this sweet indulgence!

Hokkaido Uni 

The menu at Kimi-Ya is really extensive and we could only zoom in to our favourites. Of course, sashimi is a must for us in a Japanese meal. Kimi-Ya’s sashimi range includes amberjack, scallops, tuna, salmon, white tuna and don’t forget to have some really good salmon roe as well!

Take Sashimi Moriawase

One of the signature dishes here is the Wagyu Steak (120g). The best way to savour this premium cut is to just have it pan-grilled and our preferred done-ness is “medium” to “medium-rare”. Just look at that superb marbling and those juicy tender slices are to die for! They practically melt in the mouth.

Pan-grilled Wagyu Steak

A must-eat item in Kimi-Ya is their Zaru Inaniwa Udon – cold thin wheat noodles served with a dipping sauce smoothened with a raw quail’s egg. and spiced up with some wasabi. This udon is quite unlike the regular udon served in other restaurants. It’s thinner and smoother with a nice bite in its texture. You really have to taste it yourself to know the difference.

Zaru Inaniwa Udon

If you are a fan of clams in soup, check out Kimi-Ya’s Asari Hoiru Butter Yaki. The fresh succulent clams are cooked in dashi soup with himeji mushrooms and enhanced with some unsalted butter – heavenly!

Asari Hoiru Butter Yaki

There’s also the Hamaguri Sake Mushi – giant clams soup with sake and bonito. The sake gives this soup a little kick and for maximum satisfaction, make sure you have it piping hot!

Hamaguri Sake Mushi

Taraba Gani (150g) – Grilled King Crab with Salt

Although we try not to have too much carbs, especially rice in our meals, Kimi-Ya’s Gyu Garlic Rice Ishiyaki and Unagi Bara Chirashi Don are quite irresistible. The former is garlic fried rice served in a stone pot, thus retaining the heat beautifully and every spoonful of the well-flavoured rice with thin slices of tender beef is immensely satisfying!

We had some really superb bara chirashi don during our recent visit to Okayama. The Unagi Bara Chirashi Don here has assorted cubed sashimi like tuna, salmon, white tuna and eel and what it needs is a good binding sauce to make it memorable.

Gyu Garlic Rice Ishiyaki 

Unagi Bara Chirashi Don

Salads – don’t miss the salads here. Our favourites are the Soft-shell Crab Salad and Kaisen Salad with assorted sashimi. They are perfect to get the meal going!

Kimi-Ya Soft Shell Crab Salad with fish skin and assorted vegetables

Kaisen Salada with assorted sashimi

To round off the meal, we had a selection of sweets … green tea ice-cream with red bean paste, glutinous rice balls, house-made mochi and my favourite raindrop jelly.

Abekawa Mochi – house-made rice cake with red bean paste and soybean powder

Mizu Shingen Mochi – Japanese raindrop jelly served with brown sugar syrup and soybean powder

Kimi-Ya’s delectable offering of honest good-quality Japanese dishes is wallet-friendly. Chefs here make the effort to serve a diverse range of dishes using fresh ingredients and many of them are curated with flair and creativity.

 

KIMI-YA
G-2 Avantas Residences
162 Jalan Klang Lama
58200 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 013-239-3406

Open:
12.00pm-3.00pm; 6.00pm-10.30pm (Mondays-Thursdays)
11.30am-3.00pm; 6.00pm-11.00pm (Fridays-Sundays)

KOUZU @ Bangsar

With Kouzu recently opened in Bangsar, the stretch along Jalan Telawi seems to have perked up considerably. This is actually the 2nd outlet, the first one being in Taman Tun Dr Ismail. As you step into this hip-looking Japanese fusion restaurant and bar, you’ll be greeted with a piece of vibrant painted pop-art on one of the main walls. The colourful wall-art depicts a mish-mash kaleidoscope of Mt Fuji, dragons, carps, sakura and even a Japanese maiden (geisha perhaps?) by local artist Katun. This long mural certainly sets the tone of contemporary vibes and we can’t wait for the gastronomic offerings.

Proudly marketing itself as a restaurant and bar, the menu features a good range of Hot & Cold Japas – contemporary Japanese appetizers using both Japanese and western ingredients. But before the japas comes, we happily line our stomachs with some refreshing salads. Attention-grabbing with beautiful crisp vegetables, fresh raw fish and al dente udon, we totally enjoy the Salmon Trout Salad and Sanuki Udon Pasta.

Salmon Trout Salad (RM25)

Sanuki Udon Pasta (RM19)

We can’t help ordering a sushi roll, – the Umami Roll with fried soft-shell crabs is prettily presented – light & easy on the palate.

Umami Roll (RM20)

Next comes the japas – small plates, small bites but oh-so-big in flavours.

The Kouzu Sliders look like cute mini-burgers; the only difference being that they are scones sandwiching juicy homemade wagyu patty, spinach, caramelized shallot and gyusugi.

Kouzu Sliders (RM25 for 2 pieces)

The Gyoza Kaisen, stuffed with chopped shrimps and scallops are just average to me.

Gyoza Kaisen (3 pieces) – RM22.00 

On the other hand, I simply love the Blue Fin Tuna and Foie Gras, reasonably priced at RM29. The tuna has been seared to perfection, and it pairs beautifully with the foie gras, unagi sauce and apple chutney.

Blue Fin Tuna & Foie Gras

For something light and fun, try their Agedashi Tofu, sprinkled with bonito flakes and paired with a smooth slithery onsen egg.

Bonito Agedashi Tofu (RM10) 

The hot tapas list features some substantial meaty items. The Stone Grilled Beef and Spicy Miso Lamb Rack are our favourites. Marinated well, the meat is tender and juicy, delicious to the last bite.

Stone Grilled Beef (RM29)

Spicy Miso Lamb Rack (RM36 for 2 pieces)

Besides tapas and roll sushis, Kouzu’s selection of yakitori is also quite popular. Ranging from RM5-RM15 per skewer, they have been meticulously grilled over charcoal.

Skewered delights to go with the sake, wine or beer!

We also recommend Kouzu’s interesting version of pizza. Instead of the usual flour dough, the pizzas here are made with a crispy rice base and topped with exotic ingredients like wasabi, yuzo, miso and escargot! The Escargot Pizza is a one that I can eat over and over again.

Japanese Escargot Pizza (RM19.00)

If you are someone who must have rice, then don’t miss their signature Kouzu Don. It’s a bowl of beautifully presented Japanese rice topped with tender sliced sirloin (lightly seared), scallions, garlic, drizzled with aromatic truffle teriyaki sauce and a lush onsen egg! Perfection in a bowl.

Kouzu Don (RM29)

I love how the food is prettily presented in Kouzu, enhancing the visual feasting even before it’s eaten. Flavours are well balanced with traditional and fusionistic touches, most of them light and refreshing – just perfect when chilling out with drinks.

 

KOUZU
19 Jalan Telawi 3
Bangsar Baru
59100 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03-2201-1592 /011-6050-0995

Opening Hours:
12noon to 2.30pm
5.00pm to 1.00am

KOUZU @ Bangsar

With Kouzu recently opened in Bangsar, the stretch along Jalan Telawi seems to have perked up considerably. This is actually the 2nd outlet, the first one being in Taman Tun Dr Ismail. As you step into this hip-looking Japanese fusion restaurant and bar, you’ll be greeted with a piece of vibrant painted pop-art on one of the main walls. The colourful wall-art depicts a mish-mash kaleidoscope of Mt Fuji, dragons, carps, sakura and even a Japanese maiden (geisha perhaps?) by local artist Katun. This long mural certainly sets the tone of contemporary vibes and we can’t wait for the gastronomic offerings.

Proudly marketing itself as a restaurant and bar, the menu features a good range of Hot & Cold Japas – contemporary Japanese appetizers using both Japanese and western ingredients. But before the japas comes, we happily line our stomachs with some refreshing salads. Attention-grabbing with beautiful crisp vegetables, fresh raw fish and al dente udon, we totally enjoy the Salmon Trout Salad and Sanuki Udon Pasta.

Salmon Trout Salad (RM25)

Sanuki Udon Pasta (RM19)

We can’t help ordering a sushi roll, – the Umami Roll with fried soft-shell crabs is prettily presented – light & easy on the palate.

Umami Roll (RM20)

Next comes the japas – small plates, small bites but oh-so-big in flavours.

The Kouzu Sliders look like cute mini-burgers; the only difference being that they are scones sandwiching juicy homemade wagyu patty, spinach, caramelized shallot and gyusugi.

Kouzu Sliders (RM25 for 2 pieces)

The Gyoza Kaisen, stuffed with chopped shrimps and scallops are just average to me.

Gyoza Kaisen (3 pieces) – RM22.00 

On the other hand, I simply love the Blue Fin Tuna and Foie Gras, reasonably priced at RM29. The tuna has been seared to perfection, and it pairs beautifully with the foie gras, unagi sauce and apple chutney.

Blue Fin Tuna & Foie Gras

For something light and fun, try their Agedashi Tofu, sprinkled with bonito flakes and paired with a smooth slithery onsen egg.

Bonito Agedashi Tofu (RM10) 

The hot tapas list features some substantial meaty items. The Stone Grilled Beef and Spicy Miso Lamb Rack are our favourites. Marinated well, the meat is tender and juicy, delicious to the last bite.

Stone Grilled Beef (RM29)

Spicy Miso Lamb Rack (RM36 for 2 pieces)

Besides tapas and roll sushis, Kouzu’s selection of yakitori is also quite popular. Ranging from RM5-RM15 per skewer, they have been meticulously grilled over charcoal.

Skewered delights to go with the sake, wine or beer!

We also recommend Kouzu’s interesting version of pizza. Instead of the usual flour dough, the pizzas here are made with a crispy rice base and topped with exotic ingredients like wasabi, yuzo, miso and escargot! The Escargot Pizza is a one that I can eat over and over again.

Japanese Escargot Pizza (RM19.00)

If you are someone who must have rice, then don’t miss their signature Kouzu Don. It’s a bowl of beautifully presented Japanese rice topped with tender sliced sirloin (lightly seared), scallions, garlic, drizzled with aromatic truffle teriyaki sauce and a lush onsen egg! Perfection in a bowl.

Kouzu Don (RM29)

I love how the food is prettily presented in Kouzu, enhancing the visual feasting even before it’s eaten. Flavours are well balanced with traditional and fusionistic touches, most of them light and refreshing – just perfect when chilling out with drinks.

 

KOUZU
19 Jalan Telawi 3
Bangsar Baru
59100 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03-2201-1592 /011-6050-0995

Opening Hours:
12noon to 2.30pm
5.00pm to 1.00am

MO-MO-PARADISE at J’s Gate Dining, Lot 10 Kuala Lumpur

If you are a fan of Shabu-Shabu and Sukiyaki, then you’d be very happy to know that Mo-Mo-Paradise is now open in Kuala Lumpur. I am a definite fan of both and I can’t be more ecstatic now that I can have the best of both, in Mo-Mo-Paradise located in J’s Gate Dining at Lot 10 Shopping Centre. For those who are not aware, J’s Gate Dining is a curated space offering the best of Japanese cuisine and Mo-Mo-Paradise has joined the line-up of sterling outlets.

Cosy and comfortable seating in Mo-Mo-Paradise

The local founders of Mo-Mo-Paradise Malaysia are 3 young entrepreneurs: Ee Soon Wei, Yap Chor Wen and KC Loh. Being serious foodies, these 3 friends started bonding while studying in Australia and a chance meeting with Mo-Mo-Paradise Japan had them opening this first outlet in Malaysia. Mo-Mo-Paradise first opened in Shinjuku Kabukicho, Tokyo way back in 1993 with the objective to provide the ultimate Shabu-Shau and Sukiyaki experience. Their success hinges very much on their focus in using a good variety of fresh, high-quality ingredients accompanied by warm hospitality and all at affordable dining prices. These are the exact principles employed in Mo-Mo-Paradise Kuala Lumpur.

Waiting for the broth to boil

Just look at these fresh premium cuts of meat! Eat as much as you can!

Sakura pork sourced locally and air-flown beef from Australia are the staple meats served in Mo-Mo-Paradise. From the vegetables bar, there’s a good variety of greens, mushrooms, fungus and beancurd rolls.

Those beancurd rolls are superb – can’t remember how many I took!

Mo-Mo-Paradise offers an “All You Can Eat” concept within a time limit of 100 minutes (believe me, this is more than enough time for a satisfying all-you-can-eat meal!) and diners can choose either or both Shabu-Shabu or/and Sukiyaki. Shabu-Shabu is the lighter broth, enjoyed with “ponzu” or “gomadare” (sesame) sauces. On the other hand, Sukiyaki is the richer, sweet-salty broth and of a darker hue.

The All-You-Can-Eat meal is priced at RM68++/person for a single pot and RM76++/person for a mixed pot.

 

All meats and vegetables are refillable within the 100 minutes time limit. Non-alcoholic beverages such as sodas and coffee are also refillable at RM4.50 while water and tea are complimentary.

For reservations/more information, please call +603-2110-3588.

I’ll definitely be going back to Mo-Mo-Paradise for my “best of both worlds” meal soon. It’s so easy to get there too – I took the MRT, got out at the Pavilion Bukit Bintang station and upon exiting Gate D, take the lift beside Zara @ Lot 10 up to the 4th level and you are at J’s Gate Dining!

Pssttt…if you are on the Keto Diet or No Carb Diet, this is just perfect for you!

 

MO-MO-PARADISE
J’s Gate Dining
Level 4, Lot 10 Shopping Mall
Bukit Bintang
Kuala Lumpur