ELITE Review: Free Signature Dishes at Top Japanese Restaurants in Klang Valley (P3)


1/ Sushi Azabu

Well-known for its Michelin-starred establishment in New York which is much frequented by Japanese food lovers and Hollywood celebrities, Sushi Azabu heads its way to Malaysia and sets its journey at the Japanese food heaven – ISETAN The Japan Store. Sushi Azabu houses fresh-from-Japan seafood which are then carefully crafted into delectable delights by skilful chefs.

This premium Rice Bowl of Luxurious Gift from Sea will entice your palate right from the first glance. Resting on a bed of warm rice are melt-in-the-mouth sea urchins, high-quality tuna and refreshing salmon roe served with freshly-grated wasabi. The bowl is a well-thought-out combination of the best of the sea which would charm any diners’ hearts with its umami taste and smooth texture.

The 3 Kinds of Tuna echoes the serenity of the surroundings with its unpretentious yet attractive presentation. Using bluefin tuna air-flown from the famous Tsukiji Fish Market in Tokyo, the dish boasts 3 different types of hard-to-resist tuna nigiri sushi, namely Akami, Chutoro and Otoro. Take a bite and you will feel rejuvenated by the fresh taste of the high-quality tuna blending well with the freshly-grated wasabi and the perfectly-cooked sushi rice.

Only the freshest sea urchins of the season are hand-picked to be crafted into this 3 Kinds of Sea Urchin. The air-flown sea urchins are presented in a simple yet elegant look that is tempting enough to secretly trigger your salivation. Extraordinary creamy and rich in umami flavor, this worth-dreaming-for miniature of the sea’s gift will drift you to the sea with its lip-smacking taste.

TABLEAPP ELITE Members can redeem these 3 signature dishes for free.

Opening Hours: Tue – Sun: 12:00pm – 3:00pm, 6:00pm – 11:00pm.
Location: ISETAN The Japan Store, LOT 10, No. 50, Jalan Sultan Ismail, 50250 Kuala Lumpur.

>> Click here to book a table at Sushi Azabu

 

2/ Torii Yakitori & Whiskey Bar

Looking for divine whisky to pair with sumptuous grilled skewers? The Japanese-accented gastro-bar Torii Yakitori & Whiskey Bar will gratify your craving! Located in a friendly neighborhood, this sanctuary is where you can indulge yourself in a wide range of Japanese-inspired delights while relishing the finest single-malt spirits.

The Signature Delicacies Set is a must-order dish including one Bonded Unagi & Foie Gras and one Wagyu Sliders. The Bonded Unagi & Foie Gras is a sublime combination of the grilled-to-perfection river eel (unagi), the foie gras which is pan-seared skilfully to maintain its moisture and the omelette to balance its rich flavor. The wondrous home-made Wagyu Sliders is lip-smacking with melt-in-the-mouth Wagyu patty with spinach, caramelised onions and scones. A true indulgence!

This bowl of Beef Donburi would be everything you could ask for! Lying on a bed of rice is a concoction of delights with different nuances, namely foie gras, beef, caviar, truffle and onsen tamago. The delectable foie gras mingles perfectly with the slices of beef, resulting in an unforgettable satisfaction. If you are a fervent caviar lover, there is no reason why you should not opt for extra foie gras which is always available with additional charge.

Here comes something that can pair perfectly with your single-malt whisky – the Signature Skewers Set. The dish includes 4 piping hot bite-sized skewers – Beef Enoki, Sirloin, Wings and Smoked Duck, which can immediately whet your appetite with their aroma. The Beef Enoki and the Sirloin skewers are tender to the bite while the Wings have delectable crispy airy skin. The Smoked Duck is well-marinated with sea salt and welsh onion which give it a flavorful and succulent taste. A wonderful treat!

TABLEAPP ELITE Members can redeem these 3 signature dishes for free.

Opening Hours: Mon – Fri: 11:30am – 2:30pm, 5:00pm till late; Sat & Sun: 5:00pm till late.
Location: Lot 8-6, Jalan Batai, Damansara Heights, 50490 Kuala Lumpur.

>> Click here to make a table reservation at Torii Yakitori and Whiskey Bar

 

3/ Toriden

Originated from Fukuoka prefecture which is famous for its fresh produce, Toriden opens its door at the 4th floor of ISETAN The Japan Store which features only authentic Japanese cuisine. With a traditional menu of farm-fresh items and unique cooking technique that can only be found on the Kyushu Island, the restaurant is where Japanese connoisseurs often pay their visit.   

The Mizutaki TAKE Course is a perfect combination of Goma sashi-sashimi, assorted chicken parts, vegetables, chicken tempura, porridge or noodles and dessert of the day. To enjoy this mizutaki, one should firstly take a sip of the luscious chicken broth soup which is cooked from fresh whole chicken daily and boiled for more than 6 hours. Indulge yourself in other delights like juicy chicken meat balls with free flow of tofu, noodles and vegetables, crunchy chicken tempura and don’t forget to pair the assorted boiled chicken parts with the tangy citrus Ponzu sauce.

The 3 Kinds of Sashimi will delight your palate with its fresh goodness. The sashimi are air-flown from Tsukiji Fish Market in Japan and only the freshest seafood are hand-picked to make chef’s special sashimi of the day. The melt-in-the-mouth sashimi has a delectable creamy taste which is then accentuated by a touch of the freshly-grated wasabi.

If you are searching for some bite-sized morsels to savor at the restaurant, don’t forget to opt for the Chicken Tempura which is absolutely luscious. The chicken is slightly seasoned before being fried until it has a light and crispy texture. Squeeze a bit of lemon juice on top, dip the tempura in the mustard that comes along and the combination would make you rave with love!

TABLEAPP ELITE Members can redeem these 3 signature dishes for free.

Opening Hours: Daily: 11:00am – 3:00pm, 6:00pm – 11:00pm.
Location: ISETAN The Japan Store, LOT 10, No. 50, Jalan Sultan Ismail, 50250 Kuala Lumpur.

>> Click here to reserve a table at Toriden

 

4/ HANARE

Catering authentic Japanese cuisine with an emphasis on fresh and high-quality seafood air-flown directly from Japan, HANARE has long been a decent restaurant where Japanese food devotees and discerning critics often come to savour season’s specialty offering like the Hon Maguro (Fresh Blue Fin Tuna) or the rare cut of Tai (Fresh Red Snapper). The restaurant vows to bring a unique experience with authentic Japanese cuisine for its diners.

A visit to HANARE wouldn’t be complete without the all-time favorite A5 Premium Wagyu Sushi. The slice of gorgeous marbled A5 Wagyu beef is ingeniously crafted with a dab of fresh wasabi under the beef. Using the highest-graded Wagyu beef, the sushi has a unique melt-in-the-mouth texture and rich flavor that you would not want to end!

This Grilled Fish Head has a humble look to let its flavor do all the talking! The fresh fish head is grilled to perfection which gives it an irresistible aroma and distinct smoky smell. Its light crackling charred skin is a joy in the mouth while the flesh has a tender goodness. Did you know the salmon head is high in Omega-3 fatness, vitamin A, zinc and iron? A scrumptious and healthy delight!

The Maguro Yukke or Tuna Tartare is a true show-stopper for a delightful gastronomic journey at Hanare. The fresh and high-quality tuna are hand-picked and skilfully cut into small cubes then placed together with assorted vegetables, egg yolk and dressing. The melt-in-the-mouth tuna has a characteristic umami flavor which is then accentuated by the smooth egg yolk and fresh vegetables. A simple yet luscious dish. 

TABLEAPP ELITE Members can redeem these 3 signature dishes for free.

Opening Hours: 12:00pm – 2:30pm; 6:00pm – 10:30pm.
Location: The Intermark Mall, Ground Floor, 348, Jalan Tun Razak,50400 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

>> Click here to book a table at Hanare

 

ELITE Review: Free Signature Dishes at Top Spanish Restaurants in Klang Valley

 

1/ Cava

Scouting for authentic Spanish and Mediterranean cuisine around Bangsar? One should not miss out Cava! Located on the peaceful Jalan Bangkung, the restaurant is where Spanish and Mediterranean food lovers come by to unwind and savour exotic delights including tapas, paella and steaks.

The Baked Sucking Lamb is a signature dish that lamb aficionados simply cannot ignore. The enormous and mouth-watering piece of suckling lamb, served along with mashed potato and fresh vegetables, will immediately satiate your craving. The lamb has a satisfying airy light crackling skin outside and juicy, flavoursome meat inside. An irresistible delight!

The Cava’s Specialty Arroz Negro Paella is an eye-catching signature dish served in a big portion to be shared by 2 – 3 pax. A fair amount of squid ink is used to make the outstanding black color for the paella while the prawns give it a mild briny kick in flavor. Dip the fresh prawns in the mayonnaise or a bit of spicy chili sauce that comes along and their refreshing taste will enliven your dining experience.

The Spaghetti Aglio Olio Pulpo a la Gallega, in a not-so-fancy yet elegant presentation, will entice your taste buds with its piquant flavor. A good dose of paprika is used to sprinkle on the aglio olio which results in a true burst in the mouth. The fresh Spanish octopus tentacles have a crunchy and juicy texture that goes well with the spaghetti. A soul-satisfying dish!

TABLEAPP ELITE Members can redeem these 3 signature dishes for free.

Opening Hours: Mon – Sat: 12:00pm – 3:00pm, 6:00pm – 12:00am; Sun & Public Holidays: 6:00pm – 12:00am.
Location: 71, Jalan Bangkung, Bukit Bandaraya, 59100 Kuala Lumpur.

>> Click here to book a table at Cava

 

2/ Sentidos Gastrobar – The Latin Grill

Located at the well-known Starhill Gallery, Sentidos Gastrobar – The Latin Grill is a perfect dining spot for those who seek authentic Latin flavours with an exceptional Sentidos twist. Owning a long bar with a plethora of drinks and a comfortable dining room with classic specialties, the restaurant will give diners a unique and dynamic culinary experience with its vibrant cuisine.

If you have a knack for paella, this classic Mariscos Paella might be one of the top of your list. The dish is served generously in a pan with a variety of fresh seafood including prawns, clams, mussels and squid with a touch of chili. The delectable paella is perfectly cooked until it’s “al dante” (firm to the bite) and the Spanish rice soaks up a moderate sweet taste from the saffron and roasted garlic, making it a satisfying indulgence.

The next dish, Sautéed Garlic Tiger Prawns is a palate-teasing delight of which the flavors do all the talking. Three mouth-watering pieces of juicy tiger prawns, smothered in a mix of chili, garlic and olive oil, are set to entice the palate with their burst of flavors – a perfect start before the main course. A piece of garlic bread would be a perfect combination for the dish.

This Churros Mexicanos is a splendid dessert to end your meal. Coated with a moderate amount of sugar, the crowd-pleasing churros has a delicate sweetness that mixes well with the dark chocolate fudge dipping sauce which goes along. A crispy and luscious dessert to enjoy after a wonderful culinary journey.

TABLEAPP ELITE Members can redeem these 3 signature dishes for free.

Opening Hours: Sun – Fri: 12:00pm – 3:00pm, 5:00pm – 11:00pm; Sat: 12:00pm – 12:00am.
Location: Feast Village Starhill Gallery at JW Marriott Kuala Lumpur, 181, Jalan Bukit Bintang, 55100 Kuala Lumpur.

>> Click here to book a table at Sentidos Gastrobar – The Latin Grill

 

3/ La Bodega

If you are looking for amazing Spanish breakfast spreads, a wide array of hot and cold Spanish tapas and classic delights, come to La Bodega! Being the first authentic Spanish Tapas and Wine Bar in Malaysia since its opening in 1999, the éclat restaurant is not only iconic for its mouth-watering food but also for its exlusive wines that are hand-picked from Spain and Chile.

The Paella Valenciana Mixta is a perfect epitome of the union between the Romans and the Arab. The Spanish rice is perfectly seasoned with saffron for a mild sweet taste and skilfully cooked with a variety of ingredients, including prawns, chicken, clams, squid, mussels and peas. Embellished with a distinct combination of meats and vegetables, this fascinating paella will gratify diners “to the moon and back”.

If you are a true fan of prawns, here comes a dish you should keep an eye on. The Gambas al Ajillo is a sumptuous delight that is in high demand at La Bodega. Perfectly sauteéd with gloves of fine garlic, chili and olive oil, the tiger prawns are not only filled with flavor but also have a firm and fresh-to-the-bite texture that would make you crave forever more.

It would be ideal if your taste buds are delighted with something sweet at the end of the meal and the Duo de Cremas Catalanas is the perfect dessert for a fulfilled dining experience at La Bodega. The Cremas Catalanas, also known as the Spanish version of crème brûlée, are prepared in classic and coffee flavors with the sugar atop perfectly camarelized. This melt-in-the-mouth dessert is all you could ask for.

TABLEAPP ELITE Members can redeem these 3 signature dishes for free.

>> Click here to check out all La Bodega outlets and reserve a table

 

4/ El Cerdo 

Stand out as the most porky-licious restaurant on the crowded Changkat Bukit Bintang street, El Cerdo is truly a home for pork flavours around the world, especially Europe, Carribean and Mexico. If you consider yourself a true pork enthusiast, pay the restaurant a visit for a superb lip-smacking porky ride.

The Spanish Ribs Platter has everything you could ask for. Three different types of ribs, namely Spicy Baby Back Ribs, Green Salsa Ribs and the highly sought-after Ibérico Ribs, are placed together on a sharing plate to satisfy even the most discerning diners. Each type of ribs is uniquely marinated with well-matched fine condiments and sauces. A dream come true!

The Crispy Pork Knuckle is a must-order signature dish when you come to the restaurant. The New Zealand Cured Ham Knuckle is marinated simply with black pepper and salt before being roasted to perfection to bring out the best of its taste. Take a bite into its crispy skin yet tender meat and you would not want the feeling to end. Potato dumplings, sauerkraut, apple mousse and mustard beer sauce are served along to well-balance the pork knuckle’s rich nature.

If you wonder why the Grilled Pork Shoulder Steak is so flavorful, here comes the answer you might be looking for. The steak is marinated for 48 hours to absorb the piquant flavour from paprika and the aroma from fine herbs before being grilled to “à point” (the perfect degree of doneness). Sink your teeth into the steak and you might be awestruck with the tasty juice oozing from the tender pork meat. Served with jalapeno and smoked paprika sauce, this Grilled Pork Shoulder Steak is a sumptuous treat.

TABLEAPP ELITE Members can redeem these 3 signature dishes for free.

Opening Hours: Tue – Sun: 6:00pm – 10:30pm; Closed on Mondays in August 2018.
Location: 43 & 45, Changkat Bukit Bintang, 50200 Kuala Lumpur.

>> Click here to make a table reservation at El Cerdo

 

 

ELITE Review: Free Signature Dishes at Top Italian Restaurants in Klang Valley

 

1/ Luce Osteria Contemporanea

Located in Old Malaya – the renowned century-old building in the heart of KL, Luce Osteria Contemporanea is full of reminiscences of a true Italian spirit with warm lights and imported Pizza wood-fire oven from Italy. The restaurant offers a collection of 55 home-made authentic Italian pizzas along with a plethora of rustic Italian dishes in a cozy and intimate dining room. A perfect location to sit back and chill in the most Italian way.

The Il Gran Tagliere is well-presented to tempt your palate with a rendition of mouth-watering cold cuts of cheese, sun dried tomatoes, artichokes and caper berries nicely interspersed. Curated for at least 6 to 18 months in Italy, the cold cuts of different flavours and textures – including Mortadella, Coppa, Salame Napoli, Smoke Speck, Italian Honey Ham and Parma Ham, are air-flown to the restaurant and carefully hand-picked to match with the 12-month-old cheese that comes along. Take a bite and mingle it with the traditional fried focaccia and you are all set! 

The Sole Pizza (also known as Sun-Shaped Pizza) is a delight that would capture your attention within a few seconds with its eye-catching and unique presentation. Using Burrata Pugliese cheese and fresh dough with flour imported from Italy, the pizza has a crispy skin outside yet uniquely soft texture inside that can easily entice your taste buds. The pizza is infused with a distinct smoky flavor thanks to the wood-fired oven which makes it a comfort specialty. 

The La Porchetta at the restaurant is a triumph in flavor which can silently trigger your salivation. The skilfully de-boned suckling pork is stuffed with high-quality pork sausage, Mortadella, capsicum, artichokes and Mozzarella cheese. Savour the porchetta with the beef stew cooked with Parma Ham that served along for an experience of pristine tastefulness.

TABLEAPP ELITE Members can redeem these 3 signature dishes for free.

Opening Hours: Tue – Sun: 12:00pm – 1:15am, Mon: 4:00pm – 1:15am.
Location: No.10, Old Malaya, Lorong Raja Chulan 50250, Kuala Lumpur.

>> Click here to book a table at Luce Osteria Contemporanea

 

2/ Neroteca

Being the first non-halal Italian restaurant and deli in Malaysia, Neroteca is much frequented by foodies who love authentic Italian dishes with pork. Bright lights, wall-to-wall wine, hanging salami and ham, the restaurant hosts a unique friendly ambience with a quaint atmosphere. 

The Homemade Tortellini Pasticciati has an unpretentious look yet its taste is a stark contrast. The tortellini has mouth-watering fillings of many-month-old grounded salami, prosciutto, pepperoni, grated parmesan, grated nutmeg and egg which will entice your taste buds with full of flavors. The beef ragu sauce, with a milder taste, is a well-thought-out addition that balances the strong flavour of the tortellini. A simple yet flavorful indulgence!

The Classic Tiramisu is a sumptuous dessert made of Italian Savoiardi biscuits and nicely presented in a glass of jar, topped with fresh strawberry, lingonberry and a slice of dried orange. The melt-in-the-mouth tiramisu is a heavenly amalgamation of moderate sweetness and bitterness. The toppings are not only splendid but also refreshing. An ideal way to end your meal!

Neroteca’s La Porchetta is a signature dish that Italian food lovers simply cannot ignore. Plated on a wooden board, the mesmerizing slices of porchetta are drizzled with rich demi-glacé sauce and served with perfectly sautéed baby potatoes and aromatic house-made Roman Focaccia. The La Porchetta is a sublime indulgence with its fascinating crispy skin, well-moisturized meat as well as irresistible flavours. Savour the fork-tender La Porchetta with the made-fresh-daily bread and you will crave for more.

TABLEAPP ELITE Members can redeem these 3 signature dishes for free.

Opening Hours: Daily: 11:00am – 3:00pm, 6:00pm – 11:00pm
Location: Unit G-1, Seri Bukit Ceylon. No. 8, Lorong Ceylon, 50250 Kuala Lumpur.

>> Click here to reserve a table at Neroteca

 

3/ Opus Bistro

Tucked away in the quieter side of Jalan Bangkung in Bangsar, Opus Bistro sits amongst a row of well-known establishments. Scrumptious classic Italian delights and amiable service, the restaurant has earned a number of loyal customers who are true Italian food enthusiasts.


The Grilled New Zealand Rack of Lamb is a succulent dish which is so charming that one just cannot wait to devour. The three beautiful cutlets of New Zealand lambs are seared perfectly on the outside with spectacular striated texture and impeccable char. Cut into the lamb and you might have an eye-opening experience as the pinkish and tender flesh exudes a tempting juice. A value-for-money dish. 

 

The Spaghetti ala Opus is a note-worthy signature dish that will win your heart with its mild piquant flavor. The fresh seafood are cooked on point to preserve its sweetness and juiciness while the spaghetti absorbs all the flavors and satiates the taste buds with its buttery taste. A true delight for seafood lovers. 

The Roasted Cod offers a generous piece of fresh cod emanating a tantalising aroma with an eye-catching presentation. Topped with sweet cherry tomatoes, black olives and sprinkled with a good dose of fresh dills, the cod is a soft-to-the-bite morsel of lip-smacking taste.  Don’t forget to give the potatoes and carrots a try as their freshness won’t let you down at any bite.

TABLEAPP ELITE Members can redeem these 3 signature dishes for free.

Opening Hours: Mon – Sat: 12:00pm – 3:00pm, 6:00pm – 12:00am, Sun: 6:00pm – 12:00am
Location: 67, Jalan Bangkung, Bukit Bandaraya, Bangsar, 59100 Kuala Lumpur.

>> Click here to make a table reservation at Opus Bistro

 

4/ Leonardo’s Dining Room & Wine Loft

Leonardo’s Dining Room & Wine Loft is a quaint restaurant that might drift you back to the Renaissance the first second you step inside it. Taking its name after Leonardo Da Vinci, the restaurant is inspired to deliver not only good food but also a culture of thought and reason which reflects the modern world that we live in. 

The Grilled New Zealand Rack of Lamb, with its mesmerizing pinkish flesh, is a dish that you should keep an eye on. The lamb is skilfully made using blackened marinade technique which gives it a nice crust outside yet tender meat inside. Lying under the charming pieces of lamb is a bed of smooth and creamy sweet potato mash that well-balances the rich lamb racks. The fresh mint-chili sauce that comes along is also a sublime addition to the meat thanks to its aromatic flavor and fresh taste. 

The Leo’s Famous Pork Knuckle Platter might make you gasp in awe. A sight of the big portion of the pork knuckle with golden brown pork skin lying atop is enough to whet your palate. The pork skin is puffed up into startling little bits of crisp which results in a crunchy texture that pairs perfectly with the flavorful pork knuckle. Served along with 4 types of tangy sauce – apple cinnamon, mustard, au jus and red plum sauce, the meal is just simply impressive.  

The Leo’s Famous Spanish Iberico Pork Tenderloin is a must-try specialty for any pork aficionados. The well-cut pork tenderloin lies seductively on a bed of mashed potato and all-natural garden vegetable. Dip the pork into the mixture of Hollandaise and Chimichurri sauce and you might close your eyes in satisfaction as the creamy rich taste of the Hollandaise sauce and the fresh taste of Chimichurri totally enhance the juicy and flavorful pork tenderloin and play off the heavy nature of the food itself.

TABLEAPP ELITE Members can redeem these 3 signature dishes for free.

Opening Hours: Daily: 5:00pm – 12:00am.
Location: 61-1 & 61-2, Jalan Bankung, Bukit Bandaraya, Bangsar, 59100Kuala Lumpur.

>> Click here to reserve a table at Leonardo’s Dining Room & Wine Loft

 

5/ Sapore

Sapore – the Italian, Spanish-Mediterranean restaurant, is a hidden gem in Ampang that has long been a favorite destination of those who love Italian and Spanish-Mediterranean dishes with a modern twist. Sapore means “flavours” in Italian, hence the restaurant focuses on highlighting the authentic taste of Italian and Spanish food like Jamon Iberico, tapas and a number of dishes that pair perfectly with the restaurant’s carefully curated wine.

The 350g Roasted Octopus, Potato, Arugula Modena Balsamic will tantalise patrons’ taste buds with its irresistible flavor. Only high-quality Mediterranean octopus is used to cook for 3 – 4 hours with a variety of fresh herbs to bring out the best of its taste. The octopus is then marinated nicely with garlic black pepper, thyme and Spanish paprika. The use of smoky roasted potato and tangy balsamic dressing is brilliant as it balances the flavorful octopus.

The Hot Tapas – Iberico Pork Ribs with Barbecue Sauce is a worth-trying dish when you come to Sapore. The deep and complex flavour of the Iberico Pork Ribs is enhanced by a beautiful glaze of mouth-watering barbecue sauce smoldered outside. Take a bite and the nutty, tender texture of this succulent dish will make you yearn forever more.

The Spaghetti Carbonara with Egg Yolk, Guaniale Ham & Pecorino is a luscious signature dish for savory lovers. Using a good dose of Guaniale ham & Pecorino cheese and natural salt made from sheep’s milk, the spaghetti has a unique buttery taste filled with a right amount of flavor. The adequate fatness and non-powering flavor of the dish is set to entice diners’ palate. A mere satisfaction that you might never want to end.  

TABLEAPP ELITE Members can redeem these 3 signature dishes for free.

Opening Hours: Mon – Fri: 11:30am – 3:00pm, 6:00pm – 11:30pm; Sat, Sun & PH: 11:00am – 11:30pm.
Location: 18, Persiaran Ampang, Desa Pahlawan, Ampang, 55000 Kuala Lumpur.

>> Click here to book a table at Sapore

 

 

ELITE Review: Free Signature Dishes at Top Japanese Restaurants in Klang Valley (P2)

 

1. Kikubari

Kikubari, located on the third floor of DC Mall, is a contemporary Japanese restaurant with a progressive menu of the finest ingredients such as Amadai tile fish, Hokkaido A5 Wagyu and Bafun uni. As Kikubari means “caring” in Japanese, the team has brought out their best to live up to its name by creating a lively and fun journey for the palate and elevating diners’ experience.

The Prawn in Two Ways is a must-try delight that clearly showcases Kikubari‘s advocate of cooking from nose to tail. After being deep-fried, the prawn heads are placed nicely on a bed of whipped roe, trout roe, prawn-infused cream and beautifully garnished with edible flowers and seaweed strips. The prawn heads are incredibly crispy yet not even a dry texture is found as the cream does an excellent job in keeping them moisturized. The prawn body is turned into an addictive indulgence – lobster roe patty deep-fried in Katsu style and stuffed inside a home-baked sandwich with cabbage-slaw and wasabi mayo. An innovative and luscious dish.

Next comes a seductive dish that might make you gasp in awe – the Supreme Seafood Capellini. Fine strings of the heavenly delicious angel hair pasta is swirled skilfully, topped with uni, scallop, arenkha roe, hojiso and a trio of melt-in-the-mouth gifts of the sea – amaebi, botan ebi and moruno shrimp which exude sweetness into the pasta. On the side, the Tarabagni (king crab jelly) is a unique ingredient that jazzes up the dish and teases diners’ taste bud with its sublime flavor. The dish is drizzled with the house secret truffle-konbu sauce which gives the pasta a subtle aroma and makes it incredibly smooth.

This Pan Seared Seasonal Japanese Fish is something you should catch an eye on when you come to Kikubari. The fish is seared perfectly to “à point” which is being cooked to the exact point to still preserve its freshness and juiciness. Only the best-of-the-season fish are chosen and air-flown from Japan to be used for the dish. Crispy outside yet lusciously juicy inside, this extraordinary seared fish is a dish seafood lovers cannot ignore. 

TABLEAPP ELITE Members can redeem these 3 signature dishes for free.

Opening Hours: Mon – Sat: 6.30pm – 10.30pm. Closed on Sundays.
Location: L3-01A, DC Mall, Plaza DC, Damansara City, 6, Jalan Damanlela, 50490 Kuala Lumpur.

>> Click here to book a table at Kikubari

 

2. Kimi-Ya

Searching for a cozy Japanese restaurant which serves premium delights? Kimi-Ya is the place you should head to. Sumptuous yet affordable with fresh air-flown ingredients delivered directly from Hokkaido, all the dishes here are skilfully curated and presented with attention to detail. The restaurant is a must-visit place for those who love casual dining, amiable service and lavish authentic Japanese food. 

This Ume Sashimi Moriawase (7 types) is a pure indulgence for any sashimi aficionados. 7 types of freshest Japanese air-flown delights – including Bluefin tuna, kampachi, Otoro, octopus, amaebi (sweet prawns), scallop and salmon, lies opulantly on a bed of ice. The Bluefin tuna and Kampachi will tantalise diners’ palate with their sweetness and freshness. The Otoro cuts look tempting at the first glance and will satiate patrons’ taste buds with its satisfactory fatness. The octopus is crunchy and briny while the amaebi, scallop and salmon will capture your heart with their buttery and creamy texture. A dream come true.

Be prepared not to get hypnotized by the gorgeous marbling and aroma of this Goushuu No Wagyu Steak (120 gm). The highest-graded A5 Wagyu steak is served sizzling hot which might trigger your involuntary salivation within a few seconds. The palatable fatness and sweetness of the beef quickly dissolves in the mouth and its intense beefiness and richness are well-balanced by the vegetable that comes along. A real winner of taste and value-for-money department. 

Finally, whet your appetite with this Yaki Taraba Kani (300g). Succulent pieces of Alaskan King Crab Legs are placed neatly and garnished with nice petals. The high-quality legs are grilled to perfection to maintain its protein and juiciness. The scrumptious delight exudes an irresistible sweet and briny smell with a refreshing and succulent taste. A warm-hearting treat for diners!

TABLEAPP ELITE Members can redeem these 3 signature dishes for free.

Opening Hours: Mon – Thu: 12:00pm – 3:00pm, 6:00pm – 10:30pm; Fri – Sun: 11:30am – 3:00pm, 6:00pm – 11:00pm.
Location: G-2, Avantas Residences, 162, Jalan Klang Lama, 58000 Kuala Lumpur.

>> Click here to reserve a table at Kimi-Ya

 

3. Tonkatsu Anzu

Situated at the Japanese food heaven – ISETAN The Japan Store, Tonkatsu Anzu are among those eateries that are much frequented by foodies and food critics in town. The restaurant focuses on a menu of an artisanal approach to its flavours, using premium Kurobuta black pork to achieve “melt-on-your-tongue” homemade dishes.

The Rice with Green Tea with Pork Fillet Katsu is not only rich in taste but also in aroma. The pork fillet is covered by a light golden layer outside while the meat itself has a right amount of fat that keeps it well-moisturized inside. The green tea does a great job in infusing a distinct scent into the meat and balancing the greasiness from the pork fat. Apart from it, you can always indulge yourself in refillable fresh cabbage, soup and Japanese pickles that come with each Katsu set.

The Hot Pot Pork Loin Katsu Set is a heart-warming dish of succulent pork loin you should opt for in a rainy day. The high-quality Kurobuta black pork is deep fried skilfully before being smothered in the restaurant’s special sauce and fresh beaten egg. This hot pot pork loin has a juicy goodness that one could hardly resist and it is delicately soft. A soothing dish to warm your hungry stomach.

The Gin-jo Pork Fatty Loin Katsu Set is a classic pork loin dish that won’t let you down at any second. The pork is coated with batter before being fried to perfection. Under the beautiful golden brown and crispy batter, the slight fat oozing from the premium pork makes the meat soft and juicy. The homemade tonkatsu sauce and fresh refillable side dishes that come along are a heavenly combination for the dish.

TABLEAPP ELITE Members can redeem these 3 signature dishes for free.

Opening Hours: Daily: 11:00am – 3:00pm, 6:00pm – 11:00pm.
Location: ISETAN The Japan Store, LOT 10, No. 50, Jalan Sultan Ismail, 50250 Kuala Lumpur.

>> Click here to make a table reservation at Tonkatsu Anzu

 

4. Touan

Touan is a notable Japanese restaurant serving a variety of authentic Japanese food, especially Yakitori and Robata-yaki, by skillful Japanese chefs. With a menu made of fresh ingredients mostly imported from Japan and a special homemade sauce which has been improved for 15 years, the restaurant is a must-go dining spot for any Japanese food enthusiasts.

Ever dreamt of dipping a slice of the gorgeous Wagyu beef into a pot of boiling hot Sukiyaki soup? This flavorful Sukiyaki with Special Wagyu will make your dream come true. The sublime delight would whet the palate of any Sukiyaki lovers as the Wagyu beef, with its melt-in-the-mouth goodness, will tantalise the taste buds and might even make your eyes close in admiration. Dip the beef and assorted vegetable into the smooth egg yolk and voilà, you are in for a gastronomic treat.

If you are a big admirer of deep fried chicken, you would definitely fall in love with this Fried Chicken Thigh “Karaage”. The dish has a deceptively simple look to let its taste be the star. The chicken is well-marinated in a mix of soy sauce, 2-flour batter and cooked inside the boiling oil until it’s fried on point. The chef succeeds in keeping the karaage a light and crispy layer outside while its succulent meat is totally not dry at any bite.

As Touan is famous for Yakitori and Robata-yaki, there is no reason why you should not try the famous 5 Types of Assorted Yakitori. The charcoal-grilled skewers have a palatable smoky flavour and are drizzled with a mixture of sake and salt. Flawlessly crispy skin, juicy meat that makes you eat down to the bones and superb rich flavour that lingers on your tongue, the dish is simply a lip-smacking indulgence.

TABLEAPP ELITE Members can redeem these 3 signature dishes for free.

Opening Hours: Daily: 11:00am – 3:00pm, 5:00pm – 11:00pm.
Location: 4th Floor, ISETAN The Japan Store, LOT 10, No. 50, Jalan Sultan Ismail, 50250 Kuala Lumpur.

>> Click here to book a table at Touan

 

Still want more? View our ELITE Review on Free Signature Dishes at Top Japanese Restaurants in Klang Valley (Part 3)!