5 Best Restaurants for Great Quality Shabu-Shabu

5 Best Restaurants for Great Quality Shabu-Shabu in Kuala Lumpur

Shabu-shabu is a perfect option for a delicious and uniquely Japanese meal with a fun, social element to it, easy to make and even easier to eat.

Originated in Osaka during the 1950s, this mysteriously-named dish, Shabu-Shabu is a popular style of nabemono, or Japanese hot pot, featuring paper-thin slices of tender meat and fresh vegetables cooked together in a large open pot. The best thing about shabu-shabu is that the ingredients can be customized to one’s own taste and preferences, from a decadent meal of A5-ranked wagyu beef to a healthy vegetarian spread full of fresh produce.

 

Iketeru

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Iketeru at Hilton Kuala Lumpur is helmed by the affable Japanese Executive Chef Ricky Kamiishi. Using only quality produce and ingredients, Iketeru’s shabu-shabu set comes with beef strip, vegetable platter, edamame, California Maki, fruits and three choices of soup. Experience this group-dining-friendly shabu-shabu set on weekends, available from noon to 2:30pm at only RM188 nett for 2 – 4 persons. Diners who order shabu-shabu set will get their parking fees waived.

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Sou Omakase Dining

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Quietly tucked at the ground floor of The Gardens Mall, Sou Omakase Dining offers great quality Japanese cuisine which captures hearts of many including former prime minister of Malaysia, Tun Dr Mahathir. The restaurant changes its menu seasonally. The latest menus feature 2 types of shabu-shabu courses which the Japanese Snow Crab and Wagyu Beef are respectively the highlights. Both 8-course shabu-shabu set courses are available at RM280 per set during dinner service only.

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Ishin Japanese Dining

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Ishin Japanese Dining along Old Klang Road is a Japanese restaurant serving genuine Japanese and Kaiseki style cuisines that are cooked to order. The chef team prepares the meals freshly using ingredient imported from Japan's famous Tsukiji Market with the finest ingredients of the season. At Ishin, shabu-shabu lovers will find their love in Vegetable and Beef in Clear Dashi Based Soup (Australian Beef).

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Genji Japanese Restaurant

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Known as one of the top Japanese restaurants in Petaling Jaya, Genji Japanese Restaurant at Hilton Petaling Jaya is a modern Japanese restaurant, with several sections such as a sushi bar, main restaurant, two teppanyaki counters, and six private dining rooms which focuses on providing extra privacy for diners. The Shabu-Shabu dish offered by Genji comes with slices of high quality Wagyu beef which definitely melt your hearts. From now till 23rd April 2017, diners who make a reservation via TABLEAPP are entitled a 20% off on food.

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Kofuku Japanese Cuisine

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Located at Seri Pacific Hotel, the MIGF Award winning restaurant, Kofuku Japanese Cuisine delights its guests with its wide array of Japanese cuisine including this Shabu-Shabu that features  200g of slices of thin cut beef and vegetables boiled in kombu (kelp) based soup. Kombu are used in soups to nutritionally and flavourfully enrich the soup base. What’s better? Diners who make a reservation via TABLEAPP are entitled a 20% off on total bills!

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[UPDATED] The Ultimate Guide to Pokémon Go Restaurants and Offers in KL

Pokémon Go: Gotta catch ‘em all!

 

 

What if your real-world stomach starts growling while you're looking for imaginary monsters? You'll need a restaurant that also acts as a PokéStop. Check out the best restaurants with PokéStop (and offers!) in KL & PJ!

 

 

 

Yeast Cafe Mid Valley

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Mid Valley is filled to the brim with PokéStops, especially at the boulevard area. Coupled with the fact that there’s almost always lures dropped out there, trainers could catch tons of Pokémon just by sitting at Yeast Cafe Mid Valley. What’s better? The restaurant sits among several PokéStops (and Gyms!)!

 

Opening hours: Daily 8:00am – 10:00pm

Cuisine: French

 

Location: Lot G(E)-013A, Ground External Floor, Mid Valley Megamall, Lingkaran Syed Putra, 59200 Kuala Lumpur.

 

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The Library Mid Valley

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Who says you can’t have the best of both worlds? The Library Mid Valley is another hotspot to refill your Pokéballs and potions. Unlike the other restaurants, this is the perfect spot for those who crave for good drinks AND PokéStop at the same time. Reservation is highly recommended because well, you know, people have been swarming into the place.

 

Opening hours: Daily 11:00am – 12:00am

Cuisine: Western

 

Location: Lot G(E) 001 & 002, Ground Floor, Mid Valley Megamall, Lingkaran Syed Putra, 59200 Kuala Lumpur.

 

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Sou Omakase Dining

 

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PokéStop: Yuzu Japanese Restaurant


A go-to place if you are a Japanese omakase cuisine lover and of course, an ambitious trainer. Reports say that Magikarp is commonly found here. Of course you do know that Magikarp evolves into the one and only one epic water dragon Gyarados, right?

 

Opening hours: Daily 11:30am – 2:30pm, 6:00pm – 10:00pm

Cuisine: Japanese

 

Location: G247, Ground Floor, The Gardens Mall, Mid Valley City, Lingkaran Syed Putra, 59200 Kuala Lumpur.

 

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Rama V Fine Thai Cuisine

 

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PokéStop: Rama V, Serene Pool at Rama V

 

The gracious Rama V Fine Thai Cuisine is set amongst a magnificent pool of lotus blossoms, quietly tucked away from the busy district of Kuala Lumpur. On top of its top-notch Thai cuisine and  serenity ambience, now we have more reasons to pay the restaurant a visit – 2 PokéStops! What say you?

 

Opening hours: Daily 12:00pm – 2:30pm, 6:30pm – 10:30pm

Cuisine: Thai

 

Location: No. 5, Jalan U Thant, Kuala Lumpur.

 

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Fa.Ying Thai Fare & Cafe

 

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PokéStop: Fa-Ying Thai Wall Sculpture

 

A sister restaurant of Rama V Fine Thai Cuisine, Fa.Ying Thai Fare & Cafe not only pampers your taste buds with exploding Thai flavours, but also throws a Pokemon Go lure party starting 17 August DAILY at 2.00pm – 3.00pm & 8.30pm – 9.30pm! Seems like reservation is the only way to get a seat hmph!

 

Opening hours: Sun – Thu: 11:00am – 12:00am, Fri – Sat: 11:00am – 1:00am

Cuisine: Thai

 

Location: GB-08, Ground Floor, Boulevard, Paradigm Mall, Kelana Jaya, Selangor.

 

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The Steakhouse

 

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PokéStop: Cow Portrait

 

Constantly rated as the top steakhouse in KL, The Steakhouse offers you more than a perfect steak! Our jaw dropped when we found out that the cow portrait on the restaurant wall is a PokéStop. In addition, they are now serving a limited time cocktail of the month – Monkey’s Blood. Very interesting.

 

Opening hours: Daily 6:00pm – 12:00am

Cuisine: Steakhouse

 

Location: 48, Changkat Bukit Bintang, 50200 Kuala Lumpur.

 

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Vineria.It

 

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PokéStop: BSC Indoor Fountain

 

We know that parking is hard but since we have taken the effort to beat the traffic and troubles to come to Bangsar, why not get a restaurant with PokéStop? Caught a rare Pokémon when dining? More reasons to raise a glass now!

 

Opening hours: Sun – Thu: 9:00am – 1:00am, Fri – Sat: 9:00am – 2:00am

Cuisine: Italian

 

Location: G133, Bangsar Shopping Centre. 285, Jalan Maarof, Bukit Bandaraya, 59000 Kuala Lumpur.

 

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PLOY 

 

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Promotion: Pokéhunters will get to enjoy a FREE Dessert of the Day! Catch a Pokemon character at any of their outlets and show their staff to get an instant 10% off your food bill and free dessert! 

 

Opening hours: Mon – Fri: 12:00pm – 3:00pm & 6:00pm – 12:00am, Sat: 6:00pm – 12:00am

Cuisine: Asian

 

Location: Publika & Damansara Height

 

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Momotalo Yakiniku
 

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Opening hours: Mon: 6:00pm – 11:00pm, Tue – Sun: 12:00pm – 2:30pm, 6:00pm – 11:00pm

Cuisine: Japanese

 

Location: 20, Jalan 24/ 70A, Desa Sri Hartamas, 50480 Kuala Lumpur.

 

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Brûlée Brasserie

 

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Promotion: Offering tons of Pokémon Go trainer benefits! Gym owners of ‘Casa Tropicana Fountain” will get free flow pizza as long as they own the gym! Not a gym owner? No worries, Team Instinct, Mystic and Valor can claim pizza of the day, mint lemon tea or coke float respectively. AND, if you have Bulbasaur, Charmander and Squirtle in your Pokédex, your full set meal includes pizza, tea / coffee and their signature creme brûlée will be on the house! Got a Pikachu? 1 more free set meal!

 

Opening hours: Tue – Sun: 12:00pm – 12:00am

Cuisine: Mediterranean

 

Location: B1-2, Casa Tropicana, Jalan Persiaran Tropicana, Tropicana Golf and Country Resort, 47410 Petaling Jaya, Selangor.

 

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Qureshi

 

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Promotion: All Pokémon Go trainers will get to enjoy discount while savouring delicious Indian cuisine overlooking magnificent golf course! Make your trip to Qureshi KLGCC now and enjoy a 20% off total bill when you dine in!


Opening hours: Daily: 11:30am – 2:30pm, 6:30pm – 10:30pm

Cuisine: Indian

 

Location: Ground Floor, East Wing, Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club. No 10, Jalan 1/70D, Off Jalan Bukit Kiara, Kuala Lumpur.

 

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Sou Omakase Dining

Sou Omakase Dining, The Gardens Mall, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

A Journey to Omakase

 

Sou Omakase Dining is a classy luxury Japanese fine dining restaurant specialises exclusively in the art of omakase – a style of dining where the chef will serve you based on what he feels best. There’s no a la carte menu, so patrons will leave it to Yokohama-born executive chef Fukuchi and his team to present a gastronomical journey of Japanese cuisine.

 

This new Japanese addition is located near to the entrance of The Gardens Hotel, facing Bangsar area. I arrived at the restaurant via the mall so it was a little tricky and confusing to navigate at first. The best way to access to Sou Omakase Dining is via The Gardens Hotel side.

 

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You can’t miss this posh golden signage of Sou Omakase Dining.

 

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The interior of the well-spaced Sou Omakase Dining is designed to provide patrons adequate privacy.

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A peep through window on the kitchen team.

 

Lunch starts from RM98++ for a 5-course meal while dinner pricing could be up to RM320++ for a 10-course meal.

 

“Bara-Chirashi” lunch course (RM98) – inclusive of salad, chawan-mushi, mix appetiser, Bara-Chirashi sushi with miso soup, and dessert with Japanese tea

 

“Ten-Zaru” lunch course (RM98) – inclusive of salad, chawan-mushi, mix appetiser, tempura, soba or udon or inaniwa-udon, and dessert with Japanese tea

 

“Bento” lunch course (RM118) – inclusive of salad, starter, chawan-mushi, Sou Omakase bento box, rice course, and dessert with Japanese tea

 

Sou lunch course (RM148) – inclusive of starter, soup, sashimi, mix grilled and deep fried appetiser, main course, rice course with miso soup, and dessert with Japanese tea

 

Sou dinner course (RM220) – inclusive of starter, soup, Japanese appetiser, fish course, mouth wash, main course (beef or lamb), rice course with miso soup, and home made dessert with Japanese tea

 

Special dinner course (RM320) – inclusive 2 kinds of starter, special fresh oyster, special soup, special fish course, mouth wash, main course (beef or lamb or fish), grilled rice ball with scallops ankake sauce, and home made dessert with Japanese tea

 

For the purpose of our review, we went for the Sou dinner course and special dinner course.

 

As with any omakase, the menu will change according to what’s fresh and in season. The dinner started with beautiful appetisers. Take a look at the ingredients used and the generous scoop of caviar, they mean business.

 

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One of the appetisers served to kick-start the dinner.

 

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Kissing the sea on the lips – a palm-sized amazingly fresh oyster from France with slightly mild yet complex homemade tabasco sauce.

 

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Very warm and comforting.

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Take a sip of yuzu soda to get the taste buds afresh for the next course.

 

The sashimi served was satisfying. Every dish presents an undeniably unique dining experience – fine specimen with subtle flavours, delicate texture, fully enhanced with umami-riched soy sauce and freshly grinded wasabi. The salmon stole the limelight above all sashimi that night. A word of warning, more sashimi photos coming soon because it was almost a crime not to post these up.

 

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Then it was finally the time for some hot dishes. Main course came in the form of sliced wagyu beef or lamb cutlets, or if you opt for Special dinner course, you could have another choice – tuna collar. I am usually a fan of beef but the beef was a slight let down. To be fair, I should have lift my lid earlier so my beef would’t be overcooked. 

 

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Sliced wagyu beef before cooked.

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Lamb cutlets.

 

And we proceed to the next course: rice course with miso soup. The rice course was must preferred if compared to the miso soup. The miso soup was decent but it could be better.

 

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Rice course with miso soup

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Rice course with miso soup

 

The dessert platter is inclusive of jelly, pistachio ice cream, orange sorbet and yoghurt-filled raindrop cake.

 

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Dessert platter

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Dessert for the dinner course

The desserts were beautifully presented of course, but other dishes stood out better. Nevertheless, it was still an adequate ending for a dinner course. Service is warm and friendly with a slightly fast-paced serving. Overall it’s a worth considering omakase dining venue. 

 

 

 

Sou Omakase Dining

 

G247, Ground Floor,

The Gardens Mall,

Mid Valley City,

Lingkaran Syed Putra,

59200 Kuala Lumpur, 

Malaysia.

 

Daily: 11:30am – 2:30pm, 6:00pm – 10:00pm

 

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