Monday, April 4, 2011

Kirishisama, Dua Annexe, Jalan Tun Razak, Kuala Lumpur

Greetings! Phew! Sorry for the lack updates, for those who actually noticed! Been really busy on my job - got sent to Singapore for work purposes; and at the same time, my personal laptop actually died on me! Sucks! I actually lost a few copy of blog posts that I was supposed to post. Anyway, life continues, so here's a lil update on my Valentine's dinner; which in my opinion is really good. And oh, forgive me for the lack of accurate price tags. Like I said, my rig has R.I.P-ed, and recalling back the prices based on faint memories. No worries though, the memory of tasted food has never been wiped off before, lol. We were scratching heads, looking for a decent place to have dinner on Valentine's. So after recalling back the good feedbacks from the girlfriend's sis and friends (particularly on the sashimi!), we thought, why not? We're always up for some good Japanese food.

Located at Dua Annexe, which I did not know the existence of till the visit date, is pretty well hidden in a corner of Jalan Tun Razak. It's actually located opposite the US Embassy, which could be the largest landmark you could use. I think this place really do has some reputation on it's own, seeing the owner boss herself was a Japanese. Not to mention also, I've noticed a few Japanese patrons who enjoyed their sakes while dining. Looks good! Note: The prices stated here are not accurate; and are recalled by memory. Do contact the restaurant for the real prices.

We ordered the Sashimi Meal Set (around RM60, if I'm not mistaken) to be shared with. Turns out, the sis was right! The sashimis are darn fresh, if not the freshest I had taste! The thick cuts also helps in savouring the lovely and playful texture in mouth (of course, if you love raw fishes). I loved the butter fish and prawn the most, with very bouncy texture. The prawn was also really sweet on it's own. Simplicity rules! The set also comes with a few side dishes like chawa mushi, salad, white rice and a tray of desert.

The appetizers. Chawan mushi was good, silky and soft beneath. The salad was normal though, just plain shreded veges.

The set desert. I have no idea what is in the left desert which is in the cup. It tasted almost exactly like the Chinese's "Guai Lin Gou" with a hint of bitterness. While the one on right is obviously, a spongecake-like desert.

For something light, we ordered the Grilled Chicken Wings and the Grilled Scallops (around RM6+ each) to be shared. A lil tad too salty, as with any Yakitori styled grilled meats; which I'm sure is perfect to go with a round of beer or two. I love the scallops over the chicken wing, with really juicy naural meat flavour, thanks to the minimal marinating.

The Unagi California Roll (RM26) is just simply amazing! I would say it's the best California Roll that I have tasted so far. First off, the Unagi is really good, with no muddy smell, fresh and glazed with the always *oh-so-orgasm* Kabayaki sauce. The rice filling is stuffed with avocado, crab meat and some eggs. Now what's amazing here I felt is the really great combination of the eel, the rice and the just ripe enough avocado. The combination, with the extra help from the avocado really heightens the texture, with a melting-in-mouth experience. Literally tasteless, the avocado actually lends it's texture to the unagi and rice combo, which is really hard to explain in words!

We also ordered the Steamed Wagyu Slices (RM50+). 4 wagyu slices are placed in a basket like warmer with gas powered mini stove; resting on top of a bed of cabbages. I would rate the wagyu's marble grade to anywhere between 5-7; marble grade being the method to determine how good a Wagyu is, depending on the visually seen fatty lines and colour. Info. Do note that it's also pretty dangerous to overcook ur meat, so be sure to frequently check on it to not waste the good meat.

My medium rare cooked wagyu. Not really the greatest grade, but acceptable. Slightly melting-in-mouth texture achieved. A nice tip to be able to really enjoy it in my opinion, is to cooked it medium rare. In this case, since it's so sliced thinly, you could just watch if the beef is cooked and leave just a little spot of raw meat to get that texture. But still, everyone has different preferences, and mine is medium rare!

To end our meal, we ordered a set of Tempura (RM20+); which by then really filled us up to the brim. Anyway, I really do like it. Appreciate that it's piping hot when served, with no after taste of reused oil; which I really hated. The prawns especially, was really good, bouncy and fresh; no kidding!

We ended the meal with the great Chocolates that are on the house. Am guessing it's because of Valentine's Day perhaps? Lol, anyway the chocolate was good, with a hint of bitterness and choco powder sprinkled on top. Not too sure if it's available during normal periods though.

Kirishisama's Detail Address : Lot 1.2, First Floor, Dua Annexe, 211 Jln Tun Razak, Kuala Lumpur Phone : 03-2162 8127 Website : Price : RM50+ per person(?)

And so, that concludes our really great Valentine's dinner experience. Time passes so fast, and am so glad that she's beside me all along. Thank you! =)

..And the reality of KL hits back. Crazy crowds on Valentine's stucked in jam at 11pm+, lol.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Kissaten, Jaya One, Petaling Jaya

It's been a long time since I found a really good non-sushi based Japanese restaurant. I've been introduced to Kissaten for my project team's appreciation dinner; and have been hooked on ever since! Having returning a few times since then, I find Kissaten really lives up to what it's famous for; their noodles and pork (love their pork especially).

Moonlight Udon Set - Dinner (RM21.80). The set itself comes with 5 pieces of delicious gyoza and a cup of green tea. It's cheaper by RM2 for lunch set which comes with the same items. One of the things that I love about the noodles here is the really sweet soup. Usually, Japanese noodles that I tasted has really bland tasting soup. Also, really traditional toppings like corns, seaweeds and a soft boiled egg was a big welcome that accompanied the noodle really well. Having tried the ramen and udon, I would say I prefered the ramen much more - with really springry texture. I wouldn't say it's the best noodles there, as I have tasted the 'springiest' noodle - a wanton mee stall in a morning market @ Kuchai Lama, surprisingly. Nevertheless, the texture of the noodles here are still good enough.

Really good piping hot gyozas that comes with the set. I felt that ordering the set is very much worth it as besids the gyoza, the set also comes with a glass of green tea; which costs around RM5++ on the menu.

Roasted Chicken Spaghetti with Cream Sauce (RM16.90) was ok, with great creamy consistency. I still prefered the Japanese noodles though.

Char Siew Pizza (RM23.90) is the bomb! I beg all of you who is reading this, must-please-really must order this! The star of it, the char siew has really good proportion of fat and lean meat. The bouncy char siew, accompanied with the sweet mayo atop tastes really good. ORGASM!

My favourite universal dish - burger! Kissaten's version of Teriyaki Pork Burger (RM10.90) passes my book of burgers regulation! Thick, layerful and full of sauces, the burger looks really appetizing with some egg yolk sauces dripping out. The pork burger patty also is tender and flavourful enough with great texture. There's also a Teriyaki Wagyu Pork Burger (RM18.90), aka the more premium meat which I have yet to tasted. Will be on my next must eat list!

Cheese Cake(RM6.90). The cheese cake was good enough, with fragnant cheese and chocolate base.

A total of RM118.30 for all the food abovel; share among 5 of us. A tad expensive for the amount but the quality made up for it. Will be returning!

Kissaten (Jaya One branch)'s Detail
Address : L-12A-1-1, Palm Square, Jaya One, 72A, Jalan University, 46200, P.J.
There's also another mini stall type branch that I've noted which is located at:
LG floor - Hutong Food Court of Lot 10

Phone : 03-7954 1990
Website :
Price : RM 20++

Monday, February 28, 2011

Din Tai Fung, The Gardens, Kuala Lumpur

My first visit to Din Tai Fung! Been actually hearing raves about this Taiwanese joint for it's superb xiao lung bao and variety of noodles! Been really lucky as we celebrated a close friend's birthday here; a reason to sample great food, heh.

Our first order upon arriving, we ordered a few baskets of Xiao Long Bao (RM9.80 for 6 pieces) without hestitation. Although slightly pricier than other places, the fillings and just-thick-enough skin really made up for it! I like the fillings the best, tasty and not too salty. I *secretly* counted the folds on the dumplings - 18 folds, sign of professionalism; they know their trade very well. Recommended, and *caution*, extremely addictive, lol.

Main course! Spicy Shrimp Pork Wanton La Mian (RM15). I did not really sample this, but from the looks of my satisfied friend, this should be good. Good thing here is that, the same noodles, the main character of the dish are used for different variant - different ingredients, or soup.

My order of Pork Chop La Mian (RM14.50). The crystal clear soup was really light, was ok to me, as I prefer less salty food. The pork chop was great too, with great biting consistency and the pork doesn't turns soggy even being soaked in the soup as it's not coated with flour or bread crumbs.

I really like the noodles, great consistency and springy by itself. Can only be done by really great sifus who start from scratch - the dough itself. If only more noodles are given in a bowl.. slurps!

My friend loves the Pork Chop Fried Rice (RM15). I was skeptical at first, thinking what's so special about fried rice, whatsover in a Taiwanese restaurant? Turns out, the fried rice was good, with separated grains of rice and full of wok hei! Pretty enjoyable, even with the price tag.

A total of RM175.40, which means an averagely RM30 for each of us. Not bad for such quality, but definitely not quantity, lol.

Last but not least, Happy Birthday Ah C (although wayyyyyy past), lol! May you be healthy as always!

Din Tai Fung's Detail
Address : LG207, Lower Ground Floor, The Gardens, Mid Valley City, Lingkaran Syed Putra, 59200, Kuala Lumpur.
Phone : 03-2283 2292, 03-2283 2362
Website :
Price : Averagely RM20++