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++

Monday, February 21, 2011

Saisaki, Jalan Pinang, Kuala Lumpur

Saisaki, which shares it's fame with it's sibling outlets, Shogun is one of my favorite spot for buffets. Not to say that they serve the best Japanese food around, but the mix and match plus the price of it - RM52.20 somehow makes up for it. Definitely choosing Shogun/Saisaki if I were to go for a budget wise buffet but with better food quality. Shogun is located at 1 Utama and Sunway Pyramid, but my choice is still always Saisaki which is located at Jalan Pinang, Kuala Lumpur as I felt the food quality and environment there is much appealing.

The sashimi counter. They have quite a few varieties, and real yummy crab meat!

Large varieties to choose from, and almost half of them are really good. However, don't expect some really fancy or pricy food items. The food here - from pasta to crab, to fried chicken tastes good though.

The sashimi here are of ok quality. Lowering down my expectation, the sashimis here are not bad actually. Not the freshest, but acceptable. I took some butter fish, tuna, salmon and some Alaskan Crab(?) Sashimi. The crab tastes the best to me!

Chawan Mushi is a must have. Like the smooth texture and best of all, piping hot!

Some fried and stewed food items. The fried quail and chicken tasted really good. Don't over stuff yourself with these though, really addictive; especially with beer!

Clam soup, one of the best item here. The soup is really good; dozed with lots of chinese wine. Nice!

The huge lamb shank, in my opinion is the most money worthy and can easily put Secret Recipe's version to shame. The reason I'm saying it's money worth is because a plate or lamb shank could cause you around RM 25+ for a huge serving. You can get as many as you want, really tender and the meat just falls of with fork piercings! Warning though, it's one of the most sought after food on the buffet line.

Some fried tempura. Lots of choices, but the batter tends to turn soggy after awhile.

Some Teppanyaki to end our meal. A little too salty, but other wise the meat and seafood tasted great in the buttery sauce.

The birthday girl, which was the reason we came - to celebrate! =)

Really crazy colleagues - which translates to FUN!

Overall, Saisaki/Shogun is really quite recommended for the amount/quality of food vs the price paid. Would gladly return it for gatherings or family reunions too, as well the food wise and environment - which is less classier conveniently suits for an otherwise noisier crowd in my opinion. It's just different choices at different occasions.

Saisaki's Detail
Address : Unit No.1-9, 1st Floor, Wisma UOA II, No.21, Jalan Pinang, 50450, Kuala Lumpur
Phone : 03-2166 3728, 03-2166 4728
Website :
Price : RM52.20 per pax

Monday, February 14, 2011

Kitchen Creatures, Centrepoint, Petaling Jaya

Been actually hearing raves about Kitchen Creatures way before I even started this blog; mainly for it's no frills dining motto. Best of all, the interior and menu stated clearly that no tax included; which is good news to us consumers! Truly though, they did stick to their no frills dining motto, expect cheap prices for suffice portions I would say. Nevertheless, taste quality are assured even with the given price tag, just don't expect fancy seating or fancy services. This place remains special to me as I spent my family here for dinner with my first paycheck. Hehe.

For starters, we ordered 2 portions of Monster Platter (RM15) - which comes with fried shrimps, calamari rings, fried button mushrooms, mini chicken wings and nachos. I like the juicy fried button mushrooms and nachos the best - extra good when dipped in dipping sauce! I felt this was a steal at RM15 for so many varieties of appetizers. Definitely the cheapest!

We ordered a Pizza Carbonara (RM13), and it does really live up to it's name - creamy, cheesy and the most important of all in terms of serving creamy stuff, piping hot! Price wise? No explanation needed, lol.

Creamy and cheesy.. slurps.

My mom, being a poultry fan all along, ordered the Grilled Chicken (RM13). For that price tag, I was expecting some hammer-bashed-flatten grilled chicken, but wow, what was served was a whole chicken thigh intact. Fresh chicken was used and it was really juicy on it's own, with minimal sauce. Thumbs up!

The Bacon Carbonara (RM 11) was pretty good -with rich cream and really great to bite bacons. Portions are rather healthy, but it would be better if they are more generous with the portion given the price tag.

My sister ordered the Ribeye Steak (RM 19), and she absolutely loved it to the last bite. I had a few bite and loved it for it's medium rare texture. She paired her steak with mushroom sauce, from one of the many sauces available - brown sauce, garlic butter, mushroom or bbq sauce. I still prefer my steak without any sauces for that perfect natural juice. Served with a small side of spaghetti and mixed veges.

My dad is both a lamb lover, and a very picky eater. Nevertheless, thank god that this place passed in his book of eatery. The Grilled Lamb Chop (RM 17) is really huge in portion and also can be served in either any of the 3 sauces - brown sauce, mint or their signature chili lime cilantro glaze. Like the steak, it comes with a small side of spaghetti and mixed veges.

I picked the Classic Fish & Chips (RM 12). I felt this was not good enough, with too thick batter and the fish's cut was not really smooth enough to be cooked via frying. I think it's much safer to stick to their grilled food.

The Monsterised Burger (RM 13) was humongous! A fully wide opened mouth is needed to chomp in one whole bite of savory burger buns, real chicken/beef patties, pickles, onion rings, lettuce tomato, chicken ham, beef bacon, cheese and a fried egg! Orgasmic for a burger lover! Do try to bite all of the stuff in a bite to enjoy the mixed texture, and flavor!

If u think the Monsterised Burger is huge enough, wait till you see the Big Daddy Monster Burger (RM 18) in live! Practically, every good stuff of the Monsterised Burger is doubled up, all sticked via a skewer, and there you have it! Will gladly pay that price for a huge ass burger which is way much cheaper than some puny burgers at high end places.

Phew, I'm glad I made an extra effort in bringing my family here for dinner; seeing that I'm able to sample so many good stuffs! Will definitely return here! The total bill, as I vaguely remember was around RM200 for the 7 of us. Pretty reasonable I would say.

Kitchen Creatures' Detail
Address : Lot F110, Centrepoint, 3 Lebuh Bandar Utama, 47800, Petaling Jaya
Phone : 03-7729 8039
Website :
Price : RM 10 ++