Nippon Yatai Mura, the new addition to the already popular chain of restaurants is situated in a rather strange location: surrounded by factories (save for Unique Seafood restaurant, which is right next to it) on Jalan Kemajuan in Section 13, Petaling Jaya.
The restaurant looks inviting from the outside and has a cosy environment inside, with warm colours and wooden finishings in a more modern Japanese style.
As they are positioning themselves differently as compared to their like-named counterparts (which are mostly situated in shopping centers - I know there's one in One Utama), this outlet of Nippon Yattai Mura has a different menu on top of the generic one. There was quite a large range to choose from, ranging from the affordable (ramen/udon) for around RM15 to mid-range (various bentos) for around RM35 to top range (Kobe beef steak) for about RM90. This outlet has certain more "authentic" Japanese specialties like Beef Sumiyaki (DIY grilled beef) and Ishiyaki Goya Chanpura (stone grilled bitter gourd with egg) available.
After poring over the menu for quite a while, we decided on some good ol' Gyoza (Japanese dumplings) to start off the meal.
The Gyoza, served with a tart chili oil+soya sauce mixture, were really yummy! - juicy and generously filled.... Just the way I like 'em....
Moving on, a nice surprise: We were served Chawan Mushi, compliments of the chef.
(According to the very nice waiter, the restaurant plans to have a special promotion every month, this month being free Chawan Mushi for every patron).
Yummy Chawan Mushi - compliments of the chef!
The chawan mushi was smooth and fragrant, with bits of gingko and prawn inside.
(I don't usually like Chawan Mushi... I find it well,.. too mushy... but this one was quite nice)
Moving on, our main meals arrived.
My dad had ordered the Deluxe Set (erm, around RM40? - I can't remember, sorry!), and what a whopper it was....
This set had small servings of all the popular Japanese dishes, being Unagi Kabayaki (grilled eel), Ebi Tempura (deep fried prawns), Sushi and Sashimi served with rice, miso soup as well as salad and fruits.... It's great for someone who wants to have a bit of everything but is definately somthing that should not be attempted by:
a) small children,
b) people with small appetites, or
Overall, the lunch was good... The restaurant ambience was lovely, the staff were very attentive and the food was delicious.
Nippon Yatai Mura @ Jalan Kemajuan, PJ
Ambience : 7
Service : 8
Price** : RM 35/++ per person
** Approximation - japanese set meal, excluding drinks
Telephone No.: 603 - 2144 3152/6663
Opening Hours: 11am - 11pm
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