Yay - more options for us KL/ PJ ppl. :)
There's a new non-Halal Japanese restaurant in Sri Hartamas - on the corner, just a few doors down from Auntie Nat's:
A small army of Fortune Cats greet you inside the restaurant. I like the casual Japanese style interior, but the ventilation is a little bad (cool aircond, comfortable surroundings but the smell of bbq/ fried meat wafting in the air)... So, we chose to venture outside:
The outside seating is open air but it was a nice cool night:
Some of the dishes there are pretty much like tapas/ dim sum size (meaning: small portions) so we ordered quite a few to share.
1) First up, the Pork Stirfried with Cabbage (Bacon Hakusai Itame)(RM 10 nett):
Simple dish but nice - fresh, crunchy cabbage fried with small but juicy pieces of bacon... light flavor, with nice zing from coursely ground granules of pepper.
2) Next, Pork Stirfried with Chilies (Buta Shishilo Itame)(RM 12 nett):
Another simple but nice dish - tasty slices of 3 layer pork fried with Japanese chilies (not spicy at all, tasted more like capsicum actually).
3) Pork in Mayo Sauce (Buta Mayo Itame)(RM 12 nett):
This was my favourite but it was also the richest/ most sinful. :)
Slices of yummy pork fried with onions, and doused with a lovely savoury mayo sauce.
(Great with rice)
4) Deep Fried Chicken Skin (Torikawa)(RM 6 nett):
Ok tasting but was not my favourite....
The slices of chicken skin were quite crispy but also a bit too salty.
(I'm guessing this would taste really nice with beer/ sake though)
5) Tonkatsu Ramen (RM 16 nett):
This soup had a very rich, almost laksa-like taste & consistency - sweet and a bit thick, and the noodles were a little limp (overcooked maybe?). Anyway, the other 3 really liked this but I didn't.
(Tastebuds do vary after all)
6) Sushi Platter (RM 48 nett):
Yummy! A perfect platter with a bit of everything. I especially liked the Soft Shell Crab Maki, wrapped in perfectly fluffy and moist Japanese rice and sprinkled with Bonito flakes. :) :) :)
7) Unagi Salad (RM 25 nett):
We realised that our dinner was a bit sinful (too much meat! haha...) so we tried to balance it out with a salad. Overall, I wouldn't mind ordering this again - I really liked the dressing (vinegar+ginger+oil I think).
8) Mango & Orange Sorbet (RM 10 nett):
We ended our night with a refreshing sorbet, interestingly presented in the orange skin as a "bowl". :)
(I found the texture to be creamier than the usual sorbet but liked it anyway)
Overall I really enjoyed our dinner there - and definitely looking forward to the next time. :) It's still new though... and I just hope that it doesn't suffer from the usual "New Restaurant Syndrome" (Main symptoms include: food+service very nice at first but slowly get worse over time).
So it's: Casual dining, nice dining area outside, good selection of interesting Japanese food, friendly service and supposed to be dog friendly (call to confirm - these things can change) BUT slightly bad ventilation inside,... and nothing much to complain (except that parking in that area can be a pain during lunch time)... :)
Isaki @ Sri Hartamas, KL
Ambience : 7
Service : 6
Price** : RM40 per person
Parking: OK (... but can be a bit difficult on weekdays)
** Approximation - Per person, 3 course dinner without drinks
Telephone No.: 03-6203 5562
Opening Hours: 11am till late
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