Monday, August 24, 2009

Kuriya @ BSC, KL

A new Japanese restaurant in BSC, with fish freshly flown in twice weekly....

Whilst the newly renovated Bangsar Shopping Center is not at it's full capacity yet (most shops are still not opened/ re-opened), there are already quite a few new and interesting dining choices... and since my parents are fans of Japanese food, I thought we would check out Kuriya.

I really liked that you felt like entering a special resort-like section, which is a stark contrast from the snazzy but cold looking decor of the main BSC shopping area:
The border between the modern and the resort style....

Inside, the restaurant was sophisticated yet warm, due to the natural theme, with lots of wooden surfaces:
Sophisticated but cosy setting....

The range of food on the menu is moderate, with some interesting dishes that I had not seen in other restaurants. The friendly waitress also pointed out that they had 3 selections of fish that day that had been freshly flown in (market rates apply).
(I was sad to see that they didn't have bento sets for dinner, but I guess in a way that's good because that forced me out of my comfort zone to try different things....)

First up, we tried the Sashimi Salad (RM 18++):
So cute....

Overall, this was nice - fresh and definitely a healthy option. :)

My mum loves fried rice, so naturally we also ordered the Garlic fried rice (RM 15++):
Carbs round 1....

Hmmm,... not that it wasn't nice (the rice was fluffy, not too oily and fragrant) but I still felt it's completely overpriced.

More carbs!: We also tried the Soft Shell Crab Roll (RM 22++):
Carbs round 2....

Would have been nice with more crab, but otherwise this was quite nice - I liked the thin coating of chili flakes and pepper, giving it an extra "kick"...
(Don't worry, it's not really that spicy)

Feeling adventurous, we ordered the Kaisen & Yasai Fry Miso Fondue (RM 26++):
Fusion sin - deep fried seafood & veg with creamy cheese....

Overall, not bad - chunky pieces of fish, an aneroxic prawn and some vegetables deepfried till beautifully golden brown and served with a thick cheese sauce which had a nice savoury miso aftertaste.

Lastly, the Gindara Umemushi (Cod in Plum Sauce) (RM 30++):
Cod, it's good....

To me, this was the stand out dish that night - I loved how the naturally oily and rich cod fish was balanced out with a sour yet sweet yet slightly salty plum sauce. :)
(Would definitely order again)

Sorry, didn't try any dessert this round...
(Was saving some calories for a girls' night out with my friends, over drinks and cake at Leonardo's....)
... but there were some of the usual Japanese ice creams and a few other things. :)

So, it's: Classy setting (without being too "atas"), good selection of interesting and yummy Japanese food, friendly service (but just a bit blur), ok prices BUT some dishes are more on the higher price range (because freshly flown in twice weekly), some overpriced dishes (RM15++ for garlic fried rice?) and no bento/ sets for dinner...

Restaurant Review
Summary Sheet:

Kuriya@ Bangsar Shopping Center (BSC), KL

Taste: 7
Ambience : 7
Service : 7
Price** : RM 60/++ per person
Parking: OK but Quite Pricey (It's BSC lah)

** Approximation - 3 course meal, excluding drinks
Telephone No.: 603 - 2093 9246
Opening Hours: 11.30am - 2.30pm, 6.00pm - 10.00pm


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  1. for RM15.. this price is considered OK lo.. try going to those Japanese restaurant for this dish and it will cost higher than that!
    Cod is the second on my fav fish list! The first one will be any nice river fish (steamed)

  2. Hey, thanks for reviewing Kuriya. I was kinda curious about it myself after dining at House & Co nearby a couple of weekends back. Sounds like it's worth a try at least. :)

  3. to thule a.k.a leo:
    But... but... 15++ for fried rice (with no meat) worrrrr..... Not expensive meh?

    to Life for Beginners:
    No worries. My pleasure. :)
    (Hope you enjoy the food there. If not you can come back and scold me for saying that it's nice. :P)

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