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:
Inside, the restaurant was sophisticated yet warm, due to the natural theme, with lots of wooden surfaces:
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++):
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++):
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++):
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++):
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++):
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...
Kuriya@ Bangsar Shopping Center (BSC), KL
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
NO PORK SERVED
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