The Lorong Kurau area is nice, tucked away in a quiet Bangsar residential area. Parking is limited but there's good food there (Thai, Nyonya, etc)... making it worth the effort.
When I saw on LL's blog that there's a new addition to the selection (Japanese food at Poco Homemade), I just had to try it.
(Luckily, I soon got the chance, during the Luverly Lyrical One's birthday/ girls day out)
From the outside, it almost looks out of place, with its whimsical pastel blue and white colour scheme contrasting against the simple "kedai runcit" (sundry shop) next door:
Inside Poco, it was packed yet comfortable:
It's the small touches that make this place so adorable - simple but well coordinated mish-mash of decorations which make this place feel like it jumped out of a Japanese shoujo/ Korean novel:
Since it was a fairly big group of us (gorgeous glammed up girls) that day, I think we tried almost everything on the menu.... :D
(So, I'll keep the descriptions short lest this post never ends)
Appetizers/ Side Dishes:
- Chicken Roll (RM 11.80+)
Was pleasantly surprised - wouldn't mind ordering again.
Crispy outside yet moist inside, and the filling was bouncey without tasting synthetic.
- Sushi roll with Japanese Style fried Chicken (RM 7.80+)
This was also not bad, with the moist rice complementing the tender fried chicken.
(Preferred the Chicken Roll over this though, if I had to choose just one)
- Fried Ebi (RM 15.80+)
Fresh prawns, lightly coated with bread crumbs and deep fried to perfection (crispy but without overcooking the prawns into a rubbery mess).
- Salad (RM 6.80+)
The greens were fresh (good) but I didn't fancy the sweet, almost honey-like dressing.
- Unagi Don Set with Hijiki and Miso Soup (RM 24.80+)
(Hijiki can also be ordered as a side dish at RM 3.00+ per plate)
The eel flesh was tender without being too soft and just sweet enough, coated with the fairly thick sauce.
(Nice!... and I really liked the savoury/salty seaweed, Hijiki, that was served on the side)
- Soba Cold Noodle with Fried Ebi (RM 15.80+)
I haven't yet acquired a liking for this type of dish, but I can see how people would like this refreshingly cool noodle (slightly softer than al dente but nice).
- Curry Chicken Katsu Set with Miso Soup (RM 14.80+)
The chicken was tender, and the batter was perfectly crispy, complemented by the savoury Japanese style curry.
(They also have a Curry Fish Katsu if you prefer)
- Green Tea Red Bean Pudding (RM 4+)
- Poco Homemade Tofu Cake (RM 7.80+)
While both desserts didn't knock my socks off, I appreciate that they are delicately flavoured and are generally, healthier options. :)
Overall, I loved how the everything tasted fresh (not pre-prepared/ thrown together from supermarket frozen food), and well, like they are lovingly home made. :)
(If there was only one down side though is that due to this, they can be a biiiiiit slow when serving your food)
BTW, there is also a selection of hand made products designed/ created by one of the owners:
- Poco Bear thanks you for your visit:
Overall: Cute cafe/restaurant in the Jalan Kurau area (on the quieter side of bustling Bangsar), simple Japanese food at a reasonable prices, friendly service BUT service can be a bit slow....
PS/ I'm still sorting through my Melbourne photos - will post up something on that as soon as I can. :)
Poco Homemade @ Lorong Kurau, Bangsar, KL
1, Lorong Kurau, Bangsar 59100 KL
Ambience : 7
Service : 6
Price** : RM 30++ per person
Website: Click HERE
** Approximation - 3 course meal, excluding drinks
Telephone No.: 03-2287 5688
Opening Hours: 12pm - 9.30pm (Closed Mondays)
NO PORK SERVED
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