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Last Friday we braved the traffic and traveled to Solaris Mont Kiara for a lovely dinner at Shuraku thanks to the invitation from Mei.

The quaint Japanese restaurant is located just above Maybank on level 2, with the ambiance that is only made possible by the inclusion of Japanese diners in addition to Japanese magazines, old clocks, hanging ropes, and the sound and smell of a yakitori bar.

Shuraku at Solaris Mont Kiara
Shuraku at Solaris Mont Kiara

The dishes for the night were already chosen for us so the six of us just sat back and relax. We started the night with some Asahi beer and a couple glasses of Japanese cocktails that were served from this portable carbonated dispenser, we had a pear flavored cocktail, it was lovely.

salmon tamago, beef steak salad, unagi
salmon tamago, beef steak salad, unagi

Appetizer, if you would, were seared salmon on tamago (sweet egg omelet), the sweet and savory unagi on tofu, and some tasty beef steak salad.

pork belly, chicken wings, chicken gizzards, chicken thigh and leek yakitori
pork belly, chicken wings, chicken gizzards, chicken thigh and leek yakitori

What we really came here for though, were the yakitori. While yakitori literally meant grilled fowl, at Shuraku, they also serve it with yummy pork belly too.

Of course, we also had  chicken thigh with leek, chicken wings (I must say the way Japanese grill their chicken wings is a lot better than our Malaysian style, much easier to eat and much less messy), and my favorite – chicken gizzards.

soba, roast eggplants
soba salad, roast eggplants

Soba salad was refreshing but slightly awkward, I still prefer the good old cha soba, this is a bit too fusion for me.

The roast eggplants however, was super awesome. There’s a type of sweet (peanut/mayo?) sauce they add to it that made it so rich and really made my taste buds happy. Kim and I devoured the whole thing, including skin!

salmon maki
salmon and tuna  maki

We shared a salmon and tuna maki too, so yah, they do have raw fish and do a very fine job preparing the maki. Great in both presentation and taste, I must say.

kimchi, okonomiyaki (Japanese pancake/pizza), mushroom
kimchi, okonomiyaki (Japanese pancake/pizza), mushroom

Curiously, Shuraku also serve up a pretty good kimchi dish, and with pork belly in it of course.

Okonomiyaki was rich and quite filling with all the mayo and sweet sauce, I just realised last I had this was in 2005, documented in this post, at Lowyat plaza.

sake, teriyaki, ciki!
sake, teriyaki, ciki!

Ah, there’s also this meatball skewer that was served with half boiled egg. Interesting combination that somehow worked.

the girls and the guys
Haze, Kim, Ciki, Cumi, Gareth, KY

We ordered several more yakitori of various flavored and had an awesome night. Prices at Shuraku are reasonable and doesn’t vary much from other similar Japanese outfit. Do check the place out if you love authentic Japanese food that isn’t just confined to sushi and sashimi

map to Solaris Mont Kiara

Address:
Shuraku
13-2, Jalan Solaris Mont Kiara 1,
Solaris Mont Kiara, off Jalan Duta
50480 Kuala Lumpur
GPS3.174049,101.660037
Tel: 03-6203 0561

So i stumbled upon this little restaurant at Low Yat plaza offering Okonomiyaki. Now I had no idea wtf it is, but the pictures sure looks good, my stomach was conducting a concert and I’m not puasa, so we decided to have a meal there.

Okonomiyaki is a Japanese pancake kinda stuff, with various ingredients in it. Main stuffing seems to be noodle, onions, and vege, then you get all the other good stuff such as prawn, beef, pork, squid, salmon, and more. Read more at wikipedia’s okonomiyaki entry.

Okonomiyaki at Low Yat Plaza
they cook it right in front of you

We ordered the “Supreme set” that is good enough for 2 hungry stomachs, the stuffing were prawn, bacon, and squid. The set meal is divided into 2 parts, one okonomiyaki, and another udon omlete kinda stuff. The udon omlete is served like “nasi pataya” style, egg wrapped around udon with some bacon in it, topped with some okinomiyaki sauce that tastes pretty much like oyster sauce. A plate of kimchi came with it too, don’t ask me why.

Okonomiyaki at Low Yat Plaza
these stuff looks great, don’t you agree? drooling yet?

The taste of okonomiyaki is pretty decent, tho not the greatest of things I have eaten. If you are a noodle lover, you will for sure love this thing. The taste may come across a little blunt too, but there’s nothing some extra okonomiyaki sauce won’t help. Give it a try and decide for yourself if you think it’s good. There are several choices to choose from, like salmon, pork, and even cheese. The price was less than RM 40 for two, pretty reasonable.

GPS: 3.144223, 101.709688