I think it’s safe to say I’m not the only one who’s happy about Japanese food being so diverse in Malaysia these days. Back in the early 90s, every Japanese restaurant basically serves sushi, sashimi, and a few assorted dishes.
Fast forward 30 odd years, now there’s all sorts of different sub-Japanese cuisine available for us to choose – aside from the mentioned, there’s ramen, yakitori, tonkatsu, udon, tendon, izakaya, omakase places, and today’s topic – yakiniku.
For those who aren’t familiar, yakiniku basically means grilled meat, so in essence, Japanese BBQ.
Tokyo Bijin at Subang SS15 is one such restaurant, and when it comes to Japanese food in this area, you are pretty much guaranteed that quality would be at least decent, since there are dozens of different Japanese outlets here, those that aren’t competitive would usually get weeded out over time.
Like many such restaurants, the set up at Tokyo Bijin is complete with telescopic exhaust extended from the ceiling, controlling the smoke from grilling pretty effectively. The stove here is made of stone, with burning charcoal as the heat source.
Unlike Korean restaurants in which the servers may assist in cooking, yakiniku is usually a DIY process, which is fine by us since the meat are all pre-cut to bite size.
As expected, the menu consists of mainly various types of raw meat, including various cuts of pork (also iberico), chicken, beef and even seafood. You then get to choose different marinate for them. There are also some pancake, salad, rice, udon, and side dishes as well.
Of course, there’s a selection of wine, sake, sochu, beer, and .. well, green tea!
For dinner, we skipped the headache and went for their Tokyo Bijin Set (RM 98), Pork BBQ Set (RM 55), and a green onion rice (RM 12) to share.
The Tokyo Bijin Set came with beef karubi (boneless short rib), rib eye, shin skirt, green onion salt tongue, and also chicken thigh. As for the Pork BBQ Set, there were fatty pork, pork belly, and pork loin. We had these marinated with various style as per suggested by the server so that we get to try more flavors.
The meal turned out to be pretty great, it was fun grilling our own meat, and the taste were pretty much on point, if maybe slightly too strong tasting. I thought it’ll be 100% perfect if you have some rice to go with actually.
My favorite were the ox tongue, ribs, and fatty pork, but even those chicken thighs were pretty good as well. Will definitely head back to this place to try other stuff.