Bamboo Hills is arguably the latest happening dining spots these days in 2023. Been meant to check it out earlier but having a new born tends to make dining arrangements a tad complicated, we finally did thanks to an invitation from Kampai Yakiniku.
First, getting to Bamboo Hills itself turned out to be super easy as there’s a direct exit straight from Duke Highway if you’re traveling from the west (PJ/Mont Kiara area).
As it is a purposefully built commercial area for food, parking is ample and getting to the restaurants were very convenient, for those who likes to take photos standing in front of beautiful trees and water features, you’ll be in for a treat as well.
As the name implies, Kampai Yakiniku specialized in Japanese grilled meat, and well, the name kampai “??” – finish up your drink, also meant that there’s plenty of sake and other alcohol to choose from to go with this brand of cuisine. However, I did not sample this part of the equation since driving & having a 2-month old isn’t too compatible with alcohol.
The menu (check below) includes a more than decent selection of beef of various cuts & quality, from sirloin, ribs, to beef tongue, and your favorite Wagyu cuts. There’s even Wagyu sashimi and beef offal too.
Additionally, there’s also chicken, seafood, and vege for grilling, as well as ready-to-eat appetizers, small bites, soup, and several types of fried rice. There’s something for everyone even if you’re not strictly into grilled meat.
We sampled two types of their grilled meat and came away impressed. They were packed with flavor, buttery, and luxurious, a touch of sea salt was all we needed to be fully satisfied with the meat.
You get an option of grilling the meat yourself, or leave it to one of the servers to do the deed, I suggest the latter as these guys are experts of the domain and our guy, Daniel from Philippines, did a wonderful job for us.
We also sampled their crispy Wagyu rice (RM 25) and a more traditional garlic fried rice (RM 15). While the garlic fried rice was very good in itself, I’d say spend a bit more and go for the Wagyu version, those bits of Wagyu meat and fats really adds to the overall flavor quite a bit.
The other dish we had was the combo mixed platter (RM 118) that came with scallops (two types), tiger prawns, squid, Norwegian salmon, and some vegetables. The seafood were grilled on the spot, we really enjoyed the juicy tiger prawns and scallops, but what impressed us the most was perhaps those salmon fillet, must be something with the server’s skills, it was so tender and done just right with perfect texture.
Overall it was definitely a positive experience dining at Kampai Yakiniku although it could be a little bit warm on a hot day since dining is semi-alfresco style, so if you can’t stand the heat, I’d suggest visiting this place at night.