Fusion goodies at Daikanyama, Changkat Bukit Bintang.

Owned by the same people as Shuraku, we went to Daikanyama all excited for another extraordinary gastronomic experience.

Daikanyama is located along the busy Changkat Bukit Bintang. It’s hard to miss. Like Shuraku, space is limited but the interior of the restaurant is far more upmarket and trendy.

# – Daikanyama, Changkat Bukit Bintang.

Famous among its patrons for its delicious Japanese fusion menu, Daikanyama recently launched a few new dishes which combine the best of local Malaysian food with some Japanese influence.

# – With Mei.

The results are food that might remind you of the time when you were a kid happily trawling the neighbourhood wet market for breakfast or when you’re a hormonal teenager checking out the opposite sex at the mamak or when you’re eating simple but comforting dishes whipped up by your equally busy other half after putting in a hard day’s work.

All those memories…but now imagine that they happened while you were a character in a Japanese anime. Yeap.

# – DKYM’s Malaysian Roll. Handroll stuffed with bakkua strips and pork floss. Reminds me of Chinese New Year, the only time when I binge on seaweed sheets, bakkua and pork floss all at the same time, not necessarily in that order.

# – DKYM Special Geso Rojak. Kind of like the luxurious version of our local rojak. The fish roe gave the dish an interesting pop.

# – Salmon butter yaki. Served on a bed of kangkung belacan, the salmon is meaty and full of body. I’d personally prefer the fish to be slightly less cooked though.

# – Californian luncheon cheese maki. Luncheon meat and cheese, need I say more?

# – Special chapati roll. Admittedly the plainest dish, but don’t let its appearance fool you. It’s full of flavours.

We also got to sample some of Daikanyama’s staples. I could see why this joint is so consistently busy because the food were absolutely delicious!

# – Salmon Truffle Oil Tataki. Lightly cooked salmon on a bed creamy mash and drizzled with the unmistakable truffle oil. Truly orgasmic!

# – The Chef’s Special Maggi Goreng. Only lucky patrons get to enjoy this as it’s not on the menu. Fried with octopuses, scallops and other shellfish in a special sauce and then topped with a perfect sunny side up. Incredibly addictive!

# – We finished off our dinner with this incredibly boozy, incredibly delicious ice cream dessert. Kind of like parfait but…. *hic *hic

Thank you Mei and Edwin. I had a grand time :)

# – DKYM.

No. 42 Changkat Bukit Bintang,
50200 Kuala Lumpur,
Tel: +6012 971 0058

Delicious yakitori at Shuraku, Solaris Mont Kiara.

Thanks to Mei, we got to savour amazingly delicious yakitoris at Shuraku in Solaris Mt Kiara.

# – Shuraku. Non-halal.

You know it’s a good place when you see Japanese expatriates themselves patronising the place. Keeping the interior design as close to an authentic yakitori bar as possible, you’d find space a rather precious commodity here but it’s not like I’m complaining. I loved the ambiance, it’s like being transported into the heart of Japan.

# – Yakitori bar style.

The food, as I had iterated earlier, were superb! They were nothing like the dehydrated, puny bits of things vaguely resembling meats that you might find at the average restaurant. Every bite was juicy, flavoursome and succulent, literally pieces of heaven on skewers!

# – Some of the yakitoris – pork belly (porkgasmic), chicken gizzards (plump & tasty), grilled gingko (I know right, weird but awesome!) & chicken thighs (so….decadent).

There are other goodies at Shuraku and they too, were delicious!

# – Spring rolls (light, fresh and crispy), okonomiyaki or Hiroshima pancake (pretty delicious), lightly grilled salmon on tamago (light and tasty), beef steak salad (juicy, medium rare steak slices with fresh crisp vegetables).

# – Here’s me eating the interesting baked eggplant with thick miso sauce which I couldn’t stop eating!

# – The aforementioned eggplants…

Shuraku is a wonderful place to catch up with friends over booze and great food. Maybe the lack of space gets people to feel closer to each other, haha!

# – The men – Cumi, Gareth & KY.

# – The women – Haze, me and Mei.

Pricing at Shuraku is absolutely reasonable for the high quality of food, the ambiance is great and you have got to order the fizzy sake + fruit juice cocktails….DELICIOUS! Should you want to make a visit to Shuraku, do call for reservations though as this place is popular!

The BF and I agreed we would be returning to the Shuraku as regulars. You have got to give it to a place that is proudly non-halal. Heh.

Shuraku (right above Maybank),
13-2, Jalan Solaris Mont Kiara 1,
Solaris Mont Kiara, off Jalan Duta.
Tel: 03-6203 0561
Opening hours: Daily, 6pm – 12.30am