Sunday, February 19, 2017

IDon Japanese Restaurant @ Sunway Putra Mall

Fun-to-slurp noodles, fulfilling rice bowls & freshly fried tempura: Sunway Putra Mall's latest restaurant capably tackles the fuss-free crowd-pleasers of casual Japanese cuisine, making it a satisfactory stop for fairly priced fare if you work in Chow Kit.

IDon's udon recipes form the foundation of its menu, with a full dozen varieties available, from kitsune to mentaiko noodles. We spiced up our lunch with two hot-sellers - the classic Japanese vegetable curry, mild & creamy with carrots, potatoes & onions (RM11.50), & the contemporary Malaysian-inflected dry chilli, evoking pan mee, complete with minced meat, anchovies & mushrooms (RM11.50); the handmade udon is fresh, smooth & firm, offered in the popular, locally sourced sanuki type.

Prefer rice? IDon's got you covered with eight separate rice bowls - we enjoyed our Nikku Beef, boasting tender, thinly sliced meat simmered in sweetish soy stock, crowned with a runny egg for extra comfort (RM12.50). It's sufficient as a meal on its own, but if you'd like to munch on a bit more, the beef ball soup (RM6.50) & gyoza (RM7.50) both prove to be worthy snacks.

Fans of battered temptations, there's lots to like here, from the fleshy, protein-powered ebi tempura (RM3.50 per piece), irresistibly crisp-&-textured squid tempura skewer (RM6.50) & predictably juicy chicken karaage (RM5.50) to the fibre-fuelled eggplant (RM4) & enoki (RM4.50), doing justice to the tradition of tempura. Thanks to IDon's friendly team for having us.

IDon Japanese Restaurant
25, 26 & 30, Level 2, Sunway Putra Mall, Jalan Putra, Kuala Lumpur. Tel: 016-284-1814

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Saturday, February 18, 2017

Krakow Market Square @ Poland

Krakow's main market square is a feast for the senses - for the foodies, scores of stalls serve up all manner of Polish specialities, from huge links of carnivore-baiting sausages & steaming-hot pork knuckles, plus insanely moreish black pudding ...

... to the ubiquitous national staple of pierogi dumplings, stuffed with the likes of cottage cheese, potatoes & onions; cabbage & mushrooms; feta cheese & spinach; lentils & dried tomatoes; or sweet cheese with raisins ...

... to grilled oscypek (smoked cheese made of salted sheep milk from the Tatra Mountains) ...

... to coffee, hot chocolate, & pears & bananas dipped in chocolate & sprinkles.


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Friday, February 17, 2017

Sushi Kinmedai @ Solaris Dutamas

Sushi Kinmedai heralds the first KL offshoot of a family of restaurants that includes Tokyo's Roppongi Taira, Shirokane Taira & Yakitori Taira; the brand also operates Sushi Mairu at KLIA's Mitsui Outlet Park, with seafood here sourced from Tsukiji market & handled by Sushi Kinmedai's resident Japanese chef.

The ideal introduction to Kinmedai might be the Nigiri Course (RM148), showcasing 10 pieces of the chef's personal selection of sushi (likely including the restaurant's namesake Splendid Alfonsino, with other cuts like tuna belly among the remaining highlights), with a made-to-order hand roll, kobachi salad starter, chawanmushi, omelette, miso soup & basic dessert to round out the meal. The food might not necessarily inflame passions, but everything proves proficiently prepared from start to finish.

The selection is varied enough that customers can go big with a premium omakase blow-out that features 16 pieces of sushi with the works (RM338), or keep the cost more moderate with a bara chirashi don set (RM49; available as a lunch special). Sushi can be ordered by individual pieces too, ranging from tai (RM9) & kanpachi (RM13) to hotate (RM22) & awabi (RM58).

Sushi Kinmedai (outside Publika)
A2-G2-09 Solaris Dutamas, Kuala Lumpur. Open daily for lunch & dinner. Tel: 03-6211-3711


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