Sunday, December 5, 2010

Kita No Zen

Mid Valley doesn't need another Japanese restaurant, but Kita No Zen is still a worthwhile addition, offering a better selection than most of this mall's conveyor-belt sushi outlets.

Our mission here was to sample this Oroya Sushi wine, bought from The wine has been around for a few years, but we had fun finally testing whether it lives up to its claim of being the most harmonious alcoholic match for raw fish, vinegared rice & spicy wasabi.

Kita No Zen's sushi platter is an OK order, comprising a reasonably fresh-tasting assortment for less than RM100. Most of the usual suspects are here, including tuna belly, mackerel, prawn, squid, octopus, eel, sea urchin & salmon roe.

The wine went well with all of these. It seemed less acidic than other white wine varieties, though that also meant it was a bit bland and characterless.

Maki stuffed with salmon & topped with avocado & collagen. Is a "collagen craze" sweeping KL's Japanese joints? Since we're fast losing the final vestige of our youthfulness, it probably wouldn't hurt for us to consume this purported health food.

Pacific horsehair crab, served cold. Firm, fleshy and sweet. But beware of its thorny shell.

Avocado & tofu salad. Melt-in-the-mouth bliss that's guilt-free for a change.

Wasabi-marinated octopus entrails. Slimy but slurp-worthy.

We love the ice cream here (ordered from the neighboring Hokkaido Ice Cream outlet, part of the Hokkaido Ichiba brand that houses Kita No Zen as well). Here's some smooth, milky Hokkaido corn ice cream with fresh corn & butterscotch sauce.

Vanilla & Japanese potato ice cream.

Hokkaido melon ice cream & Niagara wine sherbet with rock melon.

Vanilla & salt caramel ice cream, topped with butterscotch sauce, almonds, pecans & marshmallows. A true treat; one of our favorite desserts this year.

Kita No Zen,
The Gardens, Mid Valley, Kuala Lumpur.


  1. Oh my.. I nd to get my ass over to tht ice cream place quick!

  2. I'm not really a fan of Jap food... but the crab certainly look heavenly.

  3. tng: i have a hunch that you'll enjoy it ... and it's not too sweet, so you can sample at least a few different scoops! :D
    cleffairy: ahh, japanese cuisine is among my top three favorite ones. and yep, the crab is certainly worth checking out =)

  4. A Nippon medley... soothes my aching appetite, it does... :)

  5. With the exception of its glorious ice-cream, this place has a got a case of MV-itis too, I believe. Been there 3 times for lunches and each time, the main courses have delivered wayyy below the desserts. I guess sweet endings are better than upendings!

  6. lfb: one wonders whether your appetite is aching cos u've subjected it to strenuous workouts recently, stretching it past its point of endurance :P
    michelle: next to it or part of it, depending on how you look at it, heheh :D
    min: ya, i think it's one of the better japanese restaurants at mid valley, but that's probably like saying that charlie st cloud is one of zac efron's better movies :D looks like opening a japanese outlet is a guaranteed gateway to success in this mall, judging from the crowds that still queue outside this restaurant for dinner on a weekday!

  7. I've only been there for the ice creams. Cheap and good. two scoops and "kita ADA zen"

  8. Also possibly true - I certainly have been overeating of late. Just check out my NEW layers of flab! :P

  9. Those seared marshmellows with the ice cream look awesome... :D

  10. qwazymonkey: heheh, now u're making me wonder what 'kita no zen' actually means. googling it for a translation doesn't seem to help :D
    lfb: hey, perhaps those new layers could be the pictorial subject of a future blog entry! :P
    j: ya, i lurrrve marshmallows. i could happily munch on an entire packet of them :D

  11. No way. Too sad to even contemplate. :(

  12. Kita No Zen sounds like "we no zen" if you translate the word "kita". Definitely a name I would remember!

  13. lfb: what's sad for you could be a source of amusement for your readers! :D
    eiling: heheh, i bet the restaurant would consider that unintentional :D

  14. Octopus entrails - eeuww! But i'll go for the icecream!

  15. pureglutton: heheh, it tastes better than it looks/sounds... really! :D