Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Matsuba Shokudo

Nestled in Tmn Desa's cluster of condos, Matsuba is a hushed hideout where customers feast on a cornucopia of Japanese chow & meditate on the soothing sight of a landscaped poolside.

Tororo gohan _ steamed rice with sticky yam & egg yolk. Some might scorn this as bland, but it compensates with a gentle warmth & creamy softness. Culinary consolation for the work-weary.

Salmon & avocado maki, topped with a princely portion of fresh fish.

Unagi & avocado roll, expertly executed to placate the clientele, which seems to mainly comprise Japanese expatriates and their families.

More avocado makis? Why not _ this mix of irreproachably crunchy soft-shell crab with velvety avocado is a surefire route to epicurean ecstasy.

Special salmon roll, wrapped in rice paper but without rice stuffed within. The health-conscious connoisseur's compromise between having a salad and a carb-loaded maki.

Buta kakuni. Braised pork belly that's as tender and tasty as any in town.

Crisp tonkatsu, unblemished by excess grease. Pork has a place of honor at Matsuba.

Mentaiko. Fried fish roe that screams out for a helping of nasi kandar.

Nonkatsu ramen. Not a thorough triumph, since the broth is watery and bland.

Grilled pork belly & chicken gizzard. Smoky succulence, squared.

Chicken skin skewers. Probably grilled a little too long, since it seems all dried out.

Green tea & sesame ice cream, with a homemade feel.

A 1.8-liter bottle of sake proved too much to handle (particularly since one person was compelled to consume the lion's share).


Matsuba Shokudo,
OBD Garden Tower Condominium,
Taman Desa, Off Jalan Klang Lama, Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03-7987-7088
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26 comments:

  1. Oh my! Not a fan of mentaiko but this one sure looks like the ones they have at nasi kandar shops! LOL.
    the steamed rice with sticky yam & egg yolk is such happy carbs!!

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  2. I've heard about the aftermath of that 1.8litre sake. LOL

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  3. tng: heheh, i like EVERY kind of fish roe. but ya, my plate of nasi kandar is not complete without some telur ikan! :D
    qwazymonkey: oh noooo, why is word spreading?! oh, the shame! will i ever be able to show my face at OBD tower ever again (if i haven't already been blacklisted from entering the condo) :D

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  4. The word hasnt spread...yet. LOL. I met up with your dinner partners last weekend and heard some funny story. Secret's safe with me. Not sure about them though.

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  5. Qwazymonkey: phew! maybe I oughta bribe everyone with bowls of ramen to keep their lips sealed! the sorta-good news is that my own lips haven't touched a drop of sake since this dinner last week (though that will probably change before the end of this week) :D

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  6. wow, there's more and more japanese restaurants opening up in kl!

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  7. Goddamn...the makis looks divine and there's porkyliciousness to be had...Matsuba Shokudo here I come :D

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  8. I'm a huge fan of the buta kakuni here! Also the pool, the gym, the property in general!

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  9. What's this about keeping our lips sealed? Didn't you go public with your sake-xperience on one of my recent blog posts, no less? Hehe.

    And you can ask Devil - I drank more than my fair share of the sake - but 1.8 litres, dude! How much could wee lil me help? :P

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  10. michelle: oh, this place has actually been in taman desa for ages. but it seems like only residents of this neighborhood eat here :D
    ulric: heheh, you'll be spoiled for choice! there's gotta be at least 100 items on the menu here, including some weekly specials scribbled on a whiteboard on the wall =)
    min: oooh, i'm guessing you either live here or you have a friend who does then! :D but yeah, the property seems really nice. and the security guys here are a lot friendlier and more professional than the guards at my place in sri petaling =)
    lfb: aiyo, nobody would have noticed that comment of mine, since it was on an old post and way at the bottom of the entry. of course, you couldn't resist linking to it now. triple bah! :D heheh, at least my memory of most of the meal is intact (including the nuggets of info on dexter, jason and mr schoolteacher-turned-laser-disc-businessman) =)

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  11. 100+ items...tats what I call variety...*drools* :D R u allowed to park inside?

    Did some research...ODB means Overseas Business Development...seems this condo was developed by a Japanese company and marketed exclusively to the Japanese expats in the past...so I expect the workmanship and quality to be up to standard :)

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  12. ulric: oh yeah, visitor parking is a breeze. quick access (just let the guards jot down details from your IC and they'll return it to you with a visitor pass) and lotsa parking space, very conveniently located. :D ahhhh, ok, that makes sense. the restaurant has a very home-ish, lived-in feel too, but thankfully, it doesn't feel run down =)

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  13. Hehe. Linking's faster (and less messy) than regurgitating your entire comment. And proof that it's not something I made up myself, haha.

    Triple bah? Like the black sheep? :P

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  14. lfb: sigh. i probably am considered a black sheep by the custodians of obd condo. look me up under the definition of 'persona non grata' :P

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  15. my oh my!! Look at what I've missed for so long... no time to post comments lately. In fact no time to read blogs due to my work!! Sigh!!
    Having said that... the fried fish roe is such a delight to the eyes!

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  16. leo: gosh, it's been a very long time! but ya, you've definitely been missed. hope that work eases for you soon, so that you'll be able to find more time for leisure again! hope jenn and the children are well too. take care, ya =)

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  17. How do you manage to find allll these lovely places?

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  18. baby sumo: heh, it's hard work, really! i keep a list, i scout areas, i surf the web, i ask around and keep my eyes and ears open to all sources :D

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  19. so were you the one who has to consume the most sake?!!

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  20. Eiling: yep! I wouldn't do it again after this experience, heheh

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  21. Nice restaurant. Must try the kengan water also. Let me know if anyone keen. Special invitation only.

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  22. taiping kaki: interesting, thanks! have not tried kangen water before =)

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  23. You can contact Connie at 012-7003361 in KL for a free test. You will then recommend everyone to cook using Kangen water. aha. Can google it or see here for explanations. http://www.kangen-water.ca/?c=uses-kitchen-cooking#c=uses-kitchen-cooking
    Videos here. Not for average ahmat hor. http://www.youtube.com/user/xtremexn?feature=mhee#p/c/5963C57C07B572DF/0/H5xegFABerA

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  24. taiping kaki: thanks again for the info =)

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  25. whats the price range is like for the maki?

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  26. Michelle: yikes, i'm afraid it's been too long since this meal, and my memory is foggy =)

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