Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Tokyo Don & Tokyo Teppan

Two sister restaurants, situated side-by-side at Pavilion's Tokyo Street precinct, one specializing in donburi and the other in teppanyaki.

Cross-ordering between both outlets is encouraged, but that can lead to customer frustration, since some members of the service crew seem dazed and confused.

Rice bowl with tempura prawn, fish & veggies. The batter was interesting _ not as crisp and light as other versions, but boasting an eggy flavor that suited the seafood.

Salmon teppanyaki. Fresh, flaky and buttery enough to curb complaints.

Angus beef teppanyaki with bean sprouts. Competently prepared but unexceptional.

Surprisingly, the highlight was the house-made tofu, which tasted like a cross between egg yolk & creme caramel. Our other orders included shiitake mushrooms & fried rice, but we ended up leaving in impatience before those ever reached our table.

Tamano Junmai Ginjo sake. The cheapest choice, but still RM78 for 300ml.

There's tons of potential here, but let's hope they sort out the teething troubles soon.

Tokyo Don & Tokyo Teppan,
Tokyo Street, Level 6, Pavilion, Kuala Lumpur.
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26 comments:

  1. Yes...d cold tofu was a highlight for me too...results in an exhale of cold breath during d first bite...awesome :)

    U r missing the awesome butter sauce on d angus beef...it really makes a difference to d beef...next time sit in front n banter with d teppan chefs...u will get extras :P

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  2. I'm gonna stalk you. And it should be easy seeing that you're here for dinner almost everyday! :P

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  3. ulric: sounds like your dinner here was much more satisfying than mine! but ergkh, am now annoyed that they forgot to provide butter sauce for the beef that was sent to my table. am deducting some more points from them! :D
    tng: you're right! over the past 12 days, i've had meals at pavilion on at least six separate occasions. and i'll probably be heading here one or two more times this week! :D

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  4. I also want to have the tofu! I love home made tofu. :)

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  5. Yea...service was all over d place during opening nite. The difference was I was at Teppan Don while u were at Tokyo Don...and I ordered teppan stuff while u cross-ordered...go figure...hahaha :)

    I will be there again since I have a RM20 voucher and d Tokyo Street Privilege Card offering 15% discount from the above outlets until 31 Aug :D

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  6. This does look promising. I wish there's an izakaya sumwhere in Tokyo street :)

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  7. Doesn't sound great.. How?

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  8. You are at Pavilion... too frequent! Haha.

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  9. That bowl of tempura don is impressive! So much food on top! I would really love to try that out.. and the angus beef!

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  10. michelle: it was quite exquisite. at first, we weren't sure whether it was tofu or some sort of chawanmushi :D
    ulric: ahhh, best to make use of the discount card by trying out everything that you wanna try at tokyo street! i have a few vouchers from ramen santouka that i aim to use this week =)
    augustdiners: yeah, there's a severe lack of watering holes at tokyo street. so far, only tokyo don & tokyo teppan serve booze. the area is too family-friendly! :D
    ciki: heheh, save this place for a rainy day when there's nothing else that you want to eat at pavilion =)
    chong: i'll try to avoid going there tonight! though there's a 30 percent chance that i might :D
    iamthewitch: ya, you're right. prices here are slightly steeper than most of tokyo street's other eateries, but they make up for it with reasonably generous portions =)

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  11. Santouka's special Pork Cheek ramen is still not available as at yesterday lunch :(

    If u want booze, u can revisit Watami...hehehe...

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  12. ulric: i think i'm more or less giving up hope already. even if it's available, it probably will run out of stock by dinnertime. anyways, apparently fresh pork supply is harder to find on mondays =)

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  13. this shows how long I have not been to Pavilion.. I don't even know that Tokyo Street exists :P

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  14. leo: you might like it! a fair number of decent japanese eateries and retail stores :D

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  15. it's so funny that when I walked past Santouka ramen, it's full and these two outlets are practically empty.

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  16. eiling: yep, u're right! there's always a queue during peak hours at santouka :D

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  17. Tokyo Street is finally opened! I'm so excited. And I read your previous post on Cafe Takahashi as well, so many places that I want to go to. Perhaps service was a little slow coz they are newly opened? Hope they'll do better soon. =)

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  18. They should top the house made tofu with foie... fuah imagine that! :P

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  19. Maybe let's let them settle down ... cross-ordering and such will create confusion indeed.
    Though surprisingly the steamed egg got the nods for the best dish instead of the others.

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  20. Eat Only Lar: oh yeah, this is quite an exciting development at pavilion! So far, I'd recommend the ramen at santouka, the tamago pizza at takahashi, the bread at en ginza, the mochi at mochi sweets and the milk tea at ochado =)
    Baby sumo: That's a cool idea! And it would probably taste great too. Y'know, I just realized, I think there aren't any restaurants at pavilion that serve foie gras =)
    J2kfm: Yeah, I just hope that it won't be too late for them. Most of the other outlets at pavilion's Tokyo street have gotten positive feedback, but this is the one that hasn't really received much buzz so far...

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  21. Was walking around Tokyo Street yesterday nite...Tokyo Teppan was packed...can't say the same for Tokyo Don though...

    Btw, the Premium Pork Cheek Ramen is now available in Santouka :D

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  22. ulric: heheh, the decor at tokyo teppan is much nicer than tokyo don's! :D hmmm, hopefully it'll be available permanently. not one day got, then three days don't have :D

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  23. R they still running their b8z for teppanyaki now?

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  24. How Much For Rice Bowl With Tempura?

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  25. How Much For Rice Bowl With Tempura?

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  26. Had diarrhea and vomiting after eating at this restaurant. I ordered their sushi combo and was having my dinner there around 9pm. I guess the raw fish was rotten/not fresh. Totally unacceptable for them to serve that. The manager told me they do morning checks for the fish. Got unlucky as I don't know which part of rotten fish they served me. The diarrhea and vomiting started the next morning. Went to toilet six times and vomited four times in total for that day. I did not pay RM50 to shit myself like crazy and shiver due to the low blood sugar. First time getting food poisoning from sushi. Am a sushi lover but a bit too traumatized now..

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