Monday, June 18, 2012

Kyoto Lab @ Ampang

It might not be a mad scientist's lair of outrageous recipes, but this Ampang eatery, affiliated with The Pool, is nevertheless worth exploring for fans of Japanese fare.

Traces of inventiveness trickle through Kyoto Lab's menu: a salad with four test tubes of sauces _ miso, sesame, wafu and tomato basil _ looks dangerously gimmicky, but it's a fun concoction of fresh crispness and flavorsome creaminess.

Salmon sashimi and potato salad with a tangible taste of truffle oil. Good comfort food.

Can't complain about the timbale of prawns, avocado and crab meat ...

... or the almond-coated seafood balls, as well-executed as we could wish for.

Eel, of unquestionable quality too, much smoother than buffet versions.

Which came first _ the chicken wings ...

... or the quail eggs? No matter; both reached the same conclusion in our tummies.

Complimentary miso soup, cloudy with a chance of umami.

An experimental edge emerges again in the end: Asahi beer-battered tempura ice cream with Azuki beans and thick, milky sauce in a syringe.

The novelty value is high _ kids of all ages will have fun with this.

Cool cocktails: Rambu-tini, with vodka, triple sec and rambutan fruits.

Hershey's Martini (vodka, white curacao, chocolate syrup).

New York Flip (ron zacapa rum 23 years, vintage port, egg yolk).

Kesho Tsubo sake.



Kyoto Lab,
347, Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur.
Open for dinner, except Mondays.
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26 comments:

  1. Must experiment with this place...hehe =)

    The timbale looks creamylicious while the sashimi n potato salad is my kind of combo :)

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    1. Ulric: the eccentric presentations of some of the dishes here will definitely raise a few eyebrows, but in the end, it might be the creamy starters and salads that satisfy everyone the most :D

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    2. Dun forget the unagi kabayaki ler :P

      Any spare parts yakitori lying around here?..hehe =)

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    3. Ulric: i think you'll enjoy the unagi here, though it's a bit pricey (i think around RM30). ooh, i didn't notice any liver, heart or gizzard on the yakitori list =)

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    4. Ehhh...price is alright for some good unagi =)

      For a lab I think they are too squeamish on spare parts lar...haha :P

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    5. Ulric: yeps, hopefully the menu will keep evolving...

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  2. Haha the syringe and test tubes must make dining here pretty fun!

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    1. Baby Sumo: heheh, it had been many years since i last held a test tube in my hands! :D

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  3. Almond-coated seafood balls, my kind of dish! Hehehe!

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    1. CK: very nice seafood balls, made with very fresh and meaty ingredients. and totally covered in nuts! :D

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  4. Asahi beer-battered tempura ice cream with Azuki beans and thick, milky sauce in a syringe - can taste the Asahi?

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    1. TNG: ooh, no flavor of beer, but i think it helped to add more body/volume to the batter! :D

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  5. Oh I want one of those New York Flips - aged rum and port - two of my favourite liquors - I do wander how they go together though. :-)

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    1. The Yum List: oh, the new york flip is also available at tate at the intermark, if that's a more convenient location for you (though it's significantly pricier at tate, if i recall correctly) :D

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  6. What is the syringe doing there!! It's like having surgery hahaha! Love the Asahi beer-battered tempura ice cream with Azuki beans and thick, milky sauce in a syringe.... So artistic presentation... It really triggers my appetite right now~

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    1. Eunice: heheh, yes, it's a truly uniquely presented dessert. i wish more of their dishes here would have those interesting touches :D

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  7. I think I can proceed with my research here instead of my actual research project, which i abandoned. :)

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    1. Michelle: this would be an enjoyable research project indeed :D

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  8. Wow a new level of Japanese food....
    Must visit someday...

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    1. Simple person: ya, I respect restaurants that take risks with their menu =)

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  9. the sauce in the syringe is so cute and the colour of the food is so nice!

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    1. Eiling: heheh, i wonder if other restaurants might consider using syringes for their food also :D

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  10. Quails eggs! Those little delightful lil eggs! Hard to stop eating them:D

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    1. Missyblurkit: so true! i love quail eggs in malaccan satay celup especially! :D

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  11. I have to say, my favourite Japanese food is fully cooked!

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    1. Elaine: heheh, I'll take the raw stuff, thank you very much! :D

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