Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Yakitori Do @ Solaris

Solaris Mont Kiara may have irrevocably lost the battle of the buzz to its Dutamas counterpart, but there are still outlets opening here every so often that remain well worth visiting.

Yakitori Do's specialty is (no surprise) what its name suggests _ flawlessly grilled, bite-sized skewers of chicken and its components: the wing, breast and skin to the heart, liver and gizzard.

Each serving costs RM5, steeper than the norm, but the chicken is chunky and chew-worthy, cooked with salt or teriyaki seasoning and served with mustard.

We wish quail eggs were available here, but Yakitori Do is all about meat, as evidenced by these pork balls, dabbed with mentaiko, wasabi and ume plum sauce.

Albumin admirers will likely consider this wobbly yolk dip a thing of beauty (and a joy for eating).

Wagyu beef, about RM10 a stick. Some will wonder whether Yakitoro Do or Shuraku nearby is the better bet for supper snacks in Solaris Mont Kiara; the latter's menu is more extensive, but Yakitori Do has one plus point: its kitchen closes later, at 2:30 a.m.

Mentaiko mania! Our favorite order here is not the skewers, but these guilty-pleasure treats of potatoes topped with pollock roe mayonnaise, a nightmare for carb-and-fat-fearing customers.

Mentaiko cream udon (about RM22), a uniquely Japanese riff on spaghetti carbonara.

Seaweed-wrapped, mentaiko-stuffed rice balls (about RM5). Is it any wonder we weighed a pound or two heavier after this meal?

Starchy side include a potato-pork salad, perhaps perfect for a potluck party.

Service is friendly, but folks seeking a lively hangout should be warned that this isn't it.

Yuzu wine and Chilean Chardonnay and Cab Sauv complete a very satisfactory meal.

Yakitori Do,
19-1, First Floor, Jalan Solaris 4, Solaris Mont Kiara, Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03-6204-9796
Open for dinner, closed Sundays.
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22 comments:

  1. I do I do indeed to this Yakitori Do! =)

    Who would say no to those lovely grilled meats, d wobbly egg dip, d mentaiko cream udon and the carby potato-pork salad...finished off with sips of Yuzu wine? :D

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    1. Ulric: i like your enthusiasm and commitment! :D oh yeah, everything you mentioned above is well worth the calories =)

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    2. Must be enthusiastic abt food...hehe...kanpai! =)

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    3. Ulric: i'll drink to that =)

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  2. I heard about this place..
    one of the good place serving yakitori...
    I love the egg .. I could just swallow it.. nice..

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    1. Simple Person: oh yeah, it's always nice to find a place that does yakitori well. heheh, i think i should have requested two eggs instead of just one :D

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  3. So much mentaiko... I like!!! I love all things mentaiko, which reminds me.. I should make mentaiko pasta this week if I can.

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    1. Baby Sumo: i'm a mentaiko maniac too! i wish it was used more often in japanese recipes, especially in maki rolls. and yeah, mentaiko pasta beats carbonara/bolognese/pesto pasta for me! :D

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  4. yeah food looks good! too bad the place has gone to the dogs. got some good restos there too.. sigh.. !

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    1. Ciki: it's time for a rebirth and renaissance of solaris mont kiara! actually the area is still doing OK. some of the restaurants are packed for dinner, though many others are empty. hmmmm, maybe it's feng shui ...

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  5. Japanese version of a spag carbonara is a nice touch!

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    1. YouHadYourLunch: oh yeah, an east-meets-west success! :D

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  6. I think it's time for another visit to Solaris. It's been months since my last trip.

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    1. The Yum List: heh, yeah, there are definitely worse places in kl to be at, so i'd say that all things considered, solaris is not a bad hangout at all :D

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  7. Gosh everytime I come here you have a review up, how many times do you eat out a week??

    Gotta go get some mentaiko to cook at home, too tempting! :D

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    1. Kelly: heh, eight times a week sounds about right, I think =) oh yeah, if I could have mentaiko in every meal, I think I'd say yes! :D

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  8. 230am! Great timing for those frens of mine who work weird hours ;p

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    1. Rebecca: heheh, good timing for me, after a late-night movie! :D

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  9. though im on strict diet but i will never resist mentaiko on top of the potatoes..

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    1. Cindy: yeah, i find the recipe irresistible too (for now!) :D

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  10. nice deco but this place does look rather empty in your pic.

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    1. Eiling: yeah, quite quiet. it's located on the first floor of the shophouse, and not the ground floor, so it's not very noticeable =)

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