Friday, September 21, 2012

Kyoto Lab @ Ampang

Kyoto Lab: Round Two. Earlier entry: June 18, 2012.


Tuna sashimi "nouveau," all dressed up for a salty kick.


Crudo tartare, featuring salmon and avocado, the perfect partnership.


Tuna and mango roll. An acquired taste, but nicely prepared, with a generous stuffing of ripely juicy fruit and pink-seared fish.


Cheesy rice "dango" _ a cross between croquettes and dumplings. Carb-lovers will adore these mushy marvels.


Sesame-grilled scallops. Almost succulent. And almost does count, sometimes.


Beef-wrapped asparagus. Predictably tasty, though not terrifically so.


Beef bacon and cheese, for a savory protein punch.

Hiyashi chuka ramen, served chilled. A wholesome but nevertheless welcome alternative to all the soupy, porky ramen elsewhere in town.


Desserts display a deranged deliciousness: sake-poached pear with green tea ice cream.


Japanese tofu custard, thickly surrounded with butterscotch sauce.


Kyoto Lab's customers can dive downstairs to The Pool for post-dinner cocktails.
Main entry on The Pool: April 4, 2012.


The Fish Bowl (white wine, blackthorn cider, peach liquor, peach-infused tea, fruits and spices).


Skittles Bomb (Red Bull, Cointreau, soda and Skittles candy).





Kyoto Lab,
Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur.
Open for dinner, except Mondays and Tuesdays.

24 comments:

  1. Gimme a bowl of Hiyashi Chuka ramen and the Tuna and Mango maki anytime! =)

    Quite a unique dessert in the sake-poached pear...hehe =)

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    1. Ulric: good choices, i think! :D and yeah, western restaurants like to offer wine-poached pears sometimes, so it's a nice change to visit a japanese place and find sake-poached pear =)

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  2. Oooo I thought the sake poached pear was sashimi! Hehe.

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    1. Baby Sumo: heheh, now that you mentioned it, i can see the resemblance! :D

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  3. interesting! mango in a sushi roll!! but wouldn't that over-power the taste of the tuna?? HAHA and same with baby sumo! i thought that they were slices of sashimi!! :P

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    1. Vien: that's a good point. i think tuna has a flavor that's strong and distinctive enough to withstand the force of the mango, so i felt that they both complemented each other. though in the wrong hands, with poor-quality tuna and bad mangoes, this could have been a disaster! :D

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  4. The food looks interesting and yummy, must go and try soon!

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    1. CK: they try to create a different kind of menu here. i like the maki rolls here especially :D

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  5. Deranged delicious desserts, eh? You have a marvellous way with words! Looks like a nice spread. How are the prices?

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    1. YouHadYourLunch: thanks! yikes, i've misplaced the receipt, but the prices were pretty average for a japanese restaurant. customers could definitely get away with a filling meal that costs under RM80 per person without booze =)

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  6. very nice & difference..
    it is not something that i eat in a japanese restaurant...
    I will definitely try it..

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    1. Simple Person: ya, even the ambiance here is quite different from other japanese restaurants. though i'm not sure if everyone will like it, heheh :D

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  7. woah...your food looks so colorful and attractive!

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    1. Melissa: the presentation of the food here is quite nice =)

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  8. salmon & avocado's always a good combination :D

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    1. KY: heheh, it's like coffee and coffeemate! :D

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  9. I was looking for a Japanese restaurant ytd ard town area.. Should have come here. =( Any favourite dishes?

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    1. Smitten: there are some salads here that are quite inventive. a salad with four test tubes of sauces _ miso, sesame, wafu and tomato basil _ and also salmon sashimi and potato salad with a tangible taste of truffle oil :D

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  10. Smitten by the awesome colours of the beef bacon and more so the tuna sashimi!

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    1. Missyblurkit: japanese food is so vibrant and vivid, yeah! :D

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  11. Not kidding, this is already in my list.. still trynna squeeze some time to try this! ;D What's recommended?

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    1. Eunice: the salads, the maki rolls and the desserts here are nice :D

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  12. wah sesame-grilled scallops. I am so craving for some now!!

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    1. Eiling: the sesame definitely adds a nice flavor to the scallops, heh :D

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