Thursday, October 25, 2012

Wagaya @ Solaris Dutamas

Taking over the location vacated by Ten (which is moving to Marc Residences), Wagaya marks another foray into Malaysia by an Australian-based F&B enterprise.

Wagaya operates well-known outlets in Sydney & Brisbane; its first Kuala Lumpur branch features the same izakaya-style concept, with a menu that's nearly identical to that of its Aussie counterparts _ except that pork is absent here.

Sea urchin & mushroom spaghetti, similar to a carbonara. Irresistibly creamy, with more than sufficient uni to make the roughly-RM30 price tag seem like a steal.

Sushi roulette: one of these six pieces of salmon-topped rice contains a ferociously explosive scoop of wasabi within (or not; we ordered this thrice over the course of two nights; sometimes it stung, sometimes it flopped). Fun nonetheless to try with friends.

Shio ramen. Not terrible, but the broth here pales in comparison to richer ones elsewhere, while the slices of teriyaki-like chicken remain unmemorable.

Grilled "chikuwa" fish cakes with cheese, a sinfully satisfactory supper snack.

The remainder of Wagaya's menu mainly comprises pub grub like mini-pizzas topped with chicken, rice cakes and mushrooms, as well as plates of nankotsu, chicken cartilage that's easy to eat but equally easy to forget.

Service at Wagaya is friendly; the touch-screen ordering at each table is a convenient touch.

Nadeshiko (sake, grapefruit juice, grenadine) & Lychee Spumoni (lychee liquor, grapefruit juice, tonic). Cocktails here are inexpensive but impotent.

Orange-laced beer (burp!) & Cassis Oolong Tea.

 Thanks to kindhearted blogger AugustDiners for alerting us that Wagaya was opening this week!

Wagaya,
D5-G3-5, Solaris Dutamas, Kuala Lumpur.
Open daily for lunch & dinner.
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40 comments:

  1. Yay! Another Jap place to try...d Sea Urchin and Mushroom spaghetti looks great! =)

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    1. Ulric: it's a nice attempt at Japanese-Italian fusion :D

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  2. The food looks much more casual than TEN's. I also like the look of the sea urchin and mushroom pasta.

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    1. Baby sumo: ya, you're right, this is quite a change from Ten in terms of the menu. I gotta confess that I think I prefer Ten =)

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  3. Luv the mushroom pasta too... So many new places to dry.. Guess i hv to swim more!

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    1. Cindy: heh, I think the pasta might be something tasty to enjoy after a good swim :D

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  4. Oo I didn't know Ten relocated. Any idea when their new location is opening up for makan?

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    1. Timing: it's still under renovation, but I'm crossing my fingers that next month might be a possibility :D

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    2. Ahh ... hope it's open by end November so I can go try on my next trip back to KL :)

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    3. Timing: will keep a lookout for it! It was supposed to open this month, but they couldn't make it in time =)

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  5. Sushi roulette sounds like a very dangerous concept. lol.

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    1. KY: if we play by the rules, then someone's definitely gonna get burnt! :D

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  6. I know it's bad to say this on the current post but... I'm just dying to eat at TEN again.. haha:P
    How can chicken cartilage be easy to forget.. they are so yummy! You mean. that bad ar the pizzas chisss

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    1. Ciki: i miss Ten too! but it shouldn't be very long before it reopens in the city center =) ohhh, i think i enjoyed most of the stuff i was munching on, but other izakaya-style outlets in KL also serve the same items equally well or, occasionally, even better =)

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  7. I wouldn't mind playing sushi roulette - spin and whoever it points to must eat. LOL!!! Hmmm...spaghetti in a Japanese restaurant? Looks very good though. Everything looks good, not quite like the regular (franchised) Japanese joints.

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    1. Suituapui: heheh, pity the person who has to chomp down on the wasabi-filled sushi! :D yeah, the sea urchin spaghetti here was one of the better dishes, i think. there's also a mentaiko spaghetti, but i think some customers will consider it too salty. still worth trying though if these dishes grab your attention :D

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  8. Hmm... the tone of this post indicates this place is just plain mediocre, hehe! :-P

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    1. Pureglutton: oh, there are both hits and misses here, but overall, i enjoyed eating here...

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  9. seems like Doraku is a better choice.. =)

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    1. Smitten: a bit difficult to compare, since doraku specializes in fusion sushi and wagaya delves into izakaya food, though if you're choosing only one japanese restaurant this month, then go with doraku, yeah...

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  10. i realised i didnt have much food, and half of it i forgot what it tasted like... :(
    ohhhhh but the orange laced beer sounds interesting!!

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    1. Augustdiners: yikes, hopefully it wasn't partially alcohol-induced amnesia! but ya, i think the food here still needs an extra x-factor to make it more memorable ... i didn't actually finish the orange beer in the end. i guess i shouldn't have ordered it, since i don't even like beer, heh :D

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  11. Ohh that's why the name sounds familiar! So they have one in Sydney too eh? I wonder if the quality and prices match! We should compare notes! LOL! The salmon roulette does look inviting.. no wonder you ordered it so many times!

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    1. Iamthewitch: ooooo, check out Wagaya's website for the full menu. the prices seem slightly on the higher side, but can still have a full meal for two for under 50 dollars, i think. heheh, i think the salmon roulette is one of the more memorable aspects of this restaurant. maybe other restaurants can try serving it too! :D

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  12. I too like that salmon roulette..looks good and inviting lar.. ;-)

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    1. Melissa: it's a risky order, but the risk might pay off! :D

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  13. Mmm, these sound delicious! I love anything with japanese

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    1. Cquek: heh yeah, Japanese is my second-favorite type of food (after italian) :D

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  14. I'm going to have to look these guys up when I'm home in December.

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    1. The yum list: tell them hi from us in KL! :D

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  15. I wonder why they went pork free. Afterall its a porky menu for them in Australia. Plus there's quite a good pork lovers base here too.

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    1. Missyblurkit: yeah, I agree, I think this place could add pork to its menu and still be able to attract the kind of customers it's looking for. Let's see if they reconsider the decision someday =)

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  16. Seems a good variety, that "Chikuwa" looks like Squid instead of fish cake, should go well with Asahi !!!!

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    1. Wong: heh, yeah, the chikuwa is actually made of a fish paste. i guess it's kind of the japanese version of fish cakes =) and ya, a lot of beer is available at this outlet :D

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  17. Looks like they didn't change much of the interior as well. I was just wondering who took over Ten as I've heard from my friends that Ten has moved out. The pasta looks really good.

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    1. Eiling: yeah, i think Ten might be more prosperous at its future home in Marc Residences (hopefully). the combination of sea urchin and spaghetti is unusual, but it works! :D

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  18. I had a blast celebrating chinese new yr at wagaya with my colleagues. The food was great, very good service, soothing ambiance, i love the touch screen ordering system. I just noticed that after staying there for almost 2 hrs, only 2 or 3 tables were there aside from us. Maybe they need more marketing strategy

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    1. Melissa: glad to hear you enjoyed this place. and you're right, they need to gain a higher profile in order to survive. hopefully they'll boost their marketing veroy soon...

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  19. Maybe they have a bad location, isnt it? But definitely, im coming back. Chiwuka cheese was a delight & became my instant favorite!!! Id like to commend also their philippine staff for having a good communication skills & good interaction with my group. If im not mistaken d name was fernand

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    1. Melissa: yeah, the service team here also deserve our congratulations. i like them very much, they're very patient and thoughtful :D

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