Sunday, November 11, 2012

Doraku @ Life Center

Doraku Sushi & Sake Bar: Round Two. Earlier entry: Oct. 21, 2012.

A no-rice roll can be no less filling or flavorful for its lack of grains. For a juicy crunch, try the combo of thinly cut cucumber wrapped around tuna, salmon, squid, shrimp, crab, seaweed & kaiware sprouts, topped with garlic aioli & flying fish roe.

Sea bass, crisp & meaty, marinated in yuzu chili ponzu & served with cilantro & pickled veggies.

It's rare for Japanese eateries to excel in burgers, but this behemoth is spectacularly succulent. Egg & wafu dressing make it even more enjoyable.

Prefer your beef unprocessed? These mighty ribs, also insanely tender & meaty, might be your best bet, though the RM88 price tag can seem steep.

Might not be springtime right now, but this cherry blossom sakura ice cream makes it feel like it.

Doraku serves exquisite sake, smooth & mellow but resonant in flavor: Love the Kubota Ginjyoshu Manjyu (RM48 for 90ml, with a fascinating hint of banana maybe) & Kiku Masamune Junmai Taru (RM68 for 300ml).

Open daily for lunch & dinner, with a first-floor alfresco lounge.


Doraku Sushi & Sake Bar,
Life Center, Jalan Sultan Ismail, Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03-2181-4828
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34 comments:

  1. The Wafu burger and no-rice roll looks scrumptious...can't wait to visit! :D

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    1. Ulric: the burger exceeded my expectations. I think it ranks among my top 10 burgers for 2012. The rice-free roll is nice too, thanks partly to the cool cucumber crunch =)

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    2. Hahaha...good good...and ya the cool cucumber turns me on too!...hahaha :P

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    3. Ulric: hope you'll enjoy the dishes here :D

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  2. Everything looks delish!

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    1. Cquek: very good menu of contemporary and fusion Japanese here =)

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  3. Lovely place. You drop by Life Centre quite often? Office somewhere there?

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    1. Suituapui: about a 10-minute drive :D

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  4. Kiku Masamune? They do make incredible sake. I was at their brewery in Kobe Osaka and was mighty impressed with the sakes :)

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    1. TNG: ooh, it's not a brand i'm familiar with, since i generally just order the cheapest house sake in most restaurants, but doraku sure serves a nice range of japanese liquor! :D

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  5. I think Mayonnaise on Sushi is a very Malaysian thing ! That Japanese Burger looks juicy !

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    1. Wong: i think the americans love mayo-topped sushi too. nearly all of doraku's items on the menu here are the same as the ones at their original outlets in honolulu and miami :D

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    2. Probably will have mustard instard of wasabi !

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    3. Wong: heheh, I actually dislike mustard, so am glad there's no mustard here :D

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  6. Oh yes, agree with Ulric! The burger looks fab.... I dont think I've ever wanted to go to a Jap restaurant specifically for its burger.

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    1. Baby Sumo: everything about the burger here is really good, from the patty to the egg. even the sesame seed bun was tasty, heh :D

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  7. riceless rolls sounds like my kind of roll! Seriously ar.. that good? OK i gotta check out the burgers;)

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    1. Ciki: there's also rice-full rolls here for those who prefer it the regular way, heheh :D yeah, my vote for sheer succulence goes to the burger ... as well as the ribs! :D

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  8. Yay! Another place for me to makan! Just a walking distance from my office. :)

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    1. CK: oh yeah, i think this is a nice place to hang out after work. it's peaceful and spacious, and the food is tasty! :D

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  9. i passed by this place the other day. :D

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    1. Michelle: hope you get the chance to check it out another time :D

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  10. would definitely hunt for the no-rice roll ... I always throw away the rice when eating sushi... I dont like grains at all!! ;( SO glad that this place serve such version! ;DDDDD

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    1. Eunice: oh yeah, I guess the rice is mainly useful if we want to fill our tummies quickly. But too often, there are restaurants where the rolls contain too much rice and too little fish =)

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  11. Wafu burger! Oh yumms!

    I spot the traffic in one of the pics! Lovely idea to chill and dine at Doraku while waiting for the traffic to clear..

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    1. Missyblurkit: reaaaaaally good burger. i hope they maintain their standards :d yeah, traffic this week is still not as clear as i'd prefer it to be, so doraku could be a possible place for you to stop by on some weekday evening =)

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  12. so have you tried every single outlet in Life Centre already?

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    1. Eiling: there's a branch of ah yat abalone forum here at life center that i haven't stepped into yet :D

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  13. The burger looks really good.

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    1. Melissa: brilliant burger. it's the kind of burger that i'm always looking for =)

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  14. They started new lunch special...very reasonable price and I love Bukkake Udon. also 15% discount on alacarte.. happy hour sake only RM6.. wow!! lets party

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    1. Ultra man: sounds good, thanks for the info ya =)

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  15. What are the price range of the food served?

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    1. Belinda: most dishes around RM30

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