Sunday, March 31, 2013

Kokoro Bento, Koibito & Octopus

Checking out three suburban Japanese eateries, kicking off with Kota Kemuning's Kokoro Bento.

Kokoro's menu is fairly wide, featuring simple fare like chicken teriyaki don & niku udon. But since "bento" is in the restaurant's name, we opted for a lunch box of rice with satisfyingly juicy, protein-packed sides of chicken karaage & ebi furai.

Kokoro Bento is a calm hideout, very near residential homes & wide-open fields. No problem spending time here sipping Okinawan ginger tea & lime citrus green tea.

Moving on now to Koibito at Old Klang Road.

Embarking on a salmon spree at Koibito: seaweed-wrapped sushi loaded with luscious fish.

Salmon sashimi, rice & roe, a combination that always works. Always.

Koibito's salmon-topped, salmon-stuffed roll is respectable though not exactly memorable.

Summation: the menu at Koibito features no surprises, but its food & prices seem fair enough.

Finally: Octopus, a family-friendly spot in the Kuchai neighborhood.

Can't visit a restaurant named Octopus without having some octopus sashimi, right?

Can't complain about Octopus' sashimi platter, but can't call it a stunner either.

Wrapping up by nibbling on grilled squid tentacles, a guilty pleasure of ours.

Kokoro Bento,
Jalan Anggerik Vanilla 31/BE, Kota Kemuning, Shah Alam.
Koibito, 
Commerce One, Old Klang Road, Kuala Lumpur.
Octopus Japanese Restaurant,
28G, Jalan Kuchai Maju, Kuchai Entrepreneurs Park.
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16 comments:

  1. Wow, Sean! Lovely display of food here. I absolutely love salmon. I must admit that I have never had sushi or squid. Your posts are always fascinating and informative. Thank you so much for sharing!

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    1. Linda: salmon's a wonderful fish, isn't it. i imagine you'd be able to enjoy really nice fresh farmed salmon in canada =) oh, i do hope you'll venture into a sushi outlet someday. sushi might seem like an acquired taste, but it's easy to acquire, and it's absolutely delicious :D

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  2. Two of them near my place. Hehehe
    I think Koibito is the one I will visit if I have to choose. :P

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    1. CK: heheh, ya, koibito is easy to reach for you. it's in the commercial block across the road from pearl point hotel :D

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  3. That's a huge mound of salmon roe at Koibito! Yum.

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    1. Baby Sumo: heheh, i remember loving the similar type of salmon-roe-rice combo at genki sushi in klcc ... though now genki sushi is gone and replaced by sakae sushi :D

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  4. the grilled squid at Octopus looks good...would certainly be a nice snack to nibble on.

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    1. Missyblurkit: oh ya, I'm a total fan of squid tentacles, whether they be grilled or fried. Love the texture! :D

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  5. wow......check out the amount of roes on top of the sushi!
    bento is a good solution if duno wt to eat. cos they r complete..with rice, vege and meat ;-)

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    1. Melissa: heheh, ya, they're pretty generous with their roe :D oh true, u're right, the bento box feels like a complete lunch! Enough carbohydrates, protein and fiber :D

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  6. Must check out that bento place in kota kemuning since you went all the way there to try it! :P

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    1. Pureglutton: heheh, it's quite humble fare, but satisfying for a simple meal :D

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  7. Though I should not, but the guilty pleasure is tempting !

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    1. Wong: ya, japanese food always attracts me too, heheh :D

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  8. Seems like a place for simple meals and not to have too high expectations :)

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    1. TNG: ya, casual and fuss-free, good for evenings when we just want something decent in taste and decent in price =)

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