Monday, March 4, 2013

Maruhi Sakaba @ Taman Desa

Heralding an exciting expansion of Sanuki Udon creator Seiji Fujimoto's empire in Taman Desa, Maruhi Sakaba _ loosely translated by the man himself as "secret drinking place" _ specializes in "kushi" skewers & some surprising selections.

Chicken carpaccio? These slick-slimy slivers might teeter too close to uncooked for some customers, but they taste terrific _ like raw tuna, but with a more delicate flavor & chewier bite.

Pork liver sashimi (RM6, no taxes). Full-flavored in an offal (not awful) way, muscular in texture. 

Pork small intestine carpaccio with egg yolk (RM15), slippery & savory, not stinky at all.

Pork big intestine stew (RM10), steaming-hot soul food that feels nourishing to the last drop.

Risk-averse patrons can stick to the grilled skewers, which encompass everything from yakitori (a basic chicken leg serving costs RM4)...

... to greasy-juicy rolls of pork meat stuffed with red-ripe tomatoes (RM5).

Maruhi's signature "kettle cocktail" is fascinating fun, a kooky mix of shochu, angostura bitters, lime & soda water (RM45).

Maruhi Sakabar has no English-language signboard; look for this storefront on the same row as Public Bank. A Bon Jovi song might be blasting from the speakers.

Maruhi Saka Bar,
6A, Faber Plaza, Jalan Desa Jaya, Taman Desa, Kuala Lumpur.
Open 6pm-1030pm, except Mondays.
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36 comments:

  1. i like the second picture~ so nice~ T.T

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    1. Mr Lonely: thanks! i guess some people will find it appetizing, but some others might not quite like the idea of chicken & pork organs prepared this way =)

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  2. More yummy goodness from the Sanuki bloke...and within walking distance from my place:D

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    1. Missyblurkit: yeah, the Sanuki bloke has really turned Taman Desa into his gastronomic turf. oooh, walking distance sounds excellent! can easily head here for a fun dinner on any day except monday :D

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  3. Pork small intestine carpaccio with egg yolk...gimme! =)

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    1. Ulric: it's a nice one! Squishy and slurp-worthy

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    2. Any chicken skin yakitori on offer? I just love them...hehe =)

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    3. Ulric: yup, chicken skin, tail, thigh meat, gizzard, liver, mostly rm4 per skewer =)

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    4. Fantastic! Since I m a jobless wanderer now...I will give them a try soon...hehe =)

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    5. Ulric: oooh, intriguing. Meanwhile, I'm working harder than ever nowadays, heh. ... Okie, enjoy!

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  4. Lol! Wish I have more time! Can join KC on his food trail!

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    1. Tng: taman desa is quite a convenient and accessible area, so maybe can try sometime this month :D

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    2. thenomadGourmand: Make time lar! :P

      Sean: The signature "kettle cocktail" looks intriguing...but I will be drunk after the first glass...hahaha =)

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    3. Ulric: heheh, ya, i've never seen cocktails served in a kettle before. and it's quite a full kettle :D

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  5. We were waiting for this shop to open since last year Mr Seiji Fujimoto told us about that. LOL
    I saw a lot of internal organ, yummy!

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    1. CK: heheh, mr fujimoto seems very busy now, running around to take care of all his shops in the evening! But he still looks great and healthy :D yaaaa, I like how the pork liver and intestines here taste very nice, very clean, heh =)

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  6. I think I would like the pork small intestine.. never had it as a carpaccio before though.

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    1. Baby Sumo: yeah, the carpaccio dishes here are a fun twist to the normal preparation for liver and intestines :D

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  7. Very interesting choice of dishes offered here indeed! Chicken carpaccio and pork small intestine carpaccio.. I'd think someone with a weak stomach may not be able to take all that in one go? Btw, is this location close to the other Japanese restaurant that sells skewers (from the same management I believe)?

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    1. Iamthewitch: heheh, thankfully the dishes here didn't cause any turmoil for our tummies :D but yeah, it's not too far away from the other taman desa outlet that now sells udon only but not skewers =)

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  8. wow this is all so porky! I love this place but then again - pork liver sashimi?!! I'm not sure about eating the pork liver raw... hmm... it's a challenge for me. Kudos to you!

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    1. Eiling: yeah, i was a bit apprehensive about whether this was safe to consume, but i think i trust the owner here to ensure that the recipes are not too risky, heheh. and in the end, the pork liver tasted good, and we finished the whole plate :D

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  9. I'm afraid I might have to have a few drinks before I braved some of those skewers... Undercooked chicken... mmm

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    1. The Yum List: heheh, yeah, this could be an interesting challenge. down a couple of cocktails first, then indulge in some raw meat. not many restaurants in KL serve this stuff, so it's worth checking out :D

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  10. amazed you find many new places everyday!!

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    1. NekoHime: yeah, there are quite a lot of cool places opening up nowadays in kl. so it's fun to check them out, one by one :D

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  11. that pork liver sashimi looks very interesting and scary at the same time, I shall try it!

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    1. KY: heheh, it's kinda addictive. but ya, it's an acquired taste too. some people won't touch it, but i think it's fine, especially if you enjoy cooked liver as well =)

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  12. Intestines @_@ ... I've managed over the years to add liver and stomach to my list of edible spare parts but intestines seem a step too far, ha ha!

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    1. Timing: heh, i used to be kinda grossed out and squeamish about intestines, but they actually taste pretty good when prepared well. maybe you could try a small piece! :D

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  13. I don't think I can stomach that much intestines, so I'll just stick to safer options like yakitori hehehe

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    1. Bangsar Babe: heheh, I'll put it this way for myself: a few mouthfuls of intestines would be enjoyable for me, but I'd prefer to have a stomachful of not only intestines but liver and yakitori too :D

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  14. This looks like Offal Heaven...OMG! I'm not too sure about that pig liver sashimi though but the others, I'm pretty game, hehe!

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    1. Pureglutton: paradise for fans of offal! :D heheh, ya, i'm not sure i'd eat pig liver sashimi at other less reputable outlets, but i felt safe in the confident hands of sanuki udon's owner here =)

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  15. interesting kettle cocktail!!!

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    1. Ai Wei: heheh, ya, i've never seen a cocktail served in a kettle before! :D

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