Friday, May 3, 2013

Mikan @ Damansara Perdana

A nice addition to Damansara Perdana, led by a team that's passionate enough to potentially make Mikan this neighborhood's best Japanese restaurant.

Freshness is vouched for here, with seafood supplies replenished multiple times each week. Mikan's sashimi spotlight shines on Norwegian salmon trout, blessed with a palate-pampering succulence. RM26++ for regular slices, RM32++ for the belly.

Momotaro tomatoes would normally be worthwhile even on their own, but at Mikan, they're essential, elevated in a herb-graced salad that's simultaneously delicate & flavorsome (RM10++), thanks to the magic of pickled garlic & a wasabi dressing.

For fans of "onsen" egg: A runny yolk, the result of "telur kampung" heated at hot-spring temperatures, is the center of attention in this big bowl of crisp croutons & crunchy veggies (RM25++).

Skewer-grilled prawns (RM7.60++ per stick), juicy enough to make us wish we had a dozen.

Hokkaido scallops blanketed with cod roe mayo (RM42++ for four), decadently creamy.

Mikan's Dragon Roll (RM28++) is a true prawn star, with a tempura tiger prawn head temptingly thrust on top, over an explosion of shrimp sauce & crustacean flesh.

Saving the best for last? Six-hour-braised Sakura pork (RM28++) infused with soy-based sauce, its tenderness complemented by the surprise crackle of of pork lard sprinklings. 

Many thanks to Casey & his team at Mikan for inviting us here & hosting this lunchtime treat.

Mikan Japanese Cuisine,
LG 03, Plaza Emerald North, PJU 8/3A, Damansara Perdana, Petaling Jaya.
Tel: 03-7713-5288
Open for lunch & dinner, Monday through Friday, & for dinner Saturday.

41 comments:

  1. Cute spot. Japanese restaurants have strong competition these days.

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    1. The Yum list; yeah, it's great that we have an abundance of good Japanese eateries to choose from in the klang valley now =)

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  2. What a nice looking place...and the food looks fresh and tasty!

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    1. Linda: oh yeah, fresh and tasty might be the most accurate words to describe the food here! :D

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  3. The food looks good here, I want to try that six-hour-braised pork!

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    1. Ck: oh yeah, the pork is great for carnivores! :D

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  4. I want that bowl of crisp croutons and veggies with runny egg! :D

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    1. Bangsar babe: it's a lovely Japanese-style salad! :D

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  5. He's back frm his holiday? My turn next! :)

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    1. Tng: oooh, hope you enjoy your meal! I quite like the tender braised pork with crunchy pork lard :D

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  6. Ahhhh!!!! Japanese again. You do like Japanese, don't you? I'd love to try that pork too...

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    1. Suituapui: oh yeah, Japanese and Italian are probably my two top favorites :D

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  7. The onsen salad looks good! And the sakura pork as well.. Hopefully no food coma after such a nice lunch? Hehe

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    1. Iamthewitch: heheh this was actually a very filling lunch for two people. Enjoyed drinking some sake in the afternoon too :D

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  8. “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food”

    Tequiefah

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    1. Gujjar: sounds like wise words =)

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  9. I like it but my Wallet say no ...

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    1. Wong: ooh, maybe for a special occasion someday, but ya, japanese food can be relatively expensive sometimes...

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  10. Cheers to braised pork and crispy lard!

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    1. Eliza: oh yeah, on one hand, it doesn't seem like a very japanese recipe, but on the other hand, it's delicious! =)

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  11. Ah food here looks great! Would love the sashimi platter and Hokkaido scallops.

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    1. Baby Sumo: oh yeah, sashimi and scallops are good bets at good japanese restaurants, ya :D

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  12. I heart d sake toro sashimi, the onsen egg bowl, the cod roe mayo hotate and the Sakura pork...fabs! :D

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    1. Ulric: heheh, that's four dishes to order already! :D

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    2. Gonna hunt for more in their menu...hehe :P

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    3. Ulric: ya, since this was an invited review, i didn't actually look at their a la carte menu =)

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    4. Ooo...icic...then must interrogate the menu even more...hahaha :P

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    5. Ulric: ya, these days i don't go to damansara perdana much. i used to, several years ago, but i think the dining scene in this neighborhood has kinda stagnated =)

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    6. Yea...u might be correct there...wonder why?

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    7. Ulric: maybe there isn't much demand for great restaurants in damansara perdana. people there can drive out very easily to taman tun, bandar utama, the other parts of PJ, and even mont kiara and hartamas (via the penchala link) for other options. but vice versa, it doesn't seem like people from outside damansara perdana want to drive to damansara perdana =)

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    8. Urksss...I drive anywhere in Klang Valley for good food! =)

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    9. Ulric: heheh. this reminds me that Mikan actually used to be in Maju Junction, less than a five-minute drive from my office. but i only went there twice when it was in Maju Junction, before it moved to damansara perdana =)

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    10. Haha...so distance doesn't matter...hehe =)

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    11. Ulric: heh, my favorite locations are restaurants within a 10-minute drive of klcc =)

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  13. I'm gonna have to say yes to the 10 minutes thingy. My favourite is anything within 10 minutes from me too... LOL! And ya, if they are always fresh. Fresh ingredients makes the best dishes.

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    1. Sycookies: heh, yeah, especially these days, when a 10-minute drive can turn into an hour because of heavy rain and traffic :D but ya, places with fresh ingreidents like mikan are always worth traveling to :D

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  14. All look good but I think I know I will definitely order the scallops with cod roe mayo.

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    1. Missyblurkit: i like almost anything coated in cod roe! :D

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  15. Looks like a nice place for Japanese casual dining.

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    1. Eiling: yeah, it's good to have a japanese restaurant like this in every neighborhood =)

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