Friday, June 28, 2013

Ichiriki @ The Gardens, Mid Valley

Opening this week at The Gardens Mall, Ichiriki is run by the folks behind a more established Japanese brand, Yuzu, known for branches at KLCC & Mid Valley.

Ichiriki specializes in tonkatsu; unlike Yuzu, its menu features plenty of pork & nearly no sushi.

Here's what elevates Ichiriki further: Premium meat. Flavorful Kurobuta pork from the black pig is used for this katsu (RM25++), drizzled with dark-brown Hatcho Miso dressing.

Iberico pork is also served here, succulent in sweet-savory miso yaki sauce (RM45++).

Iberico pork rib karaage (RM20++); we could happily devour five of these.

 Gnaw it to the bone; each bite proves as tender & tasty as pork can be.

Masumi Gold sake (RM45++ for 300ml), by a brewery that traces its lineage to the 1600s. 

Expect to hear more about Ichiriki in the months ahead; the restaurant will expand its menu eventually to include the likes of teppanyaki octopus "tako" in garlic oil, skewered meat, noodles & much more.

Ichiriki Japanese Restaurant,
F237B, 1st Floor, Isetan Wing, The Gardens, Mid Valley City, Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03-2284-0688

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36 comments:

  1. Kurobuta! My dream has been fulfilled! =)

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    1. Ulric: it was a pleasant surprise! i didn't know they were serving kurobuta until i opened the menu =)

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    2. Hmmmm...curious on why iberico is quite a bit more expensive than kurobuta? I think I'll visit them tis Sat...hehe =)

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    3. Ulric: i guess iberico imports cost more, but i'm just thankful the kurobuta katsu doesn't cost more than RM30. it's still slightly pricey, since this is only an a la carte portion without rice or soup (the sets would cost more). hope you enjoy your visit, they're open all day long starting 11-ish =)

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    4. Ah ic...but still its quite good value for kurobuta...thanx for d info =)

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    5. Ulric: yeah, reasonable, considering the steep rental at the gardens =)

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  2. U ate quite little Sean. Was this like 10% of the menu?

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    1. TNG: less than 10 percent, probably, heh. a lot of items on the menu were still not available, unfortunately, including in the pork kushiyaki and bukkake udon sections. but they should be available very soon =)

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    2. Bukkake udon??? Yay! =)

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    3. Ulric: kitsune udon, curry udon, buta kimchi udon, all under RM20 each =)

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    4. Wait a min...I tot bukkake udon is supposed to be a cold udon dish...hehe :P

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    5. Ulric: oh yes, what i meant was those are the other udons available here besides the bukkake udon. or at least that's what i recall from glancing through the menu =)

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    6. Oops...guess I will find out tmrow...if I make it there...hehe =)

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    7. Ulric: good luck braving mid valley's weekend crowds! =)

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  3. I love the design on the table in the first photo!!! I also like the bamboo-ish decor. :)

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    1. Linda: yeah, it's a nice blend of traditional and contemporary japanese elements :D

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  4. Didn't check out any of the Japanese places when I was there. My daughter did but dunno which one she went to...

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    1. Suituapui: maybe you can join her for her next japanese eating expedition :D

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  5. I've been to The Gardens countless times and it's almost my second home, but I never tried these before. Should make a point to check it out soon


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    1. Cleffairy: ooh, i don't go to the gardens much these days, partly cos i hate the traffic and parking, heh. hope you enjoy ichiriki! :D

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  6. We visited a black pig restaurant Tokyo before, every dish with black pig and we quite enjoyed that. :D

    http://devilstales.com/

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    1. CK: oooh, sounds like a great restaurant! if you feel like you're missing black pig, can check out ichiriki next time :D

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  7. Iberico pork ribs! I think I can have a good few pieces of those too!! *drools*

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    1. Iamthewitch: heheh, ya, one is not enough! it's finger lickin' good :D

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  8. The restaurant looks nice huh....
    Hope they offer some set meals...hehehe....

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    1. Hey Melissa, I saw their menu. They have quite many set lunches available, quite reasonably priced too.

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    2. Melissa: yeah, definitely a good-looking restaurant for the gardens :D and yep, they have a lot of set meals!!! =)

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    3. Baby Sumo: oh yeah, i think the first two or three pages of their menu are devoted to set meals :D

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  9. We walked past this place yesterday after lunch, was hoping to try it next time we were in The Gardens. Think my kids will like the pork ribs very much.

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    1. Baby Sumo: heheh, i can imagine Baby D having a lot of fun chewing the meat off the ribs! ya, i think it's a good family-friendly restaurant =)

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  10. Iberico pork rib. No need to be shy! Just dig in with the hand and lick the bone clean!

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    1. Missyblurkit: that's the attitude to tackle such a juicy pork rib, yeah! i tried using the knife and fork at first, but then abandoned the utensils and just ate with my fingers! :D

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  11. Hi Sean, I was wondering how does the Tonkatsu here compare to the one at Tonkatsu by Ma Maison at the Isetan in 1 Utama?

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    1. Brenda: i think i prefer the tonkatsu here at ichiriki. it's noticeably juicier than ma maison's (though ma maison's is a bit meatier)

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  12. Kurobuta pork for RM25?! real or not?!! I just had 33sgd black pig tonkatsu last weekend at SG cox i tot can't find in KL.
    i like ma maison, shall visit this soon!

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    1. Jean: heh, yeah, this place is very reasonably priced! hope you enjoy it =)

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