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.