Thursday, July 4, 2013

Makiya Sushi & Bonbori Japanese Restaurant @ Setiawalk Puchong

Snacking on sushi at two Setiawalk restaurants that offer fairly interesting options.

First up, Makiya Sushi, which serves sushi topped with both unagi & omelet (RM3.50+) ...

... or simply with roe-loaded shishamo (RM3.20+ per piece).

(Imitation) crab leg wrapped with salmon sashimi (RM12+)? Count us in.

Avocado sushi (RM1.50+), lovely-looking but could be riper for success.

Soft-shell crab inari sushi (RM3+). Works well, most of these combinations.

Possibly the cheapest sea urchin sushi in town, only RM6+ per uni-loaded piece (!). Unfortunately though, in this case, customers receive what they pay for. Slightly too stinky.

All in all, acceptable for a budget-conscious outing; we hope Makiya's strategy succeeds.

More for mid-range spending, Bonbori, also a recent entry to the Setiawalk complex.

Swordfish sushi (RM8.90+ for two pieces), suitably fresh & fleshy.

Pink prawns, perpetually a pleasure. Not a ripoff for RM8.90+.

Akagai sushi (RM9.90+). Toppings are OK, but the rice might border on bland.

Smoked duck sushi (RM6.90+). A bit supermarket-ish, the processed meat.

Coming full circle with more sea urchin sushi, this time costing RM15 per piece, exactly 2.5 times what Makiya's version costs, but the truth is, it definitely is doubly pleasurable, for folks willing to pay the price.

Sake, hot & cold. We're leaning toward the latter these days.

Makiya Sushi, 
H-3A-G, Setiawalk, Puchong.
Open lunch & dinner. Facing the main road of Jalan Puchong.

Bonbori Japanese Cuisine,
G-01-1, Level 1, Block G, Setiawalk.
Open lunch & dinner.

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27 comments:

  1. The food presentations are lovely. I also really like the marble look of the counter display!

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    1. Linda: oh yes, the elegance of both food and decor definitely qualifies as a visual treat :D

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  2. nice place, nice sushi, nice environment..!!
    i love here, i will visit here very soon..
    thanks for recommend :)

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    1. Hope you enjoy your meal! =)

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  3. The other day I pass by Bonbori Japanese Cuisine. The interior look more like a Chinese restaurant rather than Japanese.

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    1. Melissa: heheh, it feels like a shopping mall restaurant to me. but a large mall restaurant :D

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  4. Another Japanese restaurant! I would love to know the actual ratio of Japanese restaurants to other cuisines in KL. My bet is that they have a good 20% if not more share.

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    1. The Yum List: heh, you might be close ... i'm guessing japanese restaurants are fourth in terms of numbers, after malay, chinese and indian restaurants! :D

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  5. I really like the decor of Makiya sushi, it's minimalist and very cool. The sushi seems really cheap... cheaper than Sushi King I think!

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    1. Baby Sumo: ya, it's kinda an unusual look for a japanese restaurant. and yeah, i was surprised by the low prices here. and the nice part is, we can just order one piece of sushi, we don't have to necessarily order two unless we want to :D

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  6. Wah RM6 per uni sushi? That's very cheap. No wonder not as nice. :P

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    1. Bangsar Babe: ya, the RM6 price turned out to be too good to be true, since the sea urchin tasted a bit foul. i'd recommend the RM15 uni sushi at the other place instead =)

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  7. Next trip to KL, I'll stay at a hotel in Puchong. So many places to eat there, so many things to try...

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    1. Suituapui: ooo, puchong definitely is a haven for chinese restaurants especially, but it's quite traffic-clogged, and it takes a relatively long time to reach many other parts of KL from puchong, heh =)

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  8. it's much better that the restaurants prepare their own ingredients than just buying it from somewhere like the smokeduck slices. I'm sure it comes from a supplier that sells them readymade.

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    1. Eiling: ya, you're definitely right. i was hoping for good smoked duck here, but it tasted like something store-bought =)

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  9. You are an evil man. I’m about to eat my computer screen.

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    1. Cquek: heh, i hope you'll have a good dinner (hopefully japanese!) :D

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  10. I like the imitation crab wrapped with salmon fish. And definitely like to see the chefs making the sushi. =D

    As much as I am tempted by all the Japanese goodies that you've posted up, my budget this month won't allow me to run to the nearest Japanese restaurant for dinner (or lunch). =(

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    1. Waverly: ya, it's definitely a treat to see the chefs hand-making the sushi =)! Yikes, sorry to hear that, but I hope August will be a more budget-friendly month for you, and that you'll be able to enjoy some sushi next month, ya!

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  11. Both looks fine. And true what you said, you get what you paid for...the sea urchin looks...um..underwhelming.

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    1. Sycookies: yeah, both outlets have their hits and misses. I'm not sure I'd return to either one, but I wouldn't not recommend them either, heh. They're ok for a simple, no-frills Japanese meal =)

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  12. I have not even stepped in into this area yet LOL!

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    1. TNG: heheh, there are really a lot of restaurants at setiawalk, though i think only a small handful of them might really be above average =)

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  13. Setiawalk seems to be flourishing with eateries. Think we've only been to that area thrice since it was opened.

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    1. Missyblurkit: ya, setiawalk's pretty popular with the puchong crowd. i guess as far as puchong goes, this is the best place to makan and minum! =)

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  14. Terrible service!! We are patient people and waited over an hour, but still nothing. Not even edamame! Tried to pay for drinks and leave but this took even longer as they took the time to tell the kitchen to cancel our orders before speaking to us then argued over what we had eaten! Do not eat here, the food is not worth the hunger. There's a much better sushi place in Serbta walk downstairs. We were so angry at how customer complaints were dealt with, you will see this review in as many places as I can find which mention this sorry excuse for a restaurant.

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