Saturday, August 3, 2013

Bangoya @ Jaya One

With a tantalizing tagline that promises "Grilling Under The Stars," Bangoya opened this month in Jaya One, revealing itself to be an alfresco izakaya on an atmospheric rooftop meant to evoke a sake-garden setting.

Kushiyaki skewer-grilled & Yakiniku barbecued meat represent the terrific temptations of Bangoya, which supposedly translates into "night hut," run by the masterminds behind Kissaten.

Snatch a seat at a recycled pallet table & let the evening heat up, though heaven knows what'll happen if it rains.

Plenty to order (but be patient while waiting): RM4++ sticks of chicken liver, bishop's nose, gizzard, wings, skin & meatballs, salted or teriyaki-style ...

... plus pork belly & prawns, all irreproachably prepared.

For folks prepared to sweat it out, the DIY charcoal-stove selection is value for money.

We over-ordered in our enthusiasm: Pork belly, ribs & miso-marinated meat (RM10++ each) ...

... plus lamb (RM15++), beef brisket (RM20++), tongue (RM18++) & Aussie sirloin (RM18++), as well as squid (RM20++), shishamo (RM3++) & corn (RM5++).

The fun wanes after five minutes of intensive labor, though the meat's beautifully flavorsome.

Love the Motsu Nikomi (RM10++), a big bowl of intestines, tripe & other glorious inner goodness.

Also delicious: Halibut teriyaki (RM10++), tasting closer to cod fish than usual.

With great protein comes great responsibility to consume veggies: Heaps of fiber in the cucumber, bitter gourd, onion & cabbage salads, plus helpings of Hiyayakko tofu & edamame.

Bangoya's cocktails are cute, but more pretty than potent for RM15-RM18++.

Minty lime shochu, kiwi shochu, orange juice ume & lemongrass lime sake.

All in all, a good set-up for folks who enjoy outdoor eating. Could become one of Jaya One's biggest attractions in ages.

Bangoya serves no desserts, but no worries: Take the elevator down to The Bee, which might still have stocks of recent limited-edition ice cream flavors by The Last Polka, including the Kuah Jenhan peanut butter & jelly flavor with brownie chunks & Wonderland caramel base with walnuts & black pepper brittles.



Bangoya by Kissaten,
L12A-1-1, Palm Square, Jaya One, Jalan Universiti, Petaling Jaya.
Open daily 6pm-midnight. Entrance through Kissaten.
Tel: 03-7954-1990 (Kissaten's number, actually)

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40 comments:

  1. That's where one should go after a hard days work, skewed chicken liver, Asahi beer ... I will order for first round !

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    1. Wong: heheh, ya, if you're feeling tired in the evening, order the skewered grilled meat, cos the chef will prepare that for us himself. for the charcoal-bbq meat, we'll have to cook it ourselves :D

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  2. Nice! I haven't been to Jaya One in ages and the ambiance and fun seems to be out in force!

    The prices aren't too bad but it's strange that they don't open Sunday nights...would have thought it's peak too.

    I love the Bee's ice cream too!

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    1. Huai Bin: oh yeah, this was my first visit to jaya one in months! i think i've only been here three times this year, even though the location's pretty convenient for me =)
      yeah, opening only three nights a week doesn't sound profitable enough, but maybe that's only temporary. the staff member said it has something to do with the supply of meat =)
      and thank goodness for ice cream! it was a good way to end this sodium-heavy meal :D

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    2. Sean thank you for visiting Bangoya on our first night debut to the public and the lovely review.
      How did you find out about Bangoya?

      We are open everyday from 6p.m to 12a.m
      Huai Bin please come visit us soon :D

      Thank you again Sean :D :D :D

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    3. Ms Piggy: thanks so much for the clarification about the opening hours. i've edited the blog entry to include the correct information =) i've been looking forward to bangoya's opening for many weeks now, and i'm glad you're providing a unique and enjoyable dining experience in jaya one :D

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    4. thank you so much Sean.

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    5. Ms piggy: no problem =)

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  3. i like the fish terriyaki~ XD

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    1. Mr Lonely: it's really nice fish, and very well-prepared and well-priced at just RM10++ =)

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  4. The reason to visit Jaya One again! =)

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    1. Ulric: yups! on an evening when it's not raining =)

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  5. arghhh i have never been to Jaya One T___T!

    i like barbecuing food but i don't fancy the odour that sticks around my clothes and hair..luckily it's al-fresco dining style..

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    1. Constance: ooo, i kinda like how jaya one has evolved over the years, and how quite a few of the original restaurant tenants are still surviving here =) yup, that's one of the downsides of bbq outlets, and unfortunately, even though its open-air here, the smell of the grilled meat still stays on us, cos it's quite powerful, heh :D

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  6. What a nice decor. It is so fascinating for me to see a can of 7Up from another country! Great review, as always, Sean!

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    1. Linda: thanks! 7-up kinda holds fond memories for me. I remember having quite a few cans of it when I was a kid :D

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  7. Hehe it's a little bit like the Japanese BBQ place in Tmn Desa.... we usually get the men (ie hubbys) to do the hard work! :D

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    1. Baby Sumo: ooo, if you enjoy the taman desa bbq place, you'll probably love bangoya too! :D and heheh, i guess as long as the guys don't complain, it's fine to let them toil over the charcoal stove =)

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  8. Thanks for the tip off

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    1. Cquek: hope u get to check this place out sometime =)

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  9. Hmmmm...you do love Japanese, don't you? Eyewwwwww...no buntut ayam for me, thank you! LOL!!!

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    1. Suituapui: that's one of the juiciest, most enjoyable parts of the chicken :D

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  10. We just had some yakitori yesterday, haha. Haven't been Jaya One for long long time!

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    1. CK: ooo, I guess the next time u're in jaya one, u could check out this place for some good yakitori. My favorite is the chicken liver, heheh =)

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  11. oh good! grilling out doors is so much better la.. less smoke! Must try!

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    1. Ciki: ooo ya, and they say they use a great grade of charcoal here that produces less smoke than regular charcoal! :D

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  12. I like the environment! Really suitable for grilling stuffs like that. ;-)

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    1. Melissa: yeah, this is a nice set-up, and i think a lot of people will enjoy this place :D

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  13. Thanks for recommending the Motsu Nikomi. Probably the best broth I've ever had.

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    1. Ivan: wow, that's high praise for the Motsu Nikomi! i guess those of us who are fans of offal and flavorful broths would enjoy this kinda thing. really glad to hear you liked it too, thanks for commenting =)

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  14. Lovely! Kinda similar to the Gerai Makan Japanese BBQ in Taman Desa...though I see this is certainly more comfy & upmarket...with a better selection of alcohol too:D

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    1. Missyblurkit: ya, i think prices might be marginally higher here compared to taman desa's gerai makan. i guess both have unique decors, but ya, this one has a more upmarket vibe, u're totally right. and true, the range of liquor here is more satisfying, for those of us who want more than beer & one or two sakes or shochus, heh :D

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  15. Hmmm the meats looks good.. but I can relate to "The fun wanes after five minutes of intensive labor.. " HAhahahha!!

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    1. Rebecca: heheh, ya, I tried to help, but in the end, my friend did most of the work, since he probably realized that I was feeling stressed out by the cooking, the turning of the meat, etc :D

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  16. Sean I tried to click on your email on your profile but cannot seem to get link. Can I have your email address?

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    1. Ms Piggy: seanyoong at gmail

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    2. Ms Piggy: received & replied. thank you =)

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  17. Do v nid to make reservation before dine in?

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    1. Reness: to be safe, i'd recommend yes =)

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