Sunday, August 4, 2013

Kiraku Japanese Restaurant @ Shaftsbury Square, Cyberjaya

A fresh face that's become an instant contender for Cyberjaya's best Japanese restaurant.

The kitchen here's headed by Chef James Wong, formerly of Ozeki Tokyo Cuisine, which explains the experimental streak in recipes like this mix of Japanese pickled shallots, sweet tomatoes & mango in wasabi sauce (RM22++).

Jellyfish with Thai-style mango salad? It works; a complimentary starter, much appreciated.

Italian influences surface for the 'tako carpaccio' (RM19++), thinly sliced boiled octopus garnished with garlic, capers, olives & extra virgin olive oil.

Excellent ensemble: Shrimp, avocado, Japanese yam & pommery mustard (RM32++).

Don't often see beef tripe at Malaysia's Japanese restaurants. Kiraku's pan-fried preparation (RM25++) is enjoyable enough to leave us wanting more. 

Foie gras teriyaki (RM68++), less uncommon but no less worthwhile.

Skip the sashimi platter. Not wholly worth the RM68++.

Can't usually resist salted cuttlefish entrails (RM12++), but Kiraku's is too stinky even for us.

Redemption emerges in the three-way radish platter, topped individually with sauces of foie gras, citrus fruit & spring onion.

Hurray for kushiyaki: Juicy skewer-grilled beef tongue & chicken skin, gizzard & bishop's nose.

Chicken soft bone & tiny-crispy shrimp, for mindless munching, mainly.

Kiraku's house special maki (RM25++) is interesting: that's bright-red chili coating each slice, stuffed with prawns plus green apples & mango to subdue the spiciness.

A row of mini soft-shell crab hand rolls, impeccably prepared. Very nice.

Unagi kabayaki (RM65++). Also excellent, though eel has become ridiculously pricey.

Complimentary dessert: sweet potato & yam cakes, wasabi pudding & coconut creme brulee.

Two distinctly different Mojitos, one with shochu & cilantro, the other with rum & watermelon.

Sake is available, as is wine (only by the not-too-expensive bottle for the latter).

Kiraku also has private teppanyaki rooms, where the kitchen team reputedly puts on a fun show. Service here lives up to the standards set by the cuisine.

Kiraku Japanese Restaurant,
25, Level P3, Shaftsbury Square, Cyberjaya.
Tel: 03-8318-6003
Seems to be open daily for lunch & dinner

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32 comments:

  1. It has been awhile i have tasted skewed tongue !

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    1. Wong: heheh, I like tongue. It has a fun texture :D

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  2. I like the decor and presentation. I have never had skewed tongue or anything else on this menu.

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    1. Linda: yeah, strong marks for food presentation here =) maybe the next time u feel like taking a risk, head to a japanese restaurant & order something that captures your attention. it could be fun! :D

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  3. oh yeah! Japan food again~ liked it~ =D

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    1. Mr Lonely: oh yeah, a lot of cool japanese outlets have sprung up in recent months =)

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  4. Shrimp, avocado, Japanese yam & pommery mustard - this almost looks like western plating.

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    1. The Yum List: you're right! it's nice how the chef has managed to combine the best of both worlds in the food here while maintaining the essence of japanese flavors =)

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  5. I think ulric will be coming here to try the food... his fav Ozeki Italian has kinda resurfaced. Hehe.

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    1. Haha...it's Ozeki Tokyo lar...not Ozeki Italian...btw some of the dishes looks intriguing especially d starters n tripe =)

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    2. Baby Sumo: ooo, and cyberjaya is only a 30-minute breeze from sri petaling, thanks to the lovely mex highway! :D

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    3. Ulric: ya, the menu here is very, very wide, with something for everyone. got the traditional favorites, but also quite a few items with italian influences. they even do tripe in different preparations =)

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  6. Wahhhh!!!! Jauhnya u pergi makan? Never been to Cyber, must ask my friend to take me there next time I stop on transit at the airport hotel...

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    1. Suituapui: heh, cyberjaya's actually quite easy for some of us to get to, with traffic-free highways heading there from various parts of the klang valley. and yep, it's easy to get to from the airport too. it'd be fun to just take a drive around cyberjaya and see what it's all about =)

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  7. wow if u say possibly one of Cyberjaya's best Japanese restaurants.. then must try la:)

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    1. Ciki: ya, there are barely five japanese restaurants in cyberjaya, i believe, and this one seems to rank very, very high among them! =)

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  8. Foie gras! Haven't had that for long time, I want!

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    1. CK: heheh, and it's always a pleasant surprise to see foie gras served at some japanese restaurants =)

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  9. With one glance...I thought 'salted cuttlefish entrails' was natto ^_^
    The unagi looks good. But indeed kinda pricey.

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    1. Melissa: ooo, ya, the cuttlefish entrails are slimy and sticky also :D true, i guess this was expensive since it was really good unagi. but ya, sad, that it costs so much =)

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    2. Switch to anago! :P

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    3. Ulric: heheh, would love to, though anago's even more expensive than unagi! :D

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  10. Miam! Miam!That sounds absolutely divine

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    1. Cquek: nomnomnom particularly for fans of Japanese fare =)

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  11. I honestly didn't know there were any such eateries in Cyberjaya!

    I've always thought that township is a bit barren in terms of good food.

    Good post mate, I like the detail in the stack of shrimp and stuff!

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    1. Huai Bin: you're actually right, in terms of just two years ago, cyberjaya really was a gastronomic wasteland. But things are slowly picking up! There are a few entrepreneurs who are trying out new things in this neighborhood, and I hope things pan out for them :D thanks, Japanese fusion food is always fun to photograph =)

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  12. Such a waste that Ozeki is gone:(

    But good to know that Chef James is now in Kiraku. At least I know when I head in to Cyberjaya...there is good Japanese noms waiting.

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    1. Missyblurkit: yeah, ozeki italian vanished so suddenly! luckily ozeki tokyo at menara ta one is still around, phew =) yup, this was actually my first time meeting chef james. he seems like a nice guy, and yeah, it's great to know that japanese food isn't absent at cyberjaya :D

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  13. sweet potato & yam cakes? Like our chinese yam cakes - or i guess not?

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    1. Rebecca: yups, I think u're right! That dessert was probably more Chinese than Japanese :D

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  14. why c't contact this number??? 03-8318 6003 engage everyday. i need to book!!!!

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  15. why c't contact this number??? 03-8318 6003 engage everyday. i need to book!!!!

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