Teppanyaki isn't the most popular thing in KL, but this new Japanese outlet at Solaris Dutamas wants to help change that, with a menu dedicated to the art of grilling.
Teppanyaki Matsuoka is headed by executive chef Shuji Hamagami, whose work has spanned restaurants in Japan & the United States, including at New York teppanyaki specialist Benihana.
Omi beef is Matsuoka's highlight, flown in from Shiga prefecture; have it raw for starters (RM35++) to savor the purity of its mild-flavored smoothness.
Move on to the Omi beef sirloin teppanyaki, RM138++ for 100 grams.
Fatty-tasting in its marbled glory, it's an indulgence worth trying, though some customers might prefer the meatier chew of regular steaks.
Accompanying sauces & dips are inessential though nonetheless fun for extra flavoring.
Patrons on tighter budgets can still enjoy regular-priced fare like (non-Omi) handmade hamburg (RM23++), appetizing in appearance & excellent in execution.
For non-beef eaters, seafood, chicken & veggies are available too. We'll likely hear more about Teppanyaki Matsuoka in the months ahead; it might be one to watch.
Balance all that protein with a big bowl of veggies dressed in a wasabi-tinged vinaigrette.
Two Oceans wine, available by the bottle & RM20++ glass.
Johnnie Walker & Jack Daniel's Black Label whiskies.
A3-G2-1, Solaris Dutamas, Kuala Lumpur.
Open daily for lunch & dinner.