Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Nichinan Jidoriya @ Mid Valley

Not a bad new Japanese restaurant on Mid Valley's boulevard.

The menu's unkind to English-speakers, but here's Miyazaki-bred jidori free-range chicken from Japan's southern Nichinan coast. Juicy enough, with a pleasant chew & enjoyable sweetness.

Speaking of sweetness, that's what this papaya's primarily for (RM18 before taxes) ...

... a fun foil for a fresh bowl of prawns, mussels, calamari & clams.

We're fans as well of the chicken, pork & beef kushiyaki (RM3-RM5 per stick).

Try the chicken with wasabi, pork with mentaiko & beef with pickled plum sauce & perilla leaves.

Salmon belly, ox tongue, bacon-wrapped quail eggs & scallops, all nicely done.

Salmon-coated sliced radish, fresh & creamy-tender-crunchy.

Onigiri rice balls, blanketed in bacon & topped with a choice of teriyaki sauce, cheese, yuzu mayo or dried chili (RM6.50 per piece).

Finishing with a final fowl pleasure: Fried chicken gizzard, pretty addictive.

We ordered a big bottle of sake, brought most of it home & were still drinking it a week later.

Nichinan Jidoriya,
Mid Valley Boulevard, Kuala Lumpur.

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38 comments:

  1. papaya + sea food...... O_O

    Sean, they cooked the papaya too?

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    1. 女飞侠: ooo, nope, the papaya is served in its regular, raw state, heheh =)

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  2. Looks like a hit to me...especially with d crunchy fried gizzards, the delish-looking kushiyaki n the other unique items on the non-English frenly menu...gonna visit as soon as I m back! :D

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    1. Ulric: i'm a fan of gizzards, and this place did justice to them. the kushiyaki's good too, with interesting toppings for the meat. hope u enjoy this place, it's pretty decent considering it's at mid valley and the prices are relatively not steep =)

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    2. Haha...love them gizzards too...looks like I can nom more for less here =)

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    3. Ulric: yeah, not as pricey as a lot of other japanese restaurants, but then again, i guess there's not much reason for this meal to be pricey since i didn't have any sashimi, heh. too bad there's no chicken liver, cos i like liver even more than gizzard :D

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    4. I m afraid I eat more gizzards than liver...too much liver can get cloying for me...hehe =)

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    5. Ulric: heh, i'm kinda the opposite. too much gizzard tires my jaws. and i know what people mean when they say liver can get cloying, but it's so addictive for me, i just want more :D

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    6. Haha...I m the opposite...like to crunch d gizzards to exercise my jaw...hehe :p

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    7. Ulric: heheh, well, happy munching! =)

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  3. wah, lala with papaya, first time see. I would like to try it too when i back to Malaysia

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    1. Mr Lonely: ya, it's a strange combination, but it tastes OK =)

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  4. I'd sure like to try that papaya dish.

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    1. The Yum List: hope u get the opportunity. it's quite cool! =)

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  5. The price seems reasonable for the given size. From the looks of it, it's leaning towards yakitori style rather than a sushi bar?

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    1. Chong: ya, quite fair prices, i guess it's to cater to regular shoppers at the mall. the yakitori/kushiyaki items here caught my attention, but there is also ramen, some sushi rolls and generally a wide variety =)

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  6. Cool, another new place to check out in MV!

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    1. Baby Sumo: yeah, good to have some good additions to this mall! =)

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  7. Seafood papaya bowl! Nice :P

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    1. Rebecca: yeah, attractive but tasty too! :D

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  8. I'm not quite sure about the combination of papaya and seafood though, couldn't imagine how the dish tastes like

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    1. Ken: heh, yeah, it's a fun recipe, though u're right, it could be an acquired taste =)

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  9. Didn't see this at MV, food sure looks good though it doesn't quite look like the usual Japanese fare to me. Would love to check it out should I be around there again.

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    1. Suituapui: yeah, some interesting dishes here that not all japanese restaurants serve :D

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  10. I'm not a big fan of papaya so I wonder if I will enjoy that papaya seafood bowl.
    But the food seems good; it's worth a visit, I guess. :D

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    1. CK: heheh, i guess if you're not a fan of papaya, you can skip the fruit, but maybe try the chicken, since it's imported from japan :D

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  11. Ohh..new Japanese restaurant at Midvalley? The food looks quite nice

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    1. Melissa: yeah, this restaurant actually replaced another japanese restaurant, heh :D

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  12. Amazing! I love the plating on the papaya dish - full of seafood.

    Haha! Yeah, I know how large the large bottles of sake are, it took me a while to finish one last time I got the large bottles too.

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    1. Huai Bin: yeah, they were quite generous with the seafood considering it costs only RM18 :D heh, i once tried to finish that large sake bottle in just one night, and got terribly, terribly, terribly drunk =)

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  13. Everything looks good. Will have to steer away from the papaya one though. LOLz

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    1. Missyblurkit: yeah, a decent option if u're at mid valley and wondering what to eat. heheh, now i'm waiting to hear from fans of papaya who'll defend the fruit :D

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  14. I like the blue glasses, Sean!

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    1. Linda: they're quite cool indeed! =)

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  15. An interesting Japanese place, none of the common Japanese fare of sushi bars. I am so excited about your e-book! I will be back in KL for a month and am looking forward to trying out some of your recommendations so that I can vouch for it when I pass on the ebook to my friends who regularly ask me for places to visit in KL.

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    1. Happyeverafter Bride: yeah, good to see a place that's a bit adventurous in terms of the menu :D and yay, thanks for taking a look at the ebook, and i hope it's worthwhile for you. have a great time back in KL! :D

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  16. what a gorgeous dish, i 'll try every single plate

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    1. Cquek: good to have good food =)

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