Thursday, November 14, 2013

Shunka Japanese Restaurant @ Solaris Dutamas

Shunka unfurled this past month in Solaris Dutamas, offering a fresh option for Japanese fare. The name might sound familiar because Shunka operates outlets in Penang, Kedah & Perak; this one marks its first KL branch.
 

The Shunka chain's executive chef, Malaysian Elven Tan, spent six years working in Japan; one of his favorites is oden (RM20 before taxes), the classic winter stew of boiled eggs, daikon radish & fishcakes in a light but umami-rich broth. Pure comfort food.

 

Shunka prides itself on sending its chefs every year to the Land of the Rising Sun to sharpen their skills. The food here, including mentaiko-topped salmon (RM17), is reasonable enough for a restaurant with a mid-range pricing.

 
Eel is essential in surprising ways on Shunka's menu: Try the Unagi gyoza (RM16) ...
 

... or the Unagi sushi katsu, crunchy battered maki with eel, egg & cucumber (RM14).

 

Pork's paramount too: Shunka serves Kurobuta black pig tonkatsu (RM20), a full 20 percent cheaper than Ichiriki's at Mid Valley Gardens, but perhaps 20 percent less expertly executed too.

 

Grilled pork belly (RM6.90). A worthwhile bet; lots of juice, plenty of flavor on this plate.

 

Hatsukuru Jyumai Ginjyo, 300ml for RM48.

P.S. Sean's away Nov. 7-17 in a mystery location 8,765 kilometers from KL. Daily blog entries have been scheduled in advance & will be automatically posted, but apologies as comments can only be replied later.

 

Shunka

A2-G2-3A, Solaris Dutamas, Kuala Lumpur

Open 1130am-1130pm. Tel: 03-6206-5239

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20 comments:

  1. Ooooo...another keeper! A good value Jap resto...loving the mentaiko-topped salmon, unagi sushi katsu and the grilled pork belly =)

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    1. Ulric: the menu does have some intriguing offerings! :D

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  2. Sean, great review! The presentations and decor are lovely.

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    1. Linda: thanks! gotta credit the restaurant for its presentation and decor :D

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  3. Nice! Love the egg!!! Oozing with goodness...

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    1. Suituapui: yeah, the egg here was not bad :D

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  4. Looks good! Can go run around that area then head in for brunch...all nice sweaty too:P

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    1. Missyblurkit: a japanese post-workout lunch sounds good! :D

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  5. We had some very yummy oden at Ginza during our first trip to Japan. It was a cold and rainy night; the hot oden was perfect for that weather

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    1. CK: i love oden, especially on cold evenings, true! :D

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  6. Ohh...I agreed that the mentaiko-topped salmon (RM17) is a reasonable price :-)

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    1. Melissa: yeah, a fair price indeed! :D

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  7. Mentaiko-topped salmon is good enough to tempt me there. I never had a mentaiko topped salmon before.

    Wilson

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    1. Wilson: yeah, i had to order it cos it was quite an interesting combination :D

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  8. yummy, love it so much again especially the salmon~ hehe

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    1. Mr Lonely: heheh, we can join a salmon fan club :D

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  9. I did try their Ramen before at a small little kiosk of theirs at 1st Ave Mall Penang but i wasn't impressed. Happy Holiday Sean!

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    1. Ken: thanks! ooo, i shall avoid their ramen then, heheh :D

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  10. Solaris flourished with Japanese outlets !

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    1. Wong: ya, it's a nice area for fans of japanese fare! :D

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