Sunday, November 3, 2013

Shuraku @ Solaris Mont Kiara

Back to Shuraku after the lengthiest lapse. 
Earlier entries on Shuraku: Jan. 23, 2009Nov. 8, 2010 & Nov. 20, 2010.

The longevity of this izakaya in a neighborhood that's been a graveyard for scores of other restaurants is a testament to Shuraku's better-than-the-norm food, effective service team & beautifully considered setting. Perfect for dinners that stretch for hours.

Sake-swilling Japanese expats can be spotted here at their favorite watering hole, merrily munching on savory sustenance like squid sauteed in butter & spicy cod roe (RM22, pre-taxes).

The menu has evolved through the years into a reliable selection of familiar ingredients that are spun into both steadfastly traditional & slyly inventive recipes. One of our favorites might be the salmon-topped omelets, warm & hearty soul food for rainy nights.

Hotate 'Pizza' (RM16), creamy-rich scallops & straw mushrooms grilled on dumpling skin base.

As the seasons change in Japan, Shuraku strives to reflect what's freshest & most beloved; the current autumnal menu, showcased through November's end, comprises delicate concoctions like marinated salmon & eggplant (RM12) ...

... & best-with-beer fare such as deep-fried mackerel with ginger & soy sauce (RM16).

Wrapping up this meal with what legend says is a kimchi-laden, ocean-briny addiction of one of Shuraku's show-runners. By special request only.

Japanese-influenced gelato by Cielo Dolci features at Shuraku, just as it does at sister restaurant Daikanyama. Black sesame's the can't-fail classic, but try the Japanese sweet potato gelato too.

 No shortage of liquor here, from regular sake to sparkling sake mixed with jelly.

 Non-booze masquerading as alcohol: Ryoma 1865 beer, surprisingly satisfying-tasting despite having a liquor content of zero

Lots of little touches make a big difference in Shuraku's decor: Look for the bicycle that once was used by Japanese postmen, now a part of this KL restaurant's furnishing. Life steers all of us in unexpected directions.

Shuraku
13-2, Jalan Solaris 1, Solaris Mont Kiara, Kuala Lumpur
Open Tues-Sun for dinner

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22 comments:

  1. Great post, Sean! I absolutely love that vintage bicycle!!!

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    1. Linda: oh yes, i didn't notice that bicycle initially, so i'm really glad it was pointed out to me by my companion :D

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  2. They have really some unique dishes here, cod roe, i wonder how it tastes like?

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    1. Ken: it's one of my favorite ingredients in japanese recipes! if u see it listed as 'mentaiko' on the menu, that's it actually! and yeah, the dishes here are worthwhile =)

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  3. Walao...3 visit wor...I intend to follow in ur footsteps here....hehe :D

    Eye-ing the Ryoma 1865 non-alcholic beeru too...hehe =)

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    1. Ulric: heh, three visits in five years is actually too few for a restaurant that's as nice as this one ... though then again, the menu has evolved but hasn't changed drastically over the years =) i only had a sip of that beer but i liked it. it tasted like a light beer with a very pleasant flavor. and it's very low in calories! :D

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    2. Based on ur visits...I am really liking the food here...my kinda stuff! =)

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    3. Ulric: ya, there aren't all that many izakaya-style outlets in kl, so it's a good thing that this one's a good one! tasty, tummy-warming stuff =)

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    4. Dun forget Senya Izakaya in Jln P.Ramlee...hehe =)

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    5. Ulric: a very modern setting, that one, and hopefully it will also prove to be enduring (though it's still hard to tell, since it's only been around for a year so far)...

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  4. 3 visits in 5 years? Gee!!! I guess that's the problem being a food blogger. You can't keep going back to the same place.

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    1. Suituapui: that's true, there are lotsa outlets i'd like to return to repeatedly, but it's difficult =)

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  5. I love the yakitori at this place ! The pork belly and giblets ~~~ yummmm.... Drooooll.....

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    1. Siao Lee: ooo, the good folks behind shuraku would be really happy to hear you say that! they're pretty proud of their yakitori, and they put a lot of effort into trying to make it taste right! :D

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  6. Low calorie & non-alkie beer? Me thinks I can finally drink "beer" & not suffer the consequences of it!
    Hhha the dates of your older postings says it all.. 2009, 2010!

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    1. Rebecca: heh, yeah, it's a beer i can turn to if i've had too much to drink for the night but i still wanna carry on 'drinking' :D heheh, shuraku was good in the beginning, and it's still good now! :D

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  7. Everything looks good here! Love the look of that plate of saute squid - so sinful!

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    1. Pureglutton: yeah, every dish seemed worth ordering! i couldn't resist checking out the sauteed squid with mentaiko and butter :D

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  8. i like the retro poster. I know I would definitely enjoy a few of these deep-fried mackerel with ginger & soy sauce .

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    1. Cquek: yeah, the posters add quite a nice quaintness and character. i think i must have gobbled down more than a few of those mackerel slices! :D

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  9. Sweet potato gelato? Sounds brilliant!!!

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    1. Missyblurkit: it's a cool idea, in every way! :D

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