Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Yuu-jo @ Mont Kiara, Ori-Udon @ The Gardens & Manmaru @ Mid Valley

Slurping our way through three udon specialists that opened in KL in recent months, starting with Yuu-jo, a fairly cozy spot on one of Mont Kiara's leafy streets.

Udon & soba command the mightiest share of Yuu-jo's menu; for something that tastes pretty nutritious, order the cold udon with marinated shiso leaves & spinach, blended with olive oil & crowned with char-grilled chicken (RM17.80 before taxes).

The remainder of Yuu-jo's repertoire includes light-lunch mains like fleshy cobia fish deep-fried in bread crumbs (RM12) ...

... & familiar-favorite side dishes such as 'nasu dengaku,' miso-glazed eggplant (RM8.80).

Other menu highlights: Italian-style udon, beef bolognese or chicken carbonara-style, as well as green tea soba with salmon & raw egg, plus comfort-food rice bowls.

Next up, Ori-Udon, a newbie at The Gardens Mall's lower ground floor, where several casual eateries have launched these past few weeks.

 If Ori-Udon's selection seems familiar, that might be because its consultant chef appears to be Seiji Fujimoto, the founder of Taman Desa's well-respected Sanuki Udon.

Have a bowl of chilled udon coupled with a smidgen of mentaiko & soft-boiled egg (RM8.90), plus side dishes of wakame seaweed (RM1), fried tofu (RM1) & warm, tender beef (RM3, no taxes). A filling, fulfilling sampler, well-executed in Sanuki's signature style.

Ori-Udon's compact menu also includes hot, fresh skewers of chicken & quail eggs (RM3 each) that are breaded instead of grilled, for a surprisingly nice change.

Plus, there's sake here; we're thankful that Ori-Udon's friendly manager cheerfully serves this even at 10:30 in the morning. It wakes us up better than coffee.

Final stop, only a five-minute walk from Ori-Udon, here's Manmaru at Mid Valley Megamall, a spacious restaurant with a wide-ranging menu that partners udon with the likes of pickled plums, creamy curries & even sweet corn soup.

A small portion, pleasantly chewy, with smoked duck in savory gravy costs RM13.90; most other varieties here are cheaper. Side dishes include velvety eggs as well as tempura squid, tempura prawns, tempura chicken, tempura enoki mushrooms, tempura sweet potato, tempura pumpkin, tempura eggplant (the tempura compilation clearly rivals that of the udon).

Fans of Japanese food, it's worth noting that The Gardens Mall has some fresh temptations, including Ozen Zanmai, a bento-serving offshoot of Sushi Zanmai ...

... & Kuru Kuru Takoyaki, which whips up battered balls, stuffed with cheese or topped with teriyaki mayo, for what would likely be sinfully doughy snacks.

Yuu-jo Japanese Restaurant
B1-B3, Kiara Designer Suites, 18, Jalan Kiara 3, Mont Kiara, Kuala Lumpur.
Open lunch & dinner, except Mondays. Can be crowded for lunch; it's calmer in the evening.
Tel: 03-6206-5273

 Ori-Udon
LG-K01, Lower Ground Floor, The Gardens Mall, Kuala Lumpur

Manmaru Homemade Udon
S-045A, Center Court, Second Floor, Mid Valley Megamall, Kuala Lumpur

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26 comments:

  1. The combination of the cold udon with marinated shiso leaves & spinach and deep-fried cobia fish at Yuu-jo sounds delicious! :D

    Tat bowl of chilled udon, soft-boiled egg and mentaiko at Ori-Udon looks huge compared to those served in Taman Desa! :D

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    1. Ulric: i like the interesting recipes at yuu-jo :D ooo, my memories of sanuki's servings are a bit blur already, heheh =)

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    2. I will hit all three in a short span of time...I got a love affair with udon...lolz! =)

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    3. Ulric: heh, i have more of a friendly acquaintanceship with udon :D hope you enjoy all three, since they all have different recipes to offer. ultimately though, maybe the well-executed, traditional/classic comfort of ori-udon was the one most suited for me =)

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    4. I have a gut feeling tat it'll be the same for me...hehe =)

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    5. Ulric: yeah, i hope they'll manage to maintain the consistent standards set by sanuki =)

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  2. boy the quail egg!! and the eggplant.all look so tempting!!i'll be visiting them!!

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    1. Cindy: hope you enjoy all that! =)

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    1. Suituapui: good for fish fans =)

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  4. The fish looks nice, Sean!

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    1. Linda: it's quite a meaty one! =)

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  5. Ori-Udon prices seem pretty reasonable considering they are now in a mall. I can't wait to go try.

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    1. Baby Sumo: yeah, i think they could do well with the lunch crowd here! =)

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  6. udon noodles again~ i liked it~ XD

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    1. Mr Lonely: yay for udon! =)

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  7. everything looks great.. Is Manmaru as reasonable as the Ori-Udon?

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    1. Kate: in terms of prices, it's slightly higher, but only by two or three ringgit. in terms of flavor, hmmm, i think it'd be quite subjective, heh =)

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    2. Oh great! Thanks! Will probably try that soon :-).. Great to know that the Gardens became the mini tokyo street/section of food hehe

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    3. Kate: hope u enjoy it! ya, it's nice to have japanese outlets that specialize in different types of cooking and dishes =)

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  8. Wow...more Udons flooding both Gardens Mall & Midvalley.
    The other day I saw someone blogged about Manmaru Homemade Udon. Now you blogged about Ori-Udon. Feel like trying both! Hmm.... which to go first le... :-p
    Mayb Ori-Udon first. hehe...
    Okay...looks like its in front of Burt's Bee. Hopefully not too crowded during weekends.

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    1. Melissa: ya, maybe can start with ori-udon and then try manmaru next. i have a feeling that ori-udon's simplicity might attract customers =)

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  9. I think those big fat udon noodles are my favourites.

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    1. The Yum List: they can provide quite a pleasant chew! =)

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  10. Lovely flavors and delicious treat!

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    1. Cquek: tantalizing noodles :D

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