Monday, June 9, 2014

Saryo Kyoto @ Plaza Damas, Sri Hartamas

Run by Hiroshima native Kuna-san, Saryo Kyoto is one of Sri Hartamas' most hidden restaurants, tucked on the top level of Plaza Damas on a corridor traversed by no cars & extremely few people. Head up the escalator from TGIF, walk straight until you're facing the main Sri Hartamas road & turn right; the restaurant will be on your right.

Worth the hunt? If you enjoy sampling 'nabemono' hot-pot recipes (think shabu-shabu & sukiyaki-style), then most likely.

Mizutaki (RM28), reputedly a Fukuoka prefecture speciality, with chopped chicken, tofu & veggies cooked in a soup pot, served here with rice & a choice of ponzu, sesame, soy or BBQ sauce. Guilt-free nutrition.

While waiting for everything to be cooked at the table, a basket of tasty tempura veggies is served. Pretty; that's the theme here.

Tofu, Saryo Kyoto's got it, in spades. Yu-dofu is basically custardy tofu boiled in hot water, accompanied here by dengaku tofu (broiled skewers with miso glaze). RM38 (also comes with rice, salad & tempura).

Seiro mushi (RM37), beef & veggies cooked in tiers in a bamboo steamer for several minutes. Kinda fun.

Tender slices of beef, flavoursome enough when paired with the assortment of dipping sauces.

Sanzoku musubi (RM16), reminiscent of onigiri. Something of an oversized rice ball, completely wrapped in seaweed with a bit of salmon inside. Stomach-stuffer, belly-buster.

Skewers are offered; everything from battered beef to prawns, squid to scallops, chicken gizzard to eggplant, carrots to onions.

Desserts are deliciously unique: Try the Japanese affogato, with green tea ice cream & mild-tasting Kyoto Inoda coffee. RM18.

Lemon-laced mascarpone with honey, a likeable finish to a meal with delicate flavours.

For beverages, our best bet's the Kyoto Maekawa Keisui-Do Junkin-Cha, plum tea with gold leaf. Served hot, it boasts an umami boldness evocative of miso soup that's both unexpected & enjoyable for tea.

Nothing's bland when there's sufficient booze to go around. Pass the bottle (but beware, the cheapest sake is RM63 for 300ml).

Saryo Kyoto
P-1-24, Plaza Damas, Hartamas Shopping Centre, Sri Hartamas, Kuala Lumpur
Generally open lunch & dinner weekdays, & partly on weekends. Call 017-725-8382 to confirm


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19 comments:

  1. Miso glazed tofu sounds really interesting. I like the how they presented their food :D

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    1. Ken: yeah, for tofu fans, this could be a delectable destination :) and ya, the presentation does fit kuno-san's feminine touch very well :)

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  2. The ambiance looks attractive and relaxing, and the presentations are lovely!

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    1. Linda: true, they really took care and a bit of extra effort to plan the presentation :)

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  3. Oh yes...got some unique stuff here...always on the lookout for more interesting Jap options =)

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    1. Ulric: it's fun to explore the diversity of japanese cooking, ya ... hopefully will see some more regional varieties pop up from time to time, here & there :)

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    2. Can't wait to try their nabemonos and Seiro mushi...the desserts looks interesting too =)

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    3. Ulric: it helps that the owner is quite friendly and is willing to explain the differences between the various types of nabemono and everything else on her menu :)

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    4. Just wanna check...are the apartments seen across the restaurant in ur photos at Plaza Damas 3? =)

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    5. Ulric: yup, exactly! so this restaurant basically faces the main road, but it's all the way at the very top of plaza damas :)

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    6. Then I know d directions aredi...muchas gracias! =)

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    7. Ulric: no worries ... ya, the first time i tried looking for it, i couldn't locate it, cos it's kinda tricky without any directions or address at that point, heh :)

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  4. Looks good, place & food. These Japanese places are more often than not so clinically clean, nice. Ummm...no thanks to the gizzards, you can have all of those. :D

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    1. Suituapui: yeah, a comfy place for once to indulge in gizzards (chicken offal is something i'll always appreciatively accept!) :D

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  5. The food here looks really healthy, (well except the deep fried stuff hehe).

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    1. Baby Sumo: heheh, yeah, all the boiled food helps to balance out the deep-fried tidbits :D

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  6. I visited Inoda Coffee in Kyoto, hehehe. The Japanese affogato sounds good and interesting to me.

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    1. CK: ooo, if you have positive memories of inoda coffee, now you know where to find it in kl :) ya, the Japanese affogato is a very cool idea :D

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  7. what is sanzoku musubi!? sanzou = bndit....interesting name... I'll be visiting there on next week. may i kow what is the must-order menu?

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