Thursday, October 30, 2014

Sakai's Curry @ Solaris Mont Kiara

We love Japanese curry - when it's done right, it's unbeatably fulfilling. So we were eagerly looking forward to this place, presuming it would specialise in comfort cooking to warm us up on one of KL's current typically storm-soaked evenings.

Sakai's Curry (the name refers to the Japanese owner) is an interesting-looking place that's run by a friendly & obliging team. This new eatery in Solaris Mont Kiara is expected to be the prelude to several more branches in the coming months, with the next to open in Kota Damansara's Encorp Strand Mall.

For the curry section, customers can choose rice & curry with pork cutlet (our order), prawn, chicken, hamburg or vegetables. While it's not terrible, it falls short of its full potential - the curry's one-dimensional, the rice isn't exactly leave-no-grain-behind, while the cutlet is a tad too thin, considering this portion costs RM18.

The kitchen might still be working out the kinks; everything we tried had issues in terms of taste & texture - overly seasoned, overly oily, overly soggy or something else - from the fried chicken with leek sauce (RM17) ...

... to the mushy-inside hamburg steak (RM12) with the blandest broccoli & carrots we've sampled this year ...

... to the slightly rubbery scallops 'ajillo' with garlic sauce (RM31), a representative of the menu's unexpected Latin American & European-influenced sections (which include nachos, guacamole & Caprese salad) ...

... to deep-fried octopus (RM14) that could be summed up in a phrase that's suitable for the food here - 'could be a lot better.' Still, we like Sakai's theme & his team, & we want to wish them well; we hope they'll be able to revamp or refine their recipes.

Wine & cocktails are available (but not sake, for now). The bar manager is warm & enthusiastic; we'll leave it at that, & we hope to hear positive feedback from other customers about Sakai's Curry & Bar in the future.

Sakai's Curry & Bar
Jalan Solaris 3, Solaris Mont Kiara, Kuala Lumpur
Daily, lunch & dinner (open through late, closed on public holidays)

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18 comments:

  1. The hamburger steak looks to be a winner, Sean. I cannot stand it when it is dried out and tasteless, it should be juicy and tender. :) The trick is to cook it on a low temperature and turn it often...I know this because I make them this way. Another thing is to not pat it down with a spatula, as by doing this you remove the flavourful juices and dry it out.

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    1. Linda: true, dried-out burger patties would be a bigger crime than mushy ones :) thanks for the tip, that's a very useful thing to learn :)

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  2. nice food sharing, loved it~

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    1. Happy walker: glad you like this post

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  3. Yikes...not up to speed yet? ><

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    1. Ulric: i think the food prep (for the curry and cutlets) and cooking need to be tweaked ... and maybe the supply and storage too, for improved food freshness :)

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  4. I'm not into Japanese curry, not when we have our awesome ones all over. Hmmmm....not quite satisfactory, eh? I would say everything looks good though. Looking at the name, for a while, I thought it's some place "ethnic" serving the orang asli delights - turns out to be Japanese, after all.

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    1. Suituapui: yeah, i think a lot of different curries are awesome in their own way, and japanese curry is definitely one of them ... it can be pretty much as rich and flavoursome as any curry :) and yup, a name like sakai's curry will definitely draw questions :)

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  5. Oh dear....it's not very often that I see you not liking any of the food. Alarm sounded....not a place that I would want to try :p

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    1. Contact.ewew: i hope it's just teething problems here, and they'll be able to improve in the next few weeks :)

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  6. Looks like they would need some time to settle down... maybe next month for another revisit? :)

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    1. Rebecca: ya, i do love japanese curries, so i'd like to come back if they find their footing :)

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  7. Rubbery scallops? What a waste :-(

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    1. Melissa: on the bright side, the scallops were plump and the portion was reasonable, heh :)

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  8. Blandest broccoli and carrots? LOL sounds dahsyat!

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    1. Ken: something went wrong with the veggie preparation there, unfortunately :)

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  9. Shame the food didn't hit the spot..

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    1. YouHadYourLunch: yeah, i'm still rooting for them to improve and do well though, since i love the idea of a japanese curry house :)

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