Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Shinyaki Izakaya @ M Avenue & Grandeur Teppanyaki @ Avenue K

Shinyaki, an atmospheric alfresco Japanese restaurant, is heating up a secluded section of Segambut with fresh cuts of pork, lamb, beef, chicken & seafood to populate its BBQ selection of yakiniku & kushiyaki temptations.

Shinyaki is hidden inside Segambut's M Avenue complex, where parking's a breeze in the evening. If traffic isn't too treacherous, it's only about a 15-minute drive from Sri Hartamas, so it's reasonably accessible for folks seeking somewhere different to dine out.

Shinyaki has something for every sort of carnivore - pork yakiniku, which patrons grill themselves at their table, comes not only in the form of belly & neck meat but also innards like intestines & liver, plus bacon with sausages, enoki mushrooms or leeks.

Beef tongue & sirloin share the menu with lamb shoulder; for kushiyaki, chicken takes flight with wings, skin, heart & gizzard.

Seafood isn't sidelined; the skewer selection includes shishamo, scallops, squid, salmon belly, prawns & even eel.

We only sampled a smattering, but everything tasted satisfyingly marinated. Our receipt has vanished, but prices seemed reasonable, probably in line with expectations for a casual neighbourhood joint.

Shinyaki's menu also comprises sukiyaki, basic sashimi, salads, makis & fried noodles & rice, so even customers who might be too lazy to cook their own food (that's us, typically!) can find something to order from the kitchen.

Alcohol isn't absent; with sufficient sake to slurp, it'll be 11pm (Shinyaki's closing time) before you know it.

Bonus venue: For more Japanese-inspired hot stuff, we move now from M Avenue to Avenue K for the air-conditioned comfort of Grandeur Teppanyaki, one of the businesses in the mall's Taste Enclave food court.

Teppanyaki isn't a DIY proposition, mercifully; Grandeur's team will cook our seafood to order, ensuring the plump scallops remain juicy & the plentiful squid stays bouncy.


Rice? Also pretty nice; customers can take a seat at the counter to catch all the cooking action.

Prawns, egg & more on a plate of grilled grainy goodness, firm to the bite & with a flavour that's smoky enough to satisfy.

Here's Grandeur Teppanyaki's interesting take on chawanmushi, prepared in a large onion cup.

Also enjoyable, with all of the rich & smooth, custard-like texture preserved within.


Shinyaki Japanese Izakaya
E0-8, M-Avenue, Jalan Segambut, Kuala Lumpur
Open Tuesday-Sunday, lunch & dinner. Tel: 03-6250-6408

Grandeur Teppanyaki
Taste Enclave, Level Two, Avenue K, Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur

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20 comments:

  1. First time seeing chawanmushi or anything for that matter, in an onion cup. Usually it would be just soup in a bread bowl. Ummmm...would you walk away from the place smelling like those stuff that you cook on the grill?

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    1. Suituapui: yeah, that was a fun and memorable chawanmushi presentation :)
      heh, i actually don't mind the smoky smell, so it was OK for me (but it wasn't too bad, i think) :D

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  2. Shinyaki looks fantastically value-for-money...the onion cup chawanmushi at Grandeur is really unique =)

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    1. Ulric: ya, i think Shinyaki would appeal to customers who enjoy places like the Japanese BBQ outlet at Taman Desa :D and yup, hopefully we'd be able to see other places serve that kind of chawanmushi too :)

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  3. The prawns and egg dish looks really good!

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    1. Linda: it's good for fans of fried rice! :D

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  4. Oh my... how did they make chawanmushi with an onion ring! too creative lol

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    1. Ken: glad you like the look of that chawanmushi! :D

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  5. Pork belly for me please! Looks like a great place for some kushiyaki ;)

    Oh yea walked past Grandeur a few times, should try it out soon!

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    1. Baby Sumo: yeah, on rainy evenings like this, it might be a good idea to warm up with some kushiyaki at shinyaki :D and hope you enjoy grandeur too if you try it :)

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  6. thanks for sharing this place~ XD

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    1. Happy walker: glad u enjoyed this post

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  7. Pork belly, intestines,liver, prawn, scallop, I want all! Finally can go back tomorrow, I will eat, eat and eat. Hahaha.

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    1. CK: haha, welcome back to KL! and if you find yourself in segambut, ya, go check out Shinyaki :D

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  8. What a coincidence...I just posted this place yesterday! Your scallops certainly looked better than mine did. Chawanmushi made in an onion cup...does it taste better than the steamed ones? Saw that quite a bit of it has leaked out in this creative method...can eat the cup, ah? :D

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    1. Contact: that's cool, i love coincidences! :D it tasted very good, but i think that might be partly because of the ingredients that were used for the chawanmushi and the toppings, not so much the onion cup :D and ya, can totally eat the cup :D

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  9. wow at the chawanmushi!!!!

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    1. Jean: heheh, glad you like the look of it :)

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  10. The fried rice seem like full of wok hei and I'm interested to know how they "steamed" the chawanmushi? O.O

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    1. Choi Yen: ya, that was a respectable version of rice ... and hopefully you can check out the chawanmushi here :D

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