Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Kazoku-Ai Modern Teppanyaki Kitchen & Gyutaro Yakiniku @ 3rd Mile Square, Old Klang Road

Old Klang Road's 3rd Mile Square business centre is becoming a hotspot - literally - for Japanese eateries, thanks to two new venues that opened in recent weeks, dishing out distinctive results of grilling: Kazoku-Ai for teppanyaki & Gyutaro for yakiniku.

 First up, Kazoku-Ai, which calls itself a 'modern teppanyaki kitchen' - a chef with reputedly more than two decades of experience takes centre-stage in this casual outlet, a suitable after-work watering hole with both indoor & alfresco seating.

 Distancing itself from run-of-the-mill, mall-based teppanyaki joints, Kazoku-Ai specialises in premium fare that's satisfyingly well-executed & reasonably priced, ranging from foie gras (RM32 before taxes) ...

 ... to oysters (RM28 for six plump pieces with garlic chips). There's more on the menu - a teppan tenderloin steak sandwich caught our eye, but it wasn't available when we visited during Kazoku-Ai's soft-launch stage.

 Not into teppanyaki? Not a problem; other temptations here include Camembert cheese topped with salted squid guts (RM19), unagi tempura (RM28 for six pieces), foil-simmered salmon with shiitake & shimeji mushrooms (RM23), seafood okonomiyaki (RM16) & even a seasonal durian fried rice (RM16).

 Wine is available. as are cold-pressed juices (the Klang Valley's most prominent trend in recent months). Again, the juices weren't available for our visit; we would have ordered the Red Dragon (RM29, with dragon fruit, capsicum, carrots & tomatoes).

 A thirty-second stroll away from the street-level Kazoku-Ai, we move on now to Gyutaro, a pleasant first-floor yakiniku outlet.

 Aussie Wagyu beef is the highlight here; try the 'misuji' (RM48), a beautifully tender & flavoursome cut near the shoulder.

 DIY cooking here, but it's pretty easy; each slice requires only two minutes of barbecuing over binchotan white charcoal.

 Prefer your Wagyu beef even less cooked? Have it raw (RM36) with an egg yolk for protein purity.

Complimentary watermelon, all juicy & ripely sweet. Both Kazoku-Ai & Gyutaro feature friendly & efficient service.

Gyutaro offers a nice deal for wine - RM12 a glass (Australian Deakin Estate). House sake clocks in at RM18 per carafe. 

 Kazoku-Ai Modern Teppanyaki Kitchen
3rd Mile Square, Old Klang Road, Kuala Lumpur. Open daily, lunch & dinner. Tel: 03-7983-1919

Gyutaro Yakiniku
3rd Mile Square, Old Klang Road, Kuala Lumpur. Tel: 03-7972-4011

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24 comments:

  1. Yay! Gonna give both a try...I actually wanted to ask u if u have tried Kazoku-Ai...so Gyutaro is a bonus =)

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    1. Ulric: ooo ... ya, i'd have thought gyutaro was a bit more prominent though ... cos can see its signboard from the main road, whereas kazoku-ai is hidden at the back of the centre :)

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    2. Saw photos of a lamb rack in Kazoku-Ai's FB page...gonna try tat among other things =)

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    3. Ulric: ooo, okie... i don't recall lamb on their menu, but there was plenty of beef, chicken, scallops, salmon & prawns :)

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    4. I m actually surprised at the few things u tried at both places...lolz! :p

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    5. Ulric: heheh :) a lot of things on kazoku-ai's menu were not available yet (this was two or three weeks ago), and gyutaro was a bit on the pricey side if we wanted to indulge in lots of meat ;)

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    6. Ulric, our Teppanyaki Lamb Cutlets have just topped the charts! Do swing by and request for them! It's not on the menu as a permanent item till next month though :) Three pieces of Teppan grilled NZ Lamb Cutlets served on a bed of Onions topped with our special Horseradish Sauce going at only RM48 per portion!

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  2. wah, looks so yummy again, wanna try~ =D

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    1. Happy walker: hope you get the chance to check it out :)

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  3. Nice! 3rd Mile Square just a few minutes drive from our place, yay! Hehehe.

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    1. CK: ooo, ya, if you want some nice foie gras teppanyaki (only RM32 for two pieces), you can drive here! :D

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  4. "Salted squid guts" - truly! That's the name! Hee, hee.

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    1. The Yum List: heheh, i love it ... powerful stuff :D

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    2. Really Sean? Hahahha...I was thinking of removing it from the menu! Hahahah....you think I should leave it there? Not many takers you know....

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  5. Lovely place, the first one. Looks so comfortable...but that beef and egg at the second place wins me over! Slurpssss!!!!

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    1. Suituapui: yeah, kazoku-ai is a comfy place for hanging out ... and ya, raw beef and raw egg make for quite a combination :)

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  6. At first I thought it was camembert with some jam, until I read the description. I'm the same with Arthur, I think I prefer the food at the second place.

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    1. Baby sumo: it's a pungently pleasurable duo, cheese with squid guts :D there's still much more on kazoku-ai's menu, but ya, both places are worth visiting :)

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  7. Foie gras and oysters look tempting...and pretty reasonably priced. Squid guts? My gut tells me no :D Had eaten unagi and tempura...just never had them together though!

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    1. Contact.ewew: yeah, i think that's the lowest-priced foie gras i've seen in a long time :) haha, your gut may be right, depending on your tolerance for stinky stuff :D ya, tempura adds a crunch to the unagi, though i generally prefer the regular unagi preparations to keep the focus purely on the eel :)

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  8. Oh my! The wagyu looks absolutely divine! Drooling just by looking at the picture! :D

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    1. Iamthewitch: we enjoyed the beef very much :D

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  9. OMG I am drooling ! I want a slice of the wagyu beef in my mouth right now XD

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    1. Alyssa: oh yeah, it's pretty worthwhile, RM48 for two reasonably large slices :)

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