Sunday, November 16, 2014

Mizuiro Ramen + Coffee @ Bandar Menjalara, Kepong

Mizuiro is a name to remember - this new Japanese-inspired cafe specialises not only in surprisingly wholesome ramen & meticulously made Maruyama coffee but also one of KL's most delicious desserts.

Warm, woodsy hues, married to a soothingly meditative sense of spaciousness & serenity, form a pleasing backdrop for what's still a hidden secret of a restaurant, tucked away in the far-flung neighbourhood of Bandar Menjalara; head here soon before the calm is inevitably shattered.

Ramen is served at wallet-friendly rates, between RM12 & RM16 for each big bowl. The noodles are made with a mix of unbleached flour & rye for a more natural flavour, coupled with a bite that nicely straddles the line between soft & chewy. The soup is light, catering to patrons who prefer recipes that are less rich & savoury.

We ordered the Garlic Tonkotsu (RM15), which surfaced with two meaty slices of tender pork chashu, lots of veggies & half a hard-boiled egg. It's a mild, mellow change from commercialised ramen - not so intense, but evocative of a home-made recipe.

Mizuiro's Japanese chicken curry with rice (RM16) is also less punchy than the norm, but it's still creamy comfort food.

The menu is wide enough to placate meat-seekers - 'buta kakuni' braised pork belly (RM14), 'tori karaage' fried chicken (RM16), 'tonkatsu' breaded pork cutlets (RM14) & 'idako' baby octopus (RM13) ...

... & vegetarians - small baskets of sweet potato fries (RM8, a moreish snack), agedashi tofu (RM7) & edamame (RM7).

But our favourite find at Mizuiro is this: A beautiful treat that's the closest thing in KL to the watermelon strawberry cake with rose-scented cream that's become the signature dessert at Sydney's Black Star Pastry patisserie.

Mizuiro's interpretation is branded the 'Rose Blossom' (RM10), a flourless, dacquoise-like cake that features a thick layer of juicy-fresh watermelon with almond meringue & cream. It's ravishing - & it reveals Mizuiro's links. This is also one of the recently introduced specialities at Mont Kiara's Watercolour bakery - plus, Mizuiro is the Japanese word for watercolour. Q.E.D.

Coconut ice cream is also available (RM9), with pumpkin gelato promised eventually too.

Mizuiro is currently KL's only outlet besides Exhibit Cafe in TTDI that permanently serves much-respected Maruyama coffee.

'Slow coffee' of deep & dark dimensions, showcasing pour-over & French press preparations, served at the end of the meal. Hot Coffee (RM14) is described on the menu as a dark roast with a chocolate-like texture, while the Ice Coffee (RM18) is a house blend with a floral aroma.

Mizu Iro Ramen + Coffee @ Bandar Menjalara, Kepong
49, Jalan 9/62A, Bandar Menjalara, Kepong. On the row of shop-houses that includes Sekmechoy. 
Open Tuesday-Sunday, 11am-10pm

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26 comments:

  1. Wao, didn't know that there is a new Japanese restaurant near by my house! Gonna pay a visit on next week for the ramen, yumm!

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    1. Audrey: yay, this is a convenient location for you! hope you enjoy this place :)

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  2. Ramen and coffee, I love both, oh and the dessert too! Hehehe.

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    1. CK: heheh, ya, i think you'll like this place, especially since you're a fan of japanese inspirations :)

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    1. Happy walker: ya, ramen is tasty :)

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  4. Lovely ambiance! I have never tried sweet potato fries, but I do love sweet potatoes, so I bet they are really tasty! :)

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    1. Linda: i like the look of this place too ... it's got a simple, unfussy dignity :) oh yes, i like sweet potatoes very much, and they work well as fries :D

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  5. Oh the buta kakuni sure looks tempting.. been a while since I made/had that. And the cake looks really really good too! Pretty too.

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    1. Baby Sumo: yeah, i couldn't resist ordering the buta kakuni too (the only dilemma was whether to have it with ramen or on its own) ... and yup, that's a really memorable cake! :D

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  6. I like the looks of their ramen, buta kakuni and sweet potato fries...the watermelon-based dessert is certainly unique =)

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    1. Ulric: oh good, that means you like 4 out of 6 of the dishes in this post! heheh :D

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    2. Hahahahaha...please include the hot coffee with a chocolate-like texture :P

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    3. Ulric: a nice choice :) there's also a maruyama coffee latte that i would have ordered if i had been craving something milky :)

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  7. oh gosh, my favourite ramen!

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    1. Vivian: hope u manage to head here to satisfy your ramen cravings soon! :)

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  8. OK the dessert for me!!!!
    Oh, the premier date is 26th right?

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    1. Rebecca: ya, i was very tempted to ta pau one slice of the cake! :D and ya, typo, my mistake ... thanks for noticing, i've fixed it :)

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  9. I doubt the watermelon will make the dessert become watery?

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    1. Choi Yen: nope, they've managed to make it really well. the other layers of the cake remain moist/creamy but not watery, and the portion of the watermelon that they choose is firm and sweet. when you bite into it, it manages to combine/blend nicely together :)

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  10. Hmmm....ramen with coffee...had them separately but together in one sitting, I've not tried :D. Those sweet potato fries look addictive!

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    1. Contact.ewew: oh yeah, do note that the coffee is meant to be drank AFTER you've finished the ramen, not together :D and yay for sweet potato fries, heh :)

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    2. Err, even drinking coffee AFTER eating the ramen......is a weird combo to me :D

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    3. Contact.ewew: heh, it helps that both the ramen and the coffee here are japanese-influenced :) or think of it as having coffee after a western meal of steak, to accompany your tiramisu dessert :)

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  11. Thank GOD they didn't pour the coffee into the ramen LOL

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    1. Ken: that could be, ermmm, interesting :D

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