Thursday, January 1, 2015

Izakaya Ieyasu @ Avenue K

With its sweeping selection & satisfactory servings, Izakaya Ieyasu seems like a solid bet for Japanese fare in Avenue K.

Ramen might be Ieyasu's raison d'etre, specifically the tsukemen variation, in which thick, dry noodles with a hefty bite are coupled with a choice of savoury dipping sauce - options range from traditional sesame, soy or miso to more unusual curry or even tomato-&-cheese sauces. About RM25 before taxes per serving.

Prefer rice? Ieyasu does hearty bowls, heaped with muscular slices of barbecued pork (RM18) or chicken & egg (RM22).

Like pate in our hands: Can't resist Ieyasu's chicken liver spread, especially when a serving with toast costs only RM12.

Battle of aquatic invertebrates: Firefly squid pickled with vinegar & sake (squishy-briny), vs. fried octopus (crunchy-chewy).

Snacks galore for the peckish: Spicy cod roe spring rolls, spit-roasted meat skewers & mushrooms with butter.

There's one factor that's helped to make Avenue K more alluring in our eyes over its neighbour Suria KLCC in the past year: Most of the restaurants here feel a lot more liberated in serving cocktails, whiskey & wine.

Izakaya Ie Yasu
Level 3, Avenue K, Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur. Tel: 03-2181-8660

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16 comments:

  1. A very attractive and quaint eatery, Sean. I wish you much love, peace and joy in 2015...and always.

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    1. Linda: glad you like the look of this place ... and i wish you every ounce of the same too this year, thank you :)

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  2. Happy new year!
    I recognize some of the dishes, hehehe.

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    1. CK: heheh, hope Jan 1 is good for you so far! :) and ya, haha, you have a good memory :D

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  3. Love their tsukumen with sesame dipping sauce! =)

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    1. Ulric: i remember the first time i tried tsukemen years ago, i didn't realise you're not supposed to drink the dipping sauce ... and was wondering why it was so salty, heh :D

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    2. Hahaha...same time happened to me on my first noob try...tat's how we learn...lolz! =)

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    3. Ulric: heheh, it would be nice to have a good ramen restaurant that served as many different sorts of ramen recipes as possible ... Including the chilled hiyashi chuka wholesome ramen with crisp veggies that the now closed kyoto lab at jln ampang used to offer :)

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    4. I love hiyashi chuka too...I think u still can get good ones at several Jap restos here in KL...can't remember which ones tho =)

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    5. Ulric: i will look out for it and order it the next time i see it ... shouldn't take long, heheh :)

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  4. Love the bamboo...and the egg! Oooo.....so soft and moist, the yolk!!! I think between the two, I would prefer the fried octopus.

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    1. Suituapui: ya, the bamboo window decor makes for an interesting juxtaposition against the klcc lights :D heh, yeah, i can't resist creamy egg yolks too ... but i think i prefer squishy squid to crispy octopus :D

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  5. I love tsukemen, been a while since I had it though. The chicken liver pate looks good too!

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    1. Baby Sumo: yeah, i wish i could order tsukemen more often, but between tsukemen and a bowl of ramen in delicious broth, i usually can't resist the regular soupy ramen, heh :D and ya, the chicken liver pate here was pretty satisfying :D

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