Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Nagasaki @ Desa Sri Hartamas

Desa Sri Hartamas' newest Japanese restaurant is one of our best bets for soul food that nourishes both the stomach & the spirit, served by a friendly team that more than capably coped with a full house of Japanese patrons on a recent week-night.

This outlet's name is a nod to the home city of its owner; specialities include 'champon' (RM39), a recipe regarded as part of Nagasaki prefecture's regional cuisine. Boiled noodles in a soup made with chicken & pig bones, topped with fried seafood, pork & vegetables - sweetly mellow & satisfyingly understated, the antidote to the emotional toll of a long, tough day at work.

Also a restorative dish: 'Sara-udon,' translated as 'plate noodles' (RM39), with a base of thin, crispy fried noodles crowned with prawns, pork, squid & beautifully tender cabbage. Both the chanpon & sara-udon evoke Chinese cooking in a positive fashion.

We love Nagasaki's curry rice, tremendously thick & triumphantly tasty, served with a crispy-juicy pork cutlet (RM29). Order it.

But skip the unagi-don (RM42), a let-down due to sub-par eel. Try the katsu-don with deep-fried pork & egg (RM29) instead.

Nagasaki serves pretty good skewers - everything from chicken heart, liver, gizzard, wasabi-laced breast, wings, thigh & tail (RM4-RM6 each) to pork loin with perrilla leaves & bacon with quail eggs (RM6-RM7 each). Not the cheapest, but worthwhile.

The remainder of the menu is extensive - deep-fried garlic to grilled pork spare-ribs, korokke to yaki-onigiri, as well as 'nikujaga' meat-&-potato stew. Wash down with plenty of sake, & plot your return here; this place could be a keeper.

Nagasaki
7-G, Plaza Prisma Ville, Jalan 19/70A, Desa Sri Hartamas, Kuala Lumpur. Beside Fong Lye.
Tel: 03-6211-6619 (reservations recommended)

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14 comments:

  1. Nice atmosphere, attractive offerings and a wide variety. Great! :)

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    1. Linda: it's a good restaurant to check out! :)

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  2. Another Japanese spot! Wow, we are spoiled for choice.

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    1. The Yum List: the diversity of Japanese cooking makes these restaurants always welcome! :)

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  3. Some of the things don't quite look like Japanese...but of course, the test of the pudding is in the eating. Good grief! So many Japanese places there. People there must be very rich...hor, Sean? Wink! Wink! :D

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    1. Suituapui: this place seems to be mainly popular with a japanese clientele though, instead of locals :)

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  4. Hmm....the first noodle soup looks like one we'd make at home and the second looks a lot like our "kong fu chow"! :D

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    1. Contact.ewew: oh yes, there are chinese and international influences in a lot of nagasaki's food, since it's a port city :)

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  5. I'm still working and feeling hungry now..... One curry rice please! :D

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    1. CK: aiyo ... still working at 7pm... next time i deliver curry rice to your office! :)

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  6. I like my Ramen with plenty of greens and.... miso :p

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    1. Ken: that sounds like a pretty good bowl of noodles :)

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  7. I think I saw Kong Fu Yin Ying, hehe :P

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    1. Choi Yen: heheh, i thought i saw sang har meen! :D

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