Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Yi Gourmet Vegetarian Kitchen @ Bandar Sunway

A unique new vegetarian restaurant has sprouted in Bandar Sunway, sowing the seeds of imaginative meatless dining.

Yi's highlight is a seven-course set dinner (RM78+; booking in advance is necessary) that shines the spotlight on a variety of vegetables assembled in a modern-minded fashion. The selection evolves according to what's freshest in season - you might start with appetite-whetting Aussie purple carrots infused with apple vinegar alongside raw seaweed, followed by a platter of crisp leaves with sweet-savoury sesame dressing or crunchy slices of Japanese cucumber with broccoli stalks & snap peas.

We respect the craftsmanship that's been poured into trying to ensure that everyone from fervent vegetarians to fanatical carnivores can find their meal here fulfilling. A sweeping spectrum of flavours & textures come into play - for creamy comfort fare, there's steaming-hot corn broth or gluten-free mushroom soup; for fun nibbling, a trilogy of taro root, shishito peppers & gingko nuts grilled with sea salt. Wholesome, fibre-fuelled nutrition for guilt-free feasting. 

We're not ordinarily fans of fungi, but our favourite offering at Yi is probably this medley of plump, juicy tempura mushrooms - Yi may appear to be a Chinese eatery but its kitchen's influences & technique demonstrate a sense of a cross-border diversity.

The menu describes this simply as 'nama yuba & seitan' - what surfaces is more intricate than expected, with the soy milk paste & wheat gluten comprising only part of a lovely-looking ensemble that's laboriously crafted with a keen eye for detail.

White asparagus seizes the spotlight for the final course - enjoy it either with Japanese turnips & shishito peppers or with what's described as a 'tree knuckle,' which turns out to be a vegetarian fritter to fittingly cap a dinner with surprising twists.

 Dessert might be mixed fruits with sour plum dressing, while choices for drinks include brown rice tea or assorted vegetable juice. If you're looking for liquor, walk over to Malt Berry Apes, also within the Eight Gourmets Gala restaurant hall, for vegetarian-appropriate potions like a melon-based Yara cocktail & tangerine Summer Time (both RM28 each). Many thanks to Eight Gourmets Gala's team for hosting us at Yi.

Yi Fine Dining Vegetarian
Eight Gourmets Gala, Ground Floor, Pinnacle Annexe, Persiaran Lagoon, Bandar Sunway, Selangor
Yi is open for lunch & dinner, Monday through Saturday

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16 comments:

  1. Sean, this is one of the more gorgeous eateries you have reviewed! I love the decor, the ambiance...and the presentations are over the top! :)

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    1. Linda: you're right, it's all quite elaborately done, and am glad you love it! :)

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  2. Ooooo...love the teapots and cups - I have this weakness for blue & whites!

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    1. Suituapui: ya, the tableware is lovely indeed! :D

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  3. It was great to see you not being a carnivore for once! :D Detoxing with some Chinese tea as well...but you just had to walk over to Malt Berry Apes, didn't you? ;D

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    1. Contact.ewew: heheh, yeah, i think fully-vegetarian meals comprise less than 1 percent of my annual intake ... but ya, i couldn't resist the cocktails! :D

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  4. Suituapui reminded me of the teapots and cups, I love them, too. I also love the "Victorian" chairs! :)

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    1. Linda: those quaint flourishes do add an interesting character to this place! :)

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  5. Was just here for the Veuve event. cool place;) the mushrooms look exqusite! must try the cocktails too..

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    1. Ciki: mushroom mania! ya, the whole Eight Gourmets Gala venue has a lot of potential :)

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  6. This reminds me of the vegetarian food we had in Koyasan, pretty and yummy. :D

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    1. CK: oh ya, there are a lot of japanese elements in the recipes here! :D

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  7. Bring on the veggies! Great to see plants celebrated with gourmet recipes.

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    1. The Yum List: oh yes, a cool celebration of the wide-ranging fruits of the earth :)

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