Stick it to us: New kushikatsu specialists have sprung up all across the Klang Valley this year, specialising in skewers & more. For residents of Taman Tun Dr Ismail, Kushi Raku is determined to deliver traditional Japanese soul food in an izakaya setting.
Kushi Raku gets its grill going with both chicken (breast, thigh, wings, liver & gizzard, mostly RM3-RM7) & pork (meatballs, belly & bacon wraps, RM6), as well as beef, vegetables & seafood (squid tentacles wriggle in at RM8), plus side dishes like udon, soba & 'yaki onigiri' rice balls with curry (RM8) to satisfy the after-office drinking crowd.
Over at Oasis Ara Damansara, Moku proves to be a protein powerhouse; we liked everything we tried here - skewers of chicken liver (RM2.50), pope's nose (RM3.50) & cheese tsukune (RM4); pork belly (RM4.50), neck (RM10) & streaky bacon (RM10); beef tongue (RM15). lamb short loin (RM10) & whole squid (RM20), all smoky, juicy & flavoursome. Partner with a cold-pressed juice of kale, cucumber & honey, or bring your own wine.
Final stop: Vino Vino, a discreet destination in Phileo Damansara - it's not exactly a crowd magnet, but it merits a mention for its sticks of enjoyably crunchy chicken skin, both served on its own (RM4) or wrapped around garlic (RM5), alongside plenty of other yakitori - chicken thigh, tail, cartilage, liver, heart, gizzard & meatballs (RM3-RM6) - & a smattering of other meat skewers, like lamb, ox tongue & duck breast. Lots of bottles on display here, making it clear that going thirsty is not an option.
28, Jalan Tun Mohd Fuad 2, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, Kuala Lumpur. Mon-Sat: 4pm-1am. Tel: 03-2856-9200
Moku Grilled & BBQ
A-G-08, Oasis Square, 2, Jalan 1A/7A, Ara Damansara, Petaling Jaya. Daily, lunch & dinner. Tel: 03-7859-7657
Vino Vino Bistro
105, Block C, Ground Floor, Phileo Damansara 1, Jalan 16/11, Petaling Jaya. Open Mon-Fri, 12pm-11pm. Tel: 03-7660-6100
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