Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Kushi Raku @ TTDI, Moku @ Oasis Ara Damansara & Vino Vino @ Phileo Damansara

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.

 Izakaya Kushiraku
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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  1. What's that on the tv? There's one at one place here too, with the best sound system...and I always feel like telling the boss to get rid of them. Maybe it is because I am old but some light music will do, at a low audible volume. Dining, not clubbing. :( Not a fan of noisy places.

    1. Suituapui: oh i usually ignore the tv, unless it's something really, really interesting .. i think the tvs may have been on mute here (or at least, at a very low volume), luckily :)

  2. Chicken....bacon! I am getting so hungry! :)

    1. Linda: i could definitely snack on these skewers even when i'm not hungry :)

  3. Japanese skewers really have become a trend recently.

    1. The Yum List: they do make for a fun dinner :)

  4. Ooo....that's a lot of skewered meat in one night! ;D I think Moku attracts me the most ;)

    1. Contact.ewew: interestingly enough i think all three places had different plus points :)

  5. I love Japanese skewers, simple and nice. Good that there is one nearby us. :D

    1. CK: heheh, ya, it's fun to munch on these japanese satay :D