Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Uroko Japanese Cuisine @ Section 17, Petaling Jaya

Uroko is becoming a go-to spot for contemporary Japanese fare in PJ's Section 17 residential neighbourhood - the setting is sleek but not intimidating (feel free to visit in T-shirts, shorts & slippers), the menu is extensive & enticing, service is faultlessly efficient & prices feel fitting. Trivia: The eatery's name is Japanese for 'scales,' explaining the patterns that dominate its decor.

If you like the sweet flavour of apples, start with Uroko's fruit salad (RM23++), featuring a double dose of Fuji apples, as a julienne in the bowl & in a textured, pulpy dressing on the side, meant to be mixed with mango cubes, cherry tomato slices & leaves in a portion that three to four patrons can share as an appetiser. Perky & refreshing, albeit certainly on the sugary side.

 Sushi & yakitori are among the main attractions - one of the restaurant's recommendations is a spicy maki that's deep-fried for a lightly battered crunch, topped with salmon, flying fish roe & bird's eye chilli (RM28++); no surprises, since this sort of fusion roll has long been a crowd-pleaser in numerous venues. We tried two skewers - the chicken tail & skin (RM4++ each) - both of which proved capably & satisfyingly prepared, bearing the kind of smoky succulence that's pivotal especially for the bonjiri cut.

There's a touch of luxe in the menu, with foie gras spotlighted in offerings like the Shake Bomb (RM10++ per piece; salmon wrapped around morsels of liver - the fish is pleasurably juicy, with the foie delivering a distinctive after-taste) & the Hanabi Sushi (RM28++ for six pieces; pan-fried tuna crowned with foie - competent, though the two main components fell short of being completely complementary). Our costliest order was the scallops with sea urchin in steaming-hot egg omelette broth (RM48++) - an example of Uroko's strengths & limitations; the cooking here is irreproachable, but while the ingredients are justifiably good enough, they hover closer to above-average than outstanding, illustrated by both the scallops & sea urchin. You'll also find omakase sets from RM150++ onwards. Sake is available, starting at RM60++ for a 300-ml bottle.

Uroko Japanese Cuisine
2nd Floor, 22A-1, Jalan 17/54, Section 17, Petaling Jaya, Selangor. 
Open Tuesday-Sunday, 1130am-230pm, 530pm-1030pm.  Tel: 03-7932-0191

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  1. So many Japanese places there! If I were able to go to just one, which you suggest?

    1. Suituapui: yikes! it's honestly hard to narrow it down to one, honestly ... cos it depends on what kind of dishes you like best (sushi, sashimi, or something else) ... and budget also matters, since the best japanese restaurants would cost more than RM100 per person, but you can still get OK ones for below that ;)

    2. I guess as much. Ya, sometimes you pay for the name - may be able to get some pretty nice stuff at some cheaper places. Convenience in their respective locations may also influence one's choice, I guess.

    3. Suituapui: ya, that's a good point - i think the majority of customers will choose a location that's reasonably close to their workplace or home :)

  2. I like Fuji apples and mango in my fruit salad but not when the dressing is on the sweet side. Hmmm, I've yet to taste sea urchin, so the scallops and sea urchin in egg broth certainly entices me.

    1. Contact.ewew: the dressing should be OK for customers who can tolerate the sweetness of apple juice, heh ;) hopefully your first encounter with sea urchin will be a positive one! :)

  3. The last few dishes with foie gras and sea urchin sound yummy! I want to try those, hehe.

    1. CK: heheh, those were the items that caught my eye on the menu ;)

  4. The place seems to be pretty crowded which is surprising since they are not cheaply priced

    1. Ken: it was a weekend night, which might have helped, but i think the prices are pretty much what to expect in this area ;)