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 ;)

  5. Totally overrated! The food nothing special not delicious and portion extremely small. Only 4 pathetic slices meat for a beef rice. The worst part was my set meal came longgg after my friends finish their food which is unacceptable.

  6. Wow! All of their foods are mouth watering and looks delicious especially the Uroko's fruit salad. :)
    Anyway, you should also try the authentic Japanese food in Manila. I'm sure you'll love it too.

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  8. I went there yesterday with my wife and mum to have dinner at this restaurant. This is my second time. I was there last week with a group of friends and was actually quite impressed with the food (value for money), hence I took my family there

    The restaurant was full on a Sunday night. We were given seats around the counter where the head chef was ( I think he was the head chef given he seems to be the person of authority around)

    We were quite hungry and looking forward to a good meal and experience.

    Our first disappointment was that a number of items on the menu were not available which my mum and wife wanted to order. Yakitori was totally unavailable. So we asked for grilled Salmon fish head. Not available also - as we were told. We were told another fish head was available so my mum ordered that. She also ordered the tuna belly chawan mushi.

    So we sat and waited. The waitress came back 5 minutes later and said the tuna belly chawan mushi will take 45 minutes. My mum felt disappointed as she was looking forward to that. We didnt understand why that can take so long. My experience is if they tell you 45 minutes, it will probably take more than an hour to arrive. So we cancelled it and the waitress seemed happy that we did! It felt strange. Maybe they did not have it even though it was on the menu!

    My mum asked what about the grilled fish head. How long will it take to prepare? The answer was 10 minutes. So my mum said ok

    My wife and I were served our food. We ate and actually quite enjoyed our meal

    When we finished our meal, my mum's fish head still had not arrived. That was like 45 to 50 minutes later

    So we asked the waitress. She said another 5 minutes

    10 minutes passed and no food

    My mum is about 80 years old. She has'nt had a dinner and she got a bit agitated. She asked the head chef why the food was taking so long to arrive. She was not rude but she did raise her voice a little. She indeed felt greatly disappointed that the food took so long. By then it was close to an hour after we came into the restaurant

    I guess I would have expected an answer that will assure a customer. After all, as customers, we do have our choices
    when it comes to which restaurants to go to.

    But instead he went on and on about how long a process it takes to cook that dish. I was just thinking does he mean every time someone ordered that, it actually takes that long
    ? Or is it just a case where the restaurant is full and that they are short handed? In any case, we were told it will take 10 minutes but 50 minutes lapsed and the fish head had not arrived

    And worst of all, he ended his sentence by saying we are not the only customer that they serve, giving me the impression that our presence was not welcomed. And he said that to my mum in front of me. Not very smart

    I guess by then we realized he is totally arrogant and a prima donna of some sort - certainly not a person who understands the concept of good customer service. We walked out and we complained to a young supervisor. I guess she can't do much since this old man chef seems to be the one with seniority in this restaurant

    But one thing I do know. I do have choices and I will not definitely go to that restauant again. And I will tell my friends as well