Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Yoshinari @ Plaza Damas 3, Sri Hartamas

Soulful, honest flavours, skilfully constructed with minimal fuss by chef Komoto & his team - opening this month in Sri Hartamas, Yoshinari is the first Malaysian offshoot of a Japanese restaurant of the same name near Tokyo's Shibuya Station.

Yoshinari's chief attraction is its customisable lunch sets - for RM37.60+, choose two main items from the menu, which will promptly be put together with rice, miso soup with house-made bean curd strips, & at least two side dishes, which may include creamy tofu mousse flavoured with sesame & wasabi. For dinner, omakase multi-course meals are offered (RM180-RM260).

 We enjoyed our salaryman's lunch - Yoshinari's take on bibimbap was tasty, a medley of beef, vegetables & soft-boiled egg, meant to be mixed up. Pork belly with smoked potato salad was satisfying too - luscious meat & soft carbs. But not everything was a success: the beef hamburg steak was too gamy; the tuna & scallop sashimi was only OK (Yoshinari says it secures its supply from Tsukiji market). Still, the hits outnumbered the misses - both the lightly battered chicken laced with red pickled ginger & the simmered flatfish were moist, delicate & delicious. Shochu mixes are available, blended with green or oolong tea.

Shibusan Yoshinari Tokyo Shibuya
A-00-11, Plaza Damas 3, Jalan Sri Hartamas 1, Kuala Lumpur
Open for lunch & dinner; may be closed Mondays (the restaurant had not confirmed its business days when we visited)

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  1. Now I'm missing the potato salad at the since-closed-down Japanese place here - they did it so well. I would prefer matching crockery - and I have a soft spot for blue & whites.

    1. Suituapui: the potato salad here was quite pleasing ... dense and creamy but still soft ... though not too soft. good flavours too :) ooo, actually i like mismatched tableware at casual places ... to add splashes of colour :D

  2. Customisable lunch sets is cool, wish it can be near to my office, haha.

    1. CK: heheh, yeah, they have nearly two dozen different dishes that you can choose from to customise your lunch ;)

  3. Customisable set lunches are reasonably priced but omakase meals for dinner (sadly) are not within the budget of many people.

    1. Contact.ewew: yeah, most of the decent omakase multi-course sets in kl tend to be above RM200 ... but it's pretty unavoidable due to the cost of all the seafood served ...

  4. Very homey style of food~

    1. Choi Yen: yup, i quite enjoy this genre of japanese food ;)