Sunday, February 19, 2017

IDon Japanese Restaurant @ Sunway Putra Mall

Fun-to-slurp noodles, fulfilling rice bowls & freshly fried tempura: Sunway Putra Mall's latest restaurant capably tackles the fuss-free crowd-pleasers of casual Japanese cuisine, making it a satisfactory stop for fairly priced fare if you work in Chow Kit.

IDon's udon recipes form the foundation of its menu, with a full dozen varieties available, from kitsune to mentaiko noodles. We spiced up our lunch with two hot-sellers - the classic Japanese vegetable curry, mild & creamy with carrots, potatoes & onions (RM11.50), & the contemporary Malaysian-inflected dry chilli, evoking pan mee, complete with minced meat, anchovies & mushrooms (RM11.50); the handmade udon is fresh, smooth & firm, offered in the popular, locally sourced sanuki type.

Prefer rice? IDon's got you covered with eight separate rice bowls - we enjoyed our Nikku Beef, boasting tender, thinly sliced meat simmered in sweetish soy stock, crowned with a runny egg for extra comfort (RM12.50). It's sufficient as a meal on its own, but if you'd like to munch on a bit more, the beef ball soup (RM6.50) & gyoza (RM7.50) both prove to be worthy snacks.

Fans of battered temptations, there's lots to like here, from the fleshy, protein-powered ebi tempura (RM3.50 per piece), irresistibly crisp-&-textured squid tempura skewer (RM6.50) & predictably juicy chicken karaage (RM5.50) to the fibre-fuelled eggplant (RM4) & enoki (RM4.50), doing justice to the tradition of tempura. Thanks to IDon's friendly team for having us.

IDon Japanese Restaurant
25, 26 & 30, Level 2, Sunway Putra Mall, Jalan Putra, Kuala Lumpur. Tel: 016-284-1814

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  1. I want mentaiko udon with some tempura! :D

    1. CK: i like mentaiko too ... i almost ordered that here! :)

  2. I thought you put a wrong photo when I scrolled down the screen from curry udon, LOL Dry panmee in a Japanese restaurant :P

    1. Choi Yen: heheh, ya, it's a cool combination of udon and pan mee :D

  3. I've just left the restaurant. Unfortunately, it didn't meet my expectations. The previous restaurant, Marugame Udon, was just great, to the level that they did the udon almost exactly as the one I had in Tokyo last year.
    The current owner has turned the taste of the food to match the local taste; the udon soup had a strong taste of ginger with tons of onions with the beef; the udon type wasn't good as well; the chicken karaage was oily and hard to chew..
    The "hot" green tea was cold also

    TL;DR the place isn't good and not worth trying.
    Wish Marugame could open again, it was a disappointment when they closed.

  4. Environment : 4/5
    Food : 4/5
    Service : 4.5/5
    Price : 4/5
    Not bad at all.. must try!!