With Rakuzen opening a branch in Sri Hartamas, we decided to give it a try. They do have other branches in the city and in Subang, but this was the closest to drive to.
The decor has a very warm and modern feel, whilst maintaining a Japanese style to it all. Some of the tables are segmented by hanging sheets or dividers to give more privacy.
This, however, is not a blog about interior design. So lets move on to the food! For starters, we begin with the Spider Roll. A delightful sushi roll which centres around a portion of soft-shelled crab. The outer layer of the roll is coated in Flying-fish roe.
Next up, cha soba (cold green tea buckwheat noodles). This was definitely a generous portion of cha soba which was complimented with dipping sauce that is hidden underneath the quail egg and seaweed. The noodles, however, were abit on the dry side.
The Tempura Moriawase is a mix tempura of vegetables and prawns. The fresh ingredients made this a delightful dish.
Another appetizer includes the Hotate Mentaimayo Yaki which are baked scallops.
For the mains, we managed to sample two sets. Firstly, the chicken katsu, always a favourite.
Secondly, the Sashimi to Yakizakana Zen set. This includes two pieces of grilled fish accompanied by sashimi, deep fried shrimp, miso soup, cawan mushi and others. They were quite generous, providing thick slices of sashimi. Grilling and the light seasoning brought out the true taste of the fish.
As always, there was room for dessert, but after such a heavy meal, we decided to go light on desserts and try the variety of ice creams.
With many other dishes yet to be tasted, there will definitely be a return visit.
Rakuzen Japanese Restaurant
Lot P17, Plaza Ground Floor
Hartamas Shopping Centre
60, Jalan Sri Hartamas 1
50480 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +603- 6201 2060