Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Japanese Food @ Kogetsu, Saujana Resort, Petaling Jaya


1. the tranquil garden setting, 2. california temaki rolls in row filled with ebiko, 3. fresh airflown sashimi

Kogetsu has always struck me as one of most serene Japanese restaurants in town, with its unique house on the lakeside setting. Sandwiched between the hotel and the golf club, I've always liked the place for its privacy, easy parking and the tranquil lake view seen from the wooden windows.


going crazy for makis: 1. salmon skin maki, 2. negitoro maki, 3. unagi maki

The restaurant is also from the older generation of Japanese restaurants similar to Kampachi at Equatorial Hotel and Genji at PJ Hilton, where they serve more traditional Japanese fare. Like all Japanese restaurants, they get their fresh fish air-flown in twice of week, hence you get a good seasonal selection on Wednesdays and Fridays here. You can ask for a mixed sashimi platter, where they'll pick what is seasonal. When we ate here, we sampled the varieties - tai, tuna, kinmei and aji. Everything is very fresh and presented beautifully. It's interesting to note that this place serves their sashimi platter with something unusual - grated fresh ginger vs the usual pickled ginger or gari.


1. another one in the million shot - don't you think the fire looks like a dragon?, 2. teppanyaki beef tongue

The menu also features a variety of makis, ranging from the California hand roll, negitoro maki stuffed with minced tuna belly, salmon skin maki and unagi maki. If I had to pick a favourite, it'll be a toss up between the crispy and crunchy salmon skin maki topped with ebiko and the fat luscious unagi makis.

1. crustaceans? 2. kick ass hiyashi udon noodles, 3. the peaceful lake view

The restaurant also operates an open kitchen, hence if you're a little observant, you can even catch some "fire action" happening at the window reflection. Teppanyaki is also another favourite here. I'm always partial to oysters done this style, hence it is always an order for me. I love the beef tongue (not too chewy) and the juicy beef tenderloin. Unlike other places in town, the restaurant tends to slather their teppan items with a brown sauce to give it flavour just before serving. While the sauce is delicious especially with a bowl of white rice, purists, who prefer just the grilled flavour are forewarned to ask for your items to be served with the sauce seperate.

scream for ice-cream; peach, red bean, brown sugar and black sesame

Aside from the usual Japanese menu items, another favourite of mine is the unusual cold hiyashi udon noodles, served with a spicy cod roe. Very much an acquired taste - I love the slippery cold noodles, liberally mixed with the kick ass cod roe and chopped bird's eye chillies. Yums, as it kinda reminds me of mentaiko spaghetti but with a lot more spice. Last but not least, leave room for Kogestu's selection of ice-creams. Some are made inhouse (like the brown sugar and black sesame) while others are brought in from Japan, like the delicate peach flavour, that I can't get enough of. For more pictures and details, see my Flickr set.

Kogetsu
Saujana Resort
Jalan Lapangan Terbang SAAS
Shah Alam
Selangor

Tel : 03-7840 5888

(Pork free. Open for lunch and dinner. On Sundays, they usually serve a Japanese buffet lunch for RM80++ per pax. However, this will be temporarily stopped for Ramadan.)

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18 comments:

bayi said...

My wife and I ate there there last week. The food was superb and so was the view of the lake outside the window.

There was quite a crowd during lunch, obviously a popular place.

thule a.k.a leo said...

every high-end japanese restaurant in town air-flown their freshest ingredients into Malaysia... does this mean that Malaysia's food is not up to the standard???

boo_licious said...

bayi - what a coincidence. Yes, I love that view too.

leo - er, they're doing Japanese food so for authentic tasting stuff, must come from Japan mah. The same works for Msian restaurants in say Australia, some get ingredients brought in from Msia.

Jean said...

Would love to check out the food there one day.. but first, have to gather my makan kaki(s).. hehehe.. thank you for sharing!

ai wei said...

me gonna ask sugar bean to take me here!!! Jap food, here i come and the ice cream.. goma, azuki, matcha, and peach too!

Wilson Ng said...

ai wei: remember to tag me hor..

thenomadGourmand said...

Ohh...peach ice cream? air flown??
i want!

Paranoid Android said...

Oh no... another place to dine at that area. Have been planning for weeks to go to The Restaurant at The Club for dinner, and the last one fizzled out because of the street demos.

Maybe lunch at Kogetsu, and Dinner at The Restaurant? Beautiful pictures of the food. I hope no slimey food mag steals it this time! :(

Darya said...

I've been your loyal silent reader for a long time. Thank you for the wonderful blog! Keep it up.

Raynebow said...

Have not been back to this restaurant for ages! Yes, i remember the beautiful gardens and all. Haiya, so no buffet for at least another month eh!

550ml jar of faith said...

Hiyashi udon!! So terribly underrated, and so so satisfying! And the ones I've tried didn't even have a single roe in it! This is Jap summer eating at its best!

J2Kfm said...

hiyashi udon with CILI PADI?!! wah ... cannot tahan from localizing the taste?

but cold noodles is heaven-sent on such hot and humid days. hiyashi ramen's my fav, esp those with lots of chopped/julienned greens.

CUMI & CIKI said...

luv the kobe beef here with the chunks of garlic ;) is the aquarium still there, on the side..?

worldwindows said...

Did not really pursue Japanese food like some. But I like the discipline and organise regimented style like Bento box set.

sinkeh said...

Their sukiyaki set sent me to heaven! :) Slurrrp!

-eiling- said...

Yeah I liked Kogestu. Very quiet and tranquil. That's why I always have my appointment with clients there and the food is good.

Liza Aila said...

Check-out Kogetsu's Teppanyaki set lunch... wow the sauce is to die for! Brown sugar ice cream is awesome.

lady lavender said...

Amazing photos of the buka Puasa fair! Makes me wanna fly home just to take in the sights and smells!

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