Thursday, July 19, 2007

Tokyo Dining @ Akane, Desa Sri Hartamas, Kuala Lumpur

Continuing my craze for Japanese food, here's an unusual Japanese restaurant which does not serve any green tea. This place is part of the same group who run Sugimoto and Nonbei at Desa Sri Hartamas. While Sugimoto serves conventional Japanese favourites, Nonbei serves non halal izakaya items and this particular outlet, Akane serves Yoshoku food or what the restaurant terms as Tokyo dining. It's actually the Japanese interpretation of western dishes so you will see old favourites. Expect to find items like curry rice, doria (baked rice), omelette rice (which kinda reminds me of nasi pattaya), korokke (potato croquettes), pasta dishes and hamburgers.

Unlike other Japanese places, the interiors are all modern and dark. I've got a particular fondness for Mentaiko Spaghetti, something you don't often see on the menus of Japanese restaurants hence that was my immediate order. It was really good stuff - al dente spaghetti tossed in the salty cod roe with slivers of cuttlefish and nori flakes.

Splashie Boy had to have the Japanese Hamburger, also his favourite. You get a choice of sauces, a wafu one or the demi glace which he chose. The demi glace sauce was slightly salty but the burger was really good as it was filled with tender minced meat. It tasted as good as our usual Hamburger we get from Isetan.

Prices here are around RM20 to RM30 for the items. When we dined here, we didn't see any locals as it was occupied with Japanese diners only. Do give it a try if you want something different, just don't expect any sashimi or tempura here.

7-G, Jalan 19/70A
Desa Sri Hartamas
Kuala Lumpur

Tel No: 03 - 6201 1677

(Pork Free. Open from noon to 2.30 pm, 6pm to 10.30 pm. Located at the same row as Fong Lye)

*Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here is entirely based on my personal tastebuds and may vary for others. The reviewer also declares that she has not received any monetary or non-monetary compensation from the restaurant for writing this review.

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Big Boys Oven said...

Ha ha ha sounds like we are all on japanese crazz now. you read my mind.

wmw said...

No craze on my part, only cooked food. Maybe Yoshoku food is something I should look into, mmmm...

Unknown said...

Oh, didn't know they have Mentaiko pasta too, great! Will drop by soon. I had came across this place too, few months back but missed their operation hours. Will soon pop over.

Lyrical Lemongrass said...

So many japanese restaurants, not enough time! Aah, it satisfied the true test of a japanese restaurant...japanese diners! LOL!

MeiyeN said...

oooo.... must try da japanese burger cause we never had one before!

Pinkity said...

You should really check out this cozy little japanese restaurant that specializes in grilled items but serves fantastic fried pork bento.

It's inside Plaza Damas, faces the front entrance of the shopping centre. It's called Tamako or something... It's pretty packed for dinner so maybe lunch is a better option! :D Happy trying

P/S: Japanese craze is upon me too.. just had fried pork bento for lunch! Their chawan mushi is to die for!

Jason said...

Japanese burger.... looks delish. That's something new to me!

Babe_KL said...

sounds good here.

Anyway, I've come out with this year's Merdeka Open House topic, pls check Merdeka Open House 2007. Hope you can join the fun.

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

hmm i hav heard alot of the pasta from chubby hubby..finall a place to give it a try..if only i was born japanese..

Mike Lee said...

Wow super thanks for another Japanese restaurant recommendation.
I hope for more to come.

boo_licious said...

big boys oven - how's the yuzu coming along?

wmw - this place is like an upmarket Red Tomato Cafe in 1U previously. Serves similar type of food items.

lianne - three places which have mentaiko spaghetti from what I know so far, here, Ninja Jones and Ichiban Izakaya at Hartamas Shopping Centre. This one is much better tasting than Ichiban's version.

lemongrass - ah, but then we did discuss this as Japanese diners have different tastebuds compared to us. No buffets for them!

meiyen - u can get them in Isetan's cooked food section. Really good and melt in the mouth texture.

pinkity - thanks for the recommendation. Not tried that place yet but I like the Ichiban Izakaya opposite it - simply heavenly Wagyu Beef Don.

jason - seasoned with sake, mirin and very tender.

babekl - thanks for the notice.

joe - er, why do u want to be Japanese? They get earthquakes and nuclear plant problems.

mikelee - oh, definitely more to come.

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