Wednesday, November 30, 2016

The 19th Suzuki Shoten @ Solaris Dutamas

This new sake shop conceals a beautiful secret - a gleaming bar where customers can sip & snack on Japanese liquor & food.

Named for the family of its founder Ichiro Suzuki (who heads the Malaysian-based Hiro food packaging company), this venue serves all manner of smooth-tasting sake & shochu from regional breweries, complemented by onigiri & sushi made with rice cultivated in Akita Prefecture. For a change from KL's regular beer & cocktail joints, spend a couple of hours experiencing Japanese-inspired hospitality at The 19th Suzuki Shoten, then purchase a few bottles of junmai to continue imbibing at home.

The 19th Suzuki Shoten
A3-G2-6, Solaris Dutamas, Outside Publika, Kuala Lumpur. Tues-Sun, 11am-9pm.

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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Hikari-Ya @ Desa Sri Hartamas

Eel enthusiasts, be excited: This new venue serves unagi sourced from Japan's coastal city of Nishio, where eels have been farmed for over a century, conveying the flavours & textures of unagi at its most unadulterated. The eels are flown live into KL, with Hikari-Ya's chef Moroi Kunihiro slaughtering them in his kitchen & slicing them with his special eel knife of two decades.

Start your meal here with the rarely seen unagi shirayaki (RM95+), roasted without a sauce, mildly seasoned only with salt to maintain the focus on the fresh eel's delicately clean, pure flavour & naturally smooth, tender texture - it's a reminder of how unagi once tasted in KL's Japanese restaurants, before cheaper Chinese eel imports inundated the scene. Ask chef Moroi nicely & you might receive a bowl of kimosui (clear eel liver soup), potentially an acquired taste because of its pungent flavour.

Another highlight is the hitsumabushi (RM112), a more elaborate version of unadon - the centrepiece is a grilled eel fillet over warm rice that's meant to be portioned into four servings. Consume the first serving plain to savour the comfort-fare combo of eel & rice; then mix the second serving with spring onions, wasabi & sansho pepper for extra uplift. The third serving is poured over with a clear soup, ochazuke-style, for a heartwarming, home-made feel. The fourth serving? Eat it the way you like best.

If you must, you can eel-ude unagi - the menu features other intriguing temptations like the Kuroge Wagyu sashimi platter, showcasing fatty, buttery beef, with some slices raw & others gently seared (RM88). Even the complimentary starter (juicy eggplant with ginger & bonito flakes) & dessert (warabimochi) are pretty good - bookmark Hikari-Ya as a place with potential.

Hikari-Ya Japanese Cuisine
54, Jalan 27/70A, Desa Sri Hartamas, Kuala Lumpur.  Lunch & dinner, Tues-Sun. Tel: 03-6211-1409

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