Tuesday, March 12, 2013

YummY! - Monk Fish Liver @ Kura Restaurant

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One World Hotel, Bandar Utama, Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia.
Japanese food has always drawn me, and sashimi draws me the most. Oh.. after that it's teppan but it must be good, fresh teppan.

Kura with its dark mysterious signage beckons me, like a mesmerized mouse drawn by the piper. Does this mystical logo signify a secretly good place too eat? I hope so.

The ambiance brought about by the layout and decor of a Japanese restaurant is important. It creates the ambiance for one to eat comfortably.
Kura's simple latticed entrance emblazened the spartan Japanese concept. Simple but warm.
Behind the bright reception, through doorways, are a darker seating area. They have done it well; although seating are fairly closed, the high back continuous seating gives privacy to individual groups. And the place was surprisingly quiet, affording an even more sense of privacy.

The sashimi came first.
It was a potpourri of different fishes (salmon, tuna, butter-fish, yellow tail), shrimps, octopus, shellfish and salmon roe.
Best of all, the fish was all belly meat. Wunderbar!

The Japanese loves their tuna, but for me salmon is the best. Its softer texture and creamier flavor is what that gets to me.

And the sparkling salmon roe... Fooo yoh! Pops in the mouth and releases a good dose of the taste of the sea. Mmmmmm....

Now we come to the dish that gives the title of this blog - the Monk Fish Liver!
Looks like Foie Gras doesn't it? Well, it's almost like foie gras, almost.
It was soft and slurpy, good but not that fantastic. It lacks the swirly granularity and the sweetness that foie gras has. Others may like this better, for me -  I will stick to foie gras.

To balance the soft liver and the raw sashimi (not that I am complaining - the sashimi was GOOD!), we had a simple tempura prawn. Crunchy on the outside and tender on the inside, a good balance.

The spider roll was a real colorful dish. A colorful and delicious sushi.

I am a big eater! Japanese food though one of my favorites seldom sates my appetite. To top up the above dishes, we ordered a good helping of Teppan Wagyu Beef.
I would have preferred Kobe Beef, but then those are hard to come by these days, and so much more pricey. So we had the Wagyu beef instead. Mind you Wagyu beef is not cheap, it's pricey too but not as expensive as Kobe Beef.
It was tender and very flavorful, the Teppan Chef has done it right - just adequately rare to maintain its juiciness and fresh taste.
Of course, I had rice to go with this savory dish - can't let the sauce go to waste, yes?

Overall, it was a good balance meal. Very satisfying but slightly taxing on the pocket with a bill that came to about RM500 for the four of us.

Kura Japanese Restaurant
1st Floor, One World Hotel,
First Avenue, off Dataran Bandar Utama, Bandar Utama,
47800 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia.

Telephone : 03-7726 9660
                     012-326 9690
Fax            : 03-77269670
Website     : www.superdining.com.my

Hours : Everyday - 11:30am to 3:00pm / 6:00pm to 11:00pm

GPS : 3.147833, 101.617447

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