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Sunday, 31 January 2016

MINORI Japanese Restaurant Fine Dining With Dato' Jessie Yow @The Royal Chulan Damansara Hotel Mutiara Damansara Petaling Jaya

Winning The Hearts Of Diners
At
MINORI 
Japanese Restaurant
Dining at Minori Japanese Restaurant at The Royal Chulan Damansara Hotel recently was a strange affair - it was the first time I ever been invited to dine and taste one of the world's strangest delicacies. 

But this exciting and curious dining was all planned as it's part of the owner, Dato Jessie Yow's grand 'scheme' to introduce fine dining from her lovely restaurant, cooked by Japanese Master Chef Takahiro, to its discerning clientele.

 Award Winning Minori Japanese Restaurant

 Elegant & Charming Settings

 Modern & Contemporary Decor

Exquisite Delicacy of Fish Sperm

Awesome Host Of The Day
Dato' Jessie Yow

So I was especially delighted to be invited for an exclusive food-tasting of Master Chef Chef Takahiro's speciality dish preview. 

Apart from that, I had to say that I have an exquisite dining experience with charming, friendly and hospitable host, Dato' Jessie Yow who is director of Minori Japanese Restaurant too. Everyone was at ease with her presence as she was such a gracious and warm host.

Posing with Great Master Chef  Takahiro

Cod Fish Sperm

Lunch opened with Cod Fish Sperm, which was an interesting and much anticipated dish served to us that day. Served raw; it was complemented with chilled shredded radish, seaweed and scallion. 

This slippery, soft white food is a popular winter delicacy in Japan. Shirako, otherwise known as Cod Fish Sperm, has a melt-in-the-mouth like butter once you bite into it. Eating this speciality delicacy requires an acquired taste, so you either hate it or love it.  It can be eaten both raw and cooked, depending on individual tastes.

Chef Takahiro further explained that the air-flown male Cod fish are brought in to his kitchen where he personally prepared and served them fresh to entice his diners. I was told that 500 grams of fish sperm can be harvested from an average size Cod fish.

 Foie Gras Chawanmushi

This was followed by the Foie Gras Chawanmushi - and this dish was very true to its name. I especially like this well-thought dish, with fragrant textures playing on the tongue, combining well with the intense flavour of the foie gras.

 Minori Rolls

Next up was the Minori Rolls. For Chef Takahiro, fresh ingredients play an important role as they offered the best flavour and taste as well as texture in a dish's completion. Sushi isn't just sushi when you're in the hands of an experienced chef like Master Chef Takahiro. 

Chef's special maki was really good and tasty - the soft-shell crab and grilled eel did lend an interesting and expected touch to the maki - the avocados also contributed a light creamy smoothness, and it was pleasantly different. 

 Fish Collagen Mochi

Like all meals, the omakase closes with dessert. The Fish Collagen Mochi was rather a refreshing change from the usual green tea mochi or ice cream. The most fabulous element here was the water mochi made from fish bone and fish scales. 

Smooth and silky and filled with goodness of collagen, we wished Minori had given us a little bit more of this wonderful treat.  

Well-known Japanese Rice-Cake Dessert ~ Water Mochi

Looking like a huge drop of water magically suspended in solid form, it's so delicate it needs to be consumed in less than 30 minutes, after which it will turn into a sweet puddle of water!

 Fragrant Roasted Soya Bean Powder

Chef graciously showed me how to go about savouring the collagen rich mochi. Firstly, you must cut to divide the mochi into 8 squares; sprinkle or pour in all of the roasted soya bean powder. 

Mixed well to have it coated evenly, and prior to eating, drizzle some gula Melaka syrup to your taste. Voila, there you go, you just make yourself a simple yet delectable Japanese dessert to end your meal.  

 Minori Special Yee Sang

Our dining session should have come to an end with the serving of fish collagen mochi dessert but special request from a celebrity blogger, Dato Kee Hua Chee; and since we are in the mood for some Lou Sang fun session, Japanese-style Yee Sang were served as the last course instead.

Ingedients used in Minori's Yee Sang as well as its accompaning sauce were freshly made to give the appetiser a refreshing taste. The dish comes with seasoned jellyfish, seaweed, radish, pickled leek, cucumber and carrots topped with air-flown salmon and deep-fried salmon skin for the added crunch before a home-made sauce is drizzled on it.    

 CakeBalls 

These adorable and cute CakeBalls were made-to-order especially for Minori to celebrate the happy occasion. Choose from six great-tasting flavours, there's Sugi Butter Delight, Chocolate Mocha, Blueberry Delight, Red Velvet, Oreo Cheese and last but not least, Orange Delight. Pretty-looking CakeBalls are seriously too cute to be eaten and absolutely one of the most instagramble dessert of all time!

Thumbs Up From Dato Jessie Yow

MINORI Japanese Restaurant
The Royal Chulan Damansara Hotel
 1st Floor 
No.2  Jalan PJU 7/3
 Mutiara Damansara
 47810 Petaling Jaya
Tel: 03 - 7731 7611/ 7959 9099
FaceBook: MinoriRestaurant

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Saturday, 30 January 2016

ROCKU Yakiniku Japanese Charcoal Grill Barbecue @1 Utama Shopping Centre Petaling Jaya

ROCKIN' 
GOOD TIME & GOOD FOOD 
AT 
ROCKU YAKINIKU
Where do best friends go for fun? They go for a barbecue meal of course. All that chatter, food tossing and grilling. sauce playing - what a bunch of best friends haven't had an enjoyable barbecue outing?

Casual, Upbeat & Edgy Interior Of Rocku

Best friends can now enjoy Japanese barbecue or Yakiniku in Kuala Lumpur's latest nook - Rocku Yakiniku, Japanese Charcoal Grill. Located in the bustling 1 Utama Shopping Centre, this exciting barbecue restaurant offers a Japanese charcoal grilling experience unlike any other.

Rocku offers buffet-style yakiniku in a clean and modern setting. Diners can dine and chill in a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere complete with good food and entertainment. Pleasantly dimmed orange lighting and live music with entertaiment playing the background welcomes you into a delightful cozy atmosphere, great relief from the hustle and bustle of the busy outside world.

Rocku boasts of being the "First Yakiniku Joint" in Kuala Lumpur with live entertaiment in the mix, a restaurant-tainment fresh dining concept. Talented and credible Malaysian singers belting out a good mix of English, Mandarin, Cantonese and even Korean or Japanese numbers has been engaged.

Enjoy live performance every evening as well as exciting magic shows on stage every Saturday evening to entertain diners.

Unwind With Traditional Sake 

Choose from a wide selections of alcoholic beverages, there's traditional sake, Kirin Draft Beer, Kirin Ichiban beer, Tiger, Heineken, Guinness just to name some. 
  
Smoke-Free BBQ Roasters

For those who enjoy barbecue but not the smoke, Rocku Yakiniku is the place to be as its smokeless roasters ensure a smokeless dining experience. A handsome sum was invested to equip the restaurant with good ventililation, ensuring a smoke-free restaurant that provides an interatcive dining experience where diners can enjoy fresh Yakiniku right off the grill. 

Fumes from barbecue is quickly sucked in by the extractors that are built into the table. Charcoal is used for the barbecue, therefore the meats are infused with a delightfully smokey flavour.

Lamb Shoulder 
(3 slices per portion)

Complete with a wide variety of fresh meat from Beef Platter ~ there's chuck to ribeye to striplion; for Pork Platter ~ there's belly to collar and bacon; chicken thigh, lamb shoulder and Seafood Platter ~ butter fish, mussels, prawns to salmon to scallop and squid. Just make your order by ticking the relevant boxes in the order chit to indicate the kind of meat and cuts that you want.

Beef Platter
Chuck Tender, Ribeye, Striplion
(3 slices per portion)

Pork Platter
Pork Belly, Pork Collar & Pork Bacon
(3 slices per portion)
(From Top to Bottom)

Chicken Thigh

Seafood Mix Of Prawns, Squid, Mussels & Scallops

Fresh Mussels

Squid

Seafood Lovers ~ Seafood On Grill

Succulent Mussels

Mouth-watering Scallops

Spring Onions, Zuchini, Ladies Fingers & Lettuce
(Clockwise From Top Left)

Cherries Tomatoes, King Oyster Mushrooms, Red Capsicum & Brinjal

For a light bite, vegetable items such as spring onion, zuchini, ladies fingers, King oyster mushroom, capsicum and brinjal are excellent choices for refreshing grills that brings in the summer cheer.   

Oh yes, should the flames slow down on your roaster, you can request for a fresh supply of charcoal, which burns cleanly to create a smoke-free process. Apart from that, you can also change the grilling platter if yours are blacken or burnt. 

Apart from the barbecue items, diners can choose to have other delights appetisers from the buffet line such as chuka idako (seasoned baby octopus), chuka wakame (seaweed), sweet corn. sanchu (sushi rice) and edamame. 

Favourite Pick Of Appetiser
Seaweed, Chuka Idako & Edamame

Crunchy Offerings
Kaarage,  Tori Hanbaga, Tori Gyoza & Togarasi Potatoes
(Clockwise From Top Left) 

Other sizzling delights includes Kaarage (Fried Chicken), Tori Hanbaga (Chicken hamburger), Tori Gyoza and Togarasi Potatoes. All are equally delicious, diners are practically spoilt for choice with everything freshly made in the kitchen everyday to ensure that diners receive only the best and freshest food.

 My Plate of Sinful Pleasure

Kiddies Favourite ~ Togarasi Potatoes

 Yasai Itame (Mixed Stir-fried Vegetable), Yaki Udon, Chahan (Fried Rice), Meat Egg Rolls

Interestingly, diners can enjoy their yakiniku (barbecue) with fried rice, noodles or stir-fried vegetables. 

Of course, there are also delicious housemade sauces as a barbecue dinner will not be complete without them. Pick from ponzu, spicy miso and chilli as dipping sauces for your grilled food items. As for me, the meat was thoroughly well-marinated, and good enough to eat right off the grill, without any of the three sauces on offer. But if you areally like sauce to go with your grilled meat, I would recommend you to try Rocku's Spicy Miso!

Rocku's Lunch Buffet starts from RM 39.90 (Weekdays) and RM 49.90 (Weekends) from 11am to 5pm, whilst Dinner Buffet priced at RM 49.90 (Weekdays/Weekends) from 5pm to 11pm. The buffets allowed a maximum dining time of 100 minutes (1 hour 40mins) per diner, and an additional charge of RM 9.90 for an additional 20mins block time. All prices are subject to 10% service charge and 6% GST.
   
Amazing Eats At ROCKU

Oh yes, currently Rocku Yakiniku is running a contest at its Facebook Page at here > www.facebook.com/ROCKU.Malaysia . Join the contest and stand a chance to win Free Meals when you SHARE and LIKE their Video here! Contest Ends: 11:59pm, 5th February 2016. Do check out their Terms & Conditions & apply right here > http://on.fb.me/1KeCoSC

ROCKU Yakiniku Japanese Charcoal Grill
1 Utama Shopping Centre
LOT F355/356/357
1st Floor RainForest
No.1 Lebuh Bandar Utama
Bandar Utama
47800 Petaling Jaya
Tel: 03 - 7710  9884
Website: www.rocku.com.my

BUFFET PRICE
Weekday: RM39.90++ (Lunch 11am-5pm) 
Weekend: RM49.90++ (Lunch 11am-5pm) 
Weekday-Weekend: RM49.90++ (Dinner 5pm-11pm) 
Eat for 100 minutes!

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