I finally visited Rakuzen. I've heard so much about this Japanese restaurant and we finally made it there. We made reservation at 7pm and it was super packed on a Saturday (as usual). We were ushered to a private tatami room where we could have our own privacy. The waiters actually close the wooden doors to let you eat in peace hahaha
Leaf-shaped wasabi- worth taking a shot of
I've dined once there and I've completely fallen in love with Rakuzen. Let me show you why.
First of all I LOVE SALMON SASHIMI. And I never thought much of it until I tried the ones at Rakuzen. They're thick, succulent, fresh and they feel like they melt in your mouth. One of us didn't like raw things until he took a bite of the salmon here and he loved it.
A plate of seven pieces of salmon is RM22 but trust me it's worth it. Furthermore it's actually kinda like you're eating two pieces (cuz most Jap restaurants their salmon slices are not not thick) for a piece.
SALMON BELLY SASHIMI
My first time trying salmon belly sashimi. My friend explained that this part of the salmon is a lot fatter but it taste a lot nicer. And he was right! Thick like the salmon sashimi, the belly part melts even more and it just got me hooked at the first bite. If you're a sashimi fan, it's good to try this! Typing my experience now just makes my mouth water ;)
SOFT SHELL CRAB
Most sushi oulets nowadays have soft shell crab makis which is basically maki roll made with soft shell crab, seaweed and rolled over flying-fish roeand drizzled with mayo on top. But if you're a fan of just soft shell crab then this deep-fried dish is the one for you.
SPIDER ROLL TEMAKI
There was no soft-shell crab maki on the menu but they have something even better- the Spider Roll Temaki. Spider Roll is an all-time favorite for crab lovers. Pricing at RM22, you will get a fresh fried soft shell crab roll topped with delicate flying-fish roe. All I can say about this maki is that it tastes a whole lot better than the other ones I've tried. I am not usually a fan of soft shell crab makis as I feel sometimes the crab is too salty.. but this Spider Roll is just delicious.
Drizzled with goodness
This is a Kaisen Donburi (or Don for short) which literally means 'bowl' in Japanese. Don is a Japanese "rice bowl dish" consisting of meat, vegetables or other ingredients simmered together and served over rice. This one is a seafood don and trust me they're not selfish when it comes to the seafood. The bowl was lathered with juicy prawns, cucumber, salmon belly sashimi, salmon roe (not sure what roe is it though) and many more.
Beef lovers listen up! Beef sukiyaki is a must-try where sliced beef, bean curd, mushroom, napa, yam noodles and green onion are cooked in soy sauce-based broth. Sukiyaki is a popular hot pot meal which is usually cooked at the table as you eat. The beef strips are to be dunked into the broth to cook. You can order the sukiyaki set which comes with a bowl of rice, a bowl of fruits, mis soup and even a raw egg which you need to put in the broth to cook (it's yummy trust me).
How can we forget everyone's favourite? SUSHI! We normally just have ebiko sushi and one pop in Rakuzen is RM3! But you can understand why we're willing to pay that much... take a look at that beautiful shrimp roe...
I love Japanese food but Rakuzen really took it up a notch. It's a great place with brilliant ambiance, superb service (the food came fast) and delicious, top-grade food. Will definitely come back for more...
Rakuzen Japanese Restaurant (Halal)
Lot P17, Plaza Ground Floor
Hartamas Shopping Centre
60, Jalan Sri Hartamas 1
50480 Kuala Lumpur
603- 6201 2060