Friday, April 17, 2015

Yuzen Japanese Restaurant [REVIEW]

This goes out to to you Japanese cuisine lovers. And of course, we all know when it comes to Japanese cuisine, its always priced at a higher end in Malaysia. But fret not, cause i've discovered somewhere more affordable to enjoy Japanese cuisine at a lower casual cost, with superb quality assured too! Introducing, Yuzen Japanese Restaurant

Indoor dining area.
Outdoor dining area.
Thanks to Food-ink and also Machi, the owner of Yuzen, for giving me the opportunity to tryout their amazing menu options. And don't get me started about the food. Yums. Well, one of the highlights of the Restaurant would be that they provide "O-makase" which means "I'll leave it to you" or in a more general term, Chefs special. If you're afraid of the price, well, you don't have to worry! They provide o-makase based on your budget, or you can just ask the owner of the restaurant, for recommendations as he's usually around the restaurant always making new friends with customers. 

What makes Yuzen, a one of a kind restaurant in Malaysia would be that they actually import their sashimi, fresh from Japan daily! How amazing is that? No wonder the food taste so good! And through the photos that i've attached above, you can clearly see how fresh it is. After eating sashimi at Yuzen, it would be a challenge to go to other Japanese Franchise in Malaysia as i find that this was one of the best i've had! One of the closest Restaurants to authentic Japan cuisine.

Salmon Ikura Tataki - RM28
As appetisers, first we had their "Salmon Ikura Tataki" which is served as Sashimi, but what makes it special is that its lightly cooked on the outer layer of the salmon and leads to a raw centre. YUMS! If you have never been daring enough to try Sashimi, then this is the best way to begin with! I loved the thin sliced onion on the top, as it compliments the taste of the salmon. ARGH *drools*

Tuna Tataki Avocado - RM22
Next on the appetisers list would be the "Tuna Tataki Avocado" which is similar to the "Salmon Ikura Tataki" where the outer layer is cooked with a raw centre. The dressing was with Japanse Soy sauce with a touch of the famous Japanese Soy Sauce. Not to forget the presentation of it was superb. Can you tell that they put a lot of effort to present it as if you're paying for fine dining? 

Crab Meat Chawan Mushi - RM10
This, THIS, was delicious! As you can see in the photo, they were generous enough to arrange the Chawan Mushi with the fillings on the outer part to show me the ingredient of the Chawan Mushi. After having my Chawan Mushi here, i don't think any other Chawan Mushi would be the same. This was irresistible! One of the best, and at a price of RM10?! This is a MUST order when you visit.

Salmon Teriyaki
This was my favourite among everything else. The Salmon Teriyaki was nicely done! This is what i call a perfect Teriyaki Salmon, where it wasn't overcooked, which is usually a common mistake done when cooking salmon, and also, the Teriyaki was the highlight. The mashed potatoes compliments the Salmon which balances the taste perfectly!

Surume Oka Teriyaki (Squid) RM20.50
This is basically sliced squid grilled in Teriyaki sauce and according to the owner of Yuzen, the highlight of this dish would be the dip for the squid. He suggested to try just the squid on my first bite, followed by my second bite adding the squid into the dip. The dipping sauce had a slight taste of soy sauce and chicken liver, which was a pleasant taste even though I'm not a fan of chicken liver. This was definitely an exception! 

Chicken Katsu Tororro - RM25
And to end the day, this was the last dish served. Chicken Katsu basically means Japanese Fried Chicken and what makes this dish unique was the yam sauce topped on the Chicken Katsu. The Yam isn't our usual yam and its imported all the way from Japan. We were suggested to mix the sauce and the chicken before consuming it and the yam texture was similar to raw egg yolk, but its not egg. This is highly recommended if you have never tried Japanese Yam. The owner was kind enough to show me what the Japanese Yam looked like, and below would be the photo of the Japanese Yam.

Japanese Yam
If you ask me, its pretty large than our usual Yams. Fun fact: This particular yam has a certain way to handle it as the outer layer or the skin can cause rashes when in contact with skin. yikes! But the benefits of consuming this are priceless. Very good for your body and in numerous research studies, it has been used in a variety of Asian medicinal disciplines for centuries to heal diabetes, diarrhoea, asthma, dry cough and frequent urination. 

Well, to end my post here would be an image of this really cute souvenir done by Stella, the founder of Food-Ink which i find super duper adorable and creative! Thank you for this really cute sushi Stella. Also, i might be heading back there again soon to try other dishes with my family. If you have any questions to ask, do not hesitate to leave a comment below. 

Before i forget, they also provide special private rooms too for private dining! 2 rooms for 8 people, which can also be a room for 16 and also 2 rooms for 2 people, to enjoy a more intimate dining session with NO EXTRA CHARGES. Also, a hint by the owner, if you're planning to bring your special partner on a  date, fret not as they will truly maximise the occasion for you for extra special service to make sure you and your partner would enjoy your dining experience at Yuzen. 

Here's a video by Food-Inks on Yuzen Japanese Restaurant. In an overall, i would really recommend Japanese cuisine lovers to drop by Yuzen to enjoy Japanese cuisine. I would personally give 4.5 stars out of 5. So what are you waiting for? Why pay more to enjoy Japanese food. I have rest my case. 

They are located at :
LG03, PLaza Emerald North, 
Jalan PJU 8/3A, 
Damansara Perdana,
47820 Petaling Jaya,

Business Hours: 
Mon- Sat (Lunch & Dinner)
Lunch : 12pm - 2.30pm
Dinner : 6pm - 10pm

For reservations or enquiries: 03-77329730

Do also check out their Facebook for more information, or head on over to Foodink for more details on Yuzen Japanese Restaurant. Well, i hope you found this interesting. Till then!

Signing out,
Aliza Sara

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