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Menya Miyabi Hokkaido Ramen @ Sunway Pyramid


From miso to tonkotsu made with that long-simmered pork bone broth, to some simple light soya sauce-based soup, we’d have no problem getting the ramen fix in all sorts of forms in the Klang Vallley. In the most authentic and traditional restaurants to some fusion contemporary cafes that are always trying something a bit different than the rest, it really isn’t challenging to grab that steaming bowl of Japanese noodle in broth. But as to exactly where the best ramen joints are at, is still a question with no definite answer. The newest in Sunway- the Menya Miyabi Hokkaido Ramen is one with decidedly classic looking ramen bowls with short pages of menu featuring a handful of ramen selections. We’ve slurped our way through some of the noodles on the menu and rounded up the conclusion if the place is a dupe .


First and foremost, the place is about ramen. Because menu is straight forward with pictures and quick description. The short and simple menu makes ordering easy, but I recommend the seasonal Burnt Garlic . I personally can’t get over the brined noodles thanks to the powerful broth. But the loaded topped garlic were unmistakeably garlicky, the whole experience is rich, flavour and might even leave some wanting more. Gyoza (six pieces for RM13, 10 pieces for RM19) wasn’t something memorable and elegantly presented. But that is the character seen in typical Japanese dumpling. They are the perfect nibble.


1.Menya Miyabi Hokkaido Ramen @ Sunway Pyramid
2.Menya Miyabi Hokkaido Ramen @ Sunway Pyramid


The classics topped with onion, bamboo, slices of tender meat and most importantly and interesting surprise of a good textured and perfectly cooked noodles- we hardly get good noodle texture without a gentle reminder to the chef, that some of us in Malaysia do like the real deal of springy from ramen noodles. While there are some with thicker and more flavourful broth, the rest of the bowls of the order didn’t quite make it to please or pass the musters for value and depth of flavour. The rest on the table seemed to unhappy with the rest of the ramen choices. All Assari Sio Ramen (RM23) , Tonkotsu ramen (RM 25) and Yaki- Miso Ramen( RM 25 ) were either lightly seasoned or


3.Menya Miyabi Hokkaido Ramen @ Sunway Pyramid
4.Menya Miyabi Hokkaido Ramen @ Sunway Pyramid
5.Menya Miyabi Hokkaido Ramen @ Sunway Pyramid


Ramen joints have always had eponymous mainstays but Menya Miyabi Hokkaido Ramen probably should work on establishing that. Menya Miyabi Hokkaido Ramen is located at:


Sunway Pyramid Shopping Mall 3
Ground Floor, Green Zone, Sunway Clio Hotel
3, Jalan PJS 11/15, Bandar Sunway,
47500 Petaling Jaya, Selangor,Malaysia.
Opening Hours: 11.00 am – 10.00 pm Daily
Tel: 03-5650 5118
GPS: 3.0732619,101.6046172
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/menya.miyabi


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Eatomo Publika


Poke bowl. Pronounced as ‘po- kay’, is a Hawaiian dish commonly mistaken as Japanese origin because of the fresh raw cuts of fishes. The confusion probably happened because of the similar dishes by the Japanese – most likely zuke Don or donburi, and that most of us were more familiar with Japanese food as the cuisine gained its popularity over the years. While it may seem like a new trend, this simple and addictive Hawaiian dish has been around for centuries. And because local Japanese in Hawaii is a big ethnic group in Hawaii, it is no surprise of the influence in their food.


Up until 2015, we haven’t caught wind of this Hawaiian dish but when pokebowl becomes widely accepted (thanks to social media), people started being creative and infusing local elements to redefine the dish. Take note the real Hawaiian poke though, isn’t really instagrammable. So, this one is close.


2.Eatomo Publika


Meet the Pokelantan Bowl. Here at the Eatomo Solaris Dutamas, this one is made with the usual raw cuts of fish before finishing with a toss of lime and chili padi drizzle marinate, this truly is a marriage of Asian pacific. Resembling local dishes, the combination in this bowl is bursting full when it comes to the authentic Asian flavour.


1.Eatomo Publika


Another amazing protein source for those not too keen with raw fishes, Mentaiko Tamago rice is a good satisfaction although I find the portion a little small to fit the huge appetite I had during my visit. Personally, I like my mentaiko just as they are, but most are probably more accustomed to slightly more diluted flavour profile so having this with them thick slices of egg omelette and fragrant rice is topgallant.


7.eatomo publika


That wasn’t the only crowd pleaser, fresh oysters and mussels come with the breeze of ocean and sea. The plump and juicy oyster of a perfect one mouth bite size was my ultimate favourite, followed closely by the pot of mussel with that fancy sweet flavourful broth of nothing but pleasant.


3.Eatomo Publika
4.Eatomo Publika
5.Eatomo Publika
6.Eatomo Publika


Meaty bowls are inevitable, but for anyone dying to have raw leaves then you might have to pick any of their salad bowl, which I really don’t recommend unless if the determination to improve wellbeing of your gut is the main concern. Salads are like many other Japanese eatery, boring and unattractive.


8. Eatomo Publika


Seemingly trivial, but food is a way of life in the country and the ethnic diversity has resulted in such extraordinary food landscape. Who would have think that poke, a product of the indigenous native Hawaiian culture would fit perfect with the touch of Kelantan? This outlet gave me a better experience than the their first in Taman Danau Desa outlet for sure and at this blog entry point, there is a third outlet at Bangsar !!


Eatomo Publika is located at :
A2-G2-06 Solaris Dutamas,
No 1, Jalan Dutamas 1,
50480 KL
Business Hour : Monday (closed), Tues- Thurs (12–3PM, 6–10:30PM)
Friday- Sunday (12–10:30PM)
Phone: 03-6412 2280
GPS: 3.1708147,101.665288


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Bento Senya Express @ Plaza Mont Kiara


Bento Shop Senya Express at Plaza Mont Kiara is one that provides quick to go meals. It is a takeaway-friendly cubbyhole with a cashier counter to place your order and some semi ready made to-go lunch boxes placed side by side one another on their refrigerator racks, all inside a limited space lot. Making its way into the appetites of office workers within and around the neighbouring premise, these bentos are decently packed with very basic and fundamental series of Japanese classics. Sure it didn’t look very aesthetic and delicious at the first glance. But I gave it a go, and frankly was surprised with the freshness of the ingredients. If there is anything at all that I must be picking on would perhaps be the lack of vegetables in the bento. I had to order Green Salad (RM 4) to compensate the short of fresh vegetable but it’s not as if Malaysians love vegetables that much to begin with.


1.Bento Shop Senya Express at Plaza Mont Kiara


BBQ Pork Bento (RM 16.50) is assembled with BBQ Pork, Seasoned Egg, Macaroni Salad and Japanese Pickles. It isn’t exactly cheap on price, but it is filling and good as a bento. Grilled Saba Bento (RM 16.50) had the same sides but was strangely accompanied by pieces of deep fried chicken. Still it was nothing as strange as the macaroni salad. I thought it was too much carbs in one serving. Really, it would have been so much better if it is it was a little more balanced, if not in accurate ratio like the food pyramid.


2.Bento Shop Senya Express at Plaza Mont Kiara
3.Bento Shop Senya Express at Plaza Mont Kiara


Both pork and saba were equally impressive, store seemed really neat and clean, food nicely packed and safely placed at the fridge, so if there are anything that is falling short would be the limited seats. But having that said, it is a bento shop. Japanese bento is preferably to eat at room temperature but those who like really hot food, microwaves are self service available for reheating.


4.Bento Shop Senya Express at Plaza Mont Kiara
5.Bento Shop Senya Express at Plaza Mont Kiara
6.Bento Shop Senya Express at Plaza Mont Kiara
7.Bento Shop Senya Express at Plaza Mont Kiara
8.Bento Shop Senya Express at Plaza Mont Kiara
9.Bento Shop Senya Express at Plaza Mont Kiara


Bento Senya Express in Plaza Mont Kiara is located at:
D-0G-05, Ground Floor, Block D (next to McDs)
Plaza Mont’ Kiara, No.2, Jalan Kiara
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 50480
Tel: 03-6206 1799
Business Hour : Daily 9:30am- 10:30 pm
Facebook: https://web.facebook.com/senyaexpressplazamontkiara


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Hisho Japanese Cuisine at DC Mall

Hisho Japanese Cuisine at DC Mall


Whether is it a one-dish wonders or some pap baiting sashimi platter, Hisho Japanese Cuisine at DC Mall got it covered with some of the very decent Japanese fare. in fact, this sleek contemporary Japanese restaurant is more than worth your time: the interior are pretty cosy to begin with, the portions are sensible and the flavours were approaching notable. Some things need improvement and sparks of wow factor but hey, who is perfect? Expect rice rolls, and dons, as well as glistening slices of fish, beautifully presented with slivers of vegetables and dainty edible platting decoration to first tempt the eye to stimulate the brain into wanting to eat and taste it.


While service is relaxed enough, there’s some real serious high-end ingredients here. Although the showier elements however, are usually underpinned by excellent fundamentals- the rice dishes. Think a hearty serving of rice beneath a slice of beef blanket and torched before serving, or Beef Sukiyaki (RM 28) with sauteed sliced beef, tofu, onion and onsen on warm and nicely steamed white rice. As well as lava loaded flow of salmon roe, avocado, crab meat, flying fish roe from the Vocano Roll (RM 18 ).


1.Hisho Japanese Cuisine at DC Mall
2.Hisho Japanese Cuisine at DC Mall
3.Hisho Japanese Cuisine at DC Mall
4.Hisho Japanese Cuisine at DC Mall
5.Hisho Japanese Cuisine at DC Mall
6.Hisho Japanese Cuisine at DC Mall
7.Hisho Japanese Cuisine at DC Mall
8.Hisho Japanese Cuisine at DC Mall
9.Hisho Japanese Cuisine at DC Mall


Fancy low carbo? Tako Kimuchi with Mango salsa (RM 25) is a canvas painted with small octopus marinated with kimuchi sauce and spicy mango with edible flowers. I say, what are the octopus doing swimming in the garden? It’s beautiful alright, but I’ve always look at edible flowers a different way- not as a decoration on every dish. The smorgasbord of colours, it was trying way too hard. Loose some unnecessary ingredients, it might just turn out to be brilliant.


10.Hisho Japanese Cuisine at DC Mall


Fresh seafood cut aficionados, Premium Zaru Soba (RM 40) is the gold seal of approval. Elegantly presented and marrying well with the chilled buckwhehat noodle with special cold soba sauce, every bite of premium seafood combination is something fancy indeed. But once again, the flowers maybe pushing the boundaries a little.


11.Hisho Japanese Cuisine at DC Mall
12.Hisho Japanese Cuisine at DC Mall


Hisho Japanese Cuisine fits the usual restaurant of smarter place, better portions and flavours were pretty on the mark too. The perfect location for a business lunch, a romantic evening, or a night out with friends. And while the usual suspects dominate the menu, they made every plate score high for presentation and flavour- demonstrates the kitchen’s ability to walk the tightrope between traditional and innovation.


13.Hisho Japanese Cuisine at DC Mall
14.Hisho Japanese Cuisine at DC Mall
15.Hisho Japanese Cuisine at DC Mall
Hisho Japanese Cuisine is located at
L2-17 2nd Floor, DC Mall, Jalan Damanlela,
Damansara Town Centre, 50490 Kuala Lumpur
Business Hour: Daily 11:30am-3pm, 6-10pm
Phone: 03-2011 2666
GPS: 3.1461654,101.66170


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October Japanese Restaurant @ Johor


To celebrate the Chinese New Year, the symbolic raw fish salad is a must have at any dining table during the festive season. And to make sure you get the greatest satisfaction when it comes to those sashimi, October Japanese restaurant in Johor features fresh seafood ingredients in the form of colourful prosperity platters to usher the wonderful Year of Dog, along with some other auspicious specialties. It was one of the first few early “yee sang tossing” when we were at the restaurant last year but the vibe was totally present upon seeing the beautiful platter of vibrant sashimi.


This Prosperity Yee Sang with Assorted Sashimi in Wasabi Sauce (RM108 and RM68 for large and regular respectively) consists of varieties of deep water fish Sashimi – Norwegian Salmon, Maguro (Tuna) and Hamachi (Yellow Tail), with aplenty colours of assorted textures from the greens. For the crunch, be ready to be fall in love with pieces of fried Gyoza skin and almond flakes. Chopsticks at the ready!


1.October Japanese Restaurant @ Johor


At the same time October Japanese Cuisine has prepared some auspicious specialties crafted by the chef. This Auspicious Flaming Nabe (RM68.80) is a pot miso and Japanese sake soup with generous ingredients packed in within. With Norwegian Salmon and slices of chicken breast, Shitake mushrooms, leeks and carrots, in a pot serving on flame with a pour of “KaoLiang” Rice Wine and sake stirring in to not only bring out more flavours of this dish but to also some flaming action. While the pot simmers and boil, the other thing pleasant to look at is their Fortune Sushi& Sashimi Platter (RM 58). I’m absolutely loving how each dish are given such abundance significance to represent the festive celebration. With six assortment of sushi ball beautifully placed in gorgeous rhythmic stairways along a medley bed of thick slices of fresh sashimi.


3.October Japanese Restaurant @ Johor
2.October Japanese Restaurant @ Johor
4.October Japanese Restaurant @ Johor
5.October Japanese Restaurant @ Johor
6.October Japanese Restaurant @ Johor


Of course, there are plenty more creativity when they torch and flame up the Flaming Salmon Aburi Maki (RM 29.90) made with salmon, rolling in crab stick and drizzled with spicy sauce. Or when they present the October Special Bento (RM 59.90) holding a lovely assortment of meat, fish and vegetable; complete with hearty miso soup to aid digestion and improve immune function. I am a sucker for anything involving fermentation.


7.October Japanese Restaurant @ Johor
8.October Japanese Restaurant @ Johor
9.October Japanese Restaurant @ Johor


Then there was this Grilled Edamame (RM 9.90) with spicy Japanese Togarashi seasoning and then sautéed for extra smokiness. It really got me wondering if these extra preparations are even necessary given how people already fancy a simple quick boil of this green goodness. Skip this if you have limited space and go ahead and order the Kushiyaki Moriawase (RM44.90)- a plate of grilled skewers of assorted classic favourites. Either that or the Tempura Sweet Potato (RM 9.90). Made from mashed sweet potato and yam coated with breadcrumbs before deep frying to crispy outer layer. Pairing this is the tartar sauce by the side for some fancy combination of flavovurs.


10.October Japanese Restaurant @ Johor


Some might have already seen this on my insta stories when it took me hours to get to Johor but I was glad I joined the food trip with so many other blogger friends. Johor is one of the place I felt compelled to revisit again and again but it was never for their Japanese food. This was my first visit to the restaurant albeit having been to this part of Johor several times and I have no idea about the huge parking space at the back of the restaurant. I’ve been to most of their neighboring resto but never this one where I should have. It was cosy comfy with some nice garden view separated by glass windows- a great place for ootd too. Watch my 2 days of nuisance and a peek of what’s next on the blog.


11.October Japanese Restaurant @ Johor

Review on blog at https://wp.me/p1tyh7-25B


October Japanese Restaurant is located at :
6a, Jalan Persiaran Jaya Putra 1
Bandar Jaya Putra (JP Perdana)
Johor Bahru 81100
Opens : daily 12-11pm
Tel: 016-365 7910
GPS: 1.5743025,103.777009
Facebook: https://web.facebook.com/OctoberJapanese/


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Bocosan Izakaya @ Bangsar South


Opened not too long ago and based on an izakaya, Bocosan Izakaya at Bangsar South is ready to bring a fresh new take to Kuala Lumpur’s dining scene. From the uniform design to the restaurant settings, this contemporary minimalist style establishment is ready to create a great deal of fuss. Admirable attention to detail goes into creating friendly dining experience and artistic elements translated from fresh techniques in culinary and incorporated into authenticity of Japanese dishes. Hailing from Hiroshima and leading the team at Bocosan Izakaya, Chef Mitsugo Iwashiro can be occasionally seen over the bar with plenty of passion.


1.Bocosan Izakaya @ Bangsar South


Whether it is a wholesome flamboyant rice roll or a steaming bowl of rib-sticking ramen, Bocosan Izakaya got it covered. Speaking of the rib-sticking ramen: Bone in Short Rib Ramen (RM 75) ‘s ultra-rich signature soup, made with long hours or simmering and given extra complexity via that huge short rib that’s cooked so perfectly. Plus immaculate sushi rolls filled with likes of seafood and rolled with avocado before topping generously with roe, say hello to lobster of Bocosan Maki (RM 38) and hello to a perfect night to come and vow to return for the umami-packed ramen bowl.


2.Bocosan Izakaya @ Bangsar South
3.Bocosan Izakaya @ Bangsar South
4.Bocosan Izakaya @ Bangsar South
5.Bocosan Izakaya @ Bangsar South


Moving on with some rice dishes, this elegant establishment from the same brain of Botanica+co is offering staple authentic flavoured of Japanese cuisine and it needs no introduction among fans of Japanese food. Saba no Shioyaki (RM 42) and the Bocosan Wagyu Don (RM 85) puts together premium fresh ingredients made into a variant balance of flavours and textures to pair with rice. Cooked to perfect temperature and duration, fish was moist and juicy with slight crackling crisps from the think layered of skin grilled to perfect char. And beef taste fabulous but come straight after payday, because the meal maybe steep when it comes to the price but you’ll feel you’ve had value for money despite the high price. Let the soft wobbly onsen mixed thoroughly for the extra silky and custardy texture to the rice bowl and have the two served with sides that rotates on daily basis.


7.Bocosan Izakaya @ Bangsar South
6.Bocosan Izakaya @ Bangsar South


Bocosan Izakaya prides itself in accentuating delightful portions of the freshest and finest ingredients, yet remaining Japanese inspired. Sashimi isn’t the only thing Japanese but do try the picture-perfect sashimi, or the unabashedly fusion flavours of truffle and mirin in the Truffle Chawanmushi (RM 29).


13.Bocosan Izakaya @ Bangsar South
14.Bocosan Izakaya @ Bangsar South
10.Bocosan Izakaya @ Bangsar South
11.Bocosan Izakaya @ Bangsar South
12.Bocosan Izakaya @ Bangsar South


Not only did this high-end, glamourous izakaya treating its lucky diners to luxury ingredients, they are offering a flair of unexpectedly awesome balance of diet combination. The Bonsai Salad (RM 29) fills the jar up to the brim with delicious potato salad and potted with beautiful greens of different texture and colour. If you love your green, then you’ll be all over the moon with this one. Also treat yourself with Fruits Amitsu (RM 27) and Rain Drop Jelly (RM 27) if there is still space in the stomach (or some more money to spend).


9.Bocosan Izakaya @ Bangsar South
15.Bocosan Izakaya @ Bangsar South
16.Bocosan Izakaya @ Bangsar South
17.Bocosan Izakaya @ Bangsar South


Bocosan Izakaya is located next to Botanica + Co at:
Unit G-2A & Ground Floor,
Vertical Podium, Avenue 3, Bangsar South City
No. 8 Jalan Kerinchi,
59200 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Tel: +603 – 2242 2316
Website: http://bocosan.com/
GPS: 3.110677,101.66644
Opening Hours:
Mon – Sat (11.30AM – 3.00PM) *Last Call at 2:30 PM*
Mon – Sat (5.30PM–10.00 PM) *Last Call at 9:30 PM*
Closed on Sunday & Public Holiday


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Solomen Cafe @ SS 2


From ramen bowls made with long simmer pot bone broth, simple soy sauce based soup, or miso to rice bowls with delicious pork slices; we can now get our Japanese comfort meal fix in Solomen Cafe at SS2. There is not only an assortment of steaming bowls of thin wheat noodles in broth, but a good fare of Japanese classics to complete a wholesome meal. This plain and humble looking cafe is absolutely a very good space and ambiance for leisure and comforting meal.


Starting with the delicious pieces of Gyoza (RM 1190), it is something that I’d highly recommend as add ons or appetisers. These parcels of pan fried dumpling are succulently wrapped tightly to reserve the juice and moist of the fillings so that every bite is rich and packed with flavours. And skillfully controlling the cooking time, those deep fried homemade marinated pork chop is another good dish for communal dining. Tonkatsu (RM 20.90) are crispy on the outside and tender delicious on the inside.


1.Solomen Café @ SS 2

2.Solomen Café @ SS 2


Moving to their ramen bowls, both the Tonkotsu Ramen (RM 20.90) and Kimchi Ramen (RM 19.90) packs a flavoursome punch with the usual suspects of seaweed and eggs to be expected; as well as al dante bites of springy ramen noodle. The portions are amazing- not too gigantic yet great enough to satisfy ramen craving.


3.Solomen Café @ SS 2

4.Solomen Café @ SS 2

5.Solomen Café @ SS 2


Negi Miso Ramen (RM 20.90) also have those juicy pork but shredded to match the texture of fried leek on their ramen noodles simmered in delicious homemade miso soup.


6.Solomen Café @ SS 2

7.Solomen Café @ SS 2


Ramen isn’t the only thing you get because the menu also presents a couple of rice bowls and like their ramen bowls; these rice bowls are hearty and filling. Shiogayaki don (RM 21.50) was topped with stir fried sliced pork and onion in homemade ginger sauce while Hokkaido Buta Don (RM 22.90) had their rice topped with sliced pork on special homemade sweet sauce. Should the rice have a better texture, their rice bowls are close to perfect given the range of pricing they are tagged on. After all, mushy texture really won’t do Japanese rice grain any justice.


8.Solomen Café @ SS 2

9.Solomen Café @ SS 2

10.Solomen Café @ SS 2

11.Solomen Café @ SS 2

16. solomen ss2

15.Tori Karaage  (RM 14.50)


Hoikoro (RM 16.90) stir fried sliced pork with vegetables in homemade miso paste would put a smile to pork lover with the layers of evenly distributed fats in between the layers of pork belly slices. But if you are avoiding those fats, may I recommend the gigantic Tori Karaage (RM 14.50). There are no fats in this one, only super thick coating of flour enveloping the chicken cuts to lock all moist and juice of the meat. I didn’t enjoy the thick- almost close to goey in between the supposedly-crunchy outer layer and the succulent tender boneless chicken meat; but majority would love the huge value-for-money pieces of chicken.


12.Solomen Café @ SS 2

13.Solomen Café @ SS 2

14.Tori Karaage  (RM 14.50)


So because they are also a café, the beverage list conquers 2 pages of the menu. Cucumber Mojito Sparker (RM 10.90) was really refreshing and perfect as to beat those fiery weather out there and you get your caffeine fix too if are merely just chilling after the comforting meal. Latte (RM 9.90) fares well to go with their selection of cakes- both the Cempedak Lover (RM 13.90) and Tiramisu (RM 11.90) .


17.solomen cafe ss2

18.solomen cafe ss2


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Solomen café is located at:
16, Jalan SS 2/24, SS 2,
47300 Petaling Jaya, MY
Phone: +60 16-289 9079
Business Hour: 12pm- 10pm (Monday Closed)
GPS: 3.1131367,101.620376
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/solomencafe/


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