Isetan at Lot 10 in downtown KL has recently re-opened after a 1 year hiatus, with its new Japan Store concept. Its basement floor is a virtual emporium of good Japanese eats, with serving/dining stations specialising in kaisendon, soba, kushiage, tendon, sushi/sashimi, yakitori, sukiyaki, gyūdon, kaiseki, and youshoku, besides the sake bars & wine-tasting sections.
- Chef Takuji Takahashi launched the KL branch of his family’s 80-year-old Kyoto-style kaiseki eatery:
1a) Sakizuke: Somen (thin wheat noodles) flavoured with sesame, umeboshi (salted Japanese apricot), laver, dashi & ginger.
1b) Tsukuri: Salmon & scallop sashimi, with soysauce jelly cubes and bitter orange juice dip.
1c) Hiyashi-mono: Simmered lotus root, eggplant, mushroom, red pepper, Sando beans and grated Yuzu citrus.
1d) Yuanyaki of chicken, tossed in kuro-shichimi (Kuro-shichimi or ‘Black Seven Spices’ is a Kyoto condiment which consists of white sesame, chili pepper, dried sea weed, poppy seeds, black sesame and hempseeds), and kayaku gohan (rice with chicken & vegetables).
1e) Mizumono: Matcha (green tea) ice-cream with nectarine & pomegranate.
- Ginza Hageten served up one of the best tendon in town.
- Shoya Sushi Bar has some of the freshest sashimi freshly air-flown into KL from Tsukiji:
- Tamaruya offers grilled Wagyu beef at amazing prices - from RM55 (US$13) per 100g for tenderloin.
- Hanabi has a good selection of yakitori options, served individually, fresh off the grill:
5a) Smoked Mozzarella cheese:
5b) Chicken livers:
5c) Chicken and leek:
5d) Chicken ends:
- Waza+ Café from Osaka offers great Japanese-style chicken curry:
- Enchan-Thé serves Japanese wagashi desserts and cakes, together with a large selection of Japanese tea to choose from, in a Western-style setting:
One can browse through the wide array of Japanese cookies, baked goods, crafted beer, wines, grocery items (including futuristic “Tech Foods”) and a large array of sweets in the basement food emporium: