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2013-09-30 565 views
Having a colleague who'd always mention about pork during office hours at least once a day isn't helping me into getting a slimmer body figure, but to crave more for the non-halal piece of meat.Thanks to Daniel, another carnivorous eater, who has recently joined force as my partner-in-crime for food explore, hence off we go to the famous Japanese BBQ at Taman Desa. First attempt was a disaster, we went there on a raining Monday night, only to find out that all the 3 restaurants by Mr Seiji Fu
Thanks to Daniel, another carnivorous eater, who has recently joined force as my partner-in-crime for food explore, hence off we go to the famous Japanese BBQ at Taman Desa.
First attempt was a disaster, we went there on a raining Monday night, only to find out that all the 3 restaurants by Mr Seiji Fujimoto (along with Maruhi Sakaba and Sanuki Udon) were closed. Oh yes, don't ever trust the "opens daily" as published from elsewhere, they are all closed on Mondays.
Second attempt was a gamble on luck, there was still drizzling at 5pm and finally stopped when we were there. Faber Plaza was pretty easy to find with the help of "Jalan Desa Jaya" on Waze navigation apps.
Japanese BBQ is located at the center court of Faber Plaza, easily recognizable with its zinc roof, red bricks, and the red lantern with the words of 居酒屋 (Izakaya).Rustic environment with al fresco dining.
Though not preferable especially at this hot weather of Malaysia, we went on a good timing for BBQ which is after the rain, hence the cool evening breeze. 豚肉ラーメン Pork Ramen RM10
This ramen has quite justify its value of RM10, or even did more than that. Still far from the level of those chain Japanese Ramen restaurants but good enough to fill our groaning stomach while waiting for the meat to be ready. ラムジンギスカン Gengkhis Khan RM20
This is the only lamb dish in the menu and would be the first dish if you ever order it, since it comes in a sizzling hot pan.
Mongolian lamb stew of tenderness, minimum gamey taste yet so flavourful that I wished to have a bowl of rice with me.
By the way, that's the ultimate compliment one can give in chinese culture.
We even finished all the cabbages as they have absorbed the essence of both meat and broth.
Not even one drop of the soup was wasted as the staff poured it all for us while he takes the hot pan away. キノコホイル焼き Mushroom Foiled Yaki RM10
Oyster mushroom, enoki mushroom, shitake mushroom, chopped onion with butter as seasoning.
We've ordered ビーフリブアイ Beef Ribeye RM10, ポークベリー Pork Belly RM10 and ポーク内もも Pork Inside Leg RM10.
They are all small in portion I must say.
They also offer meat selections of lamb, pork and beef along with long list of innards to choose from, such as tongue, intestines and much more. We then proceed with the grilling after the staff has taken away the hot pan.
Dripping pork lard had just made the fire gone wild. While the meat was fresh with minimal marination, it goes great with the sauce provided which is a mixture of Japanese soy sauce, sake, mirin, sugar, garlic and sesame. 野菜焼 Mixed Vegetables RM5
Heated but uncooked vegetable?
While this doesn't make sense, it did happen. The vegetable was either overcooked with burnt edges or too raw to be consumed. Top up another RM5 to Teppanyaki Vegetable is highly recommended.
Unlike other restaurants that do online marketing, this restaurant has no namecard, no contact number and no facebook. Their only marketing was word of mouth, either from patrons or bloggers. Still, many would come to pay a visit, so do come early.