Bukit Jalil's new Wagasa Yakiniku brings Kurobuta pork to KL's friendliest Japanese grill
January 21, 2022
Stepping into Wagasa Yakiniku is like being spirited away to a secret Japanese kitchen.
Enter through the elegantly zen wooden facade into a narrow corridor lined with intimate rooms, flanked by a single bonsai beneath a ceiling of over 100 colourful oil-paper umbrellas, the wagasa that gives this restaurant its name.
A lovely destination for a distinctive dinner, Wagasa Yakiniku goes beyond wagyu beef to serve premium pork, the prized kurobuta pork that's magnificently marbled, promising the perfect juiciness for a Japanese grill.
Wagasa Yaniku's menu comprises various assortment sets as well as a la carte individual cuts.
Start with the Kurobuta Set (RM170), showcasing Kurobuta pork belly, shoulder and neck from free-range Berkshire pigs raised in hygienic, humane conditions in northern Malaysia, served with a choice of marinade, tare, spicy or salt-&-pepper.
The pork is pristinely clean-tasting, supple and succulent, in a pleasurable proportion of flesh and fat, justifying its reputation as the wagyu of the pork world. It's rich without being cloying, with the grill's smokiness lending a gorgeous depth to each gently charred bite. One 600-gram set should easily satisfy two to three persons.
Shelves of sake beckon guests to linger for hours, delving into a menu that hits the most tempting marks for a Japanese cooked meal, from chicken karaage to seafood pancakes, gyoza to garlic fried rice.
C-18-G, The Link, 2, Jalan Jalil Perkasa 1, Bukit Jalil, 57000 Kuala Lumpur. Daily, 5pm-12am. Tel: 03-9766-3447