Kitsuzo Izakaya @ Desa Sri Hartamas

November 10, 2016

This Japanese gastropub has maintained a discreet presence in Desa Sri Hartamas since opening this year, but it might be worth exploring for some tempting dishes. The red wine-marinated tomatoes (RM13.80) may be an acquired taste due to its fermented flavour, but we'll never say no to crunchy fried chicken cartilage with wasabi pepper salt (RM13.80) & crispy-creamy pumpkin croquettes with mayonnaise (RM13.80).

The should-try in the kushiyaki selection is the whole egg rolled in bacon - pop it all into your mouth at once, bite down & the yolk bursts open for a moment of pure pleasure (RM6.50). Other skewers, such as the chicken thigh with cod fish roe (RM9.50), salt-grilled pork belly (RM5.50), chicken hearts (RM4.50) & not-often-seen pork intestines with sweet sauce (RM4.50), rank as competent, as do the seafood-stuffed cucumber rolls with shrimp roe (RM21.80) & the baby octopus okonomiyaki (RM23.80).

 Wrap up your meal with soul-food nourishment - sweetly comforting oden (RM16.80) & steaming-hot abalone-tinged congee (RM25.80). For liquid sustenance, skip the cocktail mixes (the shochu with kiwi juice & sake with Midori, apple syrup & soda water lack potency & punch) & head straight for the bottles of sake.

Kitsuzo Izakaya
30, Jln 30/70A, Wisma Rapid, Desa Sri Hartamas, Kuala Lumpur. Daily, 5pm-1am.

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