Shinyaki Izakaya @ M Avenue & Grandeur Teppanyaki @ Avenue K

October 22, 2014

Shinyaki, an atmospheric alfresco Japanese restaurant, is heating up a secluded section of Segambut with fresh cuts of pork, lamb, beef, chicken & seafood to populate its BBQ selection of yakiniku & kushiyaki temptations.

Shinyaki is hidden inside Segambut's M Avenue complex, where parking's a breeze in the evening. If traffic isn't too treacherous, it's only about a 15-minute drive from Sri Hartamas, so it's reasonably accessible for folks seeking somewhere different to dine out.

Shinyaki has something for every sort of carnivore - pork yakiniku, which patrons grill themselves at their table, comes not only in the form of belly & neck meat but also innards like intestines & liver, plus bacon with sausages, enoki mushrooms or leeks.

Beef tongue & sirloin share the menu with lamb shoulder; for kushiyaki, chicken takes flight with wings, skin, heart & gizzard.

Seafood isn't sidelined; the skewer selection includes shishamo, scallops, squid, salmon belly, prawns & even eel.

We only sampled a smattering, but everything tasted satisfyingly marinated. Our receipt has vanished, but prices seemed reasonable, probably in line with expectations for a casual neighbourhood joint.

Shinyaki's menu also comprises sukiyaki, basic sashimi, salads, makis & fried noodles & rice, so even customers who might be too lazy to cook their own food (that's us, typically!) can find something to order from the kitchen.

Alcohol isn't absent; with sufficient sake to slurp, it'll be 11pm (Shinyaki's closing time) before you know it.

Bonus venue: For more Japanese-inspired hot stuff, we move now from M Avenue to Avenue K for the air-conditioned comfort of Grandeur Teppanyaki, one of the businesses in the mall's Taste Enclave food court.

Teppanyaki isn't a DIY proposition, mercifully; Grandeur's team will cook our seafood to order, ensuring the plump scallops remain juicy & the plentiful squid stays bouncy.

Rice? Also pretty nice; customers can take a seat at the counter to catch all the cooking action.

Prawns, egg & more on a plate of grilled grainy goodness, firm to the bite & with a flavour that's smoky enough to satisfy.

Here's Grandeur Teppanyaki's interesting take on chawanmushi, prepared in a large onion cup.

Also enjoyable, with all of the rich & smooth, custard-like texture preserved within.

Shinyaki Japanese Izakaya
E0-8, M-Avenue, Jalan Segambut, Kuala Lumpur
Open Tuesday-Sunday, lunch & dinner. Tel: 03-6250-6408

Grandeur Teppanyaki
Taste Enclave, Level Two, Avenue K, Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur

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