Shuraku @ Solaris Mont Kiara

November 3, 2013

Back to Shuraku after the lengthiest lapse. 
Earlier entries on Shuraku: Jan. 23, 2009Nov. 8, 2010 & Nov. 20, 2010.

The longevity of this izakaya in a neighborhood thats been a graveyard for scores of other restaurants is a testament to Shurakus better-than-the-norm food, effective service team & beautifully considered setting. Perfect for dinners that stretch for hours.

Sake-swilling Japanese expats can be spotted here at their favorite watering hole, merrily munching on savory sustenance like squid sauteed in butter & spicy cod roe (RM22, pre-taxes).

The menu has evolved through the years into a reliable selection of familiar ingredients that are spun into both steadfastly traditional & slyly inventive recipes. One of our favorites might be the salmon-topped omelets, warm & hearty soul food for rainy nights.

Hotate Pizza (RM16), creamy-rich scallops & straw mushrooms grilled on dumpling skin base.

As the seasons change in Japan, Shuraku strives to reflect whats freshest & most beloved; the current autumnal menu, showcased through Novembers end, comprises delicate concoctions like marinated salmon & eggplant (RM12) ...

... & best-with-beer fare such as deep-fried mackerel with ginger & soy sauce (RM16).

Wrapping up this meal with what legend says is a kimchi-laden, ocean-briny addiction of one of Shurakus show-runners. By special request only.

Japanese-influenced gelato by Cielo Dolci features at Shuraku, just as it does at sister restaurant Daikanyama. Black sesames the cant-fail classic, but try the Japanese sweet potato gelato too.

 No shortage of liquor here, from regular sake to sparkling sake mixed with jelly.

 Non-booze masquerading as alcohol: Ryoma 1865 beer, surprisingly satisfying-tasting despite having a liquor content of zero

Lots of little touches make a big difference in Shurakus decor: Look for the bicycle that once was used by Japanese postmen, now a part of this KL restaurants furnishing. Life steers all of us in unexpected directions.

13-2, Jalan Solaris 1, Solaris Mont Kiara, Kuala Lumpur
Open Tues-Sun for dinner

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