Yakitori Do @ Solaris

July 17, 2012

Solaris Mont Kiara may have irrevocably lost the battle of the buzz to its Dutamas counterpart, but there are still outlets opening here every so often that remain well worth visiting.

Yakitori Do's specialty is (no surprise) what its name suggests _ flawlessly grilled, bite-sized skewers of chicken and its components: the wing, breast and skin to the heart, liver and gizzard.

Each serving costs RM5, steeper than the norm, but the chicken is chunky and chew-worthy, cooked with salt or teriyaki seasoning and served with mustard.

We wish quail eggs were available here, but Yakitori Do is all about meat, as evidenced by these pork balls, dabbed with mentaiko, wasabi and ume plum sauce.

Albumin admirers will likely consider this wobbly yolk dip a thing of beauty (and a joy for eating).

Wagyu beef, about RM10 a stick. Some will wonder whether Yakitoro Do or Shuraku nearby is the better bet for supper snacks in Solaris Mont Kiara; the latter's menu is more extensive, but Yakitori Do has one plus point: its kitchen closes later, at 2:30 a.m.

Mentaiko mania! Our favorite order here is not the skewers, but these guilty-pleasure treats of potatoes topped with pollock roe mayonnaise, a nightmare for carb-and-fat-fearing customers.

Mentaiko cream udon (about RM22), a uniquely Japanese riff on spaghetti carbonara.

Seaweed-wrapped, mentaiko-stuffed rice balls (about RM5). Is it any wonder we weighed a pound or two heavier after this meal?

Starchy side include a potato-pork salad, perhaps perfect for a potluck party.

Service is friendly, but folks seeking a lively hangout should be warned that this isn't it.

Yuzu wine and Chilean Chardonnay and Cab Sauv complete a very satisfactory meal.

Yakitori Do,
19-1, First Floor, Jalan Solaris 4, Solaris Mont Kiara, Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03-6204-9796
Open for dinner, closed Sundays.