Yuu-jo @ Mont Kiara, Ori-Udon @ The Gardens & Manmaru @ Mid Valley

December 3, 2013

Slurping our way through three udon specialists that opened in KL in recent months, starting with Yuu-jo, a fairly cozy spot on one of Mont Kiaras leafy streets.

Udon & soba command the mightiest share of Yuu-jos menu; for something that tastes pretty nutritious, order the cold udon with marinated shiso leaves & spinach, blended with olive oil & crowned with char-grilled chicken (RM17.80 before taxes).

The remainder of Yuu-jos repertoire includes light-lunch mains like fleshy cobia fish deep-fried in bread crumbs (RM12) ...

... & familiar-favorite side dishes such as nasu dengaku, miso-glazed eggplant (RM8.80).

Other menu highlights: Italian-style udon, beef bolognese or chicken carbonara-style, as well as green tea soba with salmon & raw egg, plus comfort-food rice bowls.

Next up, Ori-Udon, a newbie at The Gardens Malls lower ground floor, where several casual eateries have launched these past few weeks.

 If Ori-Udons selection seems familiar, that might be because its consultant chef appears to be Seiji Fujimoto, the founder of Taman Desas well-respected Sanuki Udon.

Have a bowl of chilled udon coupled with a smidgen of mentaiko & soft-boiled egg (RM8.90), plus side dishes of wakame seaweed (RM1), fried tofu (RM1) & warm, tender beef (RM3, no taxes). A filling, fulfilling sampler, well-executed in Sanukis signature style.

Ori-Udons compact menu also includes hot, fresh skewers of chicken & quail eggs (RM3 each) that are breaded instead of grilled, for a surprisingly nice change.

Plus, theres sake here; were thankful that Ori-Udons friendly manager cheerfully serves this even at 10:30 in the morning. It wakes us up better than coffee.

Final stop, only a five-minute walk from Ori-Udon, heres Manmaru at Mid Valley Megamall, a spacious restaurant with a wide-ranging menu that partners udon with the likes of pickled plums, creamy curries & even sweet corn soup.

A small portion, pleasantly chewy, with smoked duck in savory gravy costs RM13.90; most other varieties here are cheaper. Side dishes include velvety eggs as well as tempura squid, tempura prawns, tempura chicken, tempura enoki mushrooms, tempura sweet potato, tempura pumpkin, tempura eggplant (the tempura compilation clearly rivals that of the udon).

Fans of Japanese food, its worth noting that The Gardens Mall has some fresh temptations, including Ozen Zanmai, a bento-serving offshoot of Sushi Zanmai ...

... & Kuru Kuru Takoyaki, which whips up battered balls, stuffed with cheese or topped with teriyaki mayo, for what would likely be sinfully doughy snacks.

Yuu-jo Japanese Restaurant
B1-B3, Kiara Designer Suites, 18, Jalan Kiara 3, Mont Kiara, Kuala Lumpur.
Open lunch & dinner, except Mondays. Can be crowded for lunch; its calmer in the evening.
Tel: 03-6206-5273

LG-K01, Lower Ground Floor, The Gardens Mall, Kuala Lumpur

Manmaru Homemade Udon
S-045A, Center Court, Second Floor, Mid Valley Megamall, Kuala Lumpur

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