Yakitori Syokudo Yae, Jaya One
April 26, 2021
Yakitori Syokudo Yae is a labour of love for its founder, Sasaki Yaeko, who has lived in Malaysia for 13 years with her husband. She sought to create a space where Japanese and Malaysian customers can feel similarly comfortable, hanging out for a fuss-free lunch or a fun dinner after work. Sasaki's Malaysian husband, a chef, resided in Japan for 20 years, so he's equally adept in Japanese cuisine.
True to the restaurant's name, yakitori and kushiyaki are highlights.
The selection is sweeping, from chicken-based staples like juicy Bonjiri (RM4) to pork pleasures like Buta Bara (RM6; succulent belly) to beefy bites such as Gyuniku Saikoro (RM12). Munch on the sweet-savoury rolls of Pineapple Bacon (RM6) and Banana Bacon (RM6), then balance out your meal with Ginnan (RM4; ginkgo), Shiitake (RM3; mushrooms) and Okura (RM3, ladies' fingers).
Prices are notably affordable compared to many other kushiyaki joints, so it's easier to order to your heart's content.
Winged wonders: You'll find not only Teba (RM7; chicken wings) but Kamo (RM8; duck wings) too, a treat for wing lovers.
Our favourite skewer is Yakitori Syokudo Yae's interpretation of Foie Gras (RM6), featuring indulgent duck liver at a price that can't be beaten.
Don't skip the seafood - the Jumbo Scallop (RM15) is irresistible, while the Ika Geso (RM6; squid) will have many fans for its full-bodied tentacles.
Yakitori Syokudo Yae whips up lots of fun refreshments too, from mocktails like Yuzu Soda (RM8.90) to full-fledged alcoholic temptations like the Wow Beer, striking with a bottle of beer in the glass (RM19), and the Syokudo Yae Sour (RM45), blending elements like shochu with yuzu or chuhai with lime.
Ice-cold drinks include the Kirin Yuki Beer (RM19) and Guinness Yuki Beer (RM16), frosty and snowy for thrilling thirst-quenchers.
Yakitori Syokudo Yae has a Japanese-built sake warmer dispenser that helps sake to be served precisely and efficiently warmed at the right temperature, excellent for sake enthusiasts who care about the perfect sake experience.
All in all, Yakitori Syokudo Yae is a worthwhile destination for fans of Japanese fare seeking a taste of time-honoured flavours, served with passion and heart. Many thanks to Yakitori Syokudo Yae for having us here.
Yakitori Syokudo Yae
72A, Jaya One, Jalan Universiti, Seksyen 13, 46200 Petaling Jaya, Selangor.
Open Monday-Thursday, 12pm-3pm, 5pm-11pm; Friday-Sunday, 12am-11pm. Tel: 03-7660-9486
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