Thursday, July 23, 2009

Kissaten, Jaya One, Petaling Jaya. Japanese Food 101, or finishing school for Kim Gary Graduants.

Rainy days and Mondays always get me down..... Pissing rain this morning. Wished I was curled up in bed, instead of working. Past few weeks had been hell, and I am venting my stress on my guts. Most of the food blogs have spoken highly about Kissaten, and after one unsuccessful attempt which landed me in a dubious TexMex joint instead, I trudged to Jaya One which has got to be one of the weirdest, split personality, adolescent identity crisis stricken Shopping mall??? Office block? What? Commercial Complex? Hip Night Owl's Place? It's in dire need to visit a Shrink. Park on the First Floor, take a walkalator to go down. Climb stairs to go up to the restaurants, and the walkways are covered partially. Confused?

Talking about rainy days, got slightly soaked by the time I arrived at the doors of Kissaten. The decor is minimalist. Tastefully minimalist. But the menu isn't. It is extensive, varied, and also has a multiple personality disorder. Chinese Lum Mee, Char Siew, ChawanMushi, Sashimi, Pizza, Pancakes, Cheesecakes, I was dizzy after reading the menu, and cannot re"freaking"member...... The menu is available online. I'll give you the link below.

Ordered the Honey Ginger Beer, which was refreshing and zesty. I also ordered the Pork with Onion set, which is available for lunch and dinner.

The set comes with rice, Miso Soup, Chawan Mushi and Pickled Radish and bottomless Green Tea. The Pork fillets were lean, and the onion sauce that came with it was light and tasted like soya sauce.

The Chawan Mushi tasted like Chinese Steamed Eggs, maybe not enough Mirin? It contained one ginko nut inside. Miso was ah so so.

The chocolate pudding was very, very sweet. The texture was funny, a bit grainy and sticky. I did not finish it.

This owner has probably given the menu a lot of thought here. It is very varied, inoffensive, even imaginative and caters for every sort of taste. Pricing, reasonable. An alternative for the tweens who think that Kim Gary is the best place in town for food. Now instead of Hong Kong food, they are eating Japanese.

I may not choose to dine there, or like the food very much. But if I were asked to invest in a new Kissaten outlet in KL, at Sungai Wang, I would sell my undergarments to get the capital. I have no doubt that it will be a great success.

Kissaten (Click here, for website)
L12A-1-1, Palm Square
Jaya One
72A Jalan Universiti
46200 Petaling Jaya

Tel:+60 3 7954 1990


Maleewan said...

SO, this is like one of those localised Japanese chains in Bangkok like Fuji? Did they drizzle honey on the pudding?

Chalawan said...

The grub there is not what i'd expect from a japanese Kissaten.

Paranoid Android said...

@Maleewan: Yes, it was honey. I don't know if it is a chain or not, I didn't hear about any new branches. Yes, it's local.

@Chalawan: It's not a real Japanese Food Joint...

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