Restaurant Jyu Raku

>> Nov 30, 2009

I was supposed to go to Sage @The Gardens today but apparently someone was sick of western food. So we settled for Jap at Restaurant Jyu Raku @Subang Jaya today. We usually patron this place instead of Rakuzen next door. Both of them differ slightly in terms of food and pricing.

Jyu Raku is set up by the ex-head chef of Rakuzen Subang Jaya, which is situated just next door. Apparently he left Rakuzen to team up with the owner of the shop lot. They're currently doing quite well if you ask me.

Jyu Raku imports all their food specially from Japan. Even their vegetables and those edible flowers that come along with the food are from Japan.





I must certainly say that service at this was impeccable. This is what happens when you're on the same row of shop lots as another 2 Japanese restaurants. Tea was served right upon entering. The waiter then came along to recommend us what was good that day.

We started off with a salad to share among the 4 of us before proceeding to 2 rolls.



Avocado To Seafood Salada RM28
(avocado and seafood salad)


King Roll RM28
(better known as dragon roll)


Spider Roll RM28
(soft shell crab roll)

I have to say, the rolls were pretty good. The rolls here contain a good amount of rice to ingredient ratio, unlike some other places who just stuff it with rice.

Next came the hand roll, tempura and everything else!


Soft Shell Crab Temaki RM9 (each)


Ebi Tempura RM25


Garlic Fried Rice RM9


Niku Soba RM22
(hot soba with beef)

We also ordered a grilled fish which was only found around the seas of Japan. The fish was in season. I forgot what it was called in Japanese but nevertheless it tasted good. Lemon really does wonders to seafood.


Grilled Fish RM65
(sorry I forgot the name)

We were too full for dessert. The last time I was here, we had the green tea ice-cream with red bean. I'm sorry I do not have a picture of that.

Overall, I must say that this is one of the better Japanese restaurants in town. Our bill came up to about RM240. I must say that I am more willing to spend money on quality food than gorge myself at some buffet outlet. They sum up to about the same price anyway. I will most certainly visit this place again.


Restaurant rating: 7.5/10
Pricing: About RM70 per person
Set Meal Pricing: RM40 per person.

*Ratings are based on ambience, service, value and food quality for the price you're paying. Opinions expressed are solely based on my personal experience


Map to Jyu Raku restaurant.

Address:
13, Jalan SS15/5A,
47500 Subang Jaya,
Selangor D.E,
Malaysia.

Contact
Telephone number: 03-5633 3819

Opening hours
11.30am-3pm, 6-11pm on Monday to Thursday.
Friday, Saturday, Sunday and public holidays, open from 12pm-10.30pm

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Pork Noodles @ Sun Sea Restaurant

After a session of squash today, my friends and I somehow landed ourselves in OUG. We initially wanted to go for the hakka mein at Yang Kee, but they were closed. So, we made do with pork noodles/pork mee at Sun Sea Restaurant. I have actually tried the pork noodles at Sun Sea Restaurant a couple of times, however, everytime I'm there, I would somehow forget to take pictures of that place. Today, I didn't have my camera with me, so I had to make do with whatever I had on me. (Pictures are actually from my Iphone.)





Due to its popularity among the locals, Sun Sea Restaurant is always packed during lunch hour. Today wasn't any different. Finding a table was no easy task here. The wait for the food however, wasn't that long.

The difference between other pork noodles and the one served here at Sun Sea is that Sun Sea adds in some seafood to boil the stock for the soup, thus allowing it to be more flavourful than other pork noodles. This is a Japanese induced recipe as the chef used to work at a japanese restaurant back in the days. A bowl of noodle would usually come with some prawns, squids and the usual pork intestines, pork meat and liver. One can opt for an egg in their noodles as well.

My friends opted for the 'Kon Loh' or dried version while I went for the soup noodles. The dry version comes with a bowl of soup to accompany the noodles. Noodles are priced at RM4.50 for small and RM5.50 for large. Opting for an egg with your noodles is an additional RM0.50)



Dry pork noodles



Pork noodles


Overall, Sun Sea Restaurant serves an above average pork noodle. I would certainly patron this place again if I'm longing for pork noodles when in OUG. This is one noodle worth eating.


Note: The cook and owner of Sun Sea Restaurant would go over to Hong Cha Restaurant (also in OUG, situated beside Ah Loy Curry Mee) to serve pork noodles for dinner. Hong Cha restaurant also serves japanese food eg: tempura, handrolls and sushi).


Restaurant rating: 7/10


*Ratings are based on ambience, service, value and food quality for the price you're paying. Opinions expressed are solely based on my personal experience

Map to Sun Sea Restaurant (Corner shop opposite OUG wet market)

Address:
Restaurant Sun Sea,
Jalan Hujan Rahmat,
Overseas Union Garden,
58200 Kuala Lumpur

Closed on Wednesday

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Guide: Know your lobster

>> Nov 29, 2009

Lobsters are crustaceans from the family Homaridae and Nephropidae. They can be subdivided into many different categories namely, the American Lobster, the Australian lobster, the European lobsters etc.

There are 2 kinds of lobsters; cold water lobster and the warm water lobster, both of which can be found in many restaurants around the country. Each of them has a slight difference in meat texture, taste and most importantly price.

The American lobster, also known as Maine Lobster or Boston Lobster are actually off the same species and are basically the same thing to a diner. They are more commonly known as the clawed lobster, or real lobster. Clawed lobsters are cold water lobster. They thrive in shallow, cold water as far north as New Found Land (Canada) and as far south as North Carolina. Lobsters usually live in deep water in the fall and return to shallow water in spring. The typical price range for an American lobster in a Chinese seafood restaurant in KL is about RM130-RM150 per kilogram. The European lobster (also a clawed lobster) has many similar traits to the American lobster. However, it is somewhat uncommon in Malaysia.




Australian lobster sashimi

On the other hand, the Australian lobster, also called Rock Lobster have no claws unlike their American Counterparts. They do however, possess 2 very long antennae. They are usually warm water lobsters. which can be found in most Chinese seafood restaurants around KL are off the spiny lobster family. They do not have 2 front big pincers unlike their American counterparts. Instead of that, they have 2 very long antennae. Australian lobsters can be found in most Chinese restaurants around Kuala Lumpur. They price from RM320-RM360 per kilogram.



Sabah lobster stock

In Malaysia, we also have the Sabah Lobster. The Sabah lobster are also Rock Lobsters. They are somewhat similar to the Australian lobsters. However, they do not grow as big as the Australian lobsters, or rather they are harvested when they are smaller in size than the Australian lobsters, leading to smaller Sabah lobsters being found in Chinese Seafood restaurants around Malaysia. They price from RM260-RM280 per kilogram.

These 3 are the most commonly found lobsters in Malaysia. In my personal opinion, I would say that the Australian lobster taste the best among the 3. They are however the most expensive as well. The American lobster tend to have a much stronger and tougher texture. They are actually known as the REAL lobster as they possess claws. One reason why the American lobsters are currently so cheap is due to the over supply in Maine. The US government had a project to protect lobsters and at the same time cultivate them in Maine, leading to an oversupply. It was so bad that to a point, lobster boats going out to sea to catch lobster actually lose more from rising petrol price than earnings from the lobster sale. There was a joke that a pound of sausages in the US were cheaper than a pound of lobster. The dropping US dollar also played a part in bringing down the price of lobsters. So enjoy it while it last. Go get yourself a lobster today!

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The Lobster Man @ SS2, PJ

>> Nov 28, 2009

I have been wanting to check The Lobster Man for quite some time after hearing quite a bit about it from friends. A month ago, we were running short of places to fancy so we decided to give this place a go.

The Lobsterman is owned by a hongkong-er (hongky is offensive) who's been cooking lobsters for over 10 years. They only serve Maine lobsters, which are from the US. (I will dedicate my next post to the different kind of lobsters)

At The Lobsterman, they have more than 15 methods of cooking lobster, ranging from sashimi, to lobster noodles (yee-meen) and cheese-baked lobsters. We ordered 2 starters, lobster toast Rm18 and New Zealand baked mussels RM18 to share among 4 of us. We also had the Caesar Salad RM18 which was nothing to shout about. (sorry, no pictures for the starters because some people were to hungry)

For our main course, we ordered a whole live lobster. We were allowed to choose our own lobster from the tanks which would be then weighed. The lobster goes for RM150/kg. We also requested for the lobster to be cooked in 2 different styles, yee-mein with spring onions and ginger and lobster thermidor. (picture for the lobster yee-mein was deleted from my camera somehow)






Lobster Thermidor


We also ordered the Fresh Salmon Linguine with Cream RM26 & Cheese and the Baked Seafood Pasta RM26. The pasta dishes were just so-so. We were too full for desert so we decided to call it a night.

Overall, The Lobsterman wasn't too much of a disappointment. Neither was there much to praise about the food. However, I would like to say that The Lobsterman is quite a reasonable place to eat lobsters at an affordable price. The many various methods for cooking lobsters at The Lobsterman would be able to satisfy all your lobster cravings. The total bill for the dinner came up just a little more than RM300. (The lobster we had was a whooping 1.5kg). If you haven't really had a chance to savour lobsters, then you should give it a go at The Lobsterman.



Restaurant rating: 6/10
Pricing: About RM70 per person.

*Ratings are based on ambience, service, value and food quality for the price you're paying. Opinions expressed are solely based on my personal experience

Map to The Lobsterman

Address:
No,53, Jalan SS 2/30
47300 Petaling Jaya,
Selangor D.E,
Malaysia

Contact
Telephone number: 03 7877 6772

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Places where I was invited to taste without burdening my pocket

>> Nov 27, 2009

These are the places where I was invited or given free food once they found out I was a blogget. Although I was invited by these places to sample their food (giving me food is included), I will try to ensure that there is as little biasness as I can muster in writing the posts. I certainly wasn't paid to do any of them. I will be describing my experience as I encountered them at my visit. Please feel free to comment.

Hakka noodles (mee) @ Restaurant Yang Kee, OUG

Curry Laksa and Seafood Porridge @Restaurant Hong Beng

Raw Fish Porridge @ Hon Kee Restaurant, Damansara Uptown

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