Fish Head Noodles @ Chong Fatt Cafe (Yu Tao Mai aka Fish Head Noodles), Setapak, Kuala Lumpur

>> Jan 31, 2010

I'm a sucker for Fish Head Noodles. When my uncle informed me of this Fish Head Noodles place a stone throw from his house, I just had to go sample it.

This place has gone through a massive renovation. It used to be a shabby looking den dishing out 'tai chao' Chinese food, but has since been transformed into a cafe environment restaurant.

Chong Fatt Cafe

This place is sort of like those station one joints that serves Hong Kong style drinks and Western food. However, the main draw to this place has got to be their Sang Har Fish Head Noodles. A TV crew was spotted reviewing this place a couple of weeks back.

I went for Jasmine Tea and their all famous Sang Har Yu Tao Mai (Fresh Water Prawns & Fish Head Noodles) RM13.90. RM14 a bowl is relatively cheap for the large fresh water prawns in the noodles.

Ice Jasmine Tea

The tea was too sweet for me. Didn't really like it. It was priced at RM5.90. I just needed something to drink. Nothing great about it.

Sang Har Yu Tao Mai (Fresh Water Prawns & Fish Head Noodles)

Like I said in my previous post, Fish Head Noodles is made by deep frying the fish head and chucking it into fish soup, Chinese wine, preserved vegetable, tomato and a dash of evaporated milk. The orangy red colour soup was courtesy of the fresh water prawn roe. This is the same type of prawns used to make Sang Har Mein (Fresh Water Prawn Noodles).

The noodles had a strong distinct taste of evaporated milk. It wasn't as sour as the Fish Head Noodles found at Goon Wah. It sort of tasted like mass produced fish head noodles if you get what I mean. Its not that the noodles were bad, I really enjoyed it, but at the same time felt that it sort of resembled Wing Soon Fish Head Noodles in Kuchai Lama. However, the prawn roe did give a nice fragrance to the dish. The colour sure looked appetizing as well. The soup was tasty (not sure if it was from MSG) but I still drank quite a good portion of it.

Not being a big fan of Fresh Water Prawns, my auntie went for the Fish Head Noodles with Fish Maw.

Yu Wan Yu Tao Mai (Fish Head Noodles with Fish Maw)

I didn't sample the dish but I must say it looked quite good.

Overall, this restaurant is certainly worth eating at. I wouldn't mind coming back to this place.

Restaurant Rating: 8/10
Pricing: About RM15 per person.

Service: 7/10
Quality: 8/10

*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 Chong Fatt Cafe (Yu Tao Mai aka Fish Head Noodles)

18 & 20, Jalan 2/50C,
Taman Setapak Indah Jaya,
Off Jalan Genting Klang,
53300 Kuala Lumpur,

Telephone number (Main Branch): 03 4023 1088

Opening Hours:
10am-11pm daily.


Fish & Chips at The Magnificent Fish and Chips Bar, Changkat Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur

>> Jan 27, 2010

A couple of weeks back, I went for lunch with Ching Yi at The Magnificent Fish and Chips Bar in Bukit Bintang. Yes, I got lost. I'm a dungu (dummy) when it comes to directions around KL city (Anywhere else in PJ and I'm fine).

The place was situated along Bukit Bintang. Finding a suitable parking right beside the restaurant was a little tough. However, there is ample parking space at a paid parking lot right behind the row of restaurants (about 5mins walk).

The Magnificent Fish & Chips Bar

The restaurant is like an English Bar/Restaurant serving English breakfast, English traditional fish & chips etc. However, the fish used in their dishes here are actually Australian fish (don't ask me why).

As the restaurant's name suggest, we just had to go for their famous fish and chips. There was a choice of Australian Barramundi (siakap), Butter Fish, King Fish (looks like a Tuna, has firm meat but its not a tuna fish), Parrot Fish, Gold Band Snapper (something like Jenahak), King George Whiting (a fish from Southern Australia), Scottish Salmon, Silver Cod and Flake (Shark Family). I am an avid fisherman hence the knowledge on fish.

Note: please don't go for the dory, although its the cheapest, you're gonna regret it..

We had the crab cocktail and some mushy peas to share. I went for the King Fish whereas Ching Yi went for the Barramundi.

Crab Cocktail

The crab cocktail RM24 was just alright. Nothing really to say about it. It wasn't bad, but it didn't stand out either.

Deep Fried Barramundi in Batter

Deep Fried King Fish in Batter

The batter was crispy on the outside, but slightly soft on the inner side. Accompanied by that flaky fish flesh of the fish, it sure made a very good lunch. The fish was relatively fresh. I must say, this has to be one of the best fish and chips I've tasted around Kuala Lumpur. However, on some pieces of the chips (large cut of fries), there was a slight beer after taste probably from the batter used for the fish.

The difference between the Barramundi RM36 and the King Fish RM38 was that the King Fish had a much firmer meat texture. After all, the King Fish is off the mackerel family and can grow up to a whooping 90pounds or more. I can't really say which one is better. I guess its personal preference, some people prefer a softer fish whereas some prefer their fish meat a little more firm.

Note: Traditional English Fish n Chips are usually made by chucking the fish of choice into a batter made up of flour, baking soda and beer and then deep frying it. From what I've tested in the kitchen, using extra cold water and things like soda water, beer or any other sparking drink makes the batter crispier.

Mushy Peas

The mushy peas RM5 had to be the bigger let down ever. After reading tones of review on how good it is, this was a total let down. Okay, I'm not really a big fan of peas. It was just as the name suggest, mashed up peas. A peas lover might find this good.

Overall, I have to say this is a restaurant I would most certainly come back to. Their fish and chips is one of the best in town. The meal for two came up to about RM120. It certainly was quite pricey for fish and chips. After all, it is located right in the middle of KL city, what else could you expect?

Restaurant rating: 8/10
Pricing: About RM65 per person.

Service: 8/10
Price : 6/10
Quality: 9/10

*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 The Magnificent Fish & Chips Bar

28, Jalan Changkat Bukit Bintang,
50200 Kuala Lumpur,

Telephone number: 03 2142 7021
Website: click here

Opening Hours:
Monday - Thursday: 8.30am-1am
Friday: 8.30am-3am
Saturday: 10am-3am
Sunday: 10am-1am


Dinner @ Restaurant Duck King, Jaya One, Section 17, Petaling Jaya

>> Jan 24, 2010

I've heard a great deal about Duck King at Jaya One. I've walked past it myself but didn't bring myself to go in.

About a month back, my father wanted to bring me out for dinner. He wanted to bring me to eat some good roast meat. In fact, he wanted to bring me to Duck King.

Duck King

Duck King is located right in the middle of Jaya One, where parking is abundant. The restaurant was filled to the brim when we arrived. Anyway, we were seated after a 5 minutes wait.

As there were only the two of us present, we couldn't sample many of their other dishes. We went for their siew yok, roast duck (siew ngap), a tofu dish and sze-chuan soup.

Note: Don't eat Chinese food when there's only 2 or 3 people.

Sze-Chuan Soup

The soup was tantalizing with that slight tinge of sourness, but I would prefer mine a bit more sourish. I gave mine a good dash of vinegar. However, the soup was very good indeed. It was priced at RM10.80 a bowl.

Roast Duck

Siew Yok

The duck was okay. However, I have to say that the Siew Yok was one of the better ones I've tasted. I prefer my meat lean, and Duck King tend to serve their siew yok with less of that thick layer of fat in between Siew Yok. Even without the fat, the meat had that nice, soft texture when bitten into. Definitely a thumbs up to this dish. The combination of two types of roast meat came up to RM28.80.

Tao Foo

The Tahu/Tao Foo/Tofu is made in their restaurant daily. This dish was quite good. Really enjoyed it. It was priced at RM22.80.

I would most certainly patron this place again. The winner for the night had to be the siew yok. A long time ago, somebody told me that the Chinese pastry with salted egg was very good at this place. I would certainly like to try it the next time I'm here.

Restaurant rating: 8/10
Pricing: About RM50 per person.

Service: 8.5/10
Quality: 8/10

*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 Restaurant Duck King

8-G, Block M, Jaya One,
No. 72-A, Jalan Universiti,
46200 Petaling Jaya,
Selangor D. E,

Telephone number: 03 7957 9819
Fax : 03 7957 9809

Opening Hours:
Monday - Saturday: 11am-3pm, 6pm-10.30pm.
Sunday & Public Holidays: 10am-3pm, 6pm-10.30pm.


Fei Zai Long Za Xue Dang 肥仔龙杂雪档 (One of the Best Ice Kacang in KL), Jalan Kepong Bahru, Kuala Lumpur

>> Jan 22, 2010

Looking for the best Ice Kacang (Chap Shuit) aka ABC (Air/Ais Batu Campur) in KL? Well, I'm not actually certain if its the best, but it certainly was a very good bowl of ice kacang. This place is one of those hidden gems where churning out good food but is not so well known. It is located along Jalan Kepong Bahru, and appears to be one of those shabby looking places that one would not stop to dine in if nobody pointed out that they serve a superb ice kacang. Anyway, this place is located 2 stalls from the T junction at Jalan Kepong Bahru, beside Loong Kei 'bak kua' (dried meat) shop.

Note: there is ample parking space just across the road from this stall.

Fei Zai Long Ice Kacang
(looks at the guy then *wonders* where the stall got the name from)

This shop also serves Chinese fried noodles (their Hokkien Mee was not bad), Satay and grilled chicken wings. As we actually came to sample their famous mixed ice, we ordered a bowl each. The good woman was kind enough to keep dishing out a bigger bowl of ais kacang after she say me trying to snap a good shot of it with my camera.

A good bowl of 'Air Batu Campur'

The ice was so finely shaven that it literally melted in your mouth. Accompanied by that rich gooey gula melaka, just heavenly. This ice kacang also came without that pinkish rose syrup crap that gives that artificial flavour and colour to your ordinary ice kacang. It had a good mix of cincau (leong fun/black jelly), cendol, red beans, corn and longan, typical of an ordinary ice kacang. The reason this bowl of ice kacang stands out is because of their finely shaven ice and good gula melaka. A bowl of ice kacang was priced at RM2.30. One could opts for extra ingredients which would cost RM0.50 more.

The stall serving noodles also dishes out some average noodles (not exceptionally good, mind you).

I have to say, that was one of the best ice kacang I've tasted in a long long time. I would most certainly make that 40 minutes trip again just for a taste of that good stuff.

Restaurant rating: 9/10
Pricing: Under RM10 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 Fei Zai Long Za Xue Dang 肥仔龙杂雪档 (Fat Boy Ice Kachang)

Fei Zai Long Za Xue Dang 肥仔龙杂雪档, (please refer to the map above for directions)
Jalan Kepong Bahru,
52100 Kuala Lumpur

Telephone Number: 016-6061566 (Ah Meng)

Opening hours:
2pm-12am daily. (Days off not fixed)


Famous Duck Noodles @ Pun Chun Chicken Biscuits & Restaurant, Bidor, Perak

>> Jan 20, 2010

A couple of days in Kuala Kubu Bahru (KKB) is gonna get one to do something stupid (like traveling up to Bidor for duck noodles). Well, can't blame me eh? What else is there to do in KKB? I tried going to the waterfall, illegally fishing at the dam and searching for food around. KKB is just 'sad'. No offence to those whose home town is KKB.

Anyway, my friends managed to persuade me to drive up to Bidor to eat the so called 'best' duck noodles in Malaysia. The journey from KKB took about 1 hour (can't imagine actually traveling up from KL just for the noodles).

Pun Chun Chicken Biscuits & Restaurant

Pun Chun Chicken Biscuits & Restaurant has been around for more than 70 years now. They specialise in their herbal duck noodles (ngap pei meen) and their Chicken Biscuits (kai zai peng).

We started off with some Wu Kok (yam/taro puff stuffed with meat).

Wu Kok

Priced at RM1.60 each, they were quite good. They had that flaky texture on the outside, accompanied by that burst of yam upon sinking ur teeth into. However, I have to say the SS3 pasar malam (every tuesday) serves a better Wu Kok than this.

Next, we went for their all famous noodles.

Herbal Duck Noodles (Soup)

Herbal Duck Noodles (Dry)

The verdict? The noodles were springy and had their nice bite to it. In fact, the noodles were too springy that I suspect the use of artificial substances in it. Anyway, regardless of what it was made with, the noodles were good. The soup had was light and tasty, with flavours of the various chinese herbs (kei chee, pak kei, tong su, dried longan and more). It was quite nice, but probably contained quite a bit of MSG (I think it did).

Priced at RM 7.30 for medium and RM6.60 for small, the noodles were somewhat expensive. OK, the duck was expensive but not the noodles. Plain noodles would cost about RM1.80 (I know this because my friends liked the noodles so much that we came back 2 hours later for plain noodles). The medium portion is actually relatively huge. I would certainly like to know how big a large portion would turn out to be.

Before leaving, we decided to get some Chicken biscuits for our families.

Chicken Biscuits

If my memory served me right, the biscuits were priced at RM2.80 per pack. I am not a big fan of this sort of chinese biscuits but I have to say it was not bad.

Before leaving Bidor, we bought from some fruits from the fruit vendors outside the restaurant. The fruits were superbly sweet and were not too expensive (bargaining is possible here). Try going for their pomallo, guavas and cempedak.

I personally feel that it was not worth the trip specially to Bidor, just for the noodles. It was actually somewhat a let down to what I've been hearing about this place. If I was on the way to Penang or Ipoh, it certainly woulve have made a nice stop for lunch.

*Special thanks to Joo Hor for letting me hijack his camera.

Restaurant rating: 7/10
Pricing: About RM10 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 Pun Chun Chicken Biscuits & Restaurant

Pun Chun Chicken Biscuits (Restoran)
40, Main Road,
Bidor, Perak.

Telephone number: 05-4341554

Opening Hours:
5am-10pm daily.
(Closed on 1st & 2nd day of Chinese New Year and 16th & 17th day of the 8th month of the lunar calender)


XO Fish Head Noodles & Claypot Loh Shu Fun @ Restaurant Goon Wah, Off Jalan Kuchai Lama near Old Klang Road

>> Jan 18, 2010

My uncle recommended me this place some time ago. As it was situated in Kuchai Lama, it wasn't too much of a hassle for me to go for lunch. Restoran Goon Wah is supposed to be famous for their XO fish head noodles.

Anyway, I dragged Jien along with me right before class started. The other two jokers gave some lame excuse, thus they missed out on the good food. Its their lost anyway. Armed with my phone as GPS, we headed of to find the place.

Restaurant Goon Wah

There was already a crowd at the restaurant upon arrival. I figured, the bigger the crowd, the better the food. Seating was a pain, but service was efficient and good. Even the food didn't take long to come

We wanted to order a portion of Fish Head Noodles and a portion of Claypot Loh Shu Fun (rat tail noodles) but the good woman told us that one portion of the Fish Head Noodles is for 2 people. Thus, we resorted for just the Fish Head Noodles (RM17 for 2 people). The fish used for the noodles is called 'ling yu' in Chinese.

XO Fish Head Noodles

The pot of noodles came with the usual stuff eg: kiam chai (chinese salted vegetables), tomatoes, pieces of deep fried fish head. The only exception of the fish head noodles here is the yam pieces. I guess it brings out that mild taste to the soup. Anyway, I'm not too sure if evaporated milk is used here (even if there is, it wasn't much), but there was the distinct taste of chinese wine.

Although I prefer the evaporated milk type of fish head noodles, I have to say, the Fish Head Noodles at Goon Wah somehow tasted quite good. There were lots of the crispy fish pieces. The only flaw I can find with the noodles is that it came with too little soup. I would have preferred more soup to go with my noodles.

After the pot of noodles, we weren't really that full (the portion was reasonably sized, we're just big eaters). Actually, it was probably due to the fact that the Claypot Loh Shu Fun looked darn good (and I'm greedy).

Note: Lao Shu Fen (Chinese Name). Lou Shi Fun (Canto). They are the same thing :)

Claypot Loh Shu Fun

The Claypot Loh Shu Fun (RM7.50) was definitely one of the best I've tasted in a long time. Although they didn't have that raw egg to mix with it, the chunks of minced pork, lard fritters, fried onions and he be (dried prawns) made up for it. In fact, I think a raw egg would actually do more harm to the dish. I certainly would recommend this dish.

I certainly would recommend this place to you readers. A very good place for lunch (they only open for lunch). Please try it out and let me know how it goes.

Note: Restaurant Goon Wah does catering services as well. That's probably why its off on weekends.

Restaurant rating: 8.5/10
Pricing: About RM15 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 Restaurant Goon Wah

Restoran Goon Wah,
G13 & 14, Jalan 3/115C,
KP 2, Taman Kuchai Lama,
Off Jalan Kuchai Lama,
58200 Kuala Lumpur

Telephone number: 03-7982 0048
Fax: 03-7982 0163

Opening hours:
9:30 am – 3:30 pm, off on Sat and Sunday.


Branch of Penang Road Famous Teo Chew Chendul @ Giant Hypermarket, Shah Alam, Selangor.

>> Jan 15, 2010

To all your Penangnites out there. I'm sorry to say, I prefer the KL style of Cendol and ice-kacang. You guys chuck in sarsi syrup, bits of smashed up nuts and what else not, so untasteful. Ok, that was mean. Please don't flame me for this. I was just kidding.

Note: Cendol & Chendul is the same thing.

Anyway, I recently visited a branch of the Penang Road Famous TeoChew Chendul. This branch used to be at the Giant Hypermarket in Subang (USJ), however, it has moved to the Giant Hypermarket in Shah Alam, which is situated a stone throw from the Shah Alam stadium.

Penang Road Chendul (sorry about that large blob there, real insult to photography)

I went for both their ice kacang and cendol.

Ice Kachang with Ice-Cream


The ais-kacang or Air Batu Campur (ABC) was priced at RM2.50 (RM0.50 for ice cream) whereas the Cendol was RM1.70 if I'm not mistaken. Anyway, its affordable. One can opt for their Cendol to come with ice-cream as well (Penangnites have weird taste =P).

The verdict? I'm sorry to say, I didn't quite like the shaved iced here (both of them). I wasn't certain whether it was something wrong with me or it just wasn't good. I guess our tastebud in KL is slightly different from our friends up north.

I have also tried the cendol in their main branch at

21, Keng Kwee Street,
Off Penang Road,
10000 Penang,
West Malaysia.

See? Proof of me being there

I have to say, their main branch somewhat was slightly better. At least at that point in time (1 year ago), I found it to be better. My conclusion is that KL/Selangor people's perception of good ABC and cendol is somewhat different from the Penangnites (I guess nobody is right but each of us have our own personal opinion). I still prefer the Cendol stall in SS15. As for ice kacang, I will soon post up one of the best ice kacang I've tasted in Selangor/KL so far.

Pricing: Under RM10 per person

*Opinions expressed are solely based on my personal experience

Map to Penang Road Cendol

Food Court,
Giant Hypermarket Shah Alam,
Lot 2, Persiaran Sukan,
Section 13,
40100 Shah Alam,
Selangor Darul Ehsan.

Telephone number (main branch in Keng Kwee Street): 04-2618002
Handphone number: 012-4808136

Website: (currently under construction)

Opening Hours:
as long as Giant is open?


Nachos and more @ Dave's Pizza, Pasta, Vino, 1 (One) Utama, Bandar Utama

>> Jan 13, 2010

A couple of years back, Tiffanie actually introduced me to this place. She told me that this place has the best nachos that she knew off (which so far has been quite true). Dave's is located inside One Utama, in between the old wing and the new wing (2 doors from Canton-i), on the same floor as TGIF.

Dave's Cafe

Dave is a non-halal restaurant that serves some porky goodness (baby back ribs, pork knuckles, pork belly etc). Best of all, they use pork bacon, ham and salamis on their pizzas. One of the rare places in Malaysia that you can actually find not too bad pork dishes.

Anyway, this time round, I wasn't craving for pork, and as it was a weekday, Dave's has a 50% discount on ordinary pastas. Thus, we went for the carbs instead. However, I have tried their pork dishes and I have to say their baby back ribs and pork knuckles were just average (but could be worth eating).

Our total order was 3 Cookie and Cream milkshakes (RM10 each), a Chocolate Banana milkshake (RM10), a plate of beef nachos (RM22), Caesar Salad (RM19), Salmon and Spinach Pasta (RM38) and Meatballs and Mushroom Pasta (RM28).

Some of the pasta dishes had a 50% off to them for lunch on weekdays. Anyway, lets get down to the food.

Cookie n Cream (left) & Chocolate Banana (right) Milkshake

Well, milkshakes are just milkshakes. The milkshakes here was off the correct texture and not too diluted. Its quite hard to screw up a drink like a milkshake (although some restaurant still manage to do so which still amazes me). The milkshake at Dave's was not too bad, but nothing spectacular. How great can milkshake be?

Beef Nachos

I really like the nachos at this place. Definitely fare superior to the nachos you can get at Chili's (which standard has dropped way below average). The salsa and sour cream went well with cheese laden beefy nachos. The only thing missing was the guacamole. However, I could live without it. I still loved the nachos.

Caesar Salad

Caesar salad is one of Dave's Signature dishes. The salad is topped with an anchovy and egg emulsion, cheese (grana padano), bits of crispy bacon, garlic croutons, boiled quail eggs and some tomato salsa. Definitely one of the better caesar salad that I've tasted.

Salmon & Spinach Pasta

Meatball & Mushroom Pasta

The pastas were alright. Nothing really much to talk about it. Something that won't go wrong here.

I would certainly want to come back to Dave's. I normally patron this place just for their nachos. Anything else is just a side order. So, if you're craving for good nachos, you know where to go.

Restaurant rating: 7.5/10
Pricing: About RM50 per person (no promotion items)

*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 Dave's Cafe

Dave's Cafe (Opposite Burger King, near TGIF),
RC-1 Promenade,
Lot G209, Promenade, One Utama,
Bandar Utama,Selangor D.E,

Telephone number: 03 7725 4017

Opening Hours:
as long as One Utama is open?


Mizu, Japanese Fine Dining @ Bangsar Village One (old wing), Jalan Telawi Satu, Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur

>> Jan 10, 2010

My father wanted to treat a colleague for dinner and I was given the choice to pick out a restaurant. We initially planned to have dinner at Planter Jim's at Jalan Telawi 2. However, we changed our mind after seeing the restaurant half empty. Crowd attract crowd I guess. Anyway, we opted to go for Japanese food at Mizu @ Bangsar Village One.

Mizu, Japanese Fine Dining

I've been to Mizu for lunch a couple of months back. However, I was half broke the last time here so I went for the set lunch. This time round, I know I won't be footing the bill. Thanks dad.

We started of with a platter of assorted sashimi. The sashimi platter was priced at RM135.

Sashimi Mori

There was only four types of fish served on the platter, and one piece per person. However, the sashimi was thickly cut into square pieces, which is typical of a posh Japanese restaurant. The sashimi was also of quality fishes and not those (fish that no one else want) which is very typical when you order a assorted sashimi at Japanese Restaurants. Anyway, we each had a slice of Otoro (fattest part of the tuna belly), Salmon, Butter Fish and Japanese Mackerel. The otoro was soft and melted in my mouth, definitely my favourite of the 4 fishes (its also probably the most expensive of the fishes).

Next came the plate of assorted sushi.

Assorted Sushi

Priced at RM85. This sushi came with one of almost every type of sushi served in the restaurant. There was salmon, tuna (not tuna belly), Uni (sea urchin), Salmon Roe, Mackerel, squid, butter fish and a roll of toro (tuna belly). The fish was thinly sliced and totally covered in portion of rice, which is typical of a properly done sushi. I have to say, although a little pricey, the sushi's were good. My father, being a big fan of sea urchin sure did enjoy the Uni sushi.

Our next order was three different types of rolls. We went for the Mizu roll (must be the restaurant's specialty), toro maki and the Sake Cheese Maki.

Mizu Roll

The Mizu roll RM35 is actually something like a Rakuzen's Dragon Roll other than the fact that there is additional Unagi (eel) placed on top. The roll is also made up of 2 prawns instead of just one, which actually allow one to feel crunchy texture of the prawn. Definitely one of the best roll I've tasted around Malaysia.

Toro Maki

My brother chose this dish, which consisted of toro (tuna belly) wrapped in rice and seaweed, garnished with a very light flavoured oil. I did enjoy the roll, but I have to say, this has got to be one of the most wasteful way to eat toro. A typical tuna would have sufficed for this roll. The roll was priced at RM40 meaning, each piece cost about RM6.60.

Sake Cheese Maki

The Sake Cheese Maki RM35 consisted of a layer of salmon, topped with 3 different types of cheese. The distinct taste of cheese could be smelt even without tasting it. It would make a good choice for a cheese lover.

Next came the assorted tempura priced at RM36.

Assorted Tempura

It came with 3 pieces of large prawns, slices of fish, sweet potatoes, some bean and yam. The prawns had that springy bite to it meaning the prawn is very fresh or it has been dipped in excessive boric acid. I choose to believe the prawns were fresh.

Our next dish was the assorted grilled fish. Priced at RM140, it consisted of 3 types of fish namely, Saba (mackerel), Cod and another fish which I am uncertain of but certainly did taste good. The fish came in quite big pieces. You pay for what you get I guess, hence the price.

Yaki Zakana (which means grilled fish in Japanese)

The fish was fresh and grilled to perfection. It had that nice, crispy skin but the flesh was soft and flaky. I fancied the cod over the mackerel.

We had some garlic fried rice to go with the fish.

Garlic Fried Rice RM10

I have to say, this has got to be one of the better garlic fried rice I've eaten. Definitely beats Rakuzen's and Jyu Raku's. Lots of garlic bits, fried until crispy and golden brown in colour.

Anyway, the bill came up to RM605 for the 4 of us. I have to say, the food here is quite pricey. But then again, we ordered Otoro (fattest part of tuna belly) and Toro (tuna belly) and also lots of fish.

I would definitely come here again (with my parents of course or anyone who wants to pay for me). The service here was top notch. Plates were frequently changed to ensure there is no residual flavour of the previous dish. I guess there always is a price to pay for good food.

Restaurant rating: 8/10
Pricing: About RM100 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 Mizu, Japanese Fine Dining

Mizu Restaurant,
F6, First Floor, Bangsar Village 1,
Jalan Telawi Satu,
Bangsar Baru,
59100 Kuala Lumpur.
Bangsar Village One (old wing), above cold storage

Telephone number: 03 2283 6988

Opening Hours:
Monday to Sunday (as long as bangsar village is open?)

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