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Otak-Otak Place, IOI Boulevard

>> Thursday, August 19, 2010

Venue: Otak-Otak Place, IOI Boulevard
Occasion: Lunch with colleagues
Overall comment: Nicely air-conditioned place for a decent meal. Their set meals are quite affordable i.e. RM9.90++/set that comes with a main course (rice + 1 dish or noodles) & a glass of 'drink of the day'.
Halal: Yes

Otak-Otak Place @ IOI Boulevard is one of the nearest 'nicer-eatery' near my current workplace. To the very least, it's walking distance, so parking isn't a problem, & it's air-conditioned.

The restaurant from outside

I dare say that the otak-otak here can't be compared to the Otak-Otak Muar. Somehow, the Otak-Otak here feels like the commercial "more flour than fish" kinda otak-otak. The taste is acceptable, but there's no "kick" to it...

Fried Noodles 
Apart from otak-otak, this place serves rice & noodles. One of our friends ordered this "mi goreng" & he said it was "okay". Hmm...not totally convincing, eh? :P

Barbecue Chicken Rice
This is the halal version of the Chinese "char siew" rice. According to my friends, they said that this one's pretty good. To begin with, it actually smells quite good! Not too bad for a supposedly otak-otak specialty restaurant.

Mee Bandung
Shaida said this is not too bad & each time she comes to this place, she'll never fail to order this noodle dish. I've never had a fancy over Mee Bandung, & I guess I've never really tried it for good (unless you count those Mee Bandung that I've eaten last time at my university's cafeteria). What makes a good Mee Bandung? *scratches head*

"Kampung-Style" Fried Rice + Fried Chicken Set (RM9.90++/set)
This set isn't too bad except for the fact that it's kinda oily. Apart from the oil, the taste is actually alright...not too spicy for me. You'll get a "palm-size" piece of fried chicken with the rice, some cucumbers+carrots achar, 1 fried egg, some fish crackers/keropok, & some sambal. The set also comes with a glass of "drink of the day" e.g. orange juice.

Sweet & Sour Fish with Rice Set (RM9.90++/set)
If you don't fancy spicy food/chicken, this set would be the best for you. No doubt you can't compare it with the sweet & sour fish at Chinese restaurants, but it's good enough to be eaten without much complaints. I would much prefer my dish with more gravy to accompany my rice 'cause this one looks slightly too dry for me. This set comes with a "drink of the day" as well.

Map to Otak-Otak Place @ IOI Boulevard

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Otak-Otak Place
IOI Boulevard
Jalan Kenari 5
Bandar Puchong Jaya
47170 Puchong
Selangor Darul Ehsan.
Tel: (+603) 7728 0403
Business Hours: Mon-Fri, Sun 10:00a.m.-10:00p.m. & Sat 9:30a.m.-10:00p.m.


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 - Ruth


Nihonkai Japanese Restaurant, Dataran Mentari Sunway

>> Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Venue: Nihonkai Japanese Restaurant, Dataran Mentari Sunway branch
Occasion: Lunch & dinner with friends (on separate occasions) & to review the quite-newly opened Japanese restaurant by Joel's mum's friend!
Overall comment: Good Japanese food at a very affordable price! Their maki, sushi, & rice sets are yummilicious. I find their noodles having more space for improvement...
Halal: Unsure since they serve alcohol. Best to call the restaurant to find out.

I was asked by my friend, Joel, to try out Nihonkai @ Dataran Mentari Sunway as it's a restaurant managed by his mum's friend, Janet Chi (restaurant manager for the Sunway branch). I enjoy Japanese food & I didn't mind dropping by this restaurant when I could :)

To date, I've been there 3 times in just these few weeks! It's a lot of Japanese food for the PerutBesi...hahaha...

Nihonkai Japanese Restaurant @ Dataran Mentari Sunway was officially opened on 23 June 2010. This famous restaurant name will instantly ring a bell to Japanese-food lovers, who will associate the name to the main restaurant @ Old Klang Road. No doubts, the Old Klang Road main branch is doing very well, resulting to the birth of this branch @ Sunway :)

The Interior (when the restaurant just opens in the late morning)
There are "open tables" (in the middle & right-hand side of the photo), "semi-closed tables" (on the left-hand side of the photo), & VIP rooms (right behind, with doors - reservation required) for your preference. I usually request for the room when I'm there with a larger group. The rooms can fit around 6 persons comfortably & can squeeze in another 2...I'm not sure if there's another larger room! :P

Nihonkai offers an extensive range of Japanese dishes, from the usual sets, to the ala carte dishes of sushi, maki, don, soba, udon, sashimi, teppanyaki to desserts as well! Prices for sets starts from RM18.00/set, which I feel is rather cheap for a generous portion! (When the PerutBesi claims that the portion is generous & the price is cheap, she really means it...)

The Menu - Set Lunches & Set Dinners are available throughout the day
The only difference between both the types of sets is the watermelon (lunch set)/chawanmushi (dinner set). According to aunty Janet, as what I call her, the slight difference is to accommodate those who can't take eggs, which are higher in cholesterol. Nice :)

Assortment of sushi
I haven't tried their individual sushi platters, but I've tried their maki, which were lip-smacking!

1st-time @ Nihonkai, Sunway

Soft Shell Crab Maki (RM26.00/serving)
Crispy, fried soft shell crab stuffed within sushi rice, fish roe, and cucumbers, wrapped with traditional Japanese seaweed. We really enjoyed this :)

Torikatsunabe + sashimi (RM20.00/lunch set)
Chicken cutlet with scrambled egg & raw fish
The portion is quite generous. You'll get a share of rice, chicken, eggs, and fresh sashimi all in one set!

Sukiyaki Beef/Chicken (RM25.00/lunch set)
If you fancy something soup-ish/sizzling hot, this may be your type of dish. It's somewhat like the Chinese steamboat, but in the soup, you'll find glass noodles, vegetables, an egg (you'll need to add it in yourself), and the slices of beef goes into the soup as well. The soup dish comes with a bowl of rice to give you an even more substantial meal!

Mixed Tenpura (RM18.00/lunch set)
Light & crispy tempura prawns & vegetables served with rice set. It's slightly dry when eaten with the bowl of plain Japanese rice, but if you're not very particular with non-gravy rice (and especially if you just love fried food!), then this will be good for you.

Salmon Butteryaki (RM18.00/lunch set)
Two large pieces of fragrant pan-fried salmon with butter accompanied by rice & side dishes in the lunch set. Abi chomp away happily & was well-pleased :)

Shake Sashimi Salada (RM15.00/serving)
This is the Japanese version of a salad, where the salad dressing is a mixture of grounded sesame seed with mayonnaise & seasoning. It's quite appetizing & unique, suitable for those who aren't keen on a heavy meal, yet wanting something with a Japanese touch.

2nd-time @ Nihonkai, Sunway

Agedashi Tofu (RM7.00/serving)
Deep fried beancurd
Evie said that the Agedashi Tofu at Rakuzen tastes better. The outer-layer of these beancurd could be crispier. I'm no expert in this dish, so I can't say much. To me, it's just like the usual beancurd. As long as it's soft & smooth, it gets a passing mark ;)

Nihonkai SP Maki (RM16.00/serving)
These are sliced cucumbers & vegetables wrapped in a thin layer of rice paper (like the Vietnamese rice rolls), topped with fish roe & mayonnaise. It's quite refreshing if you prefer something light as appetizers.

Gyouza (RM9.00/serving)
Fried Dumplings
Deep-fried meat dumplings served with vineger dipping (It's alike the Taiwanese "kao zhi" dumpling). Nothing much to shout about...

Tenzaru Soba - Cold with Tempura (RM13.00/set)
I had this as I wanted a lighter meal + some tempura. The cold soba is not exactly something to shout about, but the tempura is indeed quite delicious.
Nabeyaki Udon - Hot (RM15.00/set)
This udon noodle dish comes with ONE tempura prawn...I found it rather strange & seemingly miserable...hahaha...not the best udon...

3rd-time @ Nihonkai, Sunway

Salmon+Tuna Mayo Sushi Special with Edamame
This sushi was on the house! It's something that I didn't notice on their menu, but it was certainly one great sushi! You'll find a layer of sushi rice + a layer of tuna flakes + another layer of sushi rice + a slice of raw salmon + roe-filled mayonnaise topping the whole sushi. The mini platter was served with Edamame (Japanese Green Beans). I wonder if they will ever put it up for sale!

Unagi Kabayaki (RM33.00/dinner set)
This was certainly one of the most worth-eating unagi set meals that I've ever had! The unagi (eel) was grilled to perfection & smothered with flavourful terriyaki sauce. The portion was so generous that I had a hard time finishing up the meal. Not to forget was the chawanmushi; I'm quite particular with the Japanese steamed egg, but this one has my hats off. It was "just-nice" - smooth, soft (but not watery), delectable steamed egg with ginko, some chicken meat, & a piece of black mushroom served in the traditional chawanmushi cup :) *yums*

Mixed Tempura (RM17.00/serving)
Sookie just wanted something fried with her meal, & since she can't exactly decide on what to have (she wanted to have every other thing on the menu!), she ended up ordering 1 portion of mixed tempura + a set meal.

Teppanyaki Beef Set (RM29.00/dinner set)
This set was not in their menu, but the restaurant can customize dishes & sets for you :) That's one excellent customer service plus point! You can choose to have it served in the usual lunch/dinner set & the price will be adjusted accordingly. Quite a good deal instead of ordering it ala carte, which costs more :) (unless of course you don't fancy the sides!) Sookie said her beef was well-done when she prefers it to be medium rare. You'll have to tell the waiter/waitress upon ordering, else by default, it'll be well-done.

Nihonkai Special (RM22.00/dinner set)
One of the most value-for-money sets on the menu. Their lunch set is about RM3-RM4 cheaper, with the watermelon slices instead of the chawanmushi. The 2 large slices of grilled salmon with terriyaki sauce goes well with rice & is more than enough to feed the hungry...what more can you ask for in a set where you're paying less than RM25.00 for everything? :D At least the salmon's not overdone & it doesn't have that bad fishy smell

Ebi Fried Maki (RM23.00/serving)
This was aunty Janet Chi's recommendation. According to her, the restaurant serves good maki & this is one of the best sellers - fried prawn wrapped in Japanese rice & thin slices of avocado. Just lovely :) It's not too overwhelming nor was it too "common". The sesame mayo-sauce (the same dressing used in the Shake Sashimi Salada!) gives the maki a twist of added fragrance as compared to the usual mayonnaise served with other makis.

Macha/Green Tea Ice Cream with Red Beans(RM6.00/scoop)
Air-flown from Japan, Nihonkai boast of its best-seller dessert - the macha ice cream with boiled red beans. In my personal opinion, it's a tad too sweet for my liking. I prefer my macha ice cream to be more pungent in the green tea smell+taste, giving it a slightly bitter after-taste, but my 2 friends prefer this version which doesn't have that bitter taste. Personal preference indeed :) Overall, the ice cream is quite smooth & it's a good dessert.

Goma/Black Sesame Ice Cream with Red Beans (RM8.00/scoop)
This is my 3rd time having the Japanese Goma ice cream (in my life). The taste of the black sesame is surely evident & it's more fragrant than the Macha ice cream. You can also taste the grains of black sesame in every scoop of ice cream. The level of sweetness is the same as the Macha ice cream, & Sookie voted for this over the Macha! In terms of Japanese ice cream, I still dream of the ones I had at Genji @ Hilton Hotel PJ. Somehow, that was quite unforgettable... oh yes, don't forget to drink a gulp of tea after eating this ice cream before you smile - just in case you end up having ash-filled teeth! :D

Map to Nihonkai Japanese Restaurant, Dataran Mentari Sunway
Anyone for some good Japanese food? :D

Nihonkai Japanese Restaurant
2, Jalan PJS 8/18
Dataran Mentari
46150 Petaling Jaya
Selangor Darul Ehsan.
Tel: (+603) 5630 1368
Business Hours: 12:00p.m. - 3:00p.m. & 6:00p.m. - 10:00p.m. daily
Note: It's at the newer shop lots opposite Yuen steamboat, facing the inside, not the main road (behind Belly Good restaurant)


Presentation: * * * *
Price: * * * *
Environment: * * * 1/2
Taste: * * * 1/2
Service: * * * 1/2


- Ruth

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