Thursday 19 December 2013

Food Review: Bonbori Japanese Cuisine @ Setiawalk, Puchong

This is an extremely delayed blog post. Well, I have to blame my end year exams which I was busy preparing therefore, the lack of activeness in food reviews.

Anyway, this post will be on Bonbori Japanese cuisine which undoubtedly remains as one of the best Japanese restaurants I've ever been to so far. From the freshness of their sashimi to the taste of their dishes, I honestly felt that they were all suitable to my palate.

So, here's what I would highly recommend for you guys to try!

Hanami Sashimi Moriawase
The freshness of the sashimi is incomparable to other places I've been before. I personally thought that the chef sliced it too thick though because I'd prefer it bite size. However, according to others, it is a rule of the the Japanese kitchen that the sashimi should be knifed in a certain size and it is a skill that each sashimi chef had to gain.

Shirauo Karaage
Perfect appetiser! Crispy but does not get soggy, this dish of fried mini-sized fish is so addictive. It felt a little like eating fries, but it has a slight bouncy feeling to it.

Ebi Cheese
For those cheese lovers out there, this will be the best choice. I loved this because the cheesiness was just right, not too overwhelming as to ruin the original taste of the dish itself. Fragrant but not overpowering, definitely a yay!

Bacon Asparagus Kushiyaki
Too much vegetables for me, actually. But this had a very authentic kebab feel to it since it was on a stick. The bacon was grilled to perfection though and as much as I disliked vegetables, the asparagus was so crunchy and maybe, it wasn't so bad after all.

Soft Shell Crab Maki
I have my own preferred version of this maki and I guess Bonbori's is really good. Unlike other restaurants, their soft shell crab was not wrapped inside but instead, it was proudly sticking out at the top. I prefer it this way because at least, I could taste the soft shell crab.

Surume Ikashio (Grilled Squid)
Yummy and fragrant! This dish had a very strong smoked smell to it, so it's either you like it or hate it. For me, I loved it because it was very chewy but not too tough. Previously, I had a bad experience with this dish where the squid was so hard that I had to chew it until I got a headache before I could swallow it. However, well done for Bonbori for getting the right texture and taste for this :)

This concludes my gastronomical adventure at Bonbori. Their service is exceptional by the way and the ambience is perfect for a family night out :)

Sunday 1 December 2013

Food Review: Asmara Penchala @ Kampung Sungai Penchala

Looking for a romantic place for a perfect date? I suggest that you look no further and head over to Asmara Penchala which is located at the fringes of our city centre. The 'love den' concept of this restaurant is suitable for couples or even families who wish to spend quality time with one another over mealtime.

Yes, I decided that I needed to check it out for myself and I went there on a Nomster food outing, as usual. So, here are some of the dishes which were good and I have decided to highlight some which fell back on my scale.

Thai Fish Cake
A perfect appetizer comprising of fishcake with bread and some tomatoes. I liked how convenient this was since they were served in bite size and I could just pop one of it in my mouth.

Creamy Butter Prawns
Surprisingly, this tasted quite similar to the Chinese version of butter prawns. The only difference is that the prawns were deep fried before laying some of the creamy sauce on their surface. Therefore, the prawn shells were still crispy and we could just eat them without the hassle of peeling it.

Asam Pedas Asmara Tenggiri
Definitely had to be the best dish of the night! The gravy had an authentic feel to it, although the spiciness of this was over the top. Oh, and this tasted so much like homecooked food. Bursting with flavours, it is best served with hot steaming white rice J

Rendang Tok
This was a dish which was rare to find as many restaurants do not serve this anymore due to the laborious cooking process. However, I personally thought that it was a bit dry although taste wise, it was not too bad. I would have prefer if they made it in smaller chunks so that it was easier for us to eat.

Lamb Masala
I am a big fan of lamb so this dish scored pretty high on my scale! There were lots of ingredients used in this, no doubt. The meat was tender and juicy at the same time. However, there were too much bony portions and so little meat.

All in all, the food wasn’t the best part of the night but rather, the ambience and atmosphere was far more interesting in my opinion. For those of you who are keen on heading over to Asmara Penchala, lunch time will be from 11.30-3.00 pm and dinner begins from 6.00 pm – 12.00 am.

For bookings and functions, it is RM 35/head for a minimum pax of 1000. 

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