Monday, December 5, 2016

Daily Japanese Dinner Buffet @ Zipangu, Shangri-La Kuala Lumpur

Japanese food lovers, rejoice! Zipangu in Shangri-La Hotel Kuala Lumpur will be serving a dinner buffet EVERY DAY from 6.30pm to 10.30pm. Priced at RM175 nett per person, the impressive buffet spread will feature mainly Japanese dishes such as salmon, sushi, tempura, teppanyaki, hot dishes, seafood on ice and desserts. Other than Japanese dishes, there will also be a few Chinese and Malay dishes served as well, such as Nyonya steamed fish, Stir fried kam heong tiger prawns, and Rendang daging. There will be 4 rotating menus for this buffet.

The restaurant's interior exudes a warm and Zen-like ambiance. There is a main dining area with an open kitchen, two private rooms and five semi-private enclaves to cater to guests. Helmed by Japanese Chef Hiroaki Karasawa, watch the chefs as they cook your teppanyaki or tempura or slice some sashimi in the spacious open kitchen.

Our first stop was the sushi counter, where freshly sliced sashimi, sushi and Japanese appetizers awaits. Other than the usual salmon, tuna and butterfish that you would find in most Japanese buffets, Zipangu also offers tako (octopus) and hamachi (Japanese amberjack). I especially loved the salmon sashimi which was fresh with a buttery texture.

There is a huge variety of nigiri sushi such as anago (conger eel), amaebi (sweet shrimp), sawara (Spanish mackarel) as well as rolled sushi and bara chirashi on offer.

Tuck in to some fresh seafood on ice - there are US oysters, scallops, green lip mussels, tiger prawns, yabbies, Japanese clams and crabs to indulge in. Trust me, these are worth getting your hands dirty for.

Head over to the teppanyaki counter next and pick your meats or seafood from the counter and hand it over to the chef with your table number. They will cook it and deliver it to your table once ready. My favorites were the beef, prawn and scallops. Seconds? - Yes, please!

Do also check out the hot dishes on offer - there are gems such as unagi kabayaki (grilled eel), ika teriyaki (grilled cuttlefish), saba shioyaki (grilled mackarel) as well as the tempura selection (especially the prawn tempura).

End your meal with a host of delicious desserts, such as mochi, cakes, chocolate fountain, fresh fruits, and ice cream. On our visit, there was even miso cake - do try this if you see it - a wonderful mix of sweet and savoury flavours.

I made a video of the buffet spread at Zipangu - you can watch it here 

Thank you to the Shangri-La KL team for having us! :)

The buffet dinner at Zipangu is available daily from 6.30pm to 10.30pm. For reservations or more information, contact 03-2074 3900 or email

Price: RM175 nett per person.

Location: Zipangu, Level 1, Shangri-La Hotel Kuala Lumpur, 11 Jalan Sultan Ismail, 50250 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Tel: 03- 2074 3900

GPS Coordinates: 3.1541, 101.706297

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Saturday, December 3, 2016

Restoran Seoul Korea, Taman Desa, KL

Other than Nak Won, there is another Korean BBQ restaurant in Taman Desa just a stone's throw away - Restoran Seoul Korea. I have heard from my cousins and friends that there is always a queue for this restaurant, some of them queuing for as long as an hour to get a table in this restaurant. So I had to go and see what the fuss was all about - but of course being a person who doesn't like to queue, I opted to go early (opening time is 5.30pm and we ensured we were there by 5.25pm). True enough, there was already a queue forming all the way from the restaurant and down the stairs. Luckily though, we managed to get in the first seating :)

Over here, the restaurant is supervised by the Korean owner. From my observation, he is the only one who takes orders from customers too. As soon as we were seated, the service staff brings over the complimentary ban chan as well as water to our table.

We ordered 3 types of meat - dae ji yang-nem sam-gyoub-sal (RM28 - pork belly marinated in spicy homemade sauce), sam gyoub sal (RM28 - pork belly slices) and mok dung sim (RM28 - pork shoulder slice). They brought the meats to our table to show us and then proceeded to cook it at the cooking station behind us.

While waiting for our meats, we tucked in to the 9 different types of ban chan (side dishes) served to us. I have to say their ban chan is really nice - there was kimchi, cucumber kimchi, dried seaweed, seaweed, thin vermicelli, lotus root, marinated meat, peanuts/anchovies and ladies finger. The ban chans are refillable, so we went back for seconds. They also serve a complimentary seaweed soup (which is often served during birthdays in the Korean series).

Before long, our cooked meats arrive. As usual, lettuce, gochujang, garlic slices and green chillies is served together with the meat. I like the pork belly best, followed closely by the marinated pork belly (the sauce was really flavorful), and lastly, the pork shoulder. I found most of the pork shoulder meat to be slightly tough, however the parts with some fats were tasty enough.

When we left, there was still a long queue waiting to get in, so it is true that there is always a queue to get in here. If you do not like queuing, I do advise you to come early, or go to the nearby Nak Won as an alternative.

Serves pork.

Opening times: 12pm - 2pm, 5.30pm - 10.30pm daily.

Service: Good.

Price: Total bill RM97.95

Location: No 1-1, Plaza Danau 2, 2, Jalan 4/109F, Taman Danau Desa, 58100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (Street Parking available).

Tel: +6012 373 1176

GPS Coordinates: 3.098768, 101.686550

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