bookmark_borderSumi-ka Yakitori Restaurant, SS15 Subang Jaya

Yakitori is commonly known as Japanese skewered food. But back then, it was known as Japanese-type grilled chicken. I guess times have changed over the years (or decades) whereby people got really creative and started to experiment all sorts of food they can get hold of, which pretty much explained for the vast variety of skewered food that are available these days.

Sumi-ka Yakitori Restaurant

Like most of my food explorations, it was through word of mouth and a small gathering that I got to know this place which serves pretty good awesome yakitori.

Sumi-ka Yakitori Restaurant, SS15 Subang Jaya

Occupying a small shoplot in Subang Jaya, you know you are getting good stuff when it is managed by a Japanese and a team of dedicated staff.



Pork Bacon wrapped Shitake Mushroom Yakitori

Chicken Cartilage (Nankotu) Yakitori

The menu is simple and straightforward with pork, chicken, beef, seafood and vegetables are all available for selection. The price is between RM4 – RM9 per skewer / stick.

Chicken Meatballs Yakitori

Gyumiso Yakitori

The highlight of that day was Gyumiso (as shown above). Juicy yet tender, it was just pure awesome.

Pork Belly Yakitori
The pork belly was pretty good too, thanks to the waiter’s recommendation. As you can see, there were no vegetables (except for the free cabbage, edamame and pork-wrapped enoki mushrooms) as we were all in mood for meat, meat and more meat.

Prawn Yakitori

Beef (Gyumiso) and Pork Yakitori

There were more dishes but due to hunger and pure indulgence, they did not make it to photos.

All in all, we were satisfied with the meal. The total bill was close to RM600 for 7 pax. Expensive? Yes it was… but there’s nothing much to complain for the delicious food we had and the wonderful session we enjoyed.

Address :
No. 19, 1st Floor,
Jalan SS15/4,
47500 Subang Jaya.

Tel. Number : +603 5632 9312 / +6016 224 9312
Business Hours : 6PM – 12AM

bookmark_borderDinner At Santouka Hokkaido Ramen, Pavilion KL

I bet you have heard of the new section in Pavilion; Tokyo Street. With its section filled with Japanese goodies, restaurants and what’s not, it is hard to miss this part of the lavish shopping mall. Besides, I bet that the blogosphere is filled with writings about this place and the restaurants in it. And I bet that you must have heard, read or even tried the much-raved ramen restaurant named Santouka Hokkaido Ramen.

Hokkaido Ramen Santouka

Well… as always, each to their own thoughts and here are my thoughts about it… and I’ll put it short and simple.

Hokkaido Ramen Santouka

The queue is known to be unusually long during peak hours with customers are willing to wait for their turn at the entrance of the shop. And this somehow plays against me (or my patience) as I, for one, never bother to join any queue of sorts. But the good thing is that the turnover is high and you might just need to wait for a short while before your turn is up.

The ramen dishes come in various sizes (small, regular and large). The cheapest of the lot, which is the small size, is approximately RM20 or so depending on the type of broth you choose/like. The service was commendable but it took awhile for the dishes to arrive.

Shoyu RamenShoyu Ramen (RM22.50)

Despite the ramen was being springy and nicely cooked, and not forgetting the decent portion for the small size, my only complaint about it is the ingredients that came along with the noodles. For RM22.50, I would expect something more than just a measly thin slice of pork cutlet and a negligible slice of naruto (fishcake – more like a decoration purpose than contributing to the taste). I reckon that if they are going to charge at premium rate, the least they could do is to give another slice or so… although the main stars of the dish are the ramen and broth.

Miso RamenMiso Ramen (RM22.50)

Taste wise, despite being a pork broth, it was alright although it didn’t really knock my socks off. I had better one like this one, which wins by a mile! Oh… if you are not a big fan of bamboo shoots, make sure you tell them ahead as mine came with it.

Chicken GyozaChicken Gyoza (RM10)

Since there’s only one slice of meat in the noodles, ordering a side dish became a compulsory option… for meat lover like me. The Chicken Gyoza (RM10) was a-okay but there were more vegetables than minced chicken meats in it. A disappointment? Not really since the skin with decently thin and fried to perfection but I’d like my gyoza to be packed with more meat.

Hokkaido Ramen Santouka

All in all, does it worth the wait for all the hype of it? It is a ‘No’ from me at least. The taste was just alright but the price is definitely not justifiable for the given ingredients. Will I ever go back again? I will… that’s if I have to. But then again, as I mentioned early, different people have different preference. What works for you might not work for me. It might though… if there are more proteins in the noodles. Yes, I love my dishes to be filled with meat.

Lot 6.24.03, Level 6,
Pavilion Kuala Lumpur,
168, Jalan Bukit Bintang,
55100 Kuala Lumpur.

Telephone Number : +603 2143 8878

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