[In Partnership with J’s Gate Dining]
I have not been to Lot 10 for the longest time but have always heard about all the new Japanese restaurants up at the top floor and thanks to their brand new promotion, I finally had the chance to check it out! Malaysia’s Hottest Bloggers recently got together to sample their October & November 2018 RM18 Specials at Ichiyutei, Kaisen Don Kinme, Shinanoji, Fuji Sakura, Bonta Bonta and TSUJIRI. This promotion is running from 20 October until 25 November 2018 (all the aforementioned participating outlets are pork free).
So as I mentioned, J’s Gate Dining which is located on Level 4 of Lot 10 Shopping Centre (the top shopping floor), brought together 16 specialty restaurants from Japan, taking up the entire floor! The dining hall provides authentic Japanese cuisine and level of service, centered on superior quality ingredients, Japanese hospitality, and a lively atmosphere, employing bona fide Japanese design to create a space where customers can comfortably enjoy real Japanese culture.
Let’s check out some of the outlets!
Creamy Curry Udon
This is something I’ve seen on one of those viral food videos, and it’s a pleasant surprise to find this dish here. The dish comprises of Udon, drenched in Japanese Curry sauce, then topped with a layer of creamy mashed potatoes. This gave the dish a nice balance of flavours and textures, making it both creamy with a hint of spice from the Japanese curry sauce.
In Fukuoka Hakata in Japan, Ichiyutei sells over 100 bowls in an hour during lunch time, and their in Kuala Lumpur is their first overseas venture. Ichiyutei features the authentic flavours of Fukuoka Hakata udon noodles mixed with Japanese curry sauce and Japanese soup to make a hearty noodle curry soup with the rich flavour of katsu curry. The Hakata Udon is hand crafted by craftsmen and is freshly made each day.
Kaisen Don Kinme
Salmon Mentai Aburi Don
The Salmon Mentai Aburi Don features slices of salmon which are covered with mentai (fish roe) and mayo then torched before being served! The salmon is definitely fresh, which is delicious with the caramelised mayo. And honestly, what can possibly go wrong with Mentai?
Kaisen Don green ally refers to a Japanese rice bowl dish which consists of toppings of fresh and delicious raw seafood on sushi rice. Kaisen Don Kinme’s ingredients are freshly sourced and flown directly from Tsukiji Fish Market in Tokyo, the largest fish market in the world. The concept and the menu of the outlet in Lot 10 is similar to that of (the parent outlet) Sushi Kinmedai, located at Publika Kuala Lumpur.
Shinanoji is a 40-year old Soba specialty restaurant chain from Wakayama, a prefecture in the Kansai region, at the west Japan. Shinanoji specializes in soba and serves a choice of hot or cold soba. Japanese Soba is well-known as a healthy food because they are made with Japanese buckwheat flour, an ingredient that is rich in nutrients and low in fat and cholesterol. The soba at Shinanoji is made fresh in the store each day.
We had the Mini Cold with Assorted Tempura & Miso Soup Set. There is an option to have Hot Soba too. Good portion of Temoura with one big prawns and several types of veges. Special mention of the Miso soup too, one of the nicer ones that doesn’t skim on ingredients.
Chicken & Miso Special Hotpot
The concept here is to make the hotpot to your preference, which means that you can choose your choice of Dashi soup, with your choice of meats, then top it with your choice of seasonal toppings and side dish!
The outlet’s name “Fuji No Sakura” is inspired by Mount Fuji and Sakura, both of which are widely recognised icons of Japan. This outlet’s signature dish – the Nabe hotpot, is an authentic Japanese hotpot cuisine that widely recognized and favoured by many Japanese families.
The “Dashi” (soup stock) is the soul of the Nabe, and Fuji Sakura’s Dashi is freshly made with bonita flakes and kombu (kelp) each day in the store. The outlet also has several types of flavor for their dashi, ranging from the Japanese favourite Shoyu (soy-sauce) base, to a locally tailored fusion base which is more towards the Malaysian palate.
Toritama Stir-Fried Noodle
The Toritama Stir-Fried Noodles is fried with generous pieces of chicken as well as egg and vegetables. A rather uncommon Japanese dish here in Malaysia but one that is pretty delicious and very filling indeed! Bonta Bonta also has (non-RM18) dishes such as Unagi Bowl, Unagi Omelette Bowl, Fried Chicken Omelette Bowl and Teriyaki Chicken Omelette Bowl, all of which can have side dishes added on to make it a value set!
1pc Roll Cake & 1 Latte (Hot/Cool)
Roll cake selection: O-Matcha Roll Cake, Black Sesame Roll Cake, Houjicha Roll Cake
Latte selection (M size): O-Matcha, Houjicha, Chocolate
The story of Tsujiri begins at end of the ancient Edo period in 1860, when the brand Tsujiri was first established by Riemon Tsuji in Uji Kyoto, Japan. The founder Riemon tapped his own wealth to improve the tea industry, advancing and innovating the method to enhance the flavours and sweetness of the tea from the highest quality Gyokuro tea leaves. He also devised the tea cabinet to keep the tea leaves fresh longer, thereby reviving the popularity and marketing of the Uji tea. His effort was well recognised by many and to attest to that, his statue was built in Byodoin, Kyoto’s world heritage temple.
So if you happen to be nearby Lot 10, don’t forget to give some of these dishes a go!
J’s Gate Dining is located at:
P1, Level 4, Lot 10 Shopping Center,
Jalan Sultan Ismail,
50250 Kuala Lumpur,
Telephone: 03-2110 6850
Operating Hours: 11:00AM – 11:00PM