Finding comfort in Japanese food


  • Eating Out
  • Monday, 17 Feb 2020

Curry Udon. — Photos: KAMARUL ARIFFIN/The Star

GOOD food in a nice ambience need not come with a heavy price tag.

At The Deli cafe in MiCasa All Suite Hotel, diners can enjoy comfort food crafted by renowned Japanese chef Takashi Kimura who also heads Cilantro, the hotel’s fine dining restaurant.

Takashi said the cafe’s revamped menu offers added variety while staying true to the idea of serving good food at affordable prices.

“We use the same premium ingredients as we do in Cilantro. Everything is freshly made and is sure to be a healthy treat, ” he said.

One of the items that caught my eye was the Eight Types Vegetable Sandwich. Cut in half, the filling was bursting with a mixture of ingredients in hues of red and green.

Generous amounts of avocado, red capsicum, beetroot, tomato, kyuri cucumber, baby cos lettuce, sweet peas and baby spinach are topped with Japanese mayonnaise and French dressing, then sandwiched in white bread. Every bite was delightfully crunchy.

For sharing, the chef served Salmon and Avocado Roll made with Japanese rice, roasted seaweed, iceberg lettuce, avocado, salmon and a dash of Japanese mayonnaise and Kizami wasabi.

Their comfort food comes in the form of Chicken Katsu Don and Oyakodon, comprising braised chicken served with Japanese rice and onions, egg and togarashi (Japanese spice blend). This proved to be an ideal and flavourful quick meal.

If you are craving noodles, there is the Nabeyaki Udon. This handmade udon is presented with chicken, tempura tiger prawn, snow pea, shiitake mushroom, mollet eggs and spring onions.

Those wanting some spice, can go for Curry Udon comprising Japanese curry, chicken, shiitake mushroom, onions, narutomaki (cured fish cake), mollet eggs, spring onions and togarashi.

The Wagyu Burger was everyone’s favourite. Thick meat patty topped with cheddar cheese, sliced tomatoes, onions and mixed lettuce, then drizzled with mustard is sandwiched in a house-made burger bun.

Also available are the Japanese Salad, Wagyu Stroganoff, Tamago Sandwich, Kakiage Don, Yakisoba and Chicken Curry Don.

THE DELI, MiCasa All Suite Hotel, 368B, Jalan Tun Razak, Taman U Thant, Kuala Lumpur. (Tel: 03-2179 8000). Business hours: Noon-7pm, daily except Sunday.

This is the writer’s personal observation and not an endorsement by StarMetro.

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