Ramen Taiko, Mont Kiara Shoplex

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I was so exhausted from travelling back from Singapore and going for a food review at night, but boy, no regrets. No regrets at all!

When mum and I reached the restaurant, we saw two outlets side by side. Ramen Taiko and Taiko Sushi and Salad Bar. Well, you can sit in Ramen Taiko and order from the Sushi and Salad Bar and vice versa.

Ramen Taiko makes me feel very homely. It’s not a huge restaurant but the food is spectacular for the price you pay.



Iced Lemon Green Tea
Their signature drink. It’s more refreshing than the ordinary Iced Lemon Tea.

Mini tofu appetizer
Absolutely appetite opening, a light sweet and sour dip.

Aigamo Smoke (RM18)
Fragrant smoked duck breast with scallions
Other than it’s a little bit dry, it’s quite flavourful and I wouldn’t mind ordering it again.

Taiko Gyoza (RM12)
Pan seared homemade pork dumplings with chives, cabbage, dried shrimps and turnip.
Thin and smooth dough skinned dumplings served with rice vinegar. Stujnning gyozas.

Taiko Buta Kakuni (RM25)
Signature braised pork belly with spices and light soy sauce
This would be perfect with some Japanese rice. It’s like comfort food, Saturday night on the couch, just rice and some braised pork belly. Gosh, heavenly, don’t you think?
Its a little salty on its own of course, because you’re meant to eat it with rice. Gosh, like I’ve said before.. I’m not the greatest food writer, I take better pictures than I can write.

Salmon Ginger Roll (RM30)
4 rolls with avocado, crab stick, cucumber and tobiko wrapped with salmon.
You’ve got to put the whole thing in your mouth. No time for dainty princesses and formality, stuff the whole roll into your mouth and blend it in your mouth. Hahah, okay, maybe not literally blend it, but mix it up to even out the flavours. It’s amazing.

Soft Shell Crab Maki (RM32)
Wrapped with Vietnamese rice paper is mango, crabstick, egg, the softshell crab.
I love this so much. It’s different from the usual maki with rice. Without the rice, it’ll make more room for other dishes.. Like their ramen . Heheh, I’ll come to that in a bit.

Taiko Chasu Ramen (RM22)
Signature curly egg noodles with mild pork broth topped with sliced Chasu, spring onion, soft boiled egg, bamboo shoot and sesame.
Springy noodles accompanied with aromatic pork broth. I love the noodles and the soft boiled egg. Perfectly done.

Hakata Tonkotsu Ramen (RM20)
Milky white pork broth Ramen served with sliced Chasu, soft boiled egg, corn, bamboo shoot, fish cake, spring onion, grilled seaweed and sesame.
I don’t quite fancy the idea of the corns in it, but asides from the corn, the ramen is delicious. The soup is milky but it’s not too heavy.

Goma Hiyashi (RM25)
Cold Ramen with tomatoes, egg, BBQ pork, cucumber, crab sticks, corn, seaweed, yellow mustard and sesame, served with house sesame sauce.
This is my favourite ramen of all. Its like eating a salad ramen, with ramen noodles being the main ingredient. The sesame sauce matches perfectly with the cold ramen and the other ingredients makes the whole dish refreshing.

Curry Rice (RM18)
Rice served with Japanese curry with pork, potatoes and carrots, served with Miso soup.
As for those who aren’t so keen on ramen, they have their Japanese curry rice. This is decent curry with heavenly pork cubes but I still like the Chinese and Indian curries though.

Ramen Taiko Japanese Cuisine

Unit 15-0-2B & 2C, Mont Kiara Shoplex,
Jalan Kiara, Mont Kiara, 50480 Kuala Lumpur.

Tel: +603-2096 1822

Opens daily
11.30am – 2.30pm
6pm – 10.30pm


Kampachi, The Troika

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Have you guys seen the new Kampachi that was only recently opened at The Troika ? There is one at Pavilion, but that can’t be compared with this one .
This one is just so divine, so private and the best atmosphere, guys, hint hint . (;
But of course, Kampachi is a pretty high end place, so do remember to check your wallets before stepping in . Upstairs look just as superb . From here, it kinda look like a sky filled with stars .. Except you replace the sky with the reflection of the floor .__. These are some of the awesome stuff you could get at Kampachi . *Slurp* And trust me, their sea urchin is No.1 ! At least, in KL .. So fresh, and so delicious . I’m so sorry for those who had bad first time experience with stale sea urchins, but really, give it another go . Try this one at Kampachi   

A slice of Japanese Melon – RM75, Keenakan (Orange fruit) – RM15
This is the most expensive Japanese dessert I’ve ever eaten .

Hokano, Uptown Damansara

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Mm . My favourite Jap restaurant in PJ . I loved this place ever since I was a little girl . Really :3
It’s so homely, so comfortable . It’s such a neighbourhood Japanese restaurant. I love it .

7 types of mushrooms in a single dish ! How awesome is that?! Sadly for you , it’s one of the daily specials, so wear your lucky undies , maybe you’d be lucky enough to be able to order these lovely mushrooms .

Another of the daily specials. The soup is fabulous . A must try !!! That’s if … You’re lucky . (;

Sanma Shioyaki (RM16.50)
Mummy introduced this fish to us very long ago .. Then prices hiked up . So we stopped having it at home . I’m so glad to be able to have it again ! It’s super duper sweet . It’s so explainable , it’s just different . I promise you, you’d like it very much if you’re a fish person . 😛

Squid squid squid . Hot stuff . Something nice for tea time while you chat away with your friends. (Daily Specials too)

Hokano Roll (RM30)
There’s 101 things inside the Hokano Roll .. … … Just kidding, who am I fooling ? The photo is just up there ..
BUT! It does have prawn tempura , crabstick inside and eel, avocado and tabiko on the outside . That’s almost 101 to me for a Sushi Roll . It’s super duper yummy, do try it out !
Or you could opt for the Spider Roll (RM16.50) ,  Kano Roll (RM21), Philadelphia Roll (RM12.95)  . They’re my top favourites . Even the Spicy Salmon Roll (RM8) , it’s just so fresh, so delicious!
Kano roll has cream cheese and eel inside, whereas philadelphia roll has smoked salmon and cream cheese

Sashimi Moriawase (RM54.90)
Superb . They’re fresh , and just simply delicious . My favourite one is the butter fish . Yummy .

Tenzaru Inaniwa Udon (Cold) (RM17.50)
I normally order the Zaru/Ocha soba cause it’s yummy, filling and cheap . This is the first time I’m trying their Tempura cold udon .. The udon is awesome ! But I still prefer the zaru/ocha style .


I’ve been busy all week with assignments (and as well as gaming too much) , hence the ultra late posts . I’ll promise to update asap ! (:

Hokano (Pork-free)

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74, Jalan SS21/35, Damansara Utama, Petaling Jaya, MY.
03-7729 5325


MOF Japanese Cafe @ Sunway Pyramid

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My bro bought this coupon from WEBUY quite some time ago and today we finally had the time to go for it . So, my brother, mummy and I had our dinner in this .. Inviting looking cafe in Sunway Pyramid .

The coupon states that we would have 50% off the bill . 1 main course, 1 seaweed tofu with soup and 1 dessert for ONLY RM22.50. My bro bought 3 . Each for mum, me and himself.

As usual, I would check foursquare and read the tips left by foursquare users . OH MY , the amount of nasty tips.. Bad service, salty food, desserts too sweet .. Endless complaints ! Naturally, I got pretty unsure about the restaurant.

Anyway, we went in anyway, sat down and the waitress came with the menus. As we presented the vouchers, everything seemed fine , she took the coupon and the menu back and took a good 5 minute look at the coupon before presenting us a piece of photocopied paper which was the supposed menu for the voucher. I got quite annoyed at the fact that we couldn’t order our main course first and then think through what desserts we would like. She insisted, and slightly raising her voice to emphasis the fact that we HAVE to order it first as she wants to put it into the computer first. (I mean, CAN’T YOU KEEP THE PAPER, AND FILL IT IN LATER, THEN PUT IT IN THE COMP, BEFORE YOU PRESENT US THE BILL?)

SERVICE . Oh my god . I felt like strangling them SO BAD . The tiny waitress was loud . Fine . Acceptable, it’s alright . But gosh, she can’t stop flirting with her male colleague . Vice versa, whatever ! Another guy, would just irritate the hell out of me by repeatedly beating onto the furniture . Sayang, if you wanna be a drummer, please go to drum classes. Don’t do it in a restaurant . It’s SO ANNOYING AND DEFINITELY AIN’T PLEASANT TO LISTEN TO . And, oh my goodness , they couldn’t stop yelling ‘WOO!’ ‘OOOI’ for God knows what reason . They’re so, so childish . They kept playing pranks and joking around with each other while working . They passed the bill book by THROWING from 1 waiter to another . OMG . IF SHE DIDN’T CATCH IT .. It’s gonna hit the customer . AND THEN BOOM . DRAMA-RAMA !

Be friendly , fine . Be a lil’ playful fine . NOT CRAZILY NAUGHTY AND RUDE .

Okay, sorry ’bout that long ass complaint .. Moving on !

Chicken Teriyaki Mayo (RM18.90)
Can’t deny the fact that they use really good mayo ..

Chicken Katsu Special (RM16.90)
I’m not sure what’s so special about this, really . It’s just Katsu . And rice. And half an egg, salad and 2 pieces of watermelon . Sooooo special . Really .

Chicken Curry Special (RM18.90)
Chef’s Choice ?? Really?

Shiratama Kurian (RM13) 

Sesame Sundae (RM15)

Supreme Zenzai (RM17.90)

Summing up all the desserts – not my kinda thing . Maybe it’s yours , I don’t know .

In total, the whole bill would be about RM100 bucks without tax. With 50% off, it would be about RM60 max with tax. With the vouchers, we paid about RM68.70. WITH THEIR TERIBBLE SERVICE, IT’S SUPER DUPER NOT WORTH OUR TIME .

Besides, they had such confusing different kinds of sets, for me to calculate everything (Yeh, being prejudice and only calculating for this particular restaurant) , it would take me 10 frustrating minutes , which I totally do not want to waste .


My good classmates bought me a slice of cake each from Starbucks . 😀 How sweet of them, don’t you think ? (:


Where to go for Ramadan 2012 ?

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kitchen art

Go to Kitchen Art, Empire Hotel for their gearbox soup !
Holy moly, the size of those things would just blow you away!
RM86++ per person

one world

Cinnamon Cafe, One World Hotel for their fabulous tender roast lamb !
I was there photographing everything else because I saw a crowd at the roast lamb stall . Walked around to take other photographs and poof! 10 minutes late to photograph the roast lamb, and oh my goodness, it’s already gone. Finished by the in house guests!
Budget : RM100 – 120 per person

sunway putra

Try Coffee House, Sunway Putra Hotel for their special nasi ambeng !
Bet you don’t know what’s nasi ambeng .. It’s actually a special Jawa dish symbolising luck !
RM88++ per person


Go to KGPA for their wide selection of noodles ! Of assam laksa, curry mee and mee soto!
RM58 per person


For some super spicy balitong and an evening with Celebrity Chef Jaafar Onn singing to you , head over to Checkers Cafe, Dorsett Regency KL !
The balitong is really some super duper spicy good stuff . About the singing … Well , I ain’t a fan .
RM80++ per person


Lastly, head down to Iketeru, Hilton KL for their special muhibbah bento set !
This is a special one . And probably the only Japanese restaurant to have a special Ramadan promotion for those non-Muslims ! (:
RM120++ per set