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Thursday, January 23, 2014

Food: Ishin Japanese Dining @ Old Klang Road

This year on New Year's Day, we got out to lunch late, around 2:30pm. We knew we wanted to avoid the malls because they would be jam-packed with shoppers so we drove around Old Klang Road hunting for places to eat. For the second year in a row, we hunt for Japanese food as our first meal of the New Year, but sadly most places were already closed.


Thankfully, there was still Ishin Japanese Dining! We've considered eating here in the past, but always chose something else over it instead because of how expensive and exclusive it looked.



To our surprise, while prices are still on the steeper end, it wasn't as bad as we had expected. We each got an iPad to browse through their menu as soon as we were seated. It's a thoughtful move to go "e", but most of the time, the e-menus aren't as friendly as a hard copy menu. Perhaps we're a bit old-school that way. :)



Sashimi is always a must, and there's no exception at Ishin. In fact, we'd say it's a double-must at Ishin, simply because it was excellent. One Sashimi Moriawase consisting of 5 types of assorted sashimi will put your back by RM 72, but we thought it was worth every penny. 



We got thick, succulent cuts of salmon, butterfish, scallop, tuna and amberjack; each bite fresh and absolutely delightful. My personal favourite was the scallop, so naturally sweet and tender.



We had the Soft Shell Crab Salad off their specials menu, big leafy greens drizzled with a tangy, appetizing dressing. The soft shell crab was excellent - deep fried to perfection - with a crispy exterior and within, flaky crab flesh that nearly melts in your mouth. 



We liked it so much that we ordered an a la carte serving of soft shell crab, but to our disappointment it came fried in a different batter, one that was thicker and more flour-y. :(



The Special House Maki (RM 33) was pretty good, albeit a bit smaller than we had initially expected. Taste-wise, no complains though, just the right ratio of popping roe, bouncy tempura prawn, crunchy cucumber and a light bit of mayo to bind everything together.



Adam got a bit adventurous with our other sushi order and decided on the Philly Roll (RM 32), a simple seaweed roll with smoked salmon & cream cheese. This is really only recommended if you're an absolute cheese fan. Else, you're probably better off ordering one of their other many rolls. We thought the cream cheese was far too pungent here. 



The Nabeyaki Udon (RM 32) was decent, nothing really to pin point, but nothing to praise either. We also had an a ala carte order of mackerel below, quite nicely done, we must say!




Ishin has a whole range of bento-type set meals that make for pretty good lunch options. In fact, I think there's currently even a special promotion for these sets if you visit on weekdays. I had the Tempura Udon Set (RM 28), a petite serving of udon with some assorted tempura and fruits.


Assorted tempura



Adam on the other hand, went for the Shake Teriyaki Set (RM 28), with two pieces of teriyaki salmon which was pretty good as well.



The Hotate Cheese Yaki (RM 55) was a dish that looked like pure indulgence from the moment it was set on our table; four big scallops generously topped with a creamy mix of cheese, mayo and mushrooms chunks. These were oh-so-sinful, but any more than one per person, and I daresay it'll be too much. Best consumed hot after it arrives.

To conclude, I'd say Ishin is a pretty good recommendation for Japanese food that doesn't disappoint, I think maybe a close second to our favourite of Coco.Tei. While you have to mentally prepare yourself for a hefty bill, I suppose the quality of the food does make up for it, especially for the luxurious, fresh cuts of the sashimi served.  



Our friends and us always ponder upon just where we're going to toss our yee sang this year, knowing full well that Chinese restaurants will be fully booked and one of the suggestions was to go for Japanese instead, which we personally think is a great suggestion. There'll be less hustle & bustle, plus the fresh fish in the lou sang is always far better at Japanese places.




So as luck would have it, we saw that Ishin also has a CNY yee sang menu available until 14 February 2014, with choices like fresh salmon, assorted fresh fish, soft shell crab, baby sardine, and even healthier options like sweet potato or fruits. The whole list of their yee sang choices are available here. Plus, they're open all throughout Chinese New Year too... now quick, make those reservations!


Ishin Japanese Dining
| Site
No. 202, Persiaran Klang,
Batu 3 3/4, Off Jalan Kelang Lama
58000 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Tel: +6 03 7980 8228
Opening Hours: Daily, 12pm-3pm & 6pm-11pm

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