From the landscaped lake in the centre of Setia Walk Puchong, look up and you are bound to spot Bonbori’s colourful signage up on the 1st floor. They are incredibly busy, especially during weekends, as I found out recently. On an early Sunday evening, customers were queuing up at the front door, mostly families.
The restaurant’s decor is simple and tables are placed rather close to each to maximize occupancy. Flipping through their menu, I could understand their popularity as their prices are pretty affordable and food portion served was more than adequate.
Take their Hachi Shoku Sashimi (RM69.90) for example. This platter meant for 4 people had a pretty good selection of sashimi (salmon, tuna, yellowtail, squids, ebi) and portion-wise, no complaints. Their sashimi platters come in different sizes depending on the number of people dining.
I like their Unagi Tofu (RM18.90) which looked like a sushi roll but did not contain any sushi rice. Instead, what was served was deep-fried tofu topped with grilled eel and omelette – a refreshing change from plain vinegared rice.
Generally, their maki rolls are substantial and very reasonably priced. We totally enjoyed the Tamago Mentaiyaki (RM11.90), Aburi Trio Maki (RM21.90) and the very pretty Rose Maki (RM26.90). Tamago (pressed egg omelette) and mentai (cod fish roe) are two of my favourite ingredients in any Japanese meal so those maki rolls really hit the mark for me.
As for the Rose Maki, the skilful twisting of mango and salmon slices into pretty rosettes won extra points from us.
Aigamo Salad (RM15.90) – smoked duck salad and Special Kakiage (RM11.90) – deep-fried assorted vegetables went well with us, too. The Japanese sesame dressing, while very common, still gave the salad a nice dimension with the smokey duck breast. The kakiage was crunchy and made a good snack.
However I found the Bacon Asparagus Kushiyaki (RM14.90 for 2 skewers) and Salmon Kushiyaki (RM12.90 for 2 skewers) just average.
Don’t be surprised to see some fusionistic injections in some of Bonbori’s dishes. The Shake Atama Kimchee Soup (RM26.90) is their take of kimchi soup. A stone pot of bubbling kimchi soup with a salmon fish head submerged was brought to our table. After pushing aside the vegetables and tofu, we could see the portion was pretty generous with additional chunks of salmon beneath. The soup could do with a bit more sourness, I felt, otherwise the steaming hot soup was very welcoming on that rainy evening.
Bonbori is a good place to head to for some fuss-free and affordable Japanese dishes. Be sure to call ahead to make reservations especially on weekends.
Bonbori Japanese Cuisine
G-10-1 Setia Walk
Pusat Bandar Puchong
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