Some may think that Cyberjaya is pretty far to get to for a Japanese meal. Well, actually it’s a very pleasant drive along the highway and I love the big spaces and wide roads of Cyberjaya. Parking is also pretty easy. But of course I’m talking about weekends and weekends are just perfect to chill and take that easy drive somewhere for some food-hunting.
And that’s how we came to Kiraku Japanese Restaurant. Housed on level 3 of the commercial Shaftsbury Square, you can easily spot the restaurant. At the front, simple tables and chairs were arranged neatly to give a sense of trendy order. Blue and grey chairs were paired with bright orange sofa seats against wooden frames and wall paneling – the whole place breathed contemporary comfort. That’s exactly what “Kiraku” means – “comfortably and at ease”.
Beyond a corridor with walls full of photographs of their diners were suites of private teppanyaki rooms. From the front, one would not have known how far in the restaurant extended and believe me, it is very spacious, with many private rooms.
The private teppanyaki rooms were all elegantly appointed but this time round we were not there for teppanyaki. We were there to indulge on their regular menu items.
Top on our list was of course sashimi! Diners can order by per piece or by platters. Rest assured their sashimi were from fine grade and freshly flown in from Japan.
We were told their Cold Ramen Salad with Wafu dressing (RM29) was one of their best sellers. It’s a generous portion by itself – small eaters can have this as their mains. The ramen was springy and went very well with the leafy greens and aromatic wafu dressing.
Like their sashimi, their sushi can be ordered by pieces and you can even customise a platter of assorted sushi and maki rolls.
We also had the Ebi Creamy Spicy Yaki (RM28) – Grilled Prawns with creamy spicy sauce which turned out to be a good choice. Grilled prawns seldom go wrong especially when they were smothered with a spicy mentai sauce.
Likewise, we totally enjoyed the Stir-fried Assorted Mushrooms with garlic butter (RM22), Lamb Miso Yaki (RM64) – grilled NZ lamb rack with sweet spicy bean paste sauce and the Cold Soba with Tempura Prawns (RM30). All were executed well and we would go back again for those.
On the other hand, their Maguro Steak (RM67) grilled fresh tuna was over-grilled and disappointingly hard and dry in the centre.
We tried a few skewers of Assorted Kushiyaki – beef tongue, chicken thigh, wagyu beef short ribs and chicken skin and found them to be just average.
We would go back for our favourites in Kiraku, definitely and also to check-out their teppanyaki.
KIRAKU JAPANESE RESTAURANT
P-3-25 Shaftsbury Square
Persiaran Multi Media
Open 11.30am-3.00pm; 5.00pm-10.00pm