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Yashiki Yakitori Bar @ Viva Home Shopping Mall

March 8, 2013 at 2:00 pm

After a surprisingly ‘refreshing’ Yee Sang with the gang, we started on our second dish for the day – the Soft Shell Crab Salad. Served with a Japanese dressing made from mayonnaise and sesame seed, it is this condiment that brings out the best of the salad and the soft shell crab. In fact, it was so delicious that this was the first time I’ve seen a plate of salad totally cleaned out! Parents may want to consider investing in a bottle to make vegetables more appealing to their children. I know for sure that Emily Tang enjoyed every single bite of her vegetables that day.

Soft Shell Crab Salad – healthy AND delicious!

Next dish up for tasting was the Tuna Tataki. Each delectable piece of tuna is covered in tangy citrus sauce and is garnished with a row of chilli spiced radish, spring onions and raw garlic. Though it may appear to be quite strong in taste, everything comes together perfectly at the end. We also tried the chef’s selection of 8 different types of Nigiri Sushi, which included raw items like salmon, tuna, sea urchin, fish roe and octopus sashimi.

Tuna Tataki

Sushi Deluxe comprises of the Chef’s selection of 8 different kinds of sushi, including squid, salmon and fish roe

Any trip to a Japanese restaurant is never complete without giving its Sashimi dishes a try. And so we sampled Yashiki’s Sashimi set. This set comes with four kinds of chef’s selection of raw fish together with a bowl of rice, 3 pieces of fried gyoza, a bowl of miso soup, slices of fruits and pickled Japanese radish. Its fresh sashimi pieces coupled with hot bowl of miso soup and rice is guaranteed to fill any growling stomach to the brim. Another must try when you are dining at Yashiki Yakitori Bar is the Shake Atama, which is salmon head that has been grilled to perfection. Its sweet tasting meat and the other succulent parts of the fish head is sure to bring fish head lovers to paradise. I know Evelyn Ang enjoyed every piece of her fish head.

The sashimi is fresh and comes with a bowl of rice, miso soup, fruits, Japanese pickles and 3 pieces of fried gyoza

Fish head lovers should definitely try out Yashiki Yakitori Bar’s Shake Atama

But my most favourite dish of all (other than the Yee Sang) was the Salmon Cheese Oshizushi. The lightly charred and melted cheese spread atop the fresh salmon gives each individual portion a smoky taste. Absolutely mouth-watering! We also tried the restaurant’s yakitori offerings (kind of impossible to give it a miss, since the outlet is quite well-known for their yakitori dishes) and chose about 8 different types. In my humble opinion, the yakitori sticks tasted quite normal. There were some sticks where the meat tasted a little bit dry.

Salmon Cheese Oshizushi

The assorted yakitori sticks (L – R) – Bacon with White Prawn, Negima, Beef with Enoki, Bacon with Asparagus, Pork Belly, Lamb with Asparagus, Bacon Enoki and Salmon Belly

The drinks bar of Yashiki Yakitori Bar

All in all, it was a truly enjoyable meal, made even more so with the company that was there. It is easy to just lose track of time when dining at Yashiki Yakitori Bar. The outlet has a cosy environment that makes it a wonderful venue for a long lunch or an intimate dinner session for two. Great place to head to the next time you want to enjoy great Japanese food with your friends or your loved ones.

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Tourism Malaysia

Great Chinese Food at Paradise Inn

January 3, 2012 at 6:00 pm

It is pretty common for most families these days to opt to dine out when it comes to dinner time. With the childrens’ busy schedules both during and after school hours together with their parents’ long working hours, it is not easy to find the time to prepare a proper home-cooked meal every day. Therefore, it is not surprising to find more restaurants established every now and then, in particular those that serve Chinese home-cooked style dishes.

Dining out is never a cheap affair when compared to eating at home. A simple meal for two can easily set one back by RM 50 or more, which over a period of time can add up to a big sum of money. At times, the prices charged for these dishes may not seem worthwhile because of the lack of quality in terms of taste and ingredients used.

So it was with much curiosity and anticipation that we accepted the invitation to try out the food at Paradise Inn, located at OB3, Lower Ground Floor of Sunway Pyramid Shopping Centre in Bandar Sunway, Petaling Jaya. Previous experiences with other Chinese cuisine restaurants have showed me that having a posh outlet does not automatically ensure that the food will be great, so we were curious to see how this restaurant will turn out at the end.

Paradise Inn is located at OB3, Lower Ground Floor, Sunway Pyramid Shopping Centre, Bandar Sunway

The grand archway that greeted us was somewhat impressive and reminded one of those ancient archways found at a palace in China. Stepping into the restaurant, we were greeted by warm and friendly staff who ushered us to our tables. The set-up of the restaurant was done in such a way that guests would feel like they were dining at home instead of another outlet in a mall. The one thing that struck my fancy was how spacious it felt, unlike other eateries where the tables are placed so close to each other that it felt claustrophobic. I observed how easy it was for the waiters and servers to navigate around each table when serving the food.

The interior of the restaurant is beautifully decorated with tailor made Chinese lanterns hanging from the ceiling that slightly resembles a silhouette of a dragon

To kick-start the meal, we were first served with Paradise Inn’s Stewed Pork Belly served with Lotus Bun. This dish is eaten the same way like our modern burger, where the stewed pork belly is placed between the folds of the soft lotus bun. This is a definite must for people who love pork belly, as each slice has a good ratio of fat and meat to it. All the stewing made the meat so tender that it almost melts as one takes a bite. Each guest was also given a menu to select their choice of drink from the list of floral and herb infused tea (hot or cold). The menu is extensive and offers a funky cocktail of floral and herb infused tea like Jasmine, Osmanthus, Dried Longan and Chrysanthemum tea; which helps to nourish the spleen and heart, strengthen our eyesight and improves the immune system; and Lily Flower, Forget Me Not, Dried Longan and Chrysanthemum tea, which helps in expelling ‘heat’ from our body, relieves cough and nourishes the lungs at the same time and contains beauty enhancing properties. As the need to quench our thirst overruled all other needs that night, we selected Very Berries Iced Tea (strawberries and blackcurrants blended with classic Earl Grey tea) and Lemongrass and Passionfruit Iced Tea (a blend of aromatic lemongrass and passionfruit with Earl Grey tea). For those who have dined at the restaurant prior to reading this, one may have noticed that the restaurant uses Earl Grey tea as a base for all of their iced tea series. Upon inquiry, we were told that Earl Grey tea has an added body compared to other types of tea and it makes a good blend when combined with other flavours such as strawberries or lemongrass.

Floral and Herb Infused Tea

Very Berries Iced Tea

Lemongrass and Passionfruit Iced Tea

Stewed Pork Belly Served with Lotus Bun

After whetting our appetites on the delicious stewed pork belly with lotus bun, we were finally served with the first course of the day – the Paradise Inn Trio Combo Appetiser. Made up of three different dishes, that is the Crisp-Fried Fish with Preserved Bean Paste, Teochew Style Crispy-fried Prawn Roll and Marinated Jelly Fish with Vinaigrette, this appetiser dish was the best dish to start off our culinary adventure. The jelly fish was marinated very well, as the vinegar was not overpowering, instead producing a subtle flavour that was surprisingly refreshing. The vinegar infused jellyfish turned out to be crunchy and light, a perfect starter for the evening.

Paradise Inn Trio Combo Appetiser (L to R) Crisp-Fried Fish with Preserved Bean Paste, Teochew Style Crispy-fried Prawn Roll and Marinated Jelly Fish with Vinaigrette

The second dish that was in store for us was two of Paradise Inn’s famous traditional double-boiled soups – Double-boiled Water Goby with Spare Ribs and Fresh Apple and Double-boiled Sea Whelk with Spare Ribs. All of the soups served begin with the same base, a superior stock made from pig’s bones and a few other choice ingredients to lend it flavour, simmered for two days. The soups was light and tasty and the best part was, there was no heavy after taste to it despite it being so rich in flavour.

Double-boiled Water Goby with Spare Ribs and Fresh Apple

Double-boiled Sea Whelk with Spare Ribs

After the soups, we proceeded on to the main course. There are six different dishes in total served as main course and they are Crisp-fried Crystal Prawn in Wasabi Mayo Sauce, Steamed Minced Pork with Salted Fish and Water Chestnut, Braised Tofu with Crystal Prawns, Crisp-fried Shrimp Paste Chicken, Poached Chinese Spinach with Egg Trio and Minced Pork in Superior Stock and Paradise Steamed “Song” Fish Head with Spicy Bean Sauce. All these dishes are best enjoyed with a steaming bowl of Jasmine Steam Rice, and boy did we all enjoy it! The salted fish served on top of the steamed mince pork was so aromatic that when the server started spreading it all around, everyone on the table could smell it! Unlike some places where the steamed mince pork tastes mushy, the texture of the pork can still be tasted here and together with the water chestnuts and a bowl of rice, it gives a nice firm and slightly crunchy texture.

Crisp-fried Crystal Prawns in Wasabi Mayo Sauce

Steamed Mince Pork with Salted Fish and Water Chestnuts

Braised Tofu with Crystal Prawns

Crisp-fried Shrimp Paste Chicken

Poached Chinese Spinach with Egg Trio and Minced Pork in Superior Stock

Paradise Steamed Song Fish Head with Spicy Bean Sauce

The Braised Tofu with Crystal Prawns and Poached Chinese Spinach with Egg Trio and Minced Pork in Superior Stock were delicious. The braised tofu was soft and silky to taste and the poached spinach was so delicious, one could just eat the whole serving by itself. The taste of the eggs complemented one another and the vegetables were soft but not overdone. But the best dish for the night (other than dessert!) was the Braised Vermicelli with Pork Trotters. This dish was specially cooked for our sampling and with just one mouthful, we were hooked on it. The vermicelli is cooked in the pork trotters’ own fat drippings, which gives the whole dish that extra body and tastiness to it. The meat was so soft and tender that it just melts away in the mouth. This dish is definitely by far the best that I have ever tasted.

Braised Vermicelli with Pork Trotters

Of course, what better way to round up a perfectly good meal than with a bowl of yummy dessert. We were given a choice to select one dish from the list of desserts which included Sweet Almond Paste, Chilled Lemongrass Jelly with Lemonade, Mango Sago, Water Chestnut and Sweet Corn Sago and Black Sesame Paste. We opted for the Mango Sago and Chilled Lemongrass Jelly with Lemonade. The Mango Sago, though it was light, was sweet and did not bear a slight tinge of artificial taste in it. The Chilled Lemongrass Jelly was refreshing and rounded off the full bodied taste of the vermicelli perfectly.

Mango Sago

Chilled Lemongrass Jelly with Lemonade

According to the management, everything is prepared fresh daily and utmost care is taken when preparing these ingredients. The almonds are roasted in a wok for about 45 minutes everyday before it is prepared to be grounded into powder form. The Mango Sago is prepared everyday and it is a challenge that the chefs happily embrace to ensure that it tastes the same every single day. In fact, every single dish goes through elaborate preparation to ensure that quality and taste is never compromised. It is this very fact that makes the people at Paradise Inn so proud of their dishes and offerings, as they make it a priority to give their patrons a taste of delicious tasting meals prepared with much care at an affordable price.

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