Saturday, July 26, 2014

Blending the Tastes at Coconut House, Jaya One

Warm lighting casting a yellowish glow over the wooden furniture exudes a familiar close-to-home ambiance as one steps into Coconut House, where they are centered on serving 'Real Food, with emphasis on the use of Real Wood in their kitchen to make their customers Feel Good' as accentuated on the front of their shop.

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At a glance, the concept of Coconut House may send the idea of the likes of Western-themed restaurant and the dim glow with the interior design seems to back the overall impression first created as one steps or even passes by the restaurant.

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The menu presented will reshape one's notion of the offerings from the restaurant; as Coconut House proudly flaunts their varieties from the West with a light twist in their offerings, and even emphasizing the both to serve a unique fusion of tastes in some of their courses.

From pasta to pizzas and grills, Coconut House strives to serve their very best from their kitchen.

Pear and Rocket Salad (MYR14.90) is a refreshing combination to kickstart one's appetite.
Thinly sliced packham pears tossed with rocket leaves and groundnuts, topped with a light tasting dressing is just easily a scrumptious and delightful way to tempt the taste buds especially for the weight-watchers.

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Chicken Cacciatore (MYR30.90) set, comes along with the soup of the day.
The Chinese name (yes, beneath the name of the course is the Chinese given name for the dish) is uniquely known; in direct translation as "The Wife's Homemade Chicken".
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Pumpkin Soup, the soup of the day is a well-sized portion of the cream of pumpkin broth.

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Roasted Seafood (MYR32.90) is a mix of squids, fish fillets, prawns and clams tossed with mushrooms on a bed of lettuce leaves, and perfect to entice the seafood lovers with its uniquely wood-roasted tastes.
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Coconut Blended(MYR9.90) is just the most invigorating drink that complements the name of the restaurant perfectly, and is definitely one of Coconut's House specialty.
(I love the way they serve the drink; in a custom made ceramic bowl complete with a lid in the shape of a coconut, and with the words 'Coconut House' carved into the bowl)

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The quiet ambiance of the restaurant on a weekday evening makes this a nice place to just relax and unwind after a day's work with colleagues and friends, or even with families (if you reside in the neighborhood), and it was just exactly what I did, enjoying the quiet evening with the company of Real Food, Real Wood and yes, I definitely did Feel Good  here at Coconut House.



**This is not a sponsored post, and is based on my personal experience and opinions.**

Monday, July 21, 2014

Fun with Japanese Buffet Ala Carte Style at Mitasu

Japanese food lovers would rejoice with the attractive offer of enjoying a wide variety of Japanese food from the simple menu at an affordable price; topped with the liberty of being able to order continuously and limitlessly and eat to your heart's content.

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It sounds like it's too good to be true, doesn't it?
Well, believe it because it is good and it is true, and it is offered by this Japanese restaurant, nestled in its modest abode in Central Plaza in the heart of downtown KL.

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Mitasu may not be situated in a attention-seeking location right in the busy city, but the name of this Japanese restaurant rose to fame with the popularity of its ala carte style buffet, with a pocket-pleasing price tag; making it a place for families and friends to enjoy a good and hearty Japanese selection over lively banters.

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Coming in a big group; be it family or friends can be an advantage as one can opt for more varieties from the menu without wasting food aimlessly for the sake of just tasting the food, or trying every single item on the menu. (It is rather despicable to do that, in my humble opinion).

The menu comes in a fairly simple one sheet with both printed sides, listing basic and unpretentious common varieties of the much-loved cuisine.
From raw cuts of sashimi to hand rolled temaki and sushi, to pan fried vegetables and teppanyaki, there is almost something to represent every section of the Japanese cuisine and to fit the taste buds of every age.

Start off with hot green tea, or even enjoy the variety of chilled beverages such as fruit punch or jasmine green tea to accompany and keep yourself hydrated throughout the meal.
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Cold cuts:
Selection of Fresh Oyster and Fresh Tiger Prawn

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Enjoy appetizers such as a Trio of Chuka Karaage (Seasoned Jelly fish), Chuka Iidako (Seasoned baby octopus), and Chuka Wakame (Seasoned Seaweed)

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Edamame
(Baked Green/Snow Beans)
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Every Japanese lover's must-have is definitely the raw slices of air-flown sashimi.
While I am not entirely sure if this is really air-flown, these are still must-haves; a combo of Akami (Tuna), Salmon, and Abura Bazu (Butterfish) - the three most popular and usual culprits which are on most tables and menus of a Japanese restaurant.

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From the Salad section:
Kamo Salad (Smoked Duck Salad)
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Kani Salad (Crab Meat Salad)
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Teppanyaki:
Salmon Teriyaki
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Squid Butteryaki
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Agemono:
Hotate Fried (Deep fried scallop)
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Agedashi Tofu 
(Deep fried bean curd in sauce)
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Yakimono:
Grilled Saba (Mackerel)
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Makimono:
Tekka Maki (Tuna roll)
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California Temaki
(Crab meat, Omelette, shrimp roll)

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Chawanmushi
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Yasai Itame 
(Pan Fried Assorted vegetables)
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Nabemono
Niku Sukiyaki
(Beef Hot Pot in Sukiyaki Style)
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Kaisen Kimchee Nabe
(Seafood and vegetables in Kimchee paste hot pot)
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Tempura
Ebi Tempura
(Prawn Tempura)
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After filling one's heart (and tummy) content with the many selection from the menu, save some space for the sweet temptations offered from their desserts section.

Lick your spoon clean with the different flavored scoops of ice cream available
Choose from Chocolate
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Strawberry
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Black Sesame
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If you simply cannot decide, just go with double scoops of their popular Green Tea and Black Sesame Ice Cream
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Enjoy a slice of cake (Chocolate cake) if you are a cake person and simply cannot get enough of sweet stuffs
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I am a fan of Konnyaku jelly, and definitely must-have (I saved space for these babies :-)
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For a simple and healthy way to clean your palates after a filling meal, one just cannot go wrong with a good old platter of fruits :-)

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Now, did I manage to attract your attention with the interesting and fulfilling ala carte Japanese buffet variety?
If that is not tempting enough, think of the endless times you could order from your favorites and also the prompt service and conducive environment in the restaurant.

Of course, the most important question:
Priced at MYR53.90+ for adults; with a discounted rate of MYR38.00+ for senior citizens and MYR28.00+ for children (subject to the height).
All bills are subjected to 10% service charge.

The usual rules apply; where wastage is frowned upon and will be charged accordingly for each 100g not consumed (MYR10.00).

The Ala carte Japanese buffet above is available as follows:
Monday-Friday (6.00pm-10.00pm)
Public Holidays and Weekends (12.00 noon-3.00pm; 6.00pm-10.00pm)

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As the place is fairly popular and tends to swarm with crowds, it is advisable to make reservations to avoid disappointments.

Definitely another option to add to Japanese food enthusiasts who just want endless fills of their favorite cuisine, over great conversations and environment.

Mitasu's Ala Carte Japanese Buffet has crept into everyone's heart, with an unpretentious menu and enjoyable ambiance, perfect to fulfill that Japanese craving in everyone!~ :-)



*This is not a sponsored post, and is based on personal experience and tastes*

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