Wednesday, June 05, 2019

HOT OFF THE GRILL FROM YAKITORI DINING FUKUDA


Like the restaurant name implies, yakitori — Japanese-style grilled skewers is the main focus at this small, cosy eatery. A veritable selection is devoted to chicken ‘spare parts’ in addition to the usual sticks of bite-size chicken, pork, seafood, veggies and other delectable morsels.
We learn something new on our visit to Yakitori Fukuda. The oyster-shaped piece of meat in the hollow of the chook’s pelvic bone, listed as Chicken Sot lĂ˝ laisse (RM7.20 per serving) in the menu is toothsomely tender. Touched with a bit of salt, the meaty sweetness and sublime texture is unforgettable.
My go-to fave of Negima (grilled chicken with scallion, RM6.80) hits the spot well; lushly flavoured with a generous basting of tare, Japanese savoury-sweet yakitori sauce. Rich and melt-in-the-mouth tender, the skewers of Iberico Pork Belly (RM12.80) get the thumbs up all round too.
For the uninitiated, the grilled skewers of crispy Kawa (chicken skin, RM6.20) may serve as a palatable introduction to the joys of eating more exotic parts. Another less intimidating part would be the fatty succulence of Bonjiri (chicken tail, RM6.80).
Flinty on the palate with noticeably metallic aftertaste, the grilled Chicken Liver (RM5.80) and Chicken Hearts (RM5.80) may prove to be more of an acquired taste. 

You can always return to familiar territory with salt-spiked Tebasaki (chicken wings, RM9.80) or the hearty tare-coated Tsukune (chicken hamburg, RM9.80). There’s also smooth, rich skewers of Cream Cheese (RM9.80) to indulge in.
 
From the Sumiyaki Charcoal Grill, we reckon a sublime portion of Chargrilled Salmon Belly (RM36.80) is a delicious way of loading up on omega-3 goodness. The scrumptious, slightly smoky Japanese Saikoro Beef Cube Steak (RM48.80) should moo-ve you to gastronomic heaven as it did to us.
 
Need some greens to complement all that protein? A serving of the house Mizuna & Japanese Ginger Salad with Sesame Dressing (RM28.80) should fit the bill.

While waiting for your yakitori order to arrive, sample appetisers such as 4 Assorted Sashimi Platter (RM48.80), Fresh Shucked Oysters (3 pcs, RM59.80) or Fried Oysters with Tartar (RM18.80). The freshness and quality of taste prove on-point, adequately whetting the appetite for the slew of main specialities.

 
Much to our surprise, the menu isn’t restricted to mere yakitori offerings. Should you crave for a comforting bowl of ramen, Tori Tonkotsu with Soup Ramen (RM26.80) is a good choice. Immersed within sweet tasting white pork bone broth, the springy ramen has sliced belly pork, bamboo shoot and negi in it.
 
Inspired by the national sport of Japan, the Sumo Hot Pot (RM88.80) — a hefty pot  of Iberico pork slices, chicken meat, chicken meatballs, mushrooms, enoki, carrot strips, cabbage, spring onion, carrot and beancurd puffs is a surefire palate-pleaser. You’d be hard pressed to finish the substantial serving but both the ingredients and flavourful broth may prove far too irresistible.
  


After such a stupendous feast, it’s only befitting to wrap things up on a light yet sweet note with silky smooth Mochi Ice Cream (RM7.80).

For reservations, please call Yakitori Dining Fukuda, tel: 03-6206 3526. Address: No. 39-G, Jalan 23/70A, Desa Sri Hartamas, Desa Sri Hartamas, Kuala Lumpur. Business Hours: 5pm - 1am

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