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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Hokkaido Ichiba @ The Gardens Mall, Mid Valley

On a Monday afternoon, I was in office pondering what to have for Dinner, and as soon as I posted my thought on twitter, a friend of mine, Vanessa - suggested me on trying this place - Hokkaido Ichiba.

Honestly, I've heard about this Japanese Restaurant many times, but never really get to try it.

Now, thx to Vanessa, I finally got to try it out.

We arrived there around 8pm, and got sitted near the tiled glass windows with a good view. (Too bad i forgot to take picture!)

I was wondering what to order due to the vast amount of selection available on the menu. All of the selections look tempting - dilemma dilemma.

At the end, I decided to order a Teishoku (set meal) - Sakura Chirashidon Zen.

Sakura Chirashidon Zen (RM36)

The Chirashidon comes with Sake (Salmon), Hamachi (Yellow Tail), Maguro (Tuna), Hotate (Scallop), Ebi (Prawn), Kani (Crab), Tamagoyaki (Egg Roll) and rice.

This one is really good - all the sashimi are fresh and tasted right. Beneath the Sashimis are the don (rice), sprinkled with tiny Sakura candy sprinkles, sesames and seaweeds.

The set comes with a Chawanmushi, Miso Soup, some preserved ginger & fruits (honeymelon & watermelon).

It was really filling - and considering my usual appetite, a person with small appetite would probably not be able to finish it.

Vanessa ordered a Dobin-Mushi and some sushi. The Dobin-Mushi is basically a teapot sup - inside the teapot are some Japanese Bunashimeji mushroom, Hamachi (yellow tail), Ebi (prawn) and some other ingredient. A special Japanese lime comes together with it, and is usually squeezed into the soup only when one is prepared to drink the soup.

The bill comes at Rm70. Quite reasonable for a decent meal like this.


Never would I thought that I would return for a second visit right on the next day.

But the food is good, so I don't mind having it again.

Trust me, it IS really good. =)

This time, Dennis & Shelly joined us for the dinner, and thus, we can order something that could be shared by all of us. (Some of the food served in the menu comes in large portion that are meant to be shared.)

Hotate Salmon Ikura Don - (RM23)

Comes with Hotate (Scallops), Sake (Salmon) and Ikura (Salmon Roe). I like the taste of it. =D

Cheese & Ham Okonomiyaki (RM20)


For those who don't know, Okonomiyaki is the Japanese savoury pancake containing a variety of ingredient that are quite popular in the Kansai Area of Japan. The word "Okonomi" basically means "What you like" in Japanese, while the word "yaki" basically means "cooked/grilled".
(There's also a different version of it in Hiroshima)

The food serves here taste really good. The sashimi are served fresh, and they taste quite good. Much better than those served in some other well-known Japanese F&B chainstores. =P
(I refuse to name them out base on the ground that they might sue me if I do so, but I think most people can guess it correctly. =P )

Vanessa & Me

Shelly & Dennis

The food we ordered - There's Ebi Gyoza & Tempura Moriawase as well.

The Interior feels good, have a hint of Japanese style, and are kept clean all the time. The kitchen is visible, and we can actually see how the chefs prepare the foods.

There's some better view at the other part of the restaurant but sadly I didn't manage to take a picture of it.

A dinner for 4 of us cost around RM150, but considering what we ordered, the price was quite reasonable. All of us are satisfy with the food.

Would probably take more pictures of the food and surroundings on the next visit.

This is a place definitely worth visiting again.

Will be back for more!

Outlet Info:
Hokkaido Ichiba Japanese Cuisine
T-201, 3rd Floor,
The Gardens, Mid Valley City,
Lingkaran Syed Putra,
59200 Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 012-612 1060 / 03-2283 3060
Operating Hours: 10am - 10pm, Monday - Sunday

Monday, April 11, 2011

Not... again.

Screwed up big time again.

What could have easily earn praise had turn into something that gets me the death stare.

It's not the first time this happened.

*Cursing self*

Sometimes being too confident in a certain skill aren't exactly the good thing. The part probably came when the confidence override both judgement and common sense.

Maybe I should just... kick myself.

I hate myself.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

It's been a long while. Yeah, it has.

Hola! It's been a while, hasn't it?

Recap - so far:

First I decided to open a new blog.

Then days later I started to ignore it, totally, for a few months.

Can't really find the inspiration to blog - and even if I do, sporadically, I'm probably too lazy to do it. (>_<)

Maybe something is pushing me back into the blogging mode again, but whatever it is, I'm not really sure - about it.

Maybe it's the constant blog reading - I often read blogs written by others. Probably this is the reason behind the sudden desire to blog - again. =S

Heck, I'm probably just crapping all the way. Seriously, I need to find something interesting to post up - or I'll probably be leave this blog in the depths of webs again. (-_-")

Till then, we shall meet again.