Dinner At Kiku Zakura

Posted by : foongpc | Saturday, March 14, 2009 | Published in


Last week, I was craving for some Japanese food and my brother suggested we try this restaurant called Kiku Zakura located at the new Tropicana City Mall in Petaling Jaya.

This restaurant had just opened at this mall so there were not many customers. Surprisingly, we had to wait quite long for our orders. I guess they were short of workers, most probably because it was still new.

I went there with my brother and his friend.

Here was what we ordered.

Don't remember the Japanese name, but it's something like prawn dumplings. Yummy! Especially when they were dipped in the sauce. Sorry there were only a few dumplings left when I took this photo. That's because we were all too hungry - must eat first!

I ordered this set meal which had this very delicious salmon fish as the main dish.

Damage to my pocket - RM37.

My brother ordered the chicken teriyaki set. I tried a bit of that - it was so delicious!

Damage to his pocket - RM22, I think.

My brother's friend ordered this beef with asparagus dish.

I also tried a bit of this dish and loved it! But the price almost made me faint. Guess how much? It was over RM60!!

For that kind of price, I could eat 3 dishes of that delicious teriyaki chicken! Or eat unlimited Japanese food at Tenji buffet!

The restaurant had quite a nice ambience which I like. All photos taken with my SE C902 handphone camera, so please bear with the poor quality especially in dim lightings.

This is the logo and the name of the restaurant.

By the way, my brother is the interior designer for this restaurant, so maybe if you visit it next time, do take notice of its interior design! Haha!

Oh, and of course because of my brother, we got some small discounts! But still a huge damage to our pockets. Well, never mind, I shall have bread or noodles for my next few meals!


(73) Comments

  1. lina said...

    miss FC. Argh!!!!

    March 14, 2009 at 10:41 AM
  2. lina said...

    the beef dish does look yummy, but RM60. Gasp!

    So, when are going to Tenji?

    March 14, 2009 at 10:44 AM
  3. lina said...

    some more you always get discount. So jealous. LOL

    March 14, 2009 at 10:48 AM
  4. GagayMD said...

    whew! so yummy!

    March 14, 2009 at 10:49 AM
  5. GagayMD said...

    RM22 is how much in philippine peso? LOL! chicken teriyaki is so mouth watering! i really love it (here in phils)

    March 14, 2009 at 10:50 AM
  6. GagayMD said...

    whew! i really love yer avatar here foongwooooooooooooooh!

    March 14, 2009 at 10:51 AM
  7. Bengbeng said...

    wow so this is how the rich n femes dine.... the food looks good esp the teriyaki but i would feel guilty eating in that place thinking of how much damage to my pocket.

    as for the China trip, thanks for inviting. I am afraid I am unable to come along due to time constraints :)

    March 14, 2009 at 11:47 AM
  8. foongpc said...

    rad, congrats! You are FC (First Commenter) today! : )

    You don't like wasabi? Oh, I love it! I like raw salmon but it must be fresh. Cooked salmon is nice too! : )

    March 14, 2009 at 12:34 PM
  9. foongpc said...

    lina, don't worry, can try again next time : )

    Yes, isn't RM60 a crazy price? I don't think it's even worth RM30!

    If go Tenji buffet, don't know can eat how many unagi already! Haha!

    Not sure about Tenji, haven't even start booking, cos friends all can't agree on the same day. *Hassle!* By the time everyone agrees on the day, I'm sure it'll be fully booked! : (

    But I'm going to Sheraton Subang for all-you-can-eat Japanese lunch next week. Can't wait!! Hehe

    March 14, 2009 at 12:40 PM
  10. JL said...

    The dumplings should be called Gyoza in japanese, depending on the method of cooking you can have different names. This one looks very much like Yaki Gyoza if you ask me.

    Also, I believe the reason why the beef-asparagus is so expensive is because the beef is imported from Japan. It's a special, only-in-Japan kind of beef I hear - the cows drink beer one! Last time I saw this japanese beef dish that cost RM 120 per serving :O

    How about introducing your brother to us next time? :P

    March 14, 2009 at 12:46 PM
  11. foongpc said...

    gagay, I think RM22 is about 290pesos. Is that cheap or expensive? Thanks for loving my avatar! : )

    March 14, 2009 at 12:47 PM
  12. foongpc said...

    bengbeng, yeah can only it once in a while. If eat everyday, sure bankrupt! Haha! Too bad you can't join me for my China trip : (

    March 14, 2009 at 12:49 PM
  13. foongpc said...

    JL, I think you are right! It is indeed called Yaki Gyoza!

    So that's why the beef so expensive! Came from cows that drink beer! My, my! What's the purpose of giving beer to the cows may I ask?

    RM120 per serving? That's crazy! OK, only for the rich people, definitely not for me.

    I think you know quite a lot about Japanese and Korean food? Must ask you to teach me! : )

    March 14, 2009 at 12:53 PM
  14. Anonymous

    Not really into Japanese food, but my daughter loves it! Can be quite expensive... Sob! Sob! The father's the one who pays... Hahahahaha!

    March 14, 2009 at 12:58 PM
  15. foongpc said...

    suituapui, you prefer Chinese food right? Yes, Japanese food quite expensive, so I seldom eat too. Pay for your daughter's meal is OK lah, but must ask her to pay also sometimes. Cannot spoil her too much, yes? : )

    March 14, 2009 at 1:01 PM
  16. Anonymous

    That last dish is expensive compared to the rest. Maybe it's because of the asparagus? I like Teriyaki chicken and beef, I still have to try salmon. although I prefer wild caught salmon to the farm raised salmon, the taste is so different. Here's a tidbit, farm raised salmon is light pink when cooked (since they feed it color pellets) while wild salmon stays deep red after it's cooked. :)

    March 14, 2009 at 1:16 PM
  17. JL said...

    My lady boss told me that giving beer to the cows results in a very tender beef texture. What's more there are different types of this kind of beef, and different price tags. The RM120 is already the cheapest one of this kind of beef, called Wagyu beef. Surprise :O. I know only two types - Wagyu and Kobe beef, you can read more about Kobe beef at wiki:


    And as per my reply, I'm still learning, there's a whole lot of stuff that I've yet to know about Korean and Japanese including their food. If you don't mind I can offer what limited knowledge I have, but have to meet up someday lah XD

    March 14, 2009 at 1:39 PM
  18. Rad Sujanto said...

    oh thanks! haha didn't think that far :P

    I don't like wasabi at all. I can't even stand smelling it! I mean it. I'm not exaggerating at all.

    March 14, 2009 at 1:50 PM
  19. Anonymous

    i myself lurve jap foods :)
    but can't find any outlet here in Bint-ulu lo :(

    March 14, 2009 at 2:10 PM
  20. Anonymous

    I have eaten at this restaurant but only at Mid Valley. The dumplings look good. I still prefer raw salmon anytime..yum!

    Btw, I think the food quality has somewhat waned at the Mid Valley branch...and I don't think I shall pay them a visit again.

    Also, I don't quite like the ambience as ppl can literally light up in the air conditioned restaurant as they dun have a separate dining area for those who wish to smoke.

    March 14, 2009 at 2:19 PM
  21. LifeRamblings said...

    oh man, the chicken set make my tummy rumbling like crazy.

    March 14, 2009 at 2:31 PM
  22. LifeRamblings said...

    congrats for being my FC today! i've put up your avatar, sitting so cozy in my blog. :)

    March 14, 2009 at 2:32 PM
  23. LifeRamblings said...

    i guess u must be bitten by the CHOP-PING bug. i've been seeing u so bz going around in the blogosphere with your CHOP, CHOP, CHOP!

    March 14, 2009 at 2:33 PM
  24. lina said...

    if foong go out and eat kobe beef - that'll just show that he's loaded! Kobe beef so expensive!

    I'll just settle for an Australian wagyu beef, thank you. LOL

    Wah, going for another all-can-eat session. So envy you. Don't forget to work all that excess food out afterwards!

    March 14, 2009 at 3:03 PM
  25. lina said...

    a consolation of not being able to get FC a few times, I'm proud to say, I'm the top commenter today. Wohooo!!!
    What? You think me putting up comments had no ulterior motive? :Evil laugh:

    March 14, 2009 at 3:10 PM
  26. Borneo Falcon said...

    Looks delicious but expensive

    March 14, 2009 at 3:15 PM
  27. Anonymous

    a bit expensive leh... do i get similar discount if i tell them i know yr brother? :D

    March 14, 2009 at 4:21 PM
  28. Anonymous

    I loved chicken teriyaki too!

    March 14, 2009 at 9:42 PM
  29. eastcoastlife said...

    Your brother has good taste. :)

    March 14, 2009 at 10:19 PM
  30. eastcoastlife said...

    Japanese meals are expensive but the dishes looked yummy to me.

    March 14, 2009 at 10:20 PM
  31. eastcoastlife said...

    You become woodcutter? chop! chop! chop!

    March 14, 2009 at 10:21 PM
  32. JL said...

    Hey foong, if you're free on the 16th, maybe I can meet up with you? Just a simple meetup, I'll be somewhere at downtown KL and I'm available anytime before 7 pm. If you're interested you can email me at prince_caspian_86@yahoo.com. ;D

    March 14, 2009 at 11:04 PM
  33. foongpc said...

    babette, I'm sure wild caught salmon is healthier than farm raised ones. Thanks for the tips! The beef is expensive most probably because it's imported beef.

    March 14, 2009 at 11:18 PM
  34. foongpc said...

    JL, thanks for the information. I think I've heard about wagyu and kobe beef. All I know these are food for the rich and loaded! : )

    March 14, 2009 at 11:20 PM
  35. foongpc said...

    rad, glad you like your logo on my blog. Hehe. Come and be first commenter and you will see more of your logo here : )

    I guess it's an acquired taste. You might like it if you eat more of it! : )

    March 14, 2009 at 11:22 PM
  36. foongpc said...

    annant, no Japanese restaurant in Bintulu? What a pity! Never mind, come over here to KL for a holiday and visit as many japanese restaurants as you can! : )

    March 14, 2009 at 11:23 PM
  37. foongpc said...

    mei teng, oh smokers can light up in the restaurant? Didn't know that! I don't like to eat when there are smokers around!

    Raw salmon is indeed yummy! : )

    March 14, 2009 at 11:25 PM
  38. foongpc said...

    life ramblings, haha! Yeah I'm bitten by the chopping bug! So must go around chop, chop chop!! LOL! All thanks to mariuca : )

    The chicken teriyaki is really delicious! You must give it a try!

    March 14, 2009 at 11:27 PM
  39. foongpc said...

    lina, don't have to envy me lah. You also can mah!

    Congrats for being Top Commenter!! Wah! So evil! Now I know why you keep coming back to comment. Haha! But you are most welcome to leave as many comments as you wish, lina! : )

    March 14, 2009 at 11:30 PM
  40. foongpc said...

    borneo falcon, damn right it's expensive! So I can only afford it once in a while. Must also enjoy once in a while lah : )

    March 14, 2009 at 11:31 PM
  41. foongpc said...

    nic, I don't think so. Hehe. Like that everyone also say he or she knows my brother! But if you eat there together with my brother, then can lah : )

    March 14, 2009 at 11:33 PM
  42. foongpc said...

    DC, so quickly stop by Kiku Zakura for lunch or dinner! : )

    March 14, 2009 at 11:34 PM
  43. foongpc said...

    eastcoastlife, yeah japanese dishes are yummy! But expensive : (

    Haha! Ya, economy not good. Now working part time as woodcutter. Chop, chop, chop everywhere! LOL!: )

    March 14, 2009 at 11:36 PM
  44. foongpc said...

    JL, ok will email you : )

    March 14, 2009 at 11:37 PM
  45. lina said...

    foong & ECL,
    ROFL on the woodcutter comment. Funny!

    March 14, 2009 at 11:51 PM
  46. Anonymous

    never tried there because mum and sis commented the food there is not that great! and i have looked at the menu... it's not my cup of tea. so i guess i would always go back to sakae sushi or sushi zanmai for my jap fix.

    March 15, 2009 at 2:14 AM

    The food looks amazing and even before you said that your brother was an interior designer I was thinking what a fantastic looking place!

    March 15, 2009 at 2:33 AM
  48. day-dreamer said...

    I was drooling at the salmon until I read the price. Hahaha!

    March 15, 2009 at 2:49 AM
  49. Anonymous

    Wao, your blog is becoming more and more interesting. I like the all your postings, especially the one 'Will The World Ends 2012'.......because that reminds me to be more religious. :):)

    March 15, 2009 at 7:45 AM
  50. eiling lim said...

    I was at Tropicana City last week. The mall is so empty and cold. I was at Esquire Kitchen but surprisingly it's really crowded there.

    March 15, 2009 at 11:55 AM
  51. eastcoastlife said...

    Did you notice foong has been going around chop chop chop in many blogs?

    He's very hardworking and it's good for the community. :)

    March 15, 2009 at 2:52 PM
  52. eastcoastlife said...

    Not discouraging any one from doing that. We should be more active participating in the comments of our blogger friends. :)

    March 15, 2009 at 2:54 PM
  53. foongpc said...

    lina, haha!

    renaye, Sakae Sushi and Sushi Zanmai are definitely cheaper. But the food at Kiku Zakura is not bad : )

    health nut wannabee mom, thanks! I'm sure my brother will be happy to hear this! : )

    March 16, 2009 at 12:12 AM
  54. foongpc said...

    day-dreamer, haha! It is indeed pricey : )

    molly, thanks for the compliments! Glad you like all my posts! : )

    eiling, yes I agree the mall is empty and cold. Not many people. Maybe not good feng shui? But I think when the GSC cineplex open in future, there will be more people visit this mall, hopefully.

    March 16, 2009 at 12:15 AM
  55. foongpc said...

    eastcoastlife, thanks for saying I'm hardworking. But actually I'm not really hardworking lah, just that I love to visit blogs and reading other people's blog is my hobby and favourite past time. haha!

    I also agree we should all be more active in commenting on fellow bloggers' blogs. I love receiving comments from my readers and love interacting with them : )

    March 16, 2009 at 12:19 AM
  56. iamthewitch said...

    Oh I loveeeeeee Chicken Teriyaki! And the picture here looks absolutely gorgeous! I'll definitely go to this place one day. :)

    March 16, 2009 at 11:37 AM
  57. levian said...

    looks alluring, but the price throws me off. so expensive most of the dishes!

    March 16, 2009 at 11:54 AM
  58. foongpc said...

    iamthewitch, I'm sure you'll like the chicken teriyaki in Kiku Zakura : )

    levian, yes the price is a real killer, no doubt about it! : (

    March 16, 2009 at 10:28 PM
  59. Monica said...

    I went to Tropicana City Mall the other day but didn't notice this Jap restaurant :-D Everything looks soooo yummy Foong!

    March 17, 2009 at 4:28 AM
  60. Anonymous

    gassssssssssp! RM60! O_O but it looks real good!

    March 17, 2009 at 10:39 AM
  61. Tekkaus said...

    Looks Ho Chiak...and expensive wor! =/ Chicken Teriyucki? Never tried that before. LOL :D

    March 18, 2009 at 1:49 AM
  62. Ayie said...

    The gyoza and teriyaki looks so delicious, I'm craving now to eat those! If you enjoyed the food then the wallet damage is all compensated then! haha

    March 18, 2009 at 2:42 AM
  63. foongpc said...

    monica, it's next to Pho Hoa Restaurant, near Borders. The food is yummy alrite, but the price is a killer! : )

    xin, yeah crazy price! But maybe the beef is imported from Japan and the cows were fed with beer, hence the expensive price tag! : )

    March 19, 2009 at 6:24 PM
  64. foongpc said...

    tekkaus, really ho chiak! But expensive! Never try chicken teriyaki before? Go and try one today! : )

    ayie, yes they not only look delicious, they are delicious! But still cannot compensate wallet damage! haha!

    March 19, 2009 at 6:26 PM
  65. Ayie said...

    The best way to enjoy it is to have somebody else pay for it! hahahaha, just kidding! Good thing that the food really taste good or else (if it's me) I'll freak out if I pay too much for something that didn't satisfy my taste buds! =P

    March 20, 2009 at 4:03 AM
  66. foongpc said...

    ayie, if someone else pay for the meal, I will enjoy it too of course! Me too - I will not like it if the food is expensive and turns out to be not nice as well. Surely sucks big time! : )

    March 20, 2009 at 11:52 PM
  67. Ayie said...

    Foong,I didn't notice your reply to gagay about the peso rate of the meal til today..P290.00 is pretty expensive I admit but considering it's a restaurant (right?) and the foods are quite a lot, it's still a pretty good price. I remember my last time eating in Teriyaki Boy costed me P500-600.00 just for a grp of 4.

    March 21, 2009 at 12:42 AM
  68. Superman said...

    Nice foods...Hungry to see the photos.

    March 24, 2009 at 1:01 PM
  69. foongpc said...

    ayie, I guess the price is a little on the high side, but Japanese food are quite expensive here in Malaysia.

    superman, looking at my own photos make me hungry too : )

    March 24, 2009 at 1:32 PM
  70. Ayie said...

    I see, that's why. I guess it's because of the ingredients too coz it's a bit expensive there in Philippines and here in US too. I'm just happy that they do have Jap resto everywhere!

    March 24, 2009 at 11:57 PM
  71. Dining Tables said...

    Well teh design looks great to praise goes to your bro.

    A little expensive though! Then again japanese food always is.

    December 27, 2009 at 7:18 PM
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