FU-RIN JAPANESE RESTAURANT,
Holiday Inn Kuala Lumpur Glenmarie,
1 Jalan Usahawan U1/8, Seksyen U1 Shah Alam.
Tel: 03-7802 5245
Business hours: Noon-2.30pm, 6.30pm-10.30pm.
Fresh and new fusion food a showcase of bold flavours.
FANS of Japanese cuisine are pretty spoilt for choice these days, with most major malls containing at least one, if not more, Japanese restaurants.
That said, sometimes going off the usual mall circuit to a place like Fu-Rin Japanese Restaurant at Holiday Inn Kuala Lumpur in Glenmarie Shah Alam can lead to a gastronomic adventure. Headed by chef Mike Yip, the restaurant boasts a series of new dishes.
“The dishes are fusion, but mainly feature the Kansai-style cuisine, which is bolder in taste than the more refined Kanto,” said Yip, who spent five years in Japan from 1993 to 1998 to earn his chops in the cuisine-style.
For starters, guests can try out the Ebi Dango Furai (deep-fried prawn meatball – RM28). Served with wasabi-flavoured mayonnaise, the meatballs are topped with flying fish.
The sting of the wasabi just tinging the mayonnaise to wake one up, complements the meatballs in this sweetish-meaty appetiser.
Another starter to consider is the Pan Furai Wafu Teriyaki (pan-fried chicken – RM28), which has been steeped in garlic, parsley and other seasonings before being thrown on the pan.
The execution is simple, but the chicken fillets exude a nice, gentle aroma of garlic and herbs which intensifies as you pop it in the mouth.
Although there were sauce accompaniments, it was preferable to eat the chicken dish plain to get the garlic seasoning’s full effect.