Ishin Japanese Dining,
No. 202, Persiaran Klang,
Batu 3 3/4 off Jalan Kelang Lama,
Tel: 03-7980 8228
Business hours: Noon-3.00pm, 6.00pm-10.30pm
ISHIN Japanese Dining is a restaurant that prides itself on the freshness and authenticity of its dishes as its ingredients are air-flown twice a week direct from Japan’s famous Tsukiji market.
You will find the usual appetisers, sashimis, rolls and even kaiseki on the restaurant’s menu but each is exceptional because of its freshness.
According to restaurant’s executive chef T.J. Kew or better known as chef Q, the menu is at times enhanced with an occasional dish that features either a seasonal or specially brought in item.
Diners will also get to enjoy some unusual Japanese dishes rarely seen in other restaurants including the Maguro Kama Shioyaki or grilled tuna jaw.
“This is a whole jaw from a tuna grilled with some sea salt. The highlight of the dish is two contrasting meat texture. The underbelly is soft while the other has a tougher feel that is almost steak-like,” Q said.
Even simple dishes like the appetiser Fruit Tomato is actually quite unusual.
“This is a genetically-modified fruit from the Amera perfecture. It is sweet and firm, as close to a perfect tomato as you can get,” he said, adding a customer once ordered a few boxes of the pricey fruit for his personal use.
There is also the smooth and sweet Jikasei Tofu or homemade tofu that uses imported soya bean milk as its main ingredient.
For a conventional Japanese cuisine, there are selection of rolls to try such as the Hawaiian and Phoenix olls.
“Both uses deep-fried prawn and wrapped into a sushi. It is topped with slices of mango and avocado respectively for a zesty taste,” he said.
Q has 19 years of culinary experience, 14 of which spent training under master chef Takao Ando.
The Satsumaimo Tempura or sweet potato tempura will be a hit as the tuber was crunchy and looked remarkably like a brinjal.
For the more adventurous, try the chef selection special sashimi which may include tuna, salmon, scallop and other delicate morsels, served with fresh wasabi.
Many of the dishes served in Ishin were garnished with real leaves and flowers, some of which were edible.
The restaurant is also joining the technology wave and will be introducing its iPad menu as soon as it has a licence for it.
“We purchased 20 iPads to replace our conventional menus. Currently it only lists our menu items and some photos,” he said, adding the menu will be available as an application in the Apple App Store for free.
“As for upcoming plans for the iPad menu, we will most likely be adding more photos of the dishes. Maybe we can also incorporate some games and such so people can play with it while waiting for their food,” he said.
The restaurant will also be giving away one free iPad to a lucky customer via lucky draw.
“Each customer will receive a lucky draw form for every RM50 spent during lunch or every RM100 spend during dinner,” he said.
For details, visit www.ishin.my
This is the writer’s personal observation and is not an endorsement by StarMetro.