Sakura Kristal,
301, Jalan Bandar 11,
Taman Melawati,
Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03-4108 5897
Business Hours: Noon to midnight daily

DO NOT be misled by the name Sakura Kristal. There are no crystals in the restaurant and it does not serve Japanese cuisine.

What it does offer is a variety of Asian and Western fusion dishes.

Group franchise manager Alex Chong said the restaurant was founded by engineer Lee Hoy Voon who felt that the food industry was lacking in quality.

“He hired experienced chefs who formerly worked in hotels and restaurants,” said Chong.

“The first venture in 2003 in Lebuh Pudu, Kuala Lumpur failed and we then relocated to Wangsa Maju in 2004.”

He said the restaurant only began expanding its business in 2011 as they wanted to ensure that quality was not compromised.

“We will expand to Seremban and Senawang by end of this year,” he added.

The Taman Melawati outlet has been in operation for seven years now.

The spacious restaurant can seat 360 people, with ample parking space in front.

One of the unique features here is the huge ceiling fan.

Chong said the Indonesian Treasure (RM12) was one of the best-selling items on the menu.

The fried rice, which is a little spicy, is served with well-marinated and tender chicken wings.

Chong also recommended the Hong Kong Kuay Teow with Black Beans (RM9), different from the usual Fried Kuay Teow.

The Crispy Brinjal (RM12) served here is also good.

If you like seafood, then the Signature Peranakan Seafood Curry (RM22) is one of the options. The flavourful curry can be enjoyed on its own or with rice.

If you prefer Western cuisine, Chong recommends the Pan-seared Salmon with Butter Herb Sauce (RM35).

While some restaurants serve the dish with mashed potatoes, the salmon comes with hash browns.

“Our customers love the hash brown. We tried switching to mashed potatoes but customers requested for hash browns instead,” Chong said.

For something light, try the Chicken Panini Sandwich (RM18).

To quench your thirst, try the refreshing Berry Cool and Crushed Ice Jasmine (RM7 each).

The restaurant is certified halal by Jakim.

This is the writer’s personal observation and is not an endorsement by StarMetro

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