Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Rakuzen@The Starling


I made my way to Rakuzen. Finally. It was a threesome of me, my partner and my brother. This time my brother was buying.

It was a first for my brother and I while my partner was here before with a friend during Chinese New Year. He had nice things to say, so I reckon it must be good.

I like the seating arrangements where you can have a room for a party of 4 and above. We were shown to a room for 4 and it was very cosy.


Being the salad lover that I am, I picked the Sushiya Salad. It came with a dressing which I presumed was sesame.


I should have tasted it before pouring the whole lot onto the salad. After a good toss, I tried some and well....was not too happy with the dressing. It was basically mayonnaise and something else. No sesame flavor and it was just creamy and cloying.


My brother loves handrolls, so we ordered 3 Cranky Salmon Temaki. One came first while the other 2 followed later. It was nice.


The edamame here is served with the stems still attached like it was freshly plucked. This is my partner's favorite munchie.


I enjoyed the Spider Maki (soft shell crab). 


I have been wanting to try mentai and I highly anticipated this Salmon Mentai Maki.


It had smoky flavors and I was not disappointed. I want to order this again.


I don't remember much of this Fiery Oyster Maki


Perhaps I wasn't paying attention (too focused on the mentai) but I generally enjoy maki and I would give this one another chance.


Another thing my brother loves is Tempura. This Ebi Tempura was light and crispy. I had one only because I am not a tempura fan.


Ah...desserts! That's me and my brother's department. My partner isn't really into these things.

Eh, now I remember. Both these cold desserts were on the house (how nice!) and that is why I can't give you the name because they were not in the bill.


This one is some sort of wafer filled with vanilla ice cream. The wafer was not crispy as to be expected as it was frozen with the ice cream. So it came off as leathery and chewy. But we still enjoyed the ice cream.


If I am not wrong, this is the daifoku filled with ice cream. If you eat it immediately, the skin is hard and chewy. 


But left to sit a little while, it becomes soft and very pleasant eaten with the ice cream.


Being more old school (hah..hah..), my partner had the Azuki Zenzai (red bean soup). He said it was too sweet.


So that was my Rakuzen experience and I will be back. Oh, we also got a RM5.00 Shojikiya voucher.

30 comments:

  1. 188??? * faints* Never mind, will bring good luck, 88... LOL!!!

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  2. Uihhh.. Ni baru betul2 pesta makan, PH.

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  3. ah you all ordered ala carte and not sets. next time i will try the salmon mentai maki. quite weird to give watery creamy mayonaise sauce as salad dressing. was the ice cream on the house due to some promotion? i like to eat daifuku with ice cream fillings. must go buy some to eat but they are very expensive. so nice to get rm5 voucher.

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    1. I am not certain if the ice cream was on promotion because I did not see any notification on that. I tried the sets on another visit and I would say it is good value for money.

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  4. I like the edamame with the stems still on them too.

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  5. wah sedap2. edamame kalau still hot memang sangat tempting

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  6. Me hi 5 with your brother, I also loves Tempura, hehe...

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  7. I love to eat at this Rakuzen at Starlings. Their interior and partitions are so neat & petite that makes you feel like dining in Tokyo. The service and food are very good to me.

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    1. I like it too and will visit again from time to time.

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  8. I know you have eaten lots of Japanese food before but you have not ordered anything with mentai until now? Well, better late than never...good leh! ;) I was actually expecting Rakuzen to be pricier but they seem reasonable albeit smaller portions (the sushi rolls) than what I'd get at Burger & Sushi. I've not tried Rakuzen either but finally one opened up near me recently, so now there's no reason not to try :)

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    1. The funny thing is that I did not see mentai on the menu of the other Japanese restaurants I visited in the past. In fact I got to know mentai from your post :) I like it and will look out for it when I eat Japanese. The set meals are quite good too.

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  9. I quite like Rakuzen's food, their set lunches are quite good value for money.

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  10. pity that the dressing spoiled the salad...

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  11. Making me drool as well... now I am yearning for the maki-maki.. tempura-s and the edamame...

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  12. Aduhhhh....menangis tengok harga hihi .. I teringin nak makan benda benda gitu PH tp takut tak kenyang. Kenyang ke?

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    1. Hainom, kenyang jugak lah. Nampak macam sikit, kan? Tapi gerenti kenyang. PH pantang kalau makan tak kenyang hah..hah...

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  13. Definitely a mistake not trying those unidentified food before eating LOL Lesson learnt huh :P

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