Ryuu Izakaya

Ryuu Izakaya 龍日本料理 on UrbanspoonThis restaurant used to be Toyama – which was a cheaper, low-end sushi restaurant. They had an all-you-can-eat option as well. I remember that it was always full, even though the service and food wasn’t all that great.

Now it was renovated into a much classier, modern Izakaya. I was impressed by the new look. We were quickly greeted and since we had a reservation for 10, we were taken to a private room (that was not there previously). It seated 8 adult people, but we were able to squeeze in 11. The place was only a third full on a Sunday evening.

They were eager and quick to take our orders, but since we were all chatting, we had to tell them ‘a few more minutes’ many times.

The menu was unlike other sushi restaurants in that it didn’t even have the regular maki or rolls. I was disappointed that they didn’t even have the Negitoro roll. The guy at my table wanted some BC roll, but nope, not even that. The menu was composed of Japanese names without descriptions and several people were asking me what they were. This was a first. So although the menu seemed big – it was limiting at the same time, and also confusing for non-Japanese speakers. It wasn’t cheap either.

It was nice to have the tea pots at the table so we could pour ourselves without having to bother the servers, especially at a big table like ours. We all chatted for a while, but 30 minutes in, and we started to get a bit impatient. Some people started to get their orders, but several had to remind the server what they had ordered. It seemed as though their orders were ‘forgotten’. I mean, how long can an aburi oshi sushi take? And I was almost done my oshi sushi.
The private room was nice, but the booth was a bit cramped for us, though cosy. Those that were seated the most away from the aisle (like myself) was a bit tricky to get out to go to the bathroom. But that’s only once – so not a huge problem.

idearabbit-ryuu3I ordered the regular Gyoza $6.95 (5 pieces). They were good, but thought it was  expensive for regular gyoza!

idearabbit-ryuu4For the main, I ordered the Salmon Oshi Sushi $12. Another pricey item, though it was good. Though nothing can beat Miku/Minami’s signature Aburi Oshi Sushi…. But this one wasn’t bad. However, my friend who had the same thing said it wasn’t salty enough, and not as flavourful. Could it be because of the missing jalapenos?

idearabbit-ryuuCan’t recall what my friend ordered, but she said it was mediocre.idearabbit-ryuu2

Nice presentation of sashimi.

Would I return? Not sure. It wouldn’t be on top of my to-go restaurants, but I’d give it a higher rating than Toyama for sure. But still…

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Kaya Malay Bistro

Kaya Malay Bistro on UrbanspoonI have heard recommendations to this place, so I had high expectations. The very open and airy atmosphere of the restaurant was very nice. The restaurant is kept very clean, and has a modern slick design. The tables are far apart for privacy and space. Nice tables and comfy seats. The air is filled with delicious flavours.

I was greeted by three different staff so it seemed that efficiency was important. As I was seated by one staff (who later was our server), he asked if I’d like something to drink. I asked for tea. After he left, another staff had already brought two glasses of water (the other for Sheepie who was out parking).

idearabbit-kayamalay1The Green tea was infused with tropical flavour and the aroma was quite pleasant, I kept sniffing the air. So fruity! As I write this post, I noticed that on the receipt, the tea was not included in the bill. I doubt it is usually free and probably a mistake?

After Sheepie sat down and we had plenty of time to decide, we waited more for the server to come get our order. It seemed like forever, and wondered what the fast service before was. We signaled and looked like we were getting antsy, and finally our server arrived.

idearabbit-kayamalayFried Hokkien Mee $12

We ordered the Rendang Beef $16, Hainanese Rice $2.50 and Fried Hokkien Mee $12.
The beef in the Rendang was not as soft as I thought it would be. I recall Banana Leaf’s to be softer, but that is from years ago…but the beef, potatoes and the stew went very well with the rice.
Even though I ordered the Rendang, and Sheepie the Hokkien Mee, I actually liked the noodles better. Not because I’m a noodle fanatic, but I really liked the flavour. The shrimps were very plumpy and juicy. Good portions.

idearabbit-kayamalay2Rendang Beef $16 idearabbit-kayamalay3Hainanese Rice $2.50

I enjoyed the food, restaurant and staff. Compared to Banana Leaf though, I’m still drawn to going there instead…however, I wouldn’t oppose going to Kaya Malay.

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Yamato Sushi

Yamato Sushi on UrbanspoonWe were on a rush, so we stopped by Yamato Sushi for take out. Not only that, I had never been fond of this restaurant (whenever I passed by), seeing how people were crammed into a closet sized room. Sheepie also was a bit claustrophobic, so it was good that we were only there to order. As I expected, the inside was super small. It was dirty and not well kept.

The menu was quite extensive. We ordered the Box Special A $7.25 which came with chicken terikyaki which were cheap fatty chicken meat – the poor quality kind. The gyoza were not Japanese gyoza, but Chinese deep fried moneybags. The tempura, California rolls, small salad and miso were mediocre. Good price, but you get what you paid for.
Would I ever return? I don’t think so.

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