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10 Apr, 2008

Rakuzen Japanese Restaurant (楽膳)

Posted by: Wen Ching In: Japanese Food

We’ve read so many positive reviews about this Japanese restaurant, as Japanese food lovers, we wouldn’t want to miss this place out. So on a Sunday afternoon, we went for their “Eat all you can” lunch starting from 12 to 3pm. It costs RM55 per person not including tax and service charge.

The restaurant is on the second floor of Chulan Square.

The staircase up to second floor.

The environment was pleasant and comfortable, with modern interiors. The restaurant was fully booked and packed with customers as usual.

The counter seats.

So let’s begin with our food. To start with, we had a chukka kurage (中華くらげ). This seasoned jellyfish tasted really chewy and appetising, it was really good!

Next, we had sashimi moriawase (刺身盛合せ) which consists of fresh tuna (まぐろ), white meat fish (白身魚), fresh salmon (鮭), boiled octopus (たこ) and fresh cuttlefish (いか). Thumbs up for this plate of assorted sashimi, all types of sashimi were really fresh. We enjoyed the fresh cuttlefish a lot, it was really delicious!

Time for sushi! We ordered ni hotate (煮ホタテ) and ebikko (えびっこ) sushi. The boiled scallop was juicy and succulent, the sauce went well with it. The shrimp roe was good too, no complaints about it!

Perhaps we were really hungry at that time, we had a plate of makimono moriawase (巻物盛合せ) without second thoughts. The serving came out to be enormous! This assorted sushi roll includes a cucumber roll (かっぱ巻き), California roll (カリフォルニア巻き), prawn tempura roll (海老天えびっ子巻き), spicy salmon roll (クランキーセーモんーロール), futomaki (太巻き) and the large soft shell crab roll (スパイダーロール). The best sushi roll would be the spicy salmon roll, the salmon was fresh and a sense of spiciness boosted the taste of it. The soft shell crab roll was rather disappointing as it was served cold and it wasn’t crispy anymore. But fortunately, the rest of the sushi rolls were good.

Though it took them quite some time to serve the unagi kabayaki (うなぎ蒲焼), it was worth waiting.

We also had shiitake mushrooms (しいたけ). We didn’t really like it because the mushrooms were really dry and bland to us. We were wondering if it was overgrilled.

The sukiyaki (すき焼き) was supposed to be served with beef but we requested to them to change it to chicken. The chicken was soft and tender, but the soup was a little too sweet for our liking. Overall, it was average.

For bean curd lovers, you can choose to have yudofu (湯豆腐). This simple dish came together with bonito flakes (鰹節) and spring onions. The bean curd was smooth and silky, it was delicious when dipped in the slightly sourish sauce which we think is ponzu (ポン酢).

 

We also had a bowl of miso soup (味噌スープ) since we enjoy drinking hot soup. 

Finally, we ended our lunch by having 4 scoops of green tea ice-cream (抹茶アイス) in total. Our stomachs were closed to bursting after having the mains, but yet we still filled ourselves with these delicious ice-creams.

Overall it was a satisfying meal. We like this concept in that we do not have to walk around carrying our food, but instead we can sit down and enjoy our lunch. The menu was kept simple and it was limited to the most common and popular Japanese food. Service was quite good. Do remember to make a reservation before visiting this restaurant!

Restaurant Information
Block B, Lot 2A Chulan Square,
92, Jalan Raja Chulan,
50200 Kuala Lumpur.
Tel : 03-21456200

20 Responses to "Rakuzen Japanese Restaurant (楽膳)"

1 | Nic (KHKL)

April 11th, 2008 at 1:02 am

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ohhh…nice sashimi set. love that pic of the green tea ice-cream. i’ve tried the singapore branch b4. their dinner sets are kinda good.

2 | kampungboycitygal

April 11th, 2008 at 2:09 am

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kinda good value for money rite? we love their unagi too

3 | ling239

April 11th, 2008 at 2:13 am

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yes yes one of the best green tea ice cream…^_^

4 | Tummythoz

April 11th, 2008 at 2:14 am

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Sadly I’m not a great fan of Jap food so must band together a few big eaters so I can get to try more variety & make it worthwhile.

5 | ~Christine~Leng

April 11th, 2008 at 2:32 am

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maybe it’s time for a revisit… anyone wanna join me? callin’ out people! ;P

6 | JOjo

April 11th, 2008 at 1:21 pm

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WOw! your pics are great! Featuring the glorious japanese food~ Whoo~

7 | durianberry

April 11th, 2008 at 9:04 pm

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Ooh Eat All You Can… I’m not much into Jap food so this is a good way to try everything 😛 Maybe I’ll have a visit to Rakuzen, just on Sunday, just during lunch.. hehe

8 | Sugar Bean

April 11th, 2008 at 9:13 pm

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Nic (khkl), thanks! So that means Rakuzen is good in Singapore too? They’re really successful.

Kampungboycitygal, yeah, it was worth it, almost everything was good.

Ling239, haha, yeah, that’s why we took 4 scoops of green tea ice-cream in total.

Tummythoz, you can try this “Eat all you can” lunch for RM55, you can try all types of food that you want. Yeah, it’s a good idea to visit with a group of friends too!

Christine, guess you really like Rakuzen! Yeah, we should go for a revisit next time!

Jojo, thank you! This Japanese restaurant is good, do check it out!

Durianberry, yeah, it is a good way to try everything. Remember to make a reservation before going to this restaurant!

9 | bunbungirl

April 12th, 2008 at 1:32 am

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10 | mimi

April 12th, 2008 at 4:31 am

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I miss their unagi, sashimi & green tea ice-cream so muchhhhhhhhh..

11 | ai wei

April 12th, 2008 at 7:33 am

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i m hungry now. yes dear christine, i wanna join for another round. let’s fix a date! any other place for jap buffet?!

12 | little inbox

April 12th, 2008 at 12:44 pm

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The sashimi set looks so delicious, and I’m so hungry, wanna have sushi now.

13 | Sugar Bean

April 13th, 2008 at 8:19 am

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Bunbungirl, we love Japanese culture and food. We visited your blog and found it quite interesting. Will drop by your blog frequently.

Mimi, yeah, they do serve good Japanese food. Maybe revisit them some time soon? :)

Ai Wei, so where do you wanna go for Japanese food? We shall figure it out some day! Hehe!

Little inbox, no worries, sushi are available in many restaurants now! We’re sure you’ll be able to have it soon!

14 | Simon Seow

April 13th, 2008 at 9:17 am

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It’s been a while since I’ve seen post on Rakuzen. They don’t have buffer in their Plaza Damas outlet, it’s nearer to my place. :-(

15 | jason

April 14th, 2008 at 5:43 am

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Maybe should drag my boss here on one Sunday noon. :)

16 | Sugar Bean

April 14th, 2008 at 8:01 am

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Simon Seow, oh, so not every branch has buffet. No worries, you can always drive to KL for its buffet on Sunday! :)

Jason, haha, yeah, you should do that! This is a place worth trying out!

17 | J2Kfm

April 16th, 2008 at 1:55 pm

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ALL you can EAT??? at RM55 only?
wow … must go must go … if only someone (from KL) is nice enough to drag me there… =P

18 | Sugar Bean

April 20th, 2008 at 7:11 pm

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J2kfm, yeah, for the quality of food you get there, the price is quite reasonable actually. Do check it out some day when you happen to visit KL! :)

19 | Y-Maeda

May 27th, 2008 at 8:20 pm

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Hello nice to meet you.
KO-N-NI-CHI-WA (^_^)v
I am Japanese.
I saw your wonderful site.
Please link to this site !
【Website】http://food-of-japan.blogspot.com/

20 | Generic Viagra

August 20th, 2010 at 6:10 pm

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You really have time for all ours. Nice job with this informative blog. The most of the people should visited.

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