Friday, May 05, 2006

Kuala Lumpur Eating: Japanese Restaurant

I read about the grand opening of the high-end seafood buffet restaurant earlier this year...and heard reports from people...never thought I would end up going over there just to try it. But tonight I met up with some people at Shook! and we ended upstairs at the Taiwanese import - JOGOYA. If you want to just sit, relax, eat and drink without bothering to read a menu - this is perfect for you - and they're open late. Take a taxi to the JW Marriott - then take the escalators to the Relish Floor. Can also walk downhill from the Bukit Bintang Monorail stop.

It was a very interesting experience and one I'll try again. It's just like the huge California seafood buffets - only much more elegant, darker and more upscale. It's over 2,700 square meters. It's filled with a maze of glass, steel and wood.

I think this should be saved for a special night out. There's a fun drinks bar where you can help yourself to a selection of teas, iced coffee, espresso and fresh coconuts. We liked the oysters on the halfshell and one of the larger grilled salted fishes was excellent. Prawns were a bit salty and the salmon sushi seemed almost frozen. The little cakes are definitely tastier than the cookies. Everything looks great but a lot of the dishes were too sweet - from the BBQ'd salmon to the Thai crab.

Contact: JOGOYA, T3, Relish Floor, Starhill Gallery, 181 Jalan Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur (Tel: 03-2142 1268). Brunch 78++ 11.30am-1.40pm (11am-2pm Sat-Sun); HI-TEA 68++ 1.40pm-4.20pm (2-4.20pm Sat-Sun); DINNER 88++ 5-9.30pm; SUPPER 78++ 9.30pm-12am (9.40pm-12am Sat-Sun).

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