Last week, we were invited to a preview of this promotion. The menu highlights a combination of Japanese and Western creations. To start, we were served a trio of appetizers; the platter consisted of sakura ebi, chicken roll wrapped in Chinese cabbage and tomato mozzarella, the latter being an Italian creation.
My favorite dish of the afternoon is the sashimi salada, which consists of salmon and tuna (maguro) sashimi with ebikko and mayo. Ebikko gives the salad a nice crunch and the Japanese vinaigrette dressing was appetizing.
The dishes on this Kozara Ryori set are served course by course. Next, we were served the braised radish with saba (mackarel) fish. The fish has been deep fried so it's crispy, and then topped on a piece of braised radish as well as Hatcho miso.
Ri-Yakitori is popular for its chicken skewers in the evening, and one of the dishes featured in the set lunch is the sauteed chicken served with 3 different dips. The thigh was the most moist and nicest part of chicken to eat. This reminded me slightly of the Chinese poached chicken dish. After the chicken dish, we were served an edamame gohan (rice) with pickles and osumashi soup.
The dessert set comprises of a fruit compote (strawberry, kiwi, orange juice), matcha mochi and chocolate mousse.
Met one of my cooking idols, Chef Takashi Kimura from Cilantro
To get to Ri-Yakitori, take the lift to Level 7 from The Gardens Hotel lobby.
The Kozara Ryori set lunch is available every Friday from 12 noon to 2pm.
Location: Ri-Yakitori, St Giles The Gardens - Grand Hotel & Residences, Level 7, The Gardens, Mid Valley City, Lingkaran Syed Putra, 59200 Kuala Lumpur. (The Gardens Hotel/Robinsons side)
Tel: 03- 2268 1188
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