Thursday, May 22, 2014

Bankara Ramen & Tokyo Pastry @ Avenue K, KL

Avenue K is fast becoming one of our favorite spots in KL for shopping and food. Hubby wanted to try the Samba Brazilian Steakhouse, but Baby C wanted to have ramen, so guess what we ended up having. :)

We decided to try out Bankara Ramen, located on Level 2 next to Taste Enclave. Tokyo-based Bankara Ramen has over 60 outlets across Japan, Indonesia and Thailand. This is their first outlet in Malaysia, and imports selected ingredients from Japan. They offer four types of authentic Japanese ramen styles namely Bankara Signature, Tonkotsu, Miso and Tsukemen.

Hubby chose the Kakuni Bankara (RM30) - their signature ramen served in a special pork broth infused with refined shoyu. The broth is lightly salted with a hint of sweetness, and the medium thickness Tokyo-style ramen noodles had a nice texture to it. This bowl of noodles comes with only 1 slice of cha shu and 1 slice of kakuni (braised pork belly). The cha shu is pretty ordinary but the kakuni was really tender, melt-in-the mouth and flavorsome.

Some condiments at the table - pickled ginger and fresh garlic

I went for the tonkotsu ramen (RM22), which employs a slow boil technique to create a milky pork bone soup. The noodles served is slightly different - the thin Hakata-style noodles which I prefer. I was very impressed with the rich and creamy soup, extremely palatable without being too salty or cloying. Drank it to the last drop. Again, this only came with a single piece of cha shu making this a pretty expensive bowl of ramen compared to their ramen competitors.

We also ordered 3 servings of ni-tamago (RM2.50 each), boiled egg marinated in soy sauce and it was really good. Deliciously runny yolk. I would eat the whole plate, if I could!

A classic samurai-inspired dining house

Opening times: 11am to 11pm daily.

Service: Excellent.

Price: Total bill RM76.

Location: Bankara Ramen, Lot 2-7, Level 2, Avenue K Shopping Mall, 156, Jalan Ampang, 50450 Kuala Lumpur. (next to Taste Enclave)

Tel: 03-2181 8618


After some more shopping, we stopped by at Tokyo Pastry for some cakes and tea/coffee, as per Baby C's request. We ordered a cafe latte (RM8), rose french vanilla tea (RM6 - they use Dilmah here), choko mousse tart (RM9.90), and  oreo mille crepe (RM10.90). Service was quick, so we were served in no time at all. The ambiance is pretty nice and relaxed here, and we also enjoyed the cakes that we ordered. Since they had a special promotion on whereby you can get the next slice of mille crepe at 50% off, we went for another one, the hazelnut mille crepe (RM10.90). 

We may return again soon for their afternoon tea set which sounds like good value at RM39 for 2 pax. (available 2-5pm)

Oreo mille crepe - lovely luscious layers

Full of chocolatey goodness!

Hazelnut mille crepe - loved this one a lot.

Mummy and daughter enjoying a spot of afternoon tea together

Hehe mini postbox

Tuning in to the cake channel

Service: Good.

Price: Total bill RM44.30.

Location: Tokyo Pastry, M-20 & SAC-M-1, Mezzanine Level, Avenue K Shopping Mall, 156, Jalan Ampang, 50450 Kuala Lumpur.

Tel: 03- 2181 7660

GPS Coordinates: 3.159187, 101.713184

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  1. Everything looks wonderful, especially the dessert! Blessings, Catherine

  2. Ooooooo...the tea cup and saucer. Class lah!!!! Real beauty, that one!

  3. Oh, I must say that I love the mille crepe, hehe. And the ramen looks very good too!

  4. Wow ... Nice ramen ! And , this avenue K must be one high class dining place.

  5. I'll order the whole plate of eggs for myself!

  6. Avenue K! I've heard so much that it's the place I am looking to head to on my next trip back to the city!
    You do have such lovely meals, from main courses to hanging out at dessert places, a treat but a deserving one! It's so fun to just enjoy and relax, right? :-)
    Such a beautiful pair of mother and daughter, that the twin towers pale in comparison next to both of you ;-)

  7. Interesting places, those eggs did look good!

  8. We love ramen here! Especially hubby. This ramen chain is new to me too so it was great to read about it :D

  9. the mille crepes look lusciously inviting :D

  10. Ramen!!!! I can totally surviving there without worrying about Japanese food. Looks delicious and authentic! Aww I miss those red mailbox. It doesn't exist in Japan anymore. Very retro <3


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