Thursday, June 25, 2009

Daikanyama @ Changkat Bukit Bintang KL

A continuation from my previous post. The first thought that comes to mind about "Daikanyama" is "Dai ka yam ma!" which means "let's drink everyone" surprisingly in chinese. Actually this is a Japanese restaurant, a new joint on the already restaurant-saturated Changkat Bukit Bintang which is situated right opposite El Cerdo. It has just been opened one to two weeks ago and it serves Japanese fusion cuisine, not your average Japanese joint.

The interior itself is of simple and minimalist design but interesting mix and match of warm colours with grey. On the right lies the tables for diners and the left is a bar complete with bar top and bar stools for those who just want to come and have a drink. There's even a cute little courtyard in the middle for smokers! Upstairs is still in the middle of rennovating and it'll be ready soon according to owners, Edwin and Colin whom also own the Wabisabi in Plaza TTDI and a few other Japanese restaurants.

With just two of us, we had quite a number of dishes, all which I quite enjoy because it's something different from the usual japanese food I have. There's this mini beef pizza that looks like beef on a tortilla, soft shell crab roll with avocado and salmon, bacon with asparagus and also the very nice sausages! Sorry, I can't really recall their names no matter how many times I asked my friend. He's like talking in a complete foreign language the whole night whenever he explained about the Japanese food and drinks.

Kubota Manju

So how could a Japanese dinner be complete without sake?!! He texted me one day "do you like sake?" and I replied "only premium cold sake" and that day we ended up drinking this bottle of Kubota Manju because he knew that I would not accept anything less. This 750ml of sake cost a freaking RM400++! This is one of if not the most sought after sakes in Japan. Manju is sophisticated and yet very drinkable, perhaps too drinkable as the phantom finish leaves you wondering if you swallowed or not. Honestly all premium sake comes cold and those warm ones are the inferior grade of sake. I can buy a good bottle of good single malt whisky with that price! And both of us finished it without a blink.

Ozeki Hana Awaka

The night was still young, and we had another bottle of 250ml Ozeki Hana Awaka, a Japanese Sparkling Sake. It's so nice and refreshing, although it has less bubblies than a typical sparkling wine. This is like Japanese version of Champagne but in small bottles of course! The price - RM55. After this bottle, I had a glass of Japanese Plum Wine and then another glass of Absinthe! The absinthe tasted horrible and it contains 68% alcohol! It's like a mixture of Hacks and medicine... Then he asked me, "why you still not drunk yet" cos after that we adjourned to The Social with two of my friends and I had a glass of Kilkenny.

Like my earrings? Get them from here.

The best dish for the night would have to be this fried chicken soft bone (cartilage). It's so addictive and I can go on munching them until the last piece! It will go well with the sake or even a glass of beer. Total damage for the night - RM650 (even after a discount)!!! It's not cheap but it's an interesting place to hang out.

42, Changkat Bukit Bintang
50200 Kuala Lumpur
tel: +603 2141 0323


Anonymous said...

Fusion food is associate with half pass six cook, can’t cook traditional food properly, neither here nor there.

-eiling- said...

Anon: But not all fusion food are bad.

lanatir said...

Read all the reviews on the Kubota Manju (and its cheaper siblings, the Senjyu and Hekijyu).

It's Kubota btw not Kobuta.

-eiling- said...

Lanatir: Oops sorry.

Anonymous said...

why u never post any entry between u and ur bf?

-eiling- said...

anon: so does that bother you?

Anonymous said...

Means your current bf is unlikely to be your final bf ;)

foongpc said...

Is Daikanyama a Japanese word or a Cantonese word? Sure sounds like Cantonese to me!

Is the Wabisabi in TTDI a Japanese restaurant? Any good there?

suituapui said...

That photo of you showing your earrings - you looked quite bored, like you were not enjoying the food. Nice earrings! LOL!!!

lanatir said...

foongpc, Daikanyama is a location in Japan that has sentimental value to the owner.

Wabisabi is a japanese bar.

-eiling- said...

Anon: I'm not God.Can't tell.

Foongpc: Lanatir has answered all your questions haha.

STP: Well, wrong expression. haha... thanks.

Lanatir: Thanks for the info.

Cath J said...


But I like your earring *wink*

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