"No Way Jose" because twice we were "booted out" at the entrance of Nihonkai by the rough and tough Kota Kemunians. Anyway, come whatever it may, there is always our savior Restaurant Poh Yap for hawker food, prior to happily returning home after tummy tucking. The following week, also on a Sunday, we made sure we were in Nihonkai Japanese Restaurant before 6.30pm. Indeed, a wise decision. We actually manage to beat the hungry as ever and ill-mannered customers who still seemingly hurriedly walked in thereafter. We couldn't care less. Alls well and good so far because we were already comfortably seated. Service was tip top. At once. We flipped through the menu which basically features the common items as in other such commercial Japanese eateries (Kin Ryu Tei & Hyotan Subang Jaya), ordering too was pretty simple as ABC. Edamame/Steamed Green Beans, Mixed Sashami, Saba Shioyaki, Shishamo Karaage, Matcha Ice Cream and Green Tea. Green Tea popped up just so soon, followed by the rest of the items.
Green tea? Its green tea. That's it. Steamed edamame/beans on the other hand forever is a good starter for a Japanese meal. Nibbling of the warm salty pods, but please, stop with trying to eat the skin. It will not get you anyway.
Next, we tackled the Sashami. Raw fish slices (salmon, white tuna, red tuna and octopus), fish roe, julienne radish, lemon slices, salad leaves and green leaves over an ice bed. Nice. We have always been a fan of raw Japanese food, this one didn't let us down.
However, we had a tiny bit of issue with the Shishamo Karaage/Pregnant Fish. We were expecting a grilled version, unfortunately, these three pieces of pregnant fish were batter coated and fried. Maybe a different version? Only the chef knows. Having said that, once we munched in after sprinkling some chilli flakes, we have calmed down.
Matcha ice cream (green tea ice cream and mushy red beans), which presumably is regarded as the sweet note for a Japanese meal was not outstanding (Tomoe Subang Jaya), still, it did capture my palate.
Nihonkai Japanese Restaurant I believe, potentially, I am assuming too, will stand tall in Kota Kemuning for the longest time. There is definitely an overwhelming demand for instant Japanese food in Kota Kemuning. Just the love, specifically for Chinese customers. In fact, from the time we arrived and left Nihonkai, we didn't notice any single Indian soul. I guess Indians are yet to understand the meaning of dining over, especially raw Japanese items.
No 12 & 12A, Business Park 2
Jalan Anggerik Vanilla BE31/BE
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