Rakuzen Japanese Restaurant @ Hartamas Mall, KL

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Kuala Lumpur Malaysia Sri Hartamas

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Rakuzen (樂膳) has a few oulets in KL.  I’ve been to the one in Empire Shopping Gallery, in Publika Mall, and the one in this post, in Hartamas Mall.  The food at all the outlets are extremely consistent and I am always confident that which ever outlet I step into, I will be able to repeat the same dining experience.     

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To start off, we ordered the Hako Kani Salad (crab meat salad), which came with ice-cold, extra-crisp lettuce and tangy salad dressing.

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Gary and I both ordered set meals.  I ordered the saba with sashimi set (RM36).

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The saba was grilled with soy sauce, slightly sweet with delicate, crisp, lightly charred skin.

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I had 3 kinds of sashimi on my set with vibrant colors of tuna, salmon and hamachi.   Beautifully presented, fresh and served soonest as soon as the pieces left the chef’s hand as I could still feel the coldness.

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Gary’s sashimi set (RM 30) came with 5 kinds – salmon, tuna, hamachi, tako and saba.

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Both of our sets came with side dishes of chawan mushi, shrimps, miso soup, Japanese pickles and fruits.
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Food at Rakuzen will never disappoint, even the side dishes were yummy.  The crunchy shrimps were glazed with caramelized sugar, and the miso soup wasn’t just plain miso soup but had extra goodies like tofu, seaweed and mushrooms.

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Even the rice was superb.  Every grain was wholesome, turgid, springy to the tongue and had that stickiness of Japanese rice which the local varieties are lacking.

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Still craving for a little more sashimi, we ordered the Tobiuo sashimi (RM 30), yet another wonderfully presented dish on a blue plate, the whole fish skewered on a wooden stick at an angle, and the fish slices were almost transparent decorated with bits of remaining silver skin.

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Here is Rakuzen’s collagen roll on a different occasion.

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Food is not the only thing that you are going to enjoy at Rakuzen.  The food presentation, ambiance, the impeccable interior decoration, and most preciously the thoughtfulness in the design of the restaurant are things to appreciate too.

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There are different types of spaces allocated for parties with different pax.  The smaller tables are for 1-2 pax which give you semi – privacy in which you only see the table that’s sitting next to  you but not in front of you or behind you.

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The medium tables for 4 pax use bamboo as the main element for decoration.

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A different kind of space for 4 pax.

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Throughout the restaurant, you can feel the tranquility, peacefulness and “zen”  in the ambiance.  The private room for bigger parties uses stone tiles to cover the walls and the floors.  I feel like meditating in this room…..

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The liquor display shelf.

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What I mean when I mentioned “thoughtfulness”, is for detail oriented things like this – sound-proof walls for 2 pax tables.

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Service bell for each table as the restaurant is big, some tables are a little “remote” and could be overlooked by the waiters.

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Beautiful dining-ware are used to enhance the overall food presentation.

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Even the lattice of straws is a piece of  artwork itself, used as a table top covered by a piece of glass.

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Here is more of Rakuzen’s menu.

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With excellent food, zen ambiance,  lovely interior decoration and reasonble pricing, Rakuzen is a restaurant that will you keep going back for more.

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More Info
Rakuzen @ Hartamas Mall
Address: Lot P17, Plaza Ground Floor, Hartamas Shopping Centre, 60, Jalan Sri Hartamas 1, 50480 Kuala Lumpur
Tel : +603 – 6201 2060
Operating Hours: Monday – Thursday 11.30am – 3pm.  6pm – 11pm.
Friday – Sunday 12pm – 11pm.

Other Outlets
Empire Shopping Gallery @ Subang Jaya
Address:  UG 17 Upper Ground, Jaland SS16/1, 47500 Subang Jaya Selangor, Malaysia
Tel: +603 5631 8935
Operating Hours : Daily 10am – 10pm.

Publika Mall
AddressL G2-6, Level G2, Publika Shopping Gallery, No 1, Jalan Dutamas 1, 50480 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Tel : +603 – 6411 0822
Operating Hours: Daily 12pm – 3pm, 6pm – 11pm.

Desa Park City
GF-07, The Waterfront @ Parkcity, 5 Persiaran Residen, Desa Park City, 52200 Kuala Lumpur.
Tel : +603 – 6280 8310
Operating Hours : daily 12pm – 3pm.  6pm – 11pm.

G Tower @ Bukit Bintang
LG05&06, Lower Ground Floor,GTower, No.199 Jalan Tun Razak,50400 Kuala Lumpur
Tel : +603 – 2161 4800
Operating Hours:  Daily, 12.00pm – 03.00pm, 06.00pm – 11.00pm

Subang Jaya
Address: 15, Jalan SS 15/5A, Subang Jaya, 47500 Selangor
Tel: +603 5880 4717
Operating Hours: Monday – Friday : 11.30am – 03.00pm, 06.00pm – 11.00pm.
Saturday – Sunday : 12.00am – 11.00pm

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  2. Lee Yan Yaw

    I just have a dinner at Bangsar and pay RM304 via HSBC
    suppose to have RM20 cash voucher but Bangsar branch inform us that no more voucher at this junction.

    As per HSBC shall be till 31 March 2018

    Please revert

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