Redux : Kizuna Japanese Restaurant @ IpohJanuary 15, 2011 | 7,005 views
Kizuna @ Ipoh Garden East – One of the pioneers in premium Japanese cuisine; a follow-up of Moritomo previously THE place for Japanese food in Ipoh.
It is close to 3 years now, since the last write up on Kizuna; the Japanese restaurant that possibly sparked all the interests in premium Japanese cuisine; independent Japanese eateries spawning like wildfire there after including Akamomiji, Waraku, Tengood, Mokuren, and even Kizuna One @ Royal Perak Golf Club.
Many years ago (at least a decade or so) Moritomo was a brand to be reckoned with; situated at the now Cafe Takahashi’s location in Jusco Kinta City.
Then as the story goes; the restaurant went into a frenzy of break-ups (not the lovey-dovey kind) and the co-owners went their separate ways. Hence Kizuna, Akamomiji and Kizuna One came into the picture. A Lai I on the other hand, was started by one of the chefs from Moritomo.
Confused? Don’t be. Just know that there are WAY more Japanese restaurants in Ipoh than the pathetic (sorry, had to) Sushi King. And do continue reading for my insights into the Kizuna’s latest performance …..
The rolls were probably their forte; this Unagi Maki combined slices of eel laid on top of rice rolls stuffed with fritters and cucumber; hence the crunch, then added on a dollop of mayo with roes.
Back then, if you’re coming on a weekend’s night without reservations, you’d be turned away or left in the lurch. Or maybe not, but definitely you’ll have to wait for your seats since the restaurant got crowded almost every night.
Until Akamomiji came along, then followed by the slew of Japanese restaurants. Thus we were utterly surprised to see Kizuna being half-occupied albeit during peak hours on a Saturday evening. Goes to show the discouraging dwindle in quality? Maybe.
Chuka Wakame; marinated Japanese seaweed (RM5/USD1.60) – Mum’s favourite, but not mine. Since this is the epitome of a lazyman’s salad. Easily purchasable from the supermarket, all you have to do is to dish out with a sprinkle of sesame seeds. And voila! Seaweed Salad!
Tanuki Udon (RM12/USD3.90) – Supposedly worked well for Bro, since he wanted something comforting to the stomach on a cold rainy night. But let’s not compare to say … Marufuku’s fresh udon with a bite. This one was as generic as udon goes.
Kaisen Teppanyaki (RM25/USD8) – A mixed grill platter of seafood and vegetables; in a buttery sauce but sadly with a very saltish tinge. A Lai I does their teppan dishes best, so be noted.
Shake Bento (RM28.80/USD9.30) – Dad’s one who can’t miss his rice with his meals. More or less a ‘farn tung’ (rice pot). So he had this Bento set with almost everything; tempura, fresh salmon sashimi, cooked shredded salmon on rice with plum, and the usual miso soup and chawan mushi.
All in all, a fairly disappointing affair. None of the dishes managed to impress us, nor even on par with some of the newer Japanese restaurants. The dim lighting cast a moody shadow over the food, hence the lacklustre shots. And the fact that service ain’t top notch, nor even attentive to begin with got us a little upset from the tremendous drop in quality of the dining experience.
And to see the sushi ‘chef’ at the counter answering the phone with his bare hand, then proceeded to slice up some sashimi back to back without even bothering to clean his hands showed how they take things for granted. If you are going to dish out your sushi and sashimi in full view of the customers, please remember to upkeep the hygiene aspects of the preparation of your food.
KIZUNA JAPANESE RESTAURANT (pork-free)
No. 8-10, Jln Medan Ipoh 18,
Medan Ipoh, Bistari,
31400 Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia.
Telephone : 605-542 8800
GPS Coordinates : 4.618649,101.117186
Google Map to Kizuna Restaurant
*By the way, notice that I never mentioned about Kampai in the entire post? For Kampai’s been longer than any of the restaurants combined, and holds a close place in my heart. Next post maybe?