Japanese food lovers have many reasons to rejoice this month. There’s another brand new Japanese eatery called Aragan Yokocho that recently opened in Quill City Mall. Interestingly, it is also touted as the largest Japanese restaurant in Asia with a staggering size of 18,848 sq ft.
Aragan Yokocho aims to provide Malaysians a unique Japanese dining experience by offering 10 kinds of cuisines under the same roof. So how are they different from the hundreds of Japanese restaurants in KL?
For starters, Aragan Yokocho has 10 stations, each of which serves a specific cuisine and is headed by a chef. The concept is kind of similar to a food court – except that all the stations belong to the same management.
The dining area is also sectioned off into four separate, themed seating areas featuring the four seasons in Japan: spring, summer, autumn and winter.
While I applaud the idea, somehow I felt part of it got lost in translation during the renovation process, as the atmosphere came off a bit dark and gloomy instead.
The spring section – indicated by the bamboo plants decor.
Autumn section. You get the drift.
Although Aragan Yokocho feels like a food court, there’s nothing food courtish about the food and ordering system. Every table in the restaurant is fitted with an tablet that provides an interactive ordering experience. As you can see there are 10 cuisines to choose from the main menu, and every dish is accompanied with a photo.
The first thing we tried was Sushi Kuniyoshi’s Nigiri Moriawase @ RM38 which came with chef’s choice of 7 kinds of nigiri. We were satisfied with the portion size, thickness of the fish, freshness and how well they held together. The tuna and scallop were easily my favorites.
Next, we had the Chicken Teriyaki @ RM18 from Peko Peko. It was a tad overcooked but delicious all the same, great with rice.
Lunch and dinner sets are also available to cater to the working crowd nearby. The Haru dinner set @ RM36 includes a serving of salmon don, a pair of Japanese fried chicken wings, soup, green tea and dessert. Not a bad deal with all things considered, but I would probably get the Nigiri Moriawase instead since it’s only a difference of RM3.
Based on our experience, it’s safe to say the food at Aragan Yokocho will not disappoint. Menu choices are aplenty and more importantly, sensibly priced. If you are looking for a new and wallet-friendly Japanese restaurant to visit this weekend, this would be an option.
LG20, Quill City Mall, Jalan Sultan Ismail, KL
Tel: 03-2856 0259
Business hours: 11am – 3pm, 5pm – 10pm