I am not going to elaborate on Kurata‘s eat-all-you-can Shabu Shabu. Why? Because you won’t need a lot of convincing from me to take opportunity of this awesome deal. In fact, it could very well be the best kept secret in town.
As long as you love shabu shabu and wagyu beef, there is no reason for you not to visit Kurata at Parkroyal Hotel for this promotion. Anything else offered on the menu is just icing on the cake. Although the price of RM120 might be a barrier, I’m happy to say that the experience is worth every single cent you are paying.
Initially, I was very skeptical when I saw Kurata’s Facebook ad which mentioned that they are serving wagyu for the eat-all-you-can shabu shabu. I mean, who wouldn’t be right? The promotion just sounds too good to be true.
After clarifying with them personally twice, I finally took the plunge and went for it. So I present to you, the amount of wagyu beef we devoured that night – a total of 8 servings. And best of all, there’s no time limit so you enjoy the food at your own pace.
Just look at the marbling on the beef, that’s wagyu alright and I couldn’t care less about the grade. No matter the grade, the quality still far exceeds any prime beef in the market. They are sliced thinly to cook quickly in a matter of seconds when you swish them around in the boiling broth. And needless to say, they were freaking delicious.
The vegetables included in the shabu shabu are fresh and sweetened up the broth in no time. At the end of the meal after the broth has been boiled with 8 plates worth of wagyu, the flavor was simply amazing.
Based on some comments I saw on the ad, some said that the lack of seafood makes the promotion not so worthy for the price. But I have to disagree because there’s more than a handful of great seafood dishes offered in the menu – just that they are not meant for shabu shabu. To start off with, the salmon sashimi‘s quality is as good, if not heaps better than what you pay for at some a la carte Japanese restaurants.
And you get juicy salmon belly too. This was unexpected because most Japanese buffets only serve the normal cuts so it was a pleasant surprise. But just so you know, you have to request for it and the availability depends on the stock.
The Grilled Mackerel was done perfectly – crisp on the outside, firm and juicy on the inside.
Saikyo Yaki – mouthwatering salmon and black cod grilled in a flavorful miso marinade. I can’t recommend this enough, as both fishes were fresh and flaky in texture. The quality of this dish was impressive and we loved it.
Tuna Roll – sounds and looks ordinary but it was actually prepared with Toro, the highly prized fatty tuna belly.
Small fish tempura – kind of like a mini version of shishamo but crispier and not as salty.
Deep fried chicken thighs – it’s probably one of the best Japanese fried chicken we ever had. Enough said.
Eggplant with marinated sauce and smoked bonito flakes, unique but it’s an acquired taste.
There were only two items that we felt were below average. They were the overcooked chawanmushi and the duck meat which tasted too gamey for us. Other than those, everything else we had was great and enjoyable.
Besides the food, we were more than happy with the staff’s efficiency and friendliness – especially Paul who attended to us and made sure we were well taken care of. Despite arriving late at the restaurant at 9.30pm (last order is 10pm) they still took us in and did their best to accomodate us. Now that’s what I call service!
Kurata Japanese Fine Dining
Lower Lobby, Parkroyal Kuala Lumpur
Jalan Sultan Ismail, 50250, Bukit Bintang
Tel: 03-2110 0226
Business hours: 12pm – 2.30pm, 6pm – 11pm (lunch not available on Wed and Thu)
**Eat all you can shabu shabu only available for dinner 6pm onwards
アラカルト / A La Carte
枝豆 / Edamame
豆腐若布サラダ / Tofu Salad
ナス田楽 / Eggplant Flavoured Miso
茶碗蒸し / Chawanmushi
鶏の手羽 / Deep Fried Chiken Wings
鶏の唐揚げ / Deep Fried Chiken Thighs
玉子焼き / Fried Egg
揚げ銀杏 / Fried Ginkgo Nut
野菜てんぷら / Vegetable Tempura
きびなごてんぷら / Small Fish Tempura
西京焼き / Saikyo Yaki
秋刀魚塩焼き / Grilled Pike
鯖塩焼き / Grilled Mackerel
サーモン刺身 / Salmon Sashimi
きんぴらごぼう / Fried Burdock
焼きなすお浸し / Eggplant with Marinated Sauce
かっぱ巻き / Cucumber Roll
鉄火巻き / Tuna Roll
お新香巻き / Japanese Pickles Roll
サーモンサラダロール / Salmon Salada Roll
サーモン巻き / Salmon Roll
カリフォルニアロール / California Roll
ネギトロ巻き / Negitoro Roll
サーモン寿司 / Salmon Sushi
とび子寿司 / Tobiko Sushi
白飯 / Rice
茶そば / Green Tea Soba
そば / Soba
うどん / Udon
■鍋追加具材 / Ingredients with Each Pot
しいたけ / Shiitake Mushroom
えのき / Enoki Mushroom
春菊 / Glebionis Coronaria
人参 / Carrot
白ネギ / White Leek
白菜 / Chinese Cabbage
豆腐 / Tofu
お肉 / Beef
かも / Duck
雑炊セット / Zosui Set