One of the best things about living in Kepong is that you will never need to travel out of town for steamboat. A steamboat restaurant can be found at every corner of this town and dozens of them can be found at Bandar Menjalara alone.
However, almost every one of them is Chinese hot pot styled so if you wanted something different like shabu shabu, your choices are extremely limited.
Luckily, Kuro Japanese Steamboat opened at Plaza Arkadia not long ago and it’s only a quick 10 minutes drive away. Price wise it’s alright because it’s a buffet which includes free flow of Haagen-Dazs ice cream.
The normal buffet package starts at RM54.90 for lunch and RM64.90 for dinner. For a more indulgent experience, you can opt for their Wagyu buffet – either RM128 for Australian Wagyu or RM338 for Japanese Wagyu. Currently, they are also having a promotion for the latter where the 2nd diner enjoys a 50% off the bill.
There are 6 types of soup available and you can pick any two of them. They are Kuro Broth (pork bone soup), Spicy Kuro Broth, Shabu-Shabu, Sukiyaki, Japanese Curry and Mala. During our visit, we picked their signature Kuro Broth and Sukiyaki – essentially one savory and the other being sweet to contrast the flavors.
Meat wise there are Kurobuta pork, Australian beef, Australian lamb, chicken, squid, dory fish slices and homemade seafood paste. Since we opted for the Japanese Wagyu buffet, all these meats and seafood are also included in the package. Here’s what you could expect for the same:
Japanese Wagyu – grade A5 and the marbling as you can see is excellent. They take only seconds to cook in the broth and tastes absolutely tender and wonderful, they just melt in your mouth.
Australian Wagyu – the marbling is not as intense but still highly enjoyable. If you are the kind of person who likes to have a little chew in your meat, I think you would prefer this to the Japanese version.
Kurobuta Pork Belly
Kurobuta Pork Shoulder
Kurobuta Pork Loin
Australian Beef Belly
Australian Beef Shoulder
Squid and Dory Fish – we have never been a fan of dory so this was probably the only item we did not refill.
Homemade paste – it tastes like a cross of fish and squid paste with a really nice texture. Highly recommended to try.
If for some reason you are bored of the premium meats, head to the common buffet spread with more than 30 kinds of meat balls, vegetables and noodles. Based on what we sampled, our favorites are the Ika ball, curry fish ball and mushroom ball.
There are plenty of sauces and condiments present too which lets you customize your very own dipping sauce. We didn’t experiment too much on this, since we found that a simple combination of soy sauce and chili garlic paste is good enough to pair with anything.
Haagen-Dazs ice cream is without a doubt a highlight of the buffet. There are multiple flavors to try and they all taste just so good. So it’s not surprising to see the customers actually attacking the ice cream first before they start enjoying their steamboat.
All in all, if you are looking for a good Japanese steamboat try, Kuro will not disappoint. The normal buffet is already good enough and worth the price you are paying for.
As for the Wagyu promo, you really gotta be able to eat a lot of it to make it worthwhile. The price might be a little high but definitely worth checking out if you just want to enjoy as much Japanese Wagyu as possible for a fixed price.Kuro Japanese Steamboat
F-G-03, Plaza Arkadia
Desa Parkcity, 52200 Kuala Lumpur
11.30am – 3.30pm, 6pm – 11pm
Tel: 03-2778 4370
**Set lunch available from RM29.90