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Yuritei Japanese Tea House @ Sentul Park Koi Centre

For my birthday, rif took me for a lovely lunch at Yuritei Japanese Tea House, located in Sentul Park Koi Centre (directly next to KLPAC). Since I’m pretty much a blind bat when it comes to Sentul, I just sat in the car admiring my birthday present from rif under the sunlight. *grins*At the carpark of the koi centre, a large, wooden Japanese door arch greeted us, and as we walked along the pebbled path, it felt as though we were entering a maze. Once we were inside, the scenery was breathtaking! I never knew such a place existed. What more, in the middle of KL city! The teahouse is mostly made of wood, with wooden floors and platform overlooking the pond, wooden tables and chairs, wooden ceilings and screen doors. We sat at the platform outside the teahouse, so we had a lovely view of the pond and its green surrounding. It was something I’ve seen in Japanese movies; only this time, I was experiencing it myself.We shared a plate of gyoza, something we tend to order whenever we dine at Japanese restaurants. One side of the dumpling was pan-fried till crispy while the other side had a slightly chewy texture. The minced chicken with vegetables filling was quite tasty; I enjoyed the crunchiness of the vegetables as it was a nice contrast to the chewy gyoza skin. My only complaint is the excessive oil, so if you don’t mind the few extra calories, douzo meshiagare! Like most times, I ordered the Chicken Katsudon set (RM25), a decision I came to regret 15 minutes later. The katsudon was over-fried, causing it to be dry and tough. It felt as though I was eating chicken jerky. I had to “drown” the chicken into my miso soup to make it slightly softer. Else, I would end up with dentures after the meal! Very disappointing.rif’s Salmon Cheese Fried Set (RM25.00) on the contrary was quite good. Freshly fried, the salmon and melted cheddar combo came enclosed in a lightly crisp bread coating. It was savoury, gooey and oh-so-moreish! This tasted so good, I contemplated changing my katsudon with rif’s salmon, whether he liked it or not…hehehe. But I didn’t of course; I stuck to my dreadful cardboard-like chicken. Both the bento sets came with an adorable triangle-shaped rice, side dishes, miso soup and some fruits. Lunch came up to RM66.70, which we thought was a pretty good deal considering the generous portions. But the best part of the meal was the serene ambiance and gazing at the kois in the pond.

Ambiance: 9/10
Price: 7/10
Food: 6/10 (pork-free)
Verdict: The food isn’t great, but beautiful scenery more than makes up for it!

Yuritei Japanese Tea House,
Sentul Park Koi Centre,
Lot 268, Jalan Strachan Off Jalan Ipoh,
51100 Kuala Lumpur
03 4044 0422
11am – 9pm (daily)

And this is my birthday present from rif – a diamond Tissot watch with white mother-of-pearl face! *jumps up and down in excitement* Now I have a dress watch, so I can match it with all my formal wear. I think the main reason he got me this watch was because I tend to wear my chunky Guess watch (which he got me for my 21st Birthday) everywhere…even with elegant evening gowns! It looked terribly out of place…LOL!

Thank you rif, I love love love it!! =D

21 Responses

  1. thule a.k.a leo

    ooo… Tissot 🙂 I'm wearing one myself but it was given to me by my dad for my birthday many years ago. Still wearing it though! Of course, not as nice looking as yours 🙂

    when the food is not nice, the breathtaking place compensate it!!! Give and take la…

  2. CUMI & CIKI

    the plc is so pretty.. chor so pretty.. purrfect:)

    bling bling.. ur watch is blinding me:P

  3. 550ml jar of faith

    I love your shoes Bangsar Babe!! Where did you get them?? It really is the perfect place to reflect on a momentous occasion, is it not? And to receive such a pretty gift! 😀

  4. June

    OMG !!! I love your watch must b dam $$$$$ …. 🙂

  5. Stanley

    That is seriously awesome ambiance! Perhaps I'll drag my family down there next week.

  6. foodbin

    a nice watch to match a pretty girl.

  7. ai wei

    this is such a great place to hang out!!! wondering where it is?!

  8. Sugar Bean

    Not familiar with this place either. Yeah, you're right! Sometimes when the food is not right, the ambience can make it up! This place is nice, perfect for dating! Haha, correct me if I'm wrong.

  9. taufulou

    what a nice environment! didnt know such place exist lei..surely can suggest this place for my friends bday next month~:)

    after reading got blinded..didnt prepare sunglass..keke

  10. Bangsar-bAbE

    taufulou – I think go in during the day nicer, can see the scenery. 😉

    Kekeke… =P

    Sugar Bean – No correction needed…you're right!

    ai wei – Must ask rif for directions if you want…I know you have to go through Jalan Ipoh lor…

  11. Bangsar-bAbE

    foodbin – Thank you! =)

    Stanley – I felt as though I was in Japan!

    June – Kekeke…TQ!

  12. Bangsar-bAbE

    550ml – Thanks…I got them from NOSE! 😉

    Cumi & Ciki – Tqtq! Hehe…wear sunglasses? =P

    leo – Tissot can last a long time huh? =)

    Food was ok la…I'll still come back cos I love the ambiance.

  13. "Joe" who is constantly craving

    nice watch.. happened to be the first "branded" watch i ever worned..back then it was much cheaper too!

  14. thenomadGourmand

    yes, rif got gooooddd taste! fab watch!
    well, since rif's lunch was ok mayb ya got go again to try the other dishes. .

  15. Nic (KHKL)

    nice watch! and welcome to the tissot club. 😀

    been curious about this japanese restaurant cus heard its great for photography. maybe i curi-curi go take few shots la..hehe

  16. Bangsar-bAbE

    Nic – Thanks! Come la…we go for lunch there one day. I'll be your model! *syok sendiri* =P

    nomad – Yup…I'll probably try their ramens next time!

    Joe – Tqtq! =D

  17. ling239

    nice place for dining ~
    and i like your tissot too!! so pretty ~ ^_^

  18. Bangsar-bAbE

    ling239 – Yup, the place is really nice! Thank you…I like it too! =D

  19. Lyrical Lemongrass

    I love mother of pearl faces with bling. Very nice!

  20. Bangsar-bAbE

    Thanks! Lucky thing he knows what suits me best. 😉

  21. June

    so jealous lah u can have that watch *sob sob* so lucky !!

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