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August 30, 2012

Yuzu, The Gardens

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Assorted sushi

One of my favourite cuisine is Japanese, especially when it’s done right. By right, I mean a balance of taste, presentation and authenticity. A good Japanese meal is like an art waiting to be devoured. Yuzu in The Gardens serve a pretty good Japanese meal, but it is the good service that keeps me coming back.

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The ambiance is serene, staff are polite and food is good in my books. Customers are greeted warmly and politely ushered to their seats. And some of the long-time staff remember regular customers by name. Our hot green tea was constantly refilled and they even took the time to explain the dishes to us upon serving. The staff have an innate ability to remain attentive yet unobtrusive – so most of my meals at Yuzu have been memorable.

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Santen Mori

Presentation is taken seriously here. Everything I ordered looked so pretty, I almost didn’t want to destroy the food arrangement. I was quite pleased with the Santen Mori (RM60), which comprised thick cuts of salmon, tuna and salmon belly. All were delicious, but the fatty salmon belly triumphed among the three.

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Yuzu Pizza

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Sashimi

The Yuzu Pizza (RM35) comprised tomato-based sauce, cheese and bonito flakes on a pizza base. It looked good, but tasted too fusion for my liking. My Yuzu Gozen was good value for money. For RM48, the large tray contained assorted sashimi, assorted sushi, tempura, stone grilled beef, chawanmushi, tofu, pickled radish, salad, fruits and a teapot soup.

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Chawanmushi

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Stone grilled beef

The beef was achingly tender with a delicious flavour from the fat. I also enjoyed the sushi and sashimi, as they were freshly prepared and of good quality.

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Diced Japanese beef

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Tempura

Equally good was the Saikoro Steak & Tempura Set (RM48). This comprised diced Japanese beef, tempura, chawanmushi, tofu, pickled radish, miso soup, rice and fruits. The steak was thickly cut and tender to the bite, but I liked the Yuzu Gozen better.

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Special Yuzu Dessert

To cap off our meal, I had the Special Yuzu Dessert (RM50 for 2 pax). Lovely presentation and the fact that the staff were efficient and attentive made the whole experience a memorable one.

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Ambiance: 7.5/10
Price: 5/10
Food: 7.5/10 (pork-free)
Verdict: Good Japanese food and attentive service.

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Yuzu Japanese Restaurant
T236, 3rd Floor
The Gardens
Tel: 03-2284 7663

  • Credit card accepted
  • Child friendly
  • Smart casual
  • Reservation accepted
  • Pork free
  • Price range: RM150-200
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19 Responses

  1. ulric

    Yes! I prefer salmon belly too…over salmon and tuna =)

    1. Bangsar Babe

      You have expensive taste. Hard to maintain you. :P

      1. ulric

        Hey…u also sama wat :P

        1. Bangsar Babe

          Eh…I also eat tepi longkang ok! In fact, I eat at hawker places more often than posh places. This one was a treat because salary came out. :P

          1. ulric

            Same for me lar…I mostly eat ‘dai chow’ dinners on weekends…unless there’s kaki for dinner :)

          2. Bangsar Babe

            And you ALWAYS have kaki for dinner!

          3. ulric

            Sometimes same kaki is boring mah…and sometimes same kaki dun wan to go same place…so have to cari different kaki lor :P

          4. Bangsar Babe

            Hahaha…true true. ;)

  2. i have heard about this exquisite japanese restaurant! but the pricing hinders me from stepping in :/

    1. Bangsar Babe

      If you order the gozen, it’s actually quite affordable. :)

  3. Never dine in at Yuzu before because the pricing and now I’m glad to know that they also have set meal which priced quite reasonably too~

    1. Bangsar Babe

      Yes, and the gozen portion was sizeable. ;)

  4. i think they do great promotional items here from time to time too. there was a fugu set dinner a few years back that was pretty fun! :D

    1. Bangsar Babe

      Yup, I remember that too! :)

  5. Kash

    I like tempura and sashimi. As long as they are fresh, then it’s ok!

    1. Bangsar Babe

      They are fresh here. One of the best Jap places in KL, I feel. :)

  6. I love to eat japanese food..

    1. Bangsar Babe

      Me too! ;)

  7. my favorite among all food….but this comes with a pain on my wallet whenever i visited japanese restaurant…kaka

    the salmon belly does look succulent and fresh,,,yumyum…

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