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Zakuro Japanese Restaurant, The Scott Garden

rif has been talking about this Japanese restaurant called Zakuro Two as his bosses enjoy throwing company dinners there. According to him, prices are reasonable and food is pretty good. It wasn’t until I had errands to run around the area that we tried this place for lunch.

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Pickled papaya

In all honesty, the décor wasn’t much to shout about – very minimalist with scatters of Japanese elements here and there. Zakuro Two also offers private rooms for larger groups and those who want more privacy.

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Beef Sukiyaki Set

The set lunches are pretty value for money (starting from RM19.50 onwards); my beef sukiyaki set cost RM28 and comes with an appetizer, rice and miso soup. Tastewise, this beef sukiyaki fared better than the one at my regular place in Bangsar.

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Beef slices that were still pink at the centre

It had a good balance of sweetness and umami, and I liked how they didn’t overcook the beef slices. Pity the appetizer was hardly appetizing else they would have scored better.

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Agedashi Tofu

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Chicken katsu set

rif’s ordered a 2 in 1 Chicken Katsu Set (RM28.50), which came with an extra chawanmushi and agedashi tofu. The steamed egg was tasty and of just the right texture – firm yet wobbly enough to scoop, and flavourful. Also good was the tofu, batter fried till crispy on the outside and served in tentsuyu broth.

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Chawanmushi

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Chicken katsu

The chicken katsu was nothing to shout about though. This was a bit overcooked so the meat was dry and the outside, hard. I also had a soft shell crab handroll (RM11) which was not too bad. Handrolls aren’t really my thing because I find them full of rice. Zakuro’s version had a good amount of crab and just enough rice. Pretty tasty.

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Soft shell crab handroll

Our bill came up to slightly under RM70 for the above. Not too bad for what we had. Service is decent but not particularly warm. Can’t blame the staff and the place is a full house during lunch hour.

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Interior

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Ambiance: 6.5/10
Price: 6.5/10
Food: 6.5/10 (pork free)
Verdict: Pretty good set lunches and according to rif, the ala carte items are worth trying.

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Zakuro 2

Zakuro Japanese Restaurant
The Scott Garden,
1-36, First Floor,
289, Jalan Klang Lama,
58000 Kuala Lumpur.
Tel : 03=7987 8148
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