Yashi-no-me is not an easy restaurant to find, tucked in corner of an alley in Wisma Cosway. The name stands for coconut in Japanese but this quaint little café has little or nothing to do with the fruit.
The décor is a mishmash of wooden tables, leather sofas, tinted windows, old TV set and gaudy curtains, and a shelf at the corner near the front door that houses bottles of sake and Japanese whiskies.
It looked like a cross between a neighbourhood pub and a Japanese home – an ambiance that grows onto you. Not immediately, but eventually. rif has dined here several times when he had work assignments nearby and claimed Yashi-no-me serves comfort Japanese food.
He was right.
My pork katsu curry was good stuff. For RM21 (large portion) if I remember correctly, I got a generous amount of rice and curry and a sizeable piece of breaded pork tenderloin. I love how generous they are with the curry as it makes eating this a joy.
rif’s tamago buta don was also very tasty – a hearty bowl of rice with tender pork belly cooked in ginger sauce and topped with fluffy bits of egg omelette. Like my rice, the butadon came with a good amount of gravy.
Both our set came with a salad, miso soup and a choice of ice lemon tea or green tea. Our bill came up to about RM50 for the above; pretty good value for money if you ask me. And the quirky ambiance reminds me of our dating days when our wallet was tighter and we were always game for new adventures! ;)
Food: 6.5/10 (non halal)
Verdict: Comfort Japanese food done right. I would definitely return for more!
Lot G.01, Ground Floor
Jalan Sultan Ismail
50540 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03-2148 4254
Mon to Fri: 12pm to 2.30pm; 6.30pm to 12am | Sat: 6.30pm–12am
(Closed Sun & Public Holidays)