Edo Ichi in Bangsar South looks just like any other chain Japanese restaurants in town – I believe they have an outlet in Publika but the one at Nexus Bangsar South is easier for me to access for obvious reasons. The menu is extensive, with set meals and bento boxes that are pretty good value for money.
Service at Edo Ichi is disappointing; a huge dampener to my dining experience at the restaurant. While taking my food order, the staff in mention (Alex) decided to entertain a customer from the next table who wanted to add on a sushi roll to her initial order. My ordering process was abruptly cut when he turned his body away from our table to take the other person’s order.
While she would have found Alex “very accommodating”, I thought he was disrespectful as I was in the midst of placing my order when that happened. He was also unresponsive when rif and I asked him for some recommendations – nary an ounce of Japanese hospitality. Common sense seemed to be lost in him too, as he removed rif’s chopsticks since he had the chicken katsu curry rice, which required a fork and knife. But he failed to observe the fact that we ordered a sushi roll to share. 🙄
I had the 7-course meal (RM75) which was pretty good value for money as I got sashimi, hotate chawanmushi, a grilled fish, mini tempura set, seafood fried rice, akari miso shiru and dessert. The fried rice was delicious – well-seasoned and teased in fire for that wok hei flavour. I also enjoyed the grilled salmon with teriyaki sauce where the salmon was justly cooked and coated with just a thin layer of teriyaki sauce.
Food timing however, needed work. The sashimi, chawanmushi, grilled fish and miso soup came out almost at once, while the fried rice and tempura took longer. Since this was a 7-course, I would have appreciated better timing so I could go through each and every course on its own rather than have them all together like people do at Chinese restaurants. #justsaying
The chicken katsu curry rice (RM28) comes with a generous portion of curry but the chicken was dry. Better was the una cheese roll (RM34 for 8 pcs) where the sushi roll features cheese, picked vegetables and unagi, and blowtorched for that smoky finish.
All in, the food was reasonably commendable considering the price, but service was a real turn-off. If you’re going there for a quick meal and can’t care less about Japanese hospitality, then check out Edo Ichi. For those who want to go there for client lunches or dates, you might want to rethink your decision.
Food: 6.5/10 (pork free)
Verdict: I rather enjoyed the food at Edo Ichi but service was appalling.
Edo Ichi, Bangsar South
Unit G-4, Ground Floor,
Nexus Bangsar South,
No. 7 Jalan Kerinchi, 59200,
Tel: 03-2242 2022