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Koyaku Japanese Dining, Taman Desa

by Bangsar Babe

Like most people, I have my go-to places when it comes to Japanese food but when the option in Bangsar closed, I’m left with little options. A friend suggested dinner at Koyaku Japanese Dining in Taman Desa, which happens to be his go-to spot for sashimi and rice bowls so Jien and I went.


Cosy interior


The place gets rather packed on a weekend so it’s best to call ahead or get there before 7.30pm. Service is alright in general but as the place fills up, things can get a bit chaotic. I had the rice bowl with karaage and mayo while Jien took the beef rice bowl.


Chicken karaage rice bowl


Beef rice bowl


Topped with a sunny side up quail’s egg

Both were good in their own right but I would recommend going for the beef rice bowl as it’s saucier and more flavourful because of the caramelised onions. Yakitori is a popular order here as well – so we tried chicken heart, chicken thigh, soft bone and quail’s egg. Decent stuff, but I still prefer the yakitori at Fukuda.


Yakitori // quail egg & chicken skin


Chicken heart and chicken thigh yakitori


Mushroom yakitori

Fans of sashimi will like that Koyaku serves them in thick slices, so you get your money’s worth. Tastewise, it’s pretty standard; fresh salmon that is firm yet melts in the mouth. I found the tempura batter a tad thick so it wasn’t as light and wispy as I wanted it to be.


Salmon sashimi


Tempura moriawase

That said, it was still decent enough and you get a good portion for the price you pay – somewhere between RM30-35 per platter. Koyaku also serves set lunch and dinner, which is reasonably priced so if you’re looking for good value, go for those.


M&M’s parfait — good for sharing but nothing to shout about

Expect to pay between RM40-80 per head, depending on what you order. I find the food decent and prices are reasonable so Jien and I will be going back every now and then.

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Ambiance: 6.5/10
Price: 6.5/10
Food: 6.5/10 (pork-free)
Verdict: Decent food, reasonable prices. If you’re looking for a fuss-free Japanese restaurant, try Koyaku.


Koyaku Japanese Dining
Faber Towers,
G9, Jalan Desa Bahagia,
Taman Desa,
58100 Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03-7890 0555
Business hours: noon till 3pm, 6pm till 10.30pm
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