Foodie Hunt: Kura, Be Still My Heart

Food, needless to say, is one of my passions. The consumption of it. Not the preparation. Thus, I felt that for my first foodie review, it should be of one of my favourite restaurants of the moment, Kura. Now, I am a real sucker when it comes to Japanese food. And Kura has hit the mark every single time! I have been here more than 5 times now and it just keeps getting better. As I needed to get tickets for the upcoming (I can’t wait!) Beyonce concert, we simply drifted off to Kura for dinner.

Kura is located on the first floor of the One World Hotel. Bet you didn’t know they served good food in the hotel with it being next to 1 Utama. There is a door that connects the two buildings so you can shop till you drop before winding down with a scrumptious dinner.

Now, the place looks like a maze from the moment you step into the outlet. There is a section, which can be viewed from the outside that looks like a Japanese garden.

Another section houses the sushi table, where the chefs are busily preparing your sushi and sashimi orders, there are a few cubicles for a more intimate dining experience, a smoking section, a non-smoking section, and a few other areas I myself have not been into. Walk around and take your pick I say!

Onto the menu, it is HUGE to say the least. I get greedy when I see menus like these. With nice colourful pictures, and even cooler food choices! They even have fugu (puffer fish) and matsutake mushrooms! However, we were presented with a smaller extra menu last night, called their Shokuyoku no Aki menu. Translation, Autumn menu. Even more good stuff to choose from!

In the end, we ordered the Autumn Roll from the well, Autumn menu, as well as 2 Set Dinners (I love these!). They were the Sushi to Yakiniku Zen and the Unagi Kabayaki Zen. Kura has Set Dinners ranging from RM 32 to RM 85.

One thing I really love about this place, they have fresh wasabi! Okay, I personally dislike the stuff but my dining companion, can eat it on its own! you do have to request for it though. otherwise, you get the normal stuff. apparently it’s a totally different experience! Try it for yourselves and let me know.

First came the salad, nice fresh, crisp greens with cherry tomatoes and onions topped with dressing.

Then, the Autumn Roll! This was REALLY good! Too bad greedy me forgot to take a side view picture. Inside the roll are salmon, crabmeat, mushrooms, and omelet topped with slices of wonderful avocado and ikura (salmon roe). Delish I must say! The seaweed, although soft (not the crispy type), was so easy to bite through it just melted.

Next, the Sushi to Yakiniku Zen arrived. Consisting of the salad (from earlier), chawanmushi, miso soup, bowl of mushrooms, 7 pieces of delectable sushi, fruits, and of course, the beef itself. This dish doesn’t come with rice as you get that from the sushi. Beef was nicely done, this was a first. A word of caution to those non-wasabi eaters like myself, they do add a little of the green stuff between the sushi. So do bring this up when ordering and have it removed.

This is my love. The Unagi Kabayaki Zen. I rarely eat unagi (grilled eel) in Malaysia. I find it is always not up to my standards but this place, I have it all the time! My set consisted of a bowl of rice, pickles, miso soup, fruits, bowl of mushrooms, chawanmushi, and my favourite, the eels themselves (how many times have I mentioned my love for this?). Perfectly marinated, not too sweet, tender, and yummy. Although, being eel, they do have some small bones in them. So do take care when eating this.

Alas, that was the end of our meal. No space for dessert yet again. Although some do look very promising! Next time perhaps. The uni (sea urchin roe) is good too. So too are their sashimi!

Kura is a pork free restaurant. They sell alcohol though. They serve lunch and dinner, although I have never been there for lunch. I wonder why.

Kura Restaurant
One World Hotel
Bandar Utama
Petaling Jaya
Tel No: 03 – 7681 1111

Tip: Park in 1 Utama if you can. The parking fee at the hotel is pretty high. But beware, the door that links the two buildings closes at 11pm!

Have you ever been to Kura? Do share your thoughts on the place. If not, recommend me some other Japanese places to visit!

Disclosure: I was not compensated for this review financially or otherwise. Everything mentioned are my own thoughts based on my experience.

Must Go’s: Kiehl’s Party: What An Event!

This is a very late post. One I probably should have written long ago. For that I am TRULY sorry. But that said, it is still better late than never! So I was amongst the lucky guests invited to attend the Kiehl’s Party hosted by Von Von on the 8th of August. It was held at the flagship store in Pavilion KL. At first I was shocked as they were actually having it within the Kiehl’s store premises. A shocker as there would be normal customers walking in and out as well as the other guests. I knew it was to get crowded.

The party started off with Nadia, PR of Kiehl’s, introducing herself and then having the hostess do so as well. Then all the guests were “invited” to introduce themselves as an ice-breaker.

Then came the video presentation on Kiehl’s, with Nadia providing extra details.

After that came Play & Mingle Time. Some people drifted off to the yummy table of food, ordered from blogger FatBoyBakes and cooler of drinks in between. The food was delish, the company wonderful.

We got to play with anything and everything in the store, including the kiddie section! But that’s another story.

We were also introduced to their Ultra Facial range, with Ice Man included! Very exciting.

Ice Man looked so cute with his frosty icicles, seen here with Miu and Von Von respectively. I went round and round the store playing and testing, sniffing and reading everything. I think their videocam had a lot of fun tracking the same person going on a bit of a Merry-Go-Round that day.

And of course, there were the goodie bags. A whole table full of them! Those cute baggies surprised everyone who opened them. 2 deluxe-sized samples consisting of 1 Ultra Face Cream or Moisturizer and 1 Formula 133 Hair Conditioner and Grooming Aid, not including the samples provided to all guests after consulting with the Kiehl’s Customer Representatives (KCRs)!

Kiehl’s also offered all guests a further RM 10 off every RM 100 purchase that day. Boy, I don’t think anyone left empty handed! Not counting the goodie bags of course. I sure didn’t! So what did I get for my first (but NOT last) haul??

The Gently Exfoliating Body Scrub in ‘Pear Tree Corner’ (must try!!), Lip Balm #1 (review coming up soon!), and the much raved about Dermatologist Solutions Ultimate White Surface Brightening Exfoliator (reviewed!)!!

The group photo (what was left of the invited guests anyway), everyone was so busy playing and mingling we totally forgot to take it earlier.

Overall, I couldn’t have asked for a better Party! The food great, the atmosphere buzzing with excitement, the KCRs extremely helpful and generous, and the hauling…slighty greedy. Now I know what to put on my wishlist!! So a BIG THANK YOU to Von Von for hosting, to Kiehl’s for allowing us the pleasure of messing up your store (I know we did!), to Nadia (PR) and Yvonne (Retail Manager) and the rest of the KCRs for having us and being so helpful and knowledgeable. I can only hope this won’t be the last of it. You’ll be seeing me around Kiehl’s pretty soon I presume!

* Some piccies come courtesy of the lovelies, Von Von and Miu. Sorry I had to steal some piccies!

By Abby

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