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BBQ has always been one of my favourite meal as this dish is simple and with the right marinade will blossom up the full flavours of the meat. We were invited to try out a Yakiniku (Japanese BBQ meat) Restaurant outlet which is Yakiniku Ishiya @ Kota Damansara located at 58G & 60G, Jalan PJU 5/22, Encorp Strand Pusat Dagangan Kota Damansara, Kota Damansara PJU 5, 47810 Petaling Jaya, Selangor Darul Ehsan.
Yakiniku Ishiya started in Dec 2013 and is one of the household name when it comes to BBQ in Japan, we understand that there are 10 such outlets in Japan which started its roots from Kyoto Japan (which serves nothing but BBQ only).
The décor of Yakiniku Ishiya is very Japanese and even the table was specially imported from Japan and this includes the BBQ roaster set. These table and roaster set provide a smokeless BBQ and you can dine in the comfort of an air-conditioned cosy indoor area.
We understand that there are very stringent in the quality of the serving and the entire operation in that their Japanese counter parts pays them a monthly visit to ensure that there is consistency in the entire operation of Yakiniku Ishiya @ Kota Damansara.
One of the most important criteria about BBQ is in the Yakiniku recipe, Yakiniku sauce and of course the fresh quality meat and seafood which are marinated with the secret marinade recipe and the special concoction of tare (dipping sauce) which enriches the naturally flavour of the meat.
At Yakiniku Ishiya, it offers a wide variety of meats, seafoods and vegetables that are suitable for grilling, which you can order either ala-carte or as a set (which they are running a promotion). The pieces of meat are cut to precise thickness so that it will be easily cooked in the BBQ roaster without over burning it during this fun process of roasting your meat (minus the prespiration). There are specially prepared tongs for you to use for the grilling process too.
Awesome Smoked Duck – Perfect for grilling out the fats.
Fresh New Zealand Beef – just the right size, watch it turn from RED to PINK and it is ready to be eaten straight from the roaster.
No Musky Lamb Taste – New Zealand Lamb – We were surprised that the lamb does not have the usual musky smell and taste which we later found out that the chef was able to clear off the musky taste of the lamb, which is superb for those that does not really like that taste and yet like to eat grill lamb shoulder.
Juicy Tender Chicken Meat – the meat was very tender and upon roasting you can really taste the juicy meat and flavours of the marinade that goes well with the dipping sauce.
Springy Squid – As the squid was very fresh, upon roasting you can see them curl up right before your eyes and are able to taste the sweet, chewy and bouncy squid meat.
Perfect roast full of BBQ food.
Currently Yakiniku Ishiya @ Kota Damansara is having a limited promotion for you to try out the Yakiniku i.e. for RM48.00 you get to choose either three out of five meats which can be eaten by 2 person. So, head over to try out this Yakiniku.
Besides serving Yakiniku, they also serves out some other ala-carte Japanese dishes like Sushi, Ramen, Teppanyaki, Tempura and etc.
We get to sample 2 of the new specialty dishes which is the Cheese Stick- Deep fried spring roll with cheddar cheese – best eaten straight away – it is a cleverly combination of the cheese rolled into the popiah skin and deep-fried – very crispy and cheesy taste.
Golden Dragon Maki – Deep Fried Tempura Prawn and Flying Fish Roe is a very unique dish which is a Prawn maki make to resemble a dragon. It is first roll up and then deep fried with a coat of tempura batter till crisp and cut into pieces and assemble as a dragon. I gotten to eat the dragon head which the prawn head was still crispy and retains the full flavour of the prawns roe and the vinegar of the sushi rice.
We also had the Wagyu Don – which is wagyu sliced beef with special sauce. The beef was cooked to medium done and you can really taste the tender meat with the special sauce and served with the white rice.
We also tried out the Chicken Teppanyaki – it was well marinated and pan fried, the taste was flavourful and best eaten with rice.
Mixed Tempura Moriawase – The batter was crisp and the dipping sauce went well with the prawn and vegetable tempura.
For more desserts, we had the in-house made Green Tea Ice Cream With Red Beans Topping.
and Black Sesame Ice-Cream
At Yakiniku Ishiya Kota Damansara, you get to taste all the different Japanese cuisine in one restaurant. So, the next time when you are around the Kota Damansara area and yearn for some good quality Japanese dishes, then you know where the place to go.