Japanese Lunch: Izumi @ Nu Sentral & Sushi King, The Mines

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[Update: Izumi is permanently closed]. 

I was rushing for an interview at Nu Sentral in KL the other day. With only a few minutes for lunch, I ordered a quick chicken karaage bento (RM12.90) from a Japanese stall called Izumi at the mall’s food court. Was pleasantly surprised at how tasty the food was!

Four largish pieces of deep fried chicken –  salty and well-seasoned on the outside, crispy and juicy on the inside – lying on top of a bed of lettuce, shredded cabbage, pickled daikon and rice. The miso soup tasted good too – not like some powdery sht you get from commercial chains. For the affordable price, I think it was a good deal. No wonder the place was packed with the office crowd.

They have loads of other stuff like Ramen, Udon, Teppanyaki and more.

IZUMI JAPANESE CUISINE

Level 3, Quizinn Foodcourt, Nu Sentral Shopping Mall, KL Sentral, Kuala Lumpur

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Had Japanese food again for lunch today. Nope, I don’t get tired of it!

The nearest place for a quick fix is Sushi King at The Mines. I always grab their Mix N Match set, which costs only RM14.90 for two items of your choice. Got the Tsukimi Udon and Mini Tempura. The portion is of course, not as big as the regular one but enough for me. I like how they have fried tempura batter bits swimming in the tempura soy broth, and the half boiled egg adds more flavour. Tempura was done well and very value for money, since there were two pieces of prawn, long beans, and a piece of chicken.

Also got their Chuka Idaako (Marinated baby octopus). The version here always tastes better to me than the Sakae Sushi one.

This post was pretty random. Are you hungry yet?

The Gravy Factory, Nu Sentral KL

My philosophy in life is ‘never say no to good gravy’.

Okay, so I just made that up after my visit to The Gravy Factory in Nu Sentral, KL. It’s still true though – gravy is groovy, baby. 

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Tucked in a quiet section on the mall’s fifth floor, The Gravy Factory is spacious with tasteful black and red furniture, wooden flooring + brick walls, and patio with awesome outdoor view. The tall glass windows let in lots of natural light, so it’s the perfect place for Instagrammers to get pretty food shots lol. They had a couple of lanterns and angpau packets as deco for the Chinese New Year.

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The place prides itself in serving food with all sorts of gravy and sauces. The food is mostly Western, with a few local dishes. Soups, pastas, salads, chops, etc.

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Since it was lunch time, I went with the Hainanese Chicken Chop (Rm21.90+) set, which came served with iced lemon tea.

20160119_141011-tileThe dish was said to have been invented by the local Hainanese Chinese people, who worked for the British in colonial Malaya. It is a perfect marriage between East and West.

The version here: Sizable deep fried chicken thigh, nicely coated with crispy batter. It came served with perfectly crunchy potato wedges, mixed vegetable salad and the special sauce made from sweet onions, peas and carrots. I loved the gravy – it was like regular gravy but with a sweeter, tangier flavour. The chicken was done well too: crunchy on the outside, tender on the inside and not too fatty.

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Finished off the meal on a sweet note with their Chocolate Orange Cake (RM11.90). The server took it to reheat… I would have preferred it to be chilled. The chocolate cake was hard even after steaming, and the chocolate sauce in between was too sweet for my liking. I enjoyed the orange and caramel drizzle and caramelised orange slice though.

Overall, the food was good, service was prompt and friendly, and it’s a very nice place to chill. Would come back if I’m in Nu Sentral again 🙂

THE GRAVY FACTORY
L5.05, Level 5, Nu Sentral, Jalan Tun Sambathan, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
+603-2276 3373

Opening hours (daily): 11am – 10pm