Oct 23, 2009

kl: jogoya

this is a hot off my tummy post. just came back from a buffet. jogoya, is one of the well known japanese buffets in kl. i recently read about this ladies promo that the second lady only gets to pay 19.90RM ++ wow, what a steal. however, i found out that it's not applicable on fridays. too bad that i was already set for jogoya and i couldn't think of any other place to eat at so we still decided to go there. i was telling my friends it was to celebrate their brand new cars.

so here's the stuff i've tried. first is my mini hotpot, all kinds of seafoods and other food items i don't know what. i might have eaten something exotic and wouldn't have figured it out. choice of 2 broth, chicken or the xo based. of course i tried the x.o. based broth which i found more unique. there's also a sukiyaki section if you want that kind of soup/broth.

the soup is too bland for my taste, the seafoods - you can barely savor. probably because they've all been soaking in water or melted ice rather. the grumbling tummy wanted soup so this was a must. after the soup, i got me self some appetizers.

shrimp and unagi sashimi and some fresh salmon sashimi. all good, the salmon had a melt in your mouth texture. also got grilled unagi, yummy!!! below is some bamboo clams which i always think look like worms or lampreys. the flavors of the sauce were perfect, spicy with sweet basil...leaning to thai flavors. bad thing? it was too bland, the spices cannot compensate for the lack of salt in this dish and putting soy sauce would not do any good.

also got sweet chilli crabs, again, nice flavor. however, the sauce failed to seep through the crabmeat, making it tasteless and the crab didn't taste that fresh either it seemed to have been frozen for a long time. sauce good...seafood bad.

kinda a bit off but after these food items, i opted to get some dimsum hehe. the siopao just looked moist and nice and i also wanted to get siomai which my friend got but when i got there, there's none left and i had to wait for 7 more minutes, so i just opted for the seafood roll of some sort, which i believe was a good choice since my friend said the siomai wasn't that good.

decided to try more entrees. got the jogoya specials. black pepper lamb, flavorful and tender...loved it! butter fish with xo sauce was also good, rightly seasoned but i just hate the scales of the butter fish.

got some tempura too, i actually don't know if this is technically tempura since it used panko crumbs. usually breaded ebi is called furai but furai is heavily breaded like tonkatsu. this one seems to have used both batter and panko bread crumbs. anyway, it was just ok, umu still has my vote for best tempura and jogoya cooked this one with a used up oil already.

but i'm not done yet. since i wanted to eat fish tonight, everything was mostly seafood. i couldn't resist getting the grilled salmon head. love salmon...love fish heads. this one was perfectly done.

yup i'm done with the mains. let's go for desserts. i simply got lured by the nice display of assorted sweets.

jello shots and pudding of all sorts.

pies, tarts and pastries

mochi - coincidentally i was craving for mochi balls the other day.

but here's what we got.

creme caramel or leche flan...aaaack something's wrong i couldn't figure it out. my friends say it tasted like cassava or something that is a root crop. i was so disappointed.

mochi both filled with bean paste, not too keen on them. i still love dezato mochi balls. the macaron is not mine, i don't like macarons.

strawberry jello shooter...so so. coffee pudding...more like diluted starbucks coffee jelly...unknown dessert probably caramel flan...winner!!!! only thing i loved among the desserts.

there's a wider range of desserts likes vanilla and chocolate panna cotta, bread pudding, honeydew sago, an ais cendol/kacang station, waffles and haagen dazs like 6 flavors i think. beat that!

overall, jogoya has a wide range of choices though mainly focused on japanese cuisines. the appetizers section has sushi, sashimi, seafood appetizers, pickled veggies and salads. there's a sukiyaki/dimsum station, the hotpot section, the teppanyaki station, the tempura/fried foods section, the seafoods section, the hot dishes section, the grilled section, the wide array of desserts plus drinks station from fruit juices, slush, fresh coconuts, teas and coffee. the service is quite nice and efficient. some stations require you to place your table number clips in bowls in front of the dish you want and then they just deliver it to your table. no boxing out or long lines at the tempura station. the quality of dishes are relatively good and the availability of the food items is not a problem. it was a good experience indeed. the price tag? depends on the time. better check out their website for the exact prices for us, i believe dinner is the most expensive one at 88RM plus tax and service charge which came to about 100RM each. yeah i know it's like the dusit crossover buffet and you get more out of that. but the jogoya experience was really nice that i don't regret it. a little turn off is when you have to pay first before entering and the limited time you can be inside, for us it was 3 hours but then that's sufficient time unless i'm with ultimate foodies who can last up to 4 hours hehe.

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  1. Anonymous12:09 AM

    planning a foodtrip in kl..maybe u can help me

  2. sure...just lemme know what places of interest you are planning top visit