Wagyu lovers rejoice! There’s a new wagyu restaurant in town that offers quality Japanese wagyu for cheap. What’s the catch?The owners of The Wagyu Restaurant, Lorong Yap Kwan Seng own a trading company that does wagyu wholesale. A whole Japanese Black (Kuroge Washu) from Tokushima prefecture is flown in, and hand-carved with Japanese chefs here in The Wagyu Restaurant.
Located in a bungalow building off Jalan Yap Kwan Seng, there are plenty of parking spaces around. At the ground level is where the famous Suzuki Hanten is located. It is headed by Chef Shotaro Takemura who started his career in Shisen Hanten in Tokyo and also Mandarin Orienatal Singapore; specializing in 中華料理 chuka ryori.
Chef Shotaro Takemura with Tun M and Tun Siti.
The space is inspired by the French Concession and the dancehalls and ballrooms of Shanghai in the 1920s and 30s, oozes unique old Shanghai charm.
We took a glimps at the menu and were delighted to find value for money lunch sets and reasonably priced wagyu platter (for yakiniku, promotion ends 30th October 2019).
You can also buy some fine cuts of wagyu meat home from the deli counter.
Hanten Mojito (RM 35) & Fizzy Peach (RM 18)
We started with 2 exquisite rare parts – kainomi (flap,RM 78) and shoulder top blade (RM 78). It is called rare cuts becase every Japanese cow only has one to offer of. The flap has a nice sweet and beefy flavour and is quite juicy. The shoulder top blade is more fatty and rich in taste. The loin (RM 88) is a very good cut too, it boasts a fine marbling and thus makes for the best cuts to savour the characteristic taste of wagyu beef.
Shoulder Top Blade
Wagyu Kalbi (RM 48), Wagyu Kalbi with Salt Leek (RM 48)
kalbi” is the Korean word for rib and generally stands for beef ribs. It is lean meat with a very fine marbling that tastes great. Love the mildly sweet marinate too.
Remember to order a bowl Korean Spicy Soup Risotto with Beef (RM 26) to end your meal. The rice is laden with lots of wagyu trimmings, and the kimchi soup has got great flavour. It is soul-satisfyingly good!
We will definitely return to The Wagyu Restaurant! Average spending is about RM 150 per pax, for that superb quality Japanese wagyu beef at prices that are relatively lower than other yakiniku restaurants.
The Wagyu Restaurant
Address: 20, Lorong Yap Kwan Seng, 50450 Kuala Lumpur.
Hours: Open Tues-Thurs & Sunday, 12pm-3pm, 6pm-11pm; Fri-Sat, 12pm-3pm, 6pm-12am. Closed Mondays.
Website: http://suzuki-hanten.com.my/wagyu/index.html (menu available here)