As I needed to visit Great Eastern Mall to replenish the stock of 'salmon sashimi' for my four-legged friend and since I've eaten at quite a few places here already on previous visits, Kiku Zakura @ Great Eastern Mall was my choice this time.
So, our first order of the day was....you guessed it...the Kani Bakudan Burger @ RM33 which is a soft shell crab burger with a choice of charcoal bun.
The soft shell crab's size was slightly bigger than the bun...yay! What's not to like...it was fresh, crispy and oh-so-good!
The soft shell crab burger was served with an Onsen Tamago. [#Note: An Onsen Tamago is a Japanese low temperature egg (tamago) traditionally slow cooked in its shell in the water (70C) of hot springs (onsen) in Japan...of course, it's now cooked in a temperature controlled water bath. I guess it's similar to the western's version of a 63-degree or 75-degree egg.]
The soft pillowy texture of the charcoal bun was perfect for soaking up the creamy, oozy egg yolk that was running off. Imagine sinking your teeth into something that breaks and oozes down your mouth...it's bonkers! It was a mess alright....but it's better to have enjoyed and made a mess than never to have enjoyed at all :D
We also ordered an Ebi Mitsuba Tempura @ RM18 which is a prawn and vegetable tempura which was totally disappointing! You'd have to go on a 'treasure hunt' to find the prawns :(
Our drinks for the evening:
Hot Green tea @ RM2...loved the Geisha print on the tea cups ;)
My Personal Opinion
A must-try is probably their Japanese Bakudan Burgers. I'd say the food is fair (as long as you don't order any tempura) and reasonably priced too. I did like the soft shell crab burger and unagi.
I think they're are quite well known for their fresh sashimi but I wouldn't know as I didn't have any.
Kiku-Zakura Japanese Restaurant
Lot 13 Level 3 Great Eastern Mall
No 303 Jalan Ampang
50450 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03-4253 2560