Thursday, 9 August 2018

Eatomo Food Co @ Taman Desa

Ever since our usual go-to Japanese restaurant's standard has dipped and hasn't been all that great lately, Eatomo Food Co @ Taman Desa has been our preferred choice for reasonably-priced Japanese food.

So far, we've been continuously impressed with the standard and consistency of the food they put out in our numerous trips to the place (check out my previous reviews here, here and here).  In this visit, I was glad to finally see a much more organised, better categorised and laminated menu (with corresponding pictures of the food) instead of many loose pages (bound hastily together) that confronted me in previous visits.

We started with one of their best-sellers and a firm favourite of ours, the Wok-Fired Spicy Gyutandon @ RM18.90 of prime beef tongue stir-fried with 3 types of, green and bird's eye chillies in a spicy shoyu and garlic sauce (I remember it having only red chillies the last time I had it).  Still as good, still a favourite (but you may want to hold the bird's eye chillies if you can't take the heat).

No Japanese meal is complete without a dose of mentaiko, so an order of Mentaiko-Seared Tamadon @ RM14.90 is a must.  Four thick slices of fluffy-sweet tamago, blanketed by savoury-creamy mentaiko that's blowtorched to smoky perfection and (this time) even finished with a sprinkling of salty furikake for an absolutely yummy combination of savoury-creamy-sweet flavours.  Kids would adore would (some) adults! ^.^

I noticed a section of the menu with choices of pasta/mains which weren't there when I was here last.  I zeroed in on the Halibut Fish & Chips @ RM32.90 as the words 'real Pacific Halibut fillet' got my attention. ^_~

The two sizeable pieces of golden battered Halibut fillet was served with fries, a green salad with sesame dressing and a homemade tartare sauce.  The fries tasted freshly fried, the greens (of lettuce, purple cabbage and corn) were fresh and crisp and the tartare sauce (with chopped onions and gherkins) was the ideal accompaniment for the fish and chips.

I liked that I could taste the seasoning in the crunchy batter while the fish was fresh and flaky, perhaps a tad too flaky in my opinion.  It flaked too easily coz as soon as the fork went through it, the fish broke into little pieces making it a little difficult to pick up and eat.  Not my favourite fish & chips.

I've been wanting to order their cast iron speciality of Lemon Butter Clams @ RM27.90 (regular, double for sharing at RM44.90) for a while now as I've heard how good they are.

I can see why this is a best-seller as it was really good.  The lightly cooked live clams were fresh with flavours of the sea but it was the moreish lemon butter and garlic sauce that made it truly stand out.  And serving it in a cast iron pot keeps the clams and sauce really hot and that's why I love it even more! ^o^

All made-to-order seafood pots come with a side of gourmet fries, calrose rice or French baguette.  The recommended side (also the default side unless you state otherwise) for this was calrose rice but I was glad I changed it to the baguette as the well toasted and crisp bread was a good 'vehicle' to soak up the lemon butter sauce.  Though the sauce was slightly salty on its own, it went very well with the bland bread.  I wish I had more bread to soak up all that lovely sauce.

Refillable Green Tea is RM2.90 and all rice bowls come with a complimentary bowl of miso soup for dine-in.

My Personal Opinion

We're always assured of a good meal each time we visit and have no complaints with the standard of the ingredients and cooking consistency of the food served here.

Get one of their poke bowls or rice bowls and you won't be disappointed.  And don't wait until now (like me) to finally try their cast iron seafood.

With another branch in Publika and their latest addition in Bangsar, choose any one of their three branches that's convenient to you if you're looking for a good and affordably-priced Japanese meal.

Eatomo Food Co
11-1-1 Jalan 4/109F
Taman Danau Desa
Jalan Kelang Lama
58100 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03-2303 1608


  1. The Taman Desa branch is actually the closest to me too and would be the one I’d pick - I like the laidback neighbourhood feel here, compared to the understandably more commercialized vibes in Solaris and Telawi :) wonder where the fourth Eatomo might land :D

    1. Perhaps in the city centre? ;) I like to go to the Taman Desa branch because of the abundance of parking right beneath the restaurant (and for their consistent cooking). I read that this branch had to close shop for a couple of days to help out the Bangsar opening.

  2. I plan to visit this place really soon and try the Lemon Butter Clams. My wife who is allergic to most seafood could eat these clams! Her birthday is coming soon!

    You highly recommended Mentaiko-Seared Tamadon too. This is a new dish to me which I must not miss.

    1. Glad to hear that your wife can at least eat clams...yay! ^_* You can both order a rice or poke bowl and share the clam dish. If you like unagi, I highly recommend the unagi bowl here :)

  3. Looks like this is one of your favorites with many repeat visits. Perhaps I could go to the Publika or Bangsar outlets as those locations are more accessible to me.

    1. Yes, you must drag your brother to any one of the, fast! It's good Japanese food at very affordable prices. ^.^

  4. A simple dish of tamago with mentaiko can evoke a sigh of satisfaction for me, I like both ingredients!

  5. Been to their publika branch quite a few times!

    1. Yup, this place is a regular spot for us too.

  6. The lemon butter clams would be my order.


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