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Robataya Izakaya @ Empire Shopping Gallery in Subang Jaya

On the way back from Klang, after a round of Bak Kut Teh? Craving for Japanese food in Subang Jaya or more specifically in Empire Shopping Gallery? There’s Robataya Izakaya in Empire Shopping Gallery. 

There are 5 Robataya restaurants in Malaysia: 4 in the Klang Valley and 1 in Penang.

  • Robataya @ PUBLIKA, D4-G3-09, Jalan Dutamas 1, Solaris Dutamas, 50480 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Robataya @ 1 Utama, G202 & G203, 1 Utama Shopping Centre, 1, Lebuh Bandar Utama, Bandar Utama Damansara, 47800 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia.
  • Robataya @ Empire Shopping Gallery, Lot G-16, Ground Level, Jalan SS16/1, Subang Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia.
  • Robataya @ SS2 , 9, Jalan SS 2/75, SS 2, 47300 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
  • Robataya @ Raja Uda , No 55G, Block D, Jalan Raja Uda, Pusat Perniagaan Raja Uda, 12300 Butterworth, Penang, Malaysia

Today’s lunch is at the Robataya @ Empire Shopping Gallery, Subang Jaya.

How to get to Robataya

A search on Google Map lists it as Robataya Izakaya Subang Empire.

If you’re taking the train, stop at the Subang Jaya LRT / KTM station, and then walk down to Empire Shopping Gallery. It is a good 15 minutes walk from the station to the mall.

If you’re driving, park at the mall’s basement parking and then take the escalator up to the ground floor. At lot G-16, it is a corner lot on the ground floor. It is just next to Din Tai Fung.

Robataya Izakaya

The founders of Robataya Izakaya wants to bring the most authentic way of Japanese charcoal grill to the diners. Many japanese restaurants use the mordern way of charcoal grill which does not retain the juiciness of the meat. Some restaurants don’t even use charcoal to prepare Japanese grill dishes. The founders went to Japan and was impressed by a century old restaurant which was using an “irori” to grill meats.

Robataya Izakaya (Our Story)

A visit to Robataya Izakaya’s website shows a walkthrough of the history behind Robataya Izakaya, izakaya, robatayaki, irori, and more.

Upon entering the restaurant, you’ll see an “irori”. What is an irori?

An “irori” (囲炉裏, 居炉裏) is a sunken hearth (fireplace) built at the centre of homes of the Japanese many years ago. The irori is used for cooking or to keep warm during winter.

I had the Katsu Toji Set (Pork) for lunch. Set came with Kushiyaki, Chawanmushi, Miso Soup, Rice, and Pickle.

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Japanese Soup Curry Garaku

It was a cold and wet autumn night. We were craving for something hot and spicy. We had soup curry as planned at Soup Curry Garaku in Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan.

Where is Soup Curry Garaku?

The restaurant is located below ground, so we walked downstairs.

Address: 〒060-0063 Hokkaido, Sapporo, Chuo Ward, Minami 2 Jonishi, 2 Chome−6−1 おくむらビルB1.

How to Get to Soup Curry Garaku

It is approximately:

  • 170 meters from Odori Station
  • 200 meters from Pole Town
  • 400-450 meters from Susukino Station
  • 450 meters from Hosuisusukino Station
  • 260 meters from Tanuki Koji tram line

Soup Curry Garaku

Let’s check out the menu. They’ve different types of soup curry dishes with chicken, shabushabu, pork, vegetable, sausage, mushroom, or lamb.

Then, select the amount of rice and the level of hotness. Rice comes in small (100g), middle (200g), or large (350g) amounts. The hotness level range from mild to standard to hot to very hot to ex hot to fire!!! You can also add on “toppings” with the curry, at additional charges.

To savour the curry in the comfort of your own home, you can also buy their soup curry powder mix.

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Tonkatsu Cravings from Malaysia to Japan

When Ma Maison Ebisu at Lot 10, Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur opened, I was first introduced to tonkatsu. What is tonkatsu? A Japanese dish of meat coated in breadcrumbs and fried.

All set meals come with rice, tonjiru (miso soup with pork), cabbage, and pickles:

  • Rosu Katsu (Deep Fried Pork Loin)
  • Hire Katsu (Deep Fried Pork Fillet)
  • Okonomi Katsu (Variety Katsu)
  • Iroiro Katsu (Assorted Katsu)
Rosu Katsu (Deep Fried Pork Loin with Cheese)
Sakana Set (Deep Fried White Fish)

If you’re coming from Lot 10 parking lot, take the escalator or lift from the 5th, 6th, 7th, or 8th floor down to the 4th floor. But if you’re coming from the Bukit Bintang MRT or monorial, take the escalator or lift from the ground floor up to the 4th floor. The 4th floor is also known as Js Gate Dining, where there are only Japanese food on this level in Lot 10.

Then in 2019, when I was holidaying in Japan, I ate the tonkatsu at Tonkatsu Wako Pole Town, Sapporo, Hokkaido.

Pole Town is an underground mall in Sapporo. As for Tonkatsu Wako Pole Town, it is very near to the Susukino Station.

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Ramen Bar Shi Shi Do

Also known as Shi Shi Do Ramen Bar (to me), is in the Gasket Alley. The Gasket Alley is not hard to miss, as it is directly opposite Jaya 1 shopping mall and behind Columbia Asia Hospital – Petaling Jaya.

The Gasket Alley is a small warehouse with restaurants, dessert outlets, an IT store, and Harley-Davidson of Petaling Jaya. Head right to the end where you’ll find the authentic Japanese Tonkotsu Ramen in Section 13, Petaling Jaya.

Where is Ramen Bar Shi Shi Do

How to get there?

If you’re not Grabbing to the restaurant, within the compound, there is a short row of visitor’s parking. Alternatively, you can park at Jaya 1 or the office complexes down the road, and walk up to the Gasket Alley.

During lunch hours or rush hours, there can be long queues outside the restaurant. So it’ll be best to go early and time yourself beforehand.

Inside the Ramen Bar

Instead of going to Japan, Japan is brought to you. And you’re transported back into time inside the ramen bar.

There is a ground and mezzanine level. On the ground floor, it feels like you’re eating in the streets of Japan in the old days of history’s past. You’re surrounded by “shophouses” and an old street lamp post in the middle.

Ramen Bar Shi Shi Do Food

The pork broth is delicately boiled and skimmed up to 48 hours to bring out the natural yet rich flavour of the finest pork bones. On top of that, the meticulously custom-made springy noodles are perfect to be slurped up with the creamy soup, alongside the tender braised pork shoulder, soft boiled egg, black fungus and spring onion. With a 9 years of history, the artisans have been focusing on serving the ultimate tonkotsu ramen, from the stove to the serving table, only for you.

Orders are made with the touch screen tablet on the table.

There are three types of ramen to choose from. Each mainly with a different meat given: pork shoulder slice (1 piece), Yakibuta (2 pieces), and Ippon Yakibuta.

Then you can choose and mix the flavour, from single, to double, and triple flavours. Single flavour consists of either pork soup, black garlic pork soup, spicy pork soup, curry pork soup, basil pork soup, and pepper spicy pork soup. From these selections, you can mix and match to double or triple flavours.

Ajitama Chashu Ramen (RM25.00)

If not ramen, you can make your own hot pot. There’s Shishido Original Tonkotsu Hot Pot and Shishido Original Spicy Tonkotsu Hot Pot.

Shishido Original Tonkotsu Hot Pot (RM22.00)

They also have three types of Tsukemen to choose from: Tonkotsu Tsukemen, Yakibuta Tsukemen, and Ippon Yakibuta Tsukemen. Like the ramen, you can also mix and match the flavours. The single flavours are black garlic pork soup, spicy pork soup, curry pork soup, basil pork soup, and pepper spicy pork soup.

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Washoku Japanese Restaurant

Japanese food is no stranger to Sea Park and Taman Paramount. There are Shokudo Japanese Curry Rice, Waffurus, and Kakiyuki @ Taman Paramount, Petaling Jaya. A new addition to the family is Washoku Japanese Restaurant.

Washoku is no stranger to Malaysia, as it already has outlets in Sunway, Bandar Kinrara, and USJ Taipan. Washoku Sea Park is a new addition to the Washoku family.

Where is Washoku

Washoku Sea Park is located in a strategic location in Petaling Jaya. Sea Park is a mature neighbourhood.

The restaurant itself is located at a cross junction. It is the intersection where Jalan 21/12, Jalan 20/7, and Jalan 20/14 meets. Many cars wait at the traffic lights and cross the junction. Hence, heavy traffic and excellent visibility.

Furthermore, the road is slopping up – giving the restaurant a commanding view and presence.

Parking is not really an issue as customers can park along Jalan 21/12 and Jalan 20/7 and walk to the restaurant. As it’s a corner shop-lot, customers can park below as the shop below is currently vacant. Alternatively, customers can also park along Jalan 21/14, Jalan 20/16, or Jalan 20/16a.

Washoku Sea Park Restaurant

Washoku Sea Park officially opened its doors to Sea Park on 8 August 2020.

Photos by Washoku Sea Park Facebook

As Sea Park and Paramount Garden are matured neighbourhoods, the customers are mixture of young and old ages.

It is a sushi train restaurant, and the spread offered is reasonably affordable. There are 4 types of plates, denoted by the colour of the plates. The sushi train plates start from RM1.70 to RM4.70. Blue is RM1.70, Red is RM2.70, Purple is RM3.70, and Yellow is RM4.70.

Photo by Vhailor on Google Maps

It has an interesting spread of sushi offered on the train and Japanese food in the menu.

Check out teasers of their menu below.

Photos by Mutiara Googlejac on Google Maps

Try out some of their Chef Recommended:

  • Mix Mushroom Soup With Rice, Healthy Pumpkin Soup With Rice
  • YakinikuGyu Set, Spicy Kimchi Gyu Set, Sukiyaki-style Zen Beef Set
  • Washoku Temaki, California Temaki, Spider Temaki, Salmon Skin Temaki, Shisamo Temaki
  • Unagi Don, Salmon Teriyaki Don
  • Tori Katsu Curry Rice, Salmon Mentaiyaki
  • Spicy Seafood Kimchi Ramen, Healthy Pumpkin (Udon/Soba/Ramen), Mix Mushroom (Udon/Soba/Ramen), Paitan Chicken Ramen
  • Hot & Spicy Tori Karaage Sushi Burger, Salmon Teriyaki Sushi Burger, Tori Karaage Sushi Burger
  • Tamagoyaki Set Meal
  • Avocado Ice Plant Salad, Moriawase Salad
  • Soft Shell Crab, Spicy Honey Gochujang

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