Sunday Lunch @ Rakuzen, Chulan Square

A gathering. A reunion.

Date: 09.09.07

Time: 12 pm sharp

Venue: Rakuzen @ Chulan Square

Theme: All you can eat! yup.. all you can eat for RM55++ !!

Dear readers,

I hereby would like to share with contentment, on our terrific lunch session the other day. Other than the great deal of price, highly satisfying food, it’s also a come together devotion with all my soul mates! My 3 kakis of sistas, deary thoughtful Chris, innovative Lick and Yen’s better half, the intellectual Eldrick! What’s more happier was that Khee is back! Taking a break from her pressured and stressing medical course in India.. she certainly had lots of stories to tell although she kept mumbling and complaining non-stop about how much fatigue she had experienced! Don’t wanna mention any “eewy-gooey” stuffs that she had gone through in her forensic class! Let’s not spoil the atmosphere of enjoying the desired qualities of Japanese food!

Our enthusiastic and heated state of mind of possessing pleasure in the restaurant along with such great companies made us thought that everything we ordered and served were a thumbs up! No complaining.. No dissatisfaction expressed… except “Ho Jiak!”*smiles*

When each of us had the menu in our hands, we can’t stop ordering! *pleased* Poor waiter that served our table full of gluttons! Have to take note of our many requests! Well…. he did smile a little, I suppose 😛 We placed order like there is no tomorrow! Love this feeling!
The buffet is only otherwise on for Sunday lunch hour: 12pm till 3pm. On other days, it’s ala carte they’re offering. I find that having ala carte meals here is kinda costly. The buffet session is much better off and value for money. Are there any difference in the quality of food besides the different price range?

Lets get hungry again with all these dishes that we ordered that day!

For starters, we had Chuka Iidako (seasoned baby octopus), Chilli Ika (chili cuttlefish), Chuka Chinmi (seasoned scallop) and Chuka Wakame (seasoned seaweed). However, AiWei’s order of of seasoned jellyfish did not turn up. This was a busy hour in the restaurant and the staffs sometimes mixed our orders up. Some not ordered but end up on our table. Nonetheless, we walloped everything! *haha*

Seasoned Seaweed

2 starters that I missed out earlier.. we had too many! The Atsuyaki Tamago (Japanese Omelette). I didn’t get to try this as I was busy eating and carried away with pictures taking!

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Another starter: The Edamame (boiled green soybean). A healthy snack for us all 🙂

The Chawanmushi. Silky, soft and smooth texture with tasty and distinct flavour! I had 2 of this!

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Agedashi Tofu, the tofu tempura with sauce. I will not miss this out for sure since I’m a tofu lover! Appealing! attractive!, said my taste bud 🙂

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Tempura Mariowase, the assorted tempura. Since I can’t take prawns due to allergy, *pouts!* took other tempura vege instead. Hot and cripsy.. Interesting! Pipping hot!

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Here comes my favorite platter of Sashimis! Ordered 2 times for these! Thick and fresh raw servings that purify my appetite! Maguro (fresh tuna), Shiromi (white meat fish) and Sake (Fresh salmon) left us a pleasantly satiated feeling ;P Hmm.. still prefer the sake served at Kampachi.. I missed them sooo much!

I really fancied the Unagi Kabayaki (roasted eel). Gravy embedding the meat tenderized it firmly. Salivate ppl!

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Time for some servings of Temaki! I had the Salmon Temaki while Chris went for their Soft Shell Crab Temaki. Preferred the soft shell crab handroll!! A better option.. 🙂

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Oh.. I’m in heaven!
My long awaited Soft Shell Crab! They’re a temptation at heart! Lured me excessively.

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Their grilled Chicken Teriyaki was not up to my expectation though. Not incredibly tasty enough. Still looked decently delicious, that’s why I’m tempted to have them!!

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Chris made a special order of Shishamo (Grilled Smelt) for himself and Lick. AiWei joined in their smelt feast as well. I took a little as I’m not a big fan of this, what we known as the “pregnant fish”. Lotsa eggs! The others were reluctant to have them ;P

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Choosing over Teppanyaki dishes?? You got it! Chicken Teppanyaki was considerably sensational.

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Let’s not forget about sushis as well when dining in a Japanese restaurant! All of us had the Ebikko (Shrimp Roe), California Maki, and Soft Shell Crab Maki!! Delicious-Nya! Especially the Soft Shell Crab Maki that I craved for most!

~the Makimonos~

Saba Shioyaki, the Grilled Mackerel had my vote. Needless to exaggerate more, take a look!

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Here comes the tastiest dish!! I love having these at Kampachi! and they serve it here as well? Oh.. Love it. Love it! Beef in Suki-yaki style, Kimuchi Nabe (Kimuchi Soup Base Hot Pot, with seafood and chicken) and Yanagawa Nabe (Burdock-Simmer, choice of unagi or beef). The soup base was a terrific one. Meats penetrated with essential taste of yummy broth!

Beef in Suki-yaki style
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Kimuchi Nabe

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Yanagawa Nabe

Definitely will not miss out any desserts of course! 2 scoops of Macha (Green Tea) Ice Cream for each of us quenched our
desire for the only Japanese sweet course offered. More please! Some of them made an additional order. Sigh.. but not me 🙁 *was still coughing*

Grean Tea Ice Cream

Great ambience…
Matching interior….


Overall, the service was so-so… as some of the foods ordered were not served. However, I would still love to dine again in this sumptuously rich profile restaurant 🙂 A meal given in profusion… perhaps a revisit when I’m lacking the restraint in spending money. *hehe*

AiWei and I managed to combat our hunger as we dedicated ourselves, busying with snap shooting of various food layed beautifully before us first!! Ate afterwards. Thanks to Chris too for aiding me in photos taking, u can take lots of nice pics! and AiWei for providing me the missing pics!! ~xie xie~

Enough of foods?Here’s the shares of…
Portraits denoting the day!

Lick loves Edamame

Lick and Khee~ the doctor-to-be

Meet the floggers! *grin*
Chris~ another affectionate person
Yen & Eldrick ~ the loving duo

With my 3 bestest gal and lucky Lick!

Rakuzen Japanese Restaurant
Block B, Lot 2A, Chulan Square,
92, Jalan Raja Chulan
50200 Kuala Lumpur
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Tel: +603-2145 6200

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14 Replies to “Sunday Lunch @ Rakuzen, Chulan Square”

  1. yummy! anyways.. i still think that their ala-carte items taste much better ;)do drop by their hartamas outlet, nice ambience!

  2. Wah, you guys really can eat so much! I’m so tempted to try them out after so much good review on the food.

  3. a long long post you have but it is very interesting! ^^ hehe.
    it was real fun to hang out with you guys. looking forward to another outing. by the way, the food in rakuzen really a ‘thumb-up-one’.

    the ‘pregnant fish’ very yummy. must take more shishyamo! but then the 3rd round we ordered this also nv turn up >.< gik sei!

  4. Hello there. Thanks for dropping by my blog! Your makan session looks fantastic!! I was drooling at the photos!

  5. ♥ ♡ Alvin ♡ ♥ says: Reply

    I never try hartamas branch yet. Will try it later. hmm… ambiance is nicer than Chulan Square?

    Oh Mei yen, the ala-carte taste better than buffet ah? lol.. I already tried there ala-carte but not buffet. Hmm.. but i think RM55+ is worth.

  6. Alamak… u make me fel like wanna try it now!!!

  7. everything looks so SO heading there after exams:)..happy studying:)

  8. wenching & esiong says: Reply

    this place looks good. there’re a few other good restaurants to dine in in chulan square too. can’t wait to try rakuzen out. but did u mention that they did not serve some food? that’s bad isn’t it??

  9. ~Christine~Leng says: Reply

    meiyen~ sure will want to drop by 🙂 but.. have to gather extra savings first! 😛

    jason~ do try! do try! you’ll love it I’m sure 🙂 and take lots of nice pics k?

    aiwei~ yea.. some orders didn’t turn up I realized. but it’s still a nice eat out 🙂 we enjoyed, didn’t we?? more to come… hehe

    wokandspoon~ thx for visiting too! It was a fantastic one definitely. Should consider giving urself a treat to this restaurant 🙂

    alvin~ You’ve tried their ala carte rite? go try out the buffet session and let me know what you think ya? 🙂 Hope you’ll enjoy it.

    jackson~ hurry! go try soon.. I mean now! ;P

    huiyen~ hi gal 🙂 thx for dropping by! MUST go try after exams! It’s not 100% terrific but for the price you pay, I think it’s really value for money. Happy studying too!

    wenching&esiong~ you’ll be satisfied, japanese food lover! yea.. not really satisfied with the overall service. but didn’t let that affect my mood though. Was busy eating! haha..
    Hope i could visit those restaurants nearby when I’ve the time. Have you tried any?

  10. Can I have some of the California maki please? 😀 Food is always tastier when shared with friends. Sounds like you had a whale of a time.

    Your Love Coach

  11. ~Christine~Leng says: Reply

    yeah. It’s definitely fun. especially with more friends.. besides, you can get to try more variety! you should check this place out if you have the time 🙂
    The makimonos are not bad. Tasty! 🙂

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