Apparently the Canadian Embassy closes at 4.00 pm sharp these days (even though the website says 4.30 pm). Anyway, it was obvious that a quick fuss free lunch was in order. Besides, taking half day leave meant only being able to get into the heart of town, at the earliest, 2.00 pm which didn’t leave us much time really.
Since one of our all time favourite restaurants Fukuya was just around the corner, it didn’t take long for Cumi to convince me to eat there.
Below is the Fuku-fuku Lunch – RM38.00 (you get a choice of two main dishes PLUS all the trimmings… a steal really!)
The Fuku-fuku lunch is great for Executives on the go. Fast, convenient, healthy (i.e. low in grease therefore no snoozing off at the P.C.) and above all tasty! Here you see the choice of 2 side dishes being the Salmon and the Cod which came with an appetizer, salad, steamed egg, custard, rice, miso soup, pickles and dessert. For me, it’s always a tough one deciding between the Lunch Set and the Kaiseki.
The main difference I would say is that the Kaiseki is daintier in presentation and more refined in taste. Price wise, the Kaiseki would make a bigger dent in the wallet as well.
Kaiseki originates from the Japanese 16th century tea ceremony and celebrates the seasons using only fresh, natural and local ingredients (in our case, imported la, from Japan:P). It is extremely posh. The Rolls-Royce of Japanese.
In other words, in authentic Japanese cuisine, the craft’s highest art from is, Kaiseki. You will not find Kaiseki on a conveyor belt in OH! Sushi.. never.
Anyway, the first platter arrives. Kaiseki is a meal of courses, consisting of a number of small dishes: steamed dishes, simmered dishes, and grilled dishes. It often includes sliced raw fish (sashimi), sushi, grilled fish, soup, rice and so on.
The basic kaiseki course served includes one kind of soup and three kinds of vegetable dishes. In addition it also typically comes with a cup of clear soup called hashiarai (which means washing chopsticks), a plate called hassun, which presents a few kinds of vegetables and seafood and pickles called konomono. Although each dish holds only a small serving, it’s good to take your time to eat, being sure to ENJOY the presentation of the food and the atmosphere of your surroundings, your partner.. your neighbour’s partner…
Actually my dessert kind of reminded me of a Geisha. Porcelain white face with red kissable rosebud lips (or strawberry red lips as the case may be…) Oh, all right.. enough day-dreaming… many more chores to finish before the clock strikes four.
Verdict: The Kaiseki – Overall the food was good but there was nothing outstanding about the simmer dishes. If I was looking out for flavours I had not encountered, vegetables I didn’t recognize or freshness of ingredients that bowled me over, then I was a little disappointed. Having said that, this was still an incredibly satisfying experience.. just not.. the best! (Kyoto is the best for Kaiseki.. but that’s like too far to go for lunch isn’t it.)
Verdict: The Fuku-fuku Lunch – Very reasonable and highly recommended. Japanese in fine dining surroundings does not come any cheaper!
Finally, Fukuya Jalan Delima is actually starting to look a little run-down. We noticed that the paint on the walls were starting to flake and crumble. Exposed corridors were used as storage space for unused chairs and tables. Well, if you want to enjoy the Kaiseki experience in the newer branch, One Bangsar has a Fukuya (Erm, no.. actually scratch that.. just heard via comments from SEAN and JOE .. and now FBB , that Fukuya Bangsar has closed down. Times truly are bad).
Let’s hope the surviving Fukuya survives a little longer so you can check out their Kaiseki, if you haven’t already…
Fukuya Japanese Restaurant,
9A Jalan Delima,
Tel: 603 -2144 1022
The Value for Money Fuku-Fuku Lunch:6.5/10
MSG levels: low
Sodium levels: moderate