Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Nihon Kai @ Old Klang Road


Nihon Kai or as someone translated for me, Japan Street. Situated in anything unlike a street in Japan, this is more like a neighbourhood restaurant.

I had quite abit of Japanese food lately and i must say Nihon Kai stands out alot among all of them. Apparently famed for not being the freshest or the most authentic, not for their expensive prices or pretty lady waitresses, Nihon Kai to me is the;

CHEAPEST japanese cuisine in terms of quality and quantity one can get in KL.

Am i right in making such a bold statement?

Have a look at the food we ordered and make your own conclusion.

Three pieces of stuffed inari sushi. The sushi rice has bits of pickled sweet mushrooms and sesame seeds wrapped by a sweet thin piece of tau foo. The price? RM6 for three pieces, which makes it cheaper then the sushi bars and almost on par with the supermarkets!

One of the ultimate makis i have ever seen, filled with everything that you can imagine, salmon pieces, tuna pieces, crab meat sticks, pickles and ebi roe. (8 pieces for RM25) I suddenly feel that i am in dreamland.

Another find that i will never regret. Although not put together like a masterpiece, owing to the generous slices of fish that they try to stuff into the bowl, this bowl is the small portion at RM25. I can only dream how big the bowl would be for RM48. Again, the slices may not be as fresh as your 5 star restaurants, but then again when you had the creamy butterfish sliding down your throat and salmon pieces one after another, do you care?

Not only are the raw stuff cheap, their classic dishes are one of the most affordable around! The oyakodon, chicken pieces cooked with eggs, onions and a sweet broth is available for RM13. I can almost bet my pants that it will be hard to get it for this price in a shopping centre.

The Unagidon was available at RM25. The Girlfriend commented on the bones, but i was quite surprised with the firm texture as opposed to the soft ("lembik") feeling that you can get from some places.

The Tori Karaage surprisingly tasted like KFC which is a good thing, not a bad thing. I didnt see mustard being served though which would have kicked this dish up a notch. RM10 only!!

The mixed sushi plate (which i named in Flickr as Sushi-Sushi, not realising my dictionary must have been switched off) was served with premium cuts and thus the only item that would have not been out of place anywhere. For RM48, you got thick long slices of good fish on top of rice that was moulded with hands and not machine.

Address and contact details:
4-2, Jalan Telok Gadong,
Off Jalan Klang Lama Batu 3 1/2
58100 KL

Contact: 03-79823668
(from mid valley/pj, go up the flyover to jln klang lama. just before shell station, turn left to a small alley. nihon kai is the last shop at the corner)

Verdict: 4 stars out of 5 stars. Not the most refine of tastes but i cant get over the fact that i can finally go to a place to eat japanese food without blowing a big hole in my wallet, pants and etc. There will be a second time, i promise.

24 comments:

kennymah said...

The Unagidon has got my name on it! I'm such an unagi-freak... who cares about them bones, says I...

Love the name especially... Nippon Kai... Japanese and kinda Chinese-ish too. (It means 'street' in Cantonese as well, ma.)

Jackson said...

wow.... look so tempting and its cheap!! Let's go again, ok?

fatboybakes said...

oooh, countch me in, i wanna go too.
nippon kai as in japanese prostitute ah?

team bsg said...

Yr fine raw pixs remind us of a striking similarity with those offerings from one more local Japanese food stylist, the robust one just a whifff. You could propose too to have the next fooders convention here itself since there will be much leftover for sakes or tigresses( for once ) !

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

kenny: haha you say street..someone says chicken dwn there..aiyoyo..

jackson: haha when you are finally free..we shall go..

fbb: when both of us are free..then we 3 and more shall go..and no..not chicken..

bsg: haha and shall the whole team b joining us to empty their sake (fish) and sake (wine)?

ling239 said...

Nihon Kai = Japan Street ?
sure ah?
in Mandarin it is Japanese Sea wor...

the sushi looks so delicious ~ ^_^

babe_kl said...

i lurve this place too!!! really value for money

Hazza said...

Nice! Prices and quantity do sound tempting. I always liken sushi to Japanese version of yong tou foo, but thats not a bad thing ... both are equally delicious, except that one is more pricey.

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

ling239: haha yeah i asked a japanese..

babe kl: yeah super value for money

hazza: haha japanese YTF?? i dunno how you got the idea haha..theres no tau foo involved..

mimi said...

tried this b4, yummy Japanese food with reasonable price :)

Kok said...

joe,
You're cruel to show me all this great Japanese food!!! Next time bring me there! hahaha!:P

squall said...

wo...look nice and cheap!

Seaqueen said...

Wow! You're really into japanese food eh?? Hahahah!!

Simon Seow said...

Hmm..is it? From what I know street in Japanese is (道) michi not (海) kai.

Super value for money Japanese food. JFKA going there?

Simon Seow said...

http://www.britannica.com/eb/topic-30
0960/Sea-of-Japan

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

mimi: i think thats the consensus..

kok: now that you are just an hr away flight..when u coming over??

squall: as cheap as it can get..

seaqueen: yeah on the frenzy at the moment..

simon: haha maybe my pronouniciation no good when i ask my fren then.. i am not even part of the exclusive JFKA la..so wouldnt know..

Nic (KHKL) said...

nice food, nice price...and of course, nice pics!!!

bro, i think it means Japanese Sea lar...but i could be wrong lar..hehe...

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

nic: aiyoh die lar..looks like hav to amend my entry d..

myCoffee said...

The food look so good (or your photos look too good). Looks like this outlet is worth a try!

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

mycoffee: hahah must b the food la..my photos no good..

Henry Yeo said...

I will agree with you on one thing -
It is cheap. did you managed to get their private rooms?

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

henry: nope..the lighting seemed abit poor..maybe nxt time!

Chad M. said...

Totally agree with the "value for money" opinion here. I think Umai-Ya has some really amazing maki (their California maki -- 6 big pieces for RM10 -- is simply the best I've ever had), but for sashimi, Nihon Kai just can't be beat. The fish I had there on 29 March 2010 was spectacularly fresh -- salmon, tuna, butterfish, and amberjack -- and the whole sashimi set with plenty of fish, along with miso soup, steamed egg with crab and mushroom, rice, and other small accompaniments, was only RM23. We had a delicious raw salmon salad with a lovely miso dressing, two dinners, some other appetizers and free flow green tea (ocha) and our bill was only RM85 (for two). Stupendous!

Ask for table 21 if you're a couple. It's the private room for two upstairs... even has its own air-con unit. Simply brilliant... this may be my new favorite KL sushi place. :)

Rose said...

I found two baby cockroach in my
miso soup there,be careful,uwhee...
nihonkai japanese restaurant....
cheap but ......