Now Ishin is a newly established Japanese restaurant housed in a 2 story bungalow facing the main streets of Old Klang Road. Turn left after you pass the Vikas International school, you will be greeted with a nice bright red logo of the restaurant. Stepping into a rather spartan facade which will be slowly enhanced as time past, you are shielded from the noise and bought into Japan as you are greeted with Chef Q's delights.
Trying to build a reputation for Kaiseki, the chef will oblige to serve for anything between RM100 onwards for a complete dinner meal and RM50-RM80 for a quick lunch.
Focusing on fresh and in season ingredients, our first dish of our RM150++ Kaiseki dinner is an assorted appetiser featuring a stalk of the cherry blossom as decor surrounded by broadbeans, japanese tomatoes, sea snail and snapper sushi. Starting with the gigantic version of an edamame which had a smokiness to it from the grilling, followed by extra sweet tomatoes with a lower water content for a more concentrated flavour, proceed to a huge juicy sea snail and end with a snapper sushi ball.
The bones and the prawn heads are taken away to be deep fried to the crisp and you can chew on them, bones and all.
The highlight of the night, the A5 top grade wagyu beef, stone grilled style. From the marbling, you would not expect anything but the best and thats what we got. Almost eating fats but in a good way, we rationed a slice and a half per person, all dreaming what it would be like to eat it as a steak.
The meal finishes off with a carbohydrate, the sakura soba. Chilled pink tinted noodles, this was refreshing and ensure that one was full for the price paid.
There is an assortment of flavours and you get to choose 1 scoop of either wasabi, green tea, lavender, sakura, peach or black sesame. While i found some with a sorbet texture, the flavours and creaminess was full bodied like an ice cream. Perfect way to end the meal.
As if the above wasn't enough for a normal meal for one, Chef Q had to come up with a few more dishes to tantalise the palate.
The highlight of the place isn't the ambience eventhough it was comfortable but the presentation of the food. After having a chat with the chef, we found out a tiny box of cherry blossoms used in our decor costs RM70 and thats not cheap decoration by all means but he goes the extra mile to make it look dainty and pretty.
So if you are looking for a place to splurge and be excited with whats in season, do give them your budget and feast on a kaiseki. The ala-carte menu looks reasonable and has a good range of items with foie gras and more wagyu beef action.
Address and contact details:
No. 202, Persiaran Klang
Batu 3 3/4
Off Jalan Kelang Lama
58000 Kuala Lumpur
Tel : +60 3 7980 8228
Fax: +60 3 7981 0011
Lunch from 12-3 and Dinner from 6-10.30pm, open 7 days a week (apparently)
Join them on facebook for 10% discount (as per their website)
No pork served
Verdict: 4 stars out of 5 stars. The fact that we only knew about the price after the meal only made this more memorable as estimates for the meal ranged from RM200-RM300 per pax. The quality stood out and the presentation was fancy which only make me want to go back and eat very very soon on my own account.
Thanks so much to Delectable Su for the invitation and recommendation, who by the way has just turned 1!