Monday, April 12, 2010

Ishin @ Off Old Klang Road, Kuala Lumpur (Part 2)

As a food blogger and as a reader, the worse thing to come across is; a post that talks about food that bought the fellow to heaven and back to earth, lures you in like a helpless mouse to cheese and then all you get is a big trap that bites you in the ass.

Just the week before, i wrote a review on Ishin (fully paid meal, of course) and experience the cliche moment; the food bought us to heaven and back to earth.

So who could resist when we found ourselves in the area on a Saturday night? What more with a new camera? Did someone say a new camera?

Although yes, we didn't have the budget to go for a Kaiseki moment, we ordered some ala-carte items.

I must say though, this time, we were no where near heaven.

I remember Chef Q commenting that many of his customers follow him whereever he works at because of the sashimi. The salmon colours definitely looked the part and the portion was generous for RM25. However, it wasn't as chilled as we had the other day and the texture was disappointing. A comparison would be eaten normal chicken vs. kampung chicken and today, we had the normal lifeless chicken.

Not satisfied, the Wife mentioned that the butterfish we had that day was also mouthwatering. So we ordered and what we got again was sub par. The fish had obviously been defrosting for quite awhile and you got water content in the fish that was not pleasing. Another RM25 badly spent.

After eating, i realised that there was no proper fridge to store their fish as they display their raw fish in containers on top of their ice display at the sushi bar. They might want to think twice of doing that because diners eating at 9pm wouldn't get the same quality as people eating at 6pm.

The Nasu Dengaku, the eggplant in citrus sauce was also disappointing in our books. The sauce was overpowering and had too much smokiness. (RM8)

The Chef special maki RM28 was a saviour thankfully. Prawn tempura with avocado and lots of ebiko. The ebiko was fresh and each individual egg had a nice pop when you bit into it.

The Niku Soba (RM23) thankfully was also comforting. Generous amounts of beef slices, leeks and a comforting broth, the only error made (on our part) was to order it with soba and not udon. I suppose the urge to order cold soba didn't make us think straight.

I suppose after being in heaven, it is quite hard to please the palate again and the only way to find out whether the place deserves a third time, i need to save money for another kaiseki moment.

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As a serious food blogger, i don't want to misinform my readers too so looks like after another round of Ishin, the place can be heaven or earth depending on what you order.

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On another note, a pity the Panasonic Lumix FX 48 we got wasn't really up to scratch as the white balance was totally off at the intelligence auto mode. Need to play with it awhile more and hopefully more pictures as i can carry it out everywhere unlike my DSLR.

19 comments:

J said...

Hmmm... well I guess most restaurants (unfortunately) have good days and bad days...

Its sad though when you know they are capable of much higher standards! :(

Sean said...

yikes ... i've also been experiencing hits and misses at this place. been wanting to try their premium items, including the duck liver with unagi, but not sure if they're worth the risk, considering the steep prices!

babe_kl said...

you know, i hate to say this... there are times when food tasted so Heavenly cos it was a special review but turn Hell when you go back there subquently. worst when u tell frens about how Heavenly they are but turn out Hell for them too :(

CUMI & CIKI said...

i feel like im seeing double! just read ahpa's!

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

babekl: n thats the sad bit isnt? it makes us look like we r ppl who sell their souls for some free food.

sean: well main complaint seem to lie with their sashimi that nite. i do hope the exp stuff works out.

j:tats the most disappointing part i suppose

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

c&c: coincidence la haha.

kampungboycitygal said...

so ur advise is go earlier n opt for kaiseki instead for ala carte? itching to go lar :p

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

kbcg: yes!! sounds about rite hor?

Bangsar-bAbE said...

That's disappointing! I hate it when the butterfish is watery...

thule a.k.a leo said...

*note to myself* remember not to let Jenn see this or else she might drag me all the way there :P

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

bbabe: a pity bcos we tasted fresh stuff here.

leo: hah the bit on having kaiseki only?

J2Kfm said...

Hard to maintain the quality for every single item, and every single occasion, for every single meal.

I have been disappointed with many eateries this way, hence I set my expectations lower and lower. Huh

qwazymonkey said...

Interesting. I guess there's a different between an invited review and a normal pay yourself meal. But somehow I do hope they get their consistency right for the sake of the business. Thanks for going back to review the place again.

As for the Lumix's IA, i totally agree with the white balance problem. But the FX models are quite good, so play with the settings and ur on your way. Just don't harap much in low light places. hehe

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

qwazymonkey: yeah there is a difference. yeah the panasonic is like a downgrade la..cis i think i m better off lugging that dslr.

j2kfm: but cant b no expectations mah rite?

Lyrical Lemongrass said...

I go to Ishin on a weekly basis and I think their lower end items and bentos are generally fine, but I've been pretty disappointed with their more expensive offerings. To me, they're still not up to mark yet. (but I'll keep going there for my weekly cheap fix lor)

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

ll: its funny how i find it the other way around hor, their high end items being good (then again on a free basis) but their normal items ok only. need to go for lunch n c c.

UnkaLeong said...

I don't have the luxury of being invited to many food reviews (4 so far me thinks). But most times the food taste differs vastly. (i.e Heavenly for reviews, hell when you have to pay for it)

Hmmm..I shall venture back to try the bento sets that they offer during lunch.

I certainly do hope they get their consistency up to par ;)

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

unkaleong: yea wan to try the set lunch too!

Anonymous said...

I tried it when it first started and I have permanently banned it from my list of restaurants.

Awful, completely awful.

Especially since I've tried Fukuya.