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Sunday, 17 January 2010

Munakata Japanese Made to Order Buffet

If you've been to places like Rakuzen, you would've been familiar with made-to-order buffet styled dining.
For those of you who aren't familiar, made-to-order buffet is something like ala carte.
You pay a fixed amount of money for the all-you-can-it service.
But unlike normal buffet, you have to order the food and it'll come in ala carte style.
The varieties and serving size may differ, but you can eat as much as you like.

Munakata Japanese Restaurant has been in business for a really really long time.
But it wasn't until yesterday that I tried it.
All thanks to my bestie, Evelyn whom asked me to join her and her siblings for dinner.

Munakata Japanese Restaurant
Address: LIFE Centre, 20 Jalan Sultan Ismail, KL.
Phone Number: 03-21667441
Dining Hours: Lunch 12-3pm
Dinner 6:30-11pm (Last order at 10pm)
Price: RM70++ Adult RM45++ Child

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Okay, lets bring in the photos..


Oh no!! Overexposed!!!

The front entrance

The ghostly figure at the door is Evelyn.
Don't worry, you'll see her photo later.

Simple Table Setting

Chopstick cover

Now for the FOOD!!!

Salmon Sashimi

Possibly the majority's favourite sashimi.
Its the only sashimi on the buffet menu.
It was pretty good. Very fresh. We had..10 servings??

Deep Fried Scallop

Another of our favourite.
It was pretty good when there wasn't many customers.
After awhile, they didn't drain the excess oil enough leaving some oil taste on it.
The scallops come with its roe. I gave Evie(Evelyn) all of them.

Fried King Oyster Mushroom with Butter

Possibly my favourite dish.
I really love mushrooms and this really hit the spot!

Yakitori - Japanese Chicken Satay

Yakitori as significantly less fat compared to Malaysian Chicken Satay.
It wasn't the best I've tasted, but still good.

Fried Straw Mushroom with Butter

Similiar to the King Oyster Mushroom, the straw mushroom is pretty good.
But the King Oyster Mushroom is way better!!

Deep Fried Oyster in Batter

Wasn't my favourite dish.
Oysters tend to have a very fishy smell.

Deep Fried Clear Prawns

This is good as a snack.
Think of it as a high class french fries because its made of prawns.


Needs no introductions.
This pea is good, but I wonder why do they add salt to it.

This was our first wave of orders

Teppanyaki Beef

This is a little too well done for me.
I find it a little dry because I tend to like my beef medium rare.
It might be very nice for you.

Sliced beef with Ginger Sauce

I like this.
Its not too dry for me and the ginger tasted very good.

Unagi - Eel

To Malaysians, Unagi needs no introduction.
I'm not a big fan of Unagi so I shall not comment on it.

Deep Fried Seafood Tofu

It looks good, but I didn't eat it.
So no comments. LOL!!

Salmon Sushi

This is good.
The salmon is fresh as I said earlier.
The rice is sticky and well seasoned.

There were other dishes as well but I didn't take any photos of it.
If you like to dine in this restaurant, do make reservation a day before.
It gets pretty occupied as there weren't many tables.
The space between different customers are big and its really comfortable that way.
If you'd like to have more information about this restaurant, you can probably search for food blogs which do reviews.
I'm sure they are available.
I'm not good at food reviews so I'll leave it to people who are more experienced.

Although we were busy eating, but we do have to wait for our food to arrive too.
The wait gets a little long as more customers come in.
So while waiting for the food, we take photos!!
*Can't miss this chance ehh??*

Evie and her sister, Jaenee

The Siblings - Evie, Nigel, Jaenee

The Besties

No, she's not leaning against me.


Outside once again

KL Tower from Life Centre

After this dining experience, I might wanna try Rakuzen's to see how does it compare with Munakata. Hehe~
Till next time!!!