Sunday, March 18, 2018

Kouzu Bangsar, KL - Great, Affordable Japanese Fusion Restaurant & Bar

Located on Jalan Telawi 3, Kouzu is a vibrant new addition to the Bangsar food scene, boasting contemporary Japanese fusion dishes at wallet-friendly prices. The kitchen is helmed by Chef Kaito, who has over 17 years of culinary experience in Japanese cuisine.

The menu offers a mix of authentic and contemporary Japanese cuisine, including japas (Japanese tapas), yakitori, pasta and noodles, donburi (rice bowls), pizza, roll sushi and dessert. For lunch, they also offer a very attractive lunch menu, with sets priced at RM19 including mains, miso soup and fruits.

Comfort food in a bowl, the Kouzu Don (RM29) was my favorite dish here, featuring sliced sirloin steak topped on rice with a beautifully runny onsen egg, crispy garlic, scallion and truffle teriyaki sauce. Chef Kaito tells us that he uses F1 beef (that's a cross between a fullblood Wagyu and another breed), which explains why the beef was so tender and delicious! The best thing we've eaten this month - I'd definitely return for this! (Pssst... beef don is also available for lunch at RM19.)

Simply amazing!

Kouzu offers over 15 types of yakitori, including chicken, smoked duck, ox tongue, rock lobster, quail egg, vegetable and mushrooms. We sampled the Wing (RM6), Sirloin (RM15), Rack of lamb (RM15), King mushroom (RM6) and Okra (RM6).

The yakitori here is cooked over bincho charcoal, which imparts a lovely smokiness to the meat/skewers. The salty flavours goes well with a cold glass of beer.

My fav is the Wing, with its lovely crispy skin.

Roll sushi is reasonably priced, starting from RM10 for the California roll. The Dragon Roll (RM15) comes with shrimp tempura and ebiko in the centre, topped with tuna, avocado and shrimp and some caviar. The different toppings gives the impression of enjoying three different types of sushi.

We also tried Chef Kaito's new creation, the Salmon Kabuki Roll (RM18) , which features torched salmon with ebiko, foie gras, cucumber, chives, avocado, wasabi mayo and caviar. Th avocado adds a lovely creaminess to it ... Lovely!

We were pleasantly surprised by the Yasai Heritage Salad (RM17) which proved to be more than just a bunch of greens. Chef Kaito has selected point pennywort, point selom and cosmos candatus, which you may know better as pegaga, Chinese celery and ulam raja - three types of Malaysian herbs for this salad, and they went really well with the mandarin orange and ponzu vinaigrette. Topping the salad also are some crispy sakura ebi, yuzu and grated coconut.

Kouzu also offers a wide range of Japanese hot and cold tapas (also known as Japas). All the hot tapas that we tried were well executed and delicious.

The Japanese maguro (blue fin tuna) is lightly seared so it's still lovely and rare inside and paired with a slice of luscious, rich seared foie gras, apple chutney and unagi sauce. So so good! An absolute steal for RM29 too!

Blue fin tuna and foie gras 

I'm not a fan of raw oysters, but I do love a good baked oyster. Using Japanese oysters, they are baked with Chef's special sauce and topped with ebiko (5 pieces for RM25). We loved them!

Creamy Baked Oysters

Gyoza Kaisen (3 pcs for RM22) with a 19th century twist - turns out these plump, juicy gyoza are filled with seafood (shrimp and scallop) as well as foie gras.. yum!

If you love duck, you should try this Smoked Kamo Steak (RM25) - the herb grilled smoked duck breast was juicy and flavorful, beautifully paired with the creamy spinach and onsen yolk.

From the Chilled Tapas, we tried the Hiyashi Tofu (RM18) - homemade chilled tofu with bonito flakes, scallion, grated ginger, nori and tofu sauce served on the side.

I would liken the taste of this Sanuki Udon Pasta (RM19) to an aglio olio - udon is sauteed with garlic and dried chilli, giving this quite a spicy kick.

They also offer a few types of Japanese pizza here with toppings such as Atlantic salmon, chicken, escargot, seafood and seasonal vegetables. We had the Jidori Yuzu Kosho (RM19), which is topped with grilled spring chicken, tomato paste, yuzu miso, mozzarella, dried tomato, pineapple, wasabi mayo and teriyaki. What's different about the pizzas here is the pizza base - which are made using Japanese rice and semolina - so the base stays crispy for longer.

Three scoops of ice cream - whiskey raisin, rum & coconut and yuzu umeshu sorbet (RM12 each), sprinkled with crumble, concluded our meal here at Kouzu nicely. I personally like the creamy whisky raisin best, with the refreshing yuzu sorbet coming in a close second.

Relaxed ambiance

Lunch Menu (available daily)

Opening times: Lunch 12.00-2.30pm; Dinner 5.00pm - 1.00am.

Service: Good.

Location: Kouzu, 19, Jalan Telawi 3, Bangsar Baru 59100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Tel: +60 11 6050 0995 / +60 3 2201 1592


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Friday, March 16, 2018

12 Awesome Things To Do at Lost World of Tambun, Ipoh

If you've never been to Lost World of Tambun with your family, I urge you to do so. It is one of the best family-friendly attractions in Malaysia. We had some of our best family moments when we visited this place last year.

Escape the hustle and bustle of the city; located in Tambun, Ipoh, Lost World of Tambun is only a 2-hour leisurely drive from Kuala Lumpur.

At Lost World of Tambun,  a wide range of outdoor activities can be enjoyed by all age groups set amidst breathtaking natural landscapes and resources such as the limestone hills, natural hotsprings and fresh air. Here are 12 awesome must-do activities in Lost World of Tambun.

1. Glamping

Topping the list of things to do at LWOT is definitely glamping. Camp in style and comfort, amidst 400 million year old limestone rock outcrops. You can even enjoy a BBQ in the evenings for a complete glamping experience.

You can read about our detailed experience here.

2. Feed a giraffe

There are not many places in Malaysia where you can get this close to a giraffe. Here, you will get the chance to feed Rain and you can even pat him on the head.

You can watch our video here.

3. Enjoy the hot springs

After a long day at the Lost World of Tambun theme park, there is nothing better than to relax and unwind in pools of 100% natural hot spring waters.

The Lost World Hot Springs & Spa comes alive at night, from 6pm to 11pm daily. It boasts a total of 12 pools and is designed to cater for all ages. Three million litres of thermal water percolate from the ground in Tambun and into the Lost World Hot Springs & Spa and out into the Kopisan River. The hot spring water is said to have numerous health benefits such as improving blood circulation and promoting healthy skin.

We also love going on the Saphira's Twister here!

You can read about our experience in detail here.

4. Visit the Onsen Noodle House

Located in the Lost World Hot Springs, you can select from the range of noodles, vegetables and eggs and cook them yourself in the special hot spring corner.

You can read about our experience in detail here.

5. Fun rides at the Water Park

Explorabay is specifically designed for the little ones, with smaller slides and a large interactive play area with giant tipping buckets, water cannons, spraying elephants, water curtains and fountains.

For the adventurous, there are exhilarating tube rides such as Cliff Racer and Tube Raiders. Tube Raiders is the longest inflatable tube ride in Malaysia with four different slides. There is also a landscaped beach where you can chill and relax.

6. Zipline and kayaking at the Adventure Park

Can't get enough of the adrenaline rush? Head over to the Adventure Park and zip across a 120m long cable over the beautiful Boga Lake. There are also rock climbing activities and high ropes course, as well as kayaking here.

You can watch our zipline and kayaking video here.

7. Dulang Washing at Tin Valley

Take a walk down memory lane and immerse yourself in the history of tin mining, with a hands-on "dulang washing" experience.

A visit to Dulang Tea House is a must if you're in the area, be it for a cup of coffee or for some local favourites that tin workers used to enjoy in its heyday under one of the 400 million year old limestone caves.

You can read about our experience at Tin Valley in detail here.

8. Touch and Feel the Animals at the Petting Zoo

One of the attractions we love most at Lost World of Tambun is the Petting Zoo. The rangers are so friendly and you can see the animals are well-looked after. Expect to see raccoons, pythons, macaw, rabbits, tortoises, tapir, zebra, ostrich and more!  You will be able to touch, feel, feed and play with the animals.

Super cool hamster house!

9. Watch the Tiger & Friends Show

There will be two shows daily at Lost World Tiger Valley, and during the show, you can watch the rangers feed the impressive Siberian tigers as well as entertaining performances by various cute animals such as the macaw and raccoon.

10. Try the thrilling roller coaster and swing-chair ride

BabySumoKids favorite ride at the Amusement Park is Lupe's Adventure, which is also the first roller coaster ride in Perak. We also love the Dragon Flights, where you will be swung in the air and get a good aerial view of the park.

11. Watch a hippo sleep underwater

Check out the hippos in Hippo Kingdom. You can watch them through the glass wall; did you know that hippos can sleep underwater? Yup, they automatically resurface to breathe every 3 to 5 mins without waking up.

12. Flaming Percussion Show

Do not miss the Flaming Percussion show, happening every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday (daily during school holidays) at 9.00pm. Fire eaters, jugglers and percussionists come together to perform an amazing medley of beats, dance and fiery entertainment. Our favorite show here at LWOT!

Other related posts from Lost World of Tambun:
Glamping at Lost World of Tambun
Zip line & kayaking - Lost World Adventure Park
Feeding the Giraffe at Lost World of Tambun
Lost World Tin Valley & Dulang Tea House
Lost World Hot Springs & Onsen Noodle House
Lost World Hotel - Super Suite

Location: Lost World of Tambun, No.1 Persiaran Lagun Sunway 1, Sunway City Ipoh, 31150 Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia (Parking RM1 per entry).

Tel: 05-542 8801/02


GPS Coordinates: 4.625842, 101.154697

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