Monday, December 23, 2019

Review: Momochan Restaurant at Jaya One

It's only a few more days left to Christmas, and if you have still not managed to find a place for Christmas dinner, fret not, because there might be a place you have not thought of yet, and I am here to share with you what that place is, which is Momochan Restaurant, and Jaya One.

Tucked away on the Ground Floor of The Square, Jaya One, Momochan is a Pork Free Japanese Restaurant that serves Japanese Donburi, Teishoku , Japanese Karaage and Japanese desserts. They focus on giving customers good Japanese food that is as authentic as possible.


This Christmas, they have their Christmas menu which was specially curated for the Malaysian palate, which follows a simple three-course menu that you can select from. We were fortunate enough to sample some of these menu items, and here they are:


Shitake Nanban, RM12.90
Served as a starter, this dish is Fried Shitake Mushroom with Nanban sauce. The sauce itself is a vinegar sauce, which gives a bit of a tart flavour, and is served paired with their very own home made tar tar sauce. The batter was deep fried perfectly, and when cut open, the mushroom itself is juicy enough that it's not too dry. This is one starter you shouldn't miss, it will surely whet your appetite, opening your palate for more to come.

Japanese Karaage Winglets, RM12.90
This dish uses Momochan's signature home made karaage powder, which are parts ginger, garlic, and secret ingredients. What I liked about this dish is that the karaage batter is not too thick that it coats too much of the winglets. The taste of the dish itself is also not overpowering, and they serve you just the right amount to keep you wanting more.

Plain Chawanmushi with Yuzu Chili, RM5.90
If you have more space in your belly, do not give this a miss, as I daresay it's one of the better chawanmushi dishes I have tried. The chawanmushi is steamed to perfection, and a dash of dashi sauce (no pun intended) made from bonito flakes and seaweed is poured on top, as a first layer and complement to the dish. It is then served with a small helping of wasabi for an extra kick. Before you eat it, swirl the sauce around, mixing the wasabi flavour into the sauce, and the smooth taste of all the flavours combined gives you the umami taste many connoisseurs are searching for but few perfect.

Japanese Southern Fried Chicken, RM20.90
Moving into mains, Christmas in Japan is quite a big deal, and I was pleasantly surprised to note that come Christmastime, Japanese folk will go crazy on the craving for fried chicken, so they order KFC to celebrate Christmas instead of turkey. So, in keeping with that tradition, Momochan has served up their own take of KFC.

This dish is served with a quarter chicken that has been marinated in buttermilk, battered, and fried, and comes with home made wasabi coleslaw, and home made gravy, which has been prepared with chicken stock. All in, this makes for a delectable dish, with savoury mashed potatoes, slightly spicy coleslaw, and good ol' fried chicken.

Christmas Beef Special, RM31.90
For me, this was one of the highlights of the tasting. I love to eat perfectly cooked beef, and this is perfectly cooked. The dish is a 150g Australian Tenderloin that has been pan seared, then cooked sous vide, and lightly chargrilled on the side to give it the distinctive grilled flavour synonymous with all good steaks. The result? Beef that is delectable, not too tough, and melts in your mouth. This dish is also served with Japanese ponzu as a side, drizzled with grated radish sauce.

Momochan Loves Vegetables, RM18.90
Japanese Noodle Pasta, Tomato Sauce, Pumpkin Puree, with tempura enoki mushrooms. Because they're Japanese, it makes sense for their noodles to be ramen noodles, with home made tomato sauce and pumpkin puree. Every ingredient was made fresh from the kitchen, resulting in flavoursome  divine tastes for vegetarian lovers.

Homemade Belgian Chocolate Ice Cream, RM11.90
Lastly, for the second stomach, be sure to try Momochan's home made Belgian Chocolate ice cream. One bite of the ice cream will send you to chocolate heaven, as the taste is exquisite. It is very smooth, but because it is homemade, it melts at quite a fast rate, therefore, please do get them to serve it only when you are planning to start eating it. It was so good that I went back for seconds, and I was quite fortunate that they allowed me to have another one with a cone instead of the bowl.

There you have it, some of the dishes that we were privy to during the tasting. They do have lots of other choices in the restaurant, so please do ask for the menu before ordering. As they have a vast and extensive list, you have the flexibility to choose your own mix and match.

Momochan Restaurant
G.002 the square, Jaya One, 72A, Jalan Universiti, 46200 Petaling Jaya, Selangor

Opening Hours:
Closed on Mondays
Tuesday - Friday: 11.30am - 10.00pm
Saturday: 11.30am - 10.30pm
Sunday: 11.30am - 10.00pm

Til the next time, stay beautiful!


No comments: