We finally managed to get a table at Ishin Japanese Restaurant for lunch, after a couple of unsuccessful trips there. Each time we were at Ishin, it was full-house and the waiting queue was long. This time, we went there a slightly over noon on a Sunday and we needn't have to wait a minute! Situated along Old Klang Road, Kuala Lumpur, Ishin is a fine dining Japanese restaurant that serves genuine Japanese and Kaiseki style cuisines. Ishin is touted to be the first Japanese restaurant in Malaysia to present its menu on iPads! On our table alone, there were 3 iPads for us to browse the menu.
From the moment you step through Ishin's doorway, you'll experience a warm and cozy ambience as Ishin's interior design and lighting will set the mood right to get you started on an exquisite Japanese culinary journey.
Ishin's oval sushi counter is also one of Malaysia's biggest counters that gives you first-hand experience to witness the chefs' meal preparations and it also encourages face-to-face interaction with the chefs.
Here's what we had:
Tempura Soba set.
Unagi Make. The outer layer of green stuff is avocado. I would rate this 6/10. This is not a patch on the one at Nihon Kai Japanese Restaurant located just a stone's throw away from Ishin.
Cold Cha Soba for the MIL.
Sukiyaki Zen set.
Tempura Udon set.
Saba Shioyaki for moi who take low or no carb.
Phoenix Roll. We find this not up to par in terms of presentation and taste.
And this is our damage:
My angels choosing their lunch from the iPad!
Food rating on HFM's food scale : 6/10
Ambience and cleanliness of restaurant on HFM's scale : 9/10
Would I go again? For this price, I will definitely gravitate towards Nihon Kai Japanese restaurant that is located just a minute's drive from Ishin. They serve tastier and more affordable Japanese food there.