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27 December, 2018

Sanzaru Izakaya & Bar (三猿酒廠) @ Bukit Jalil, KL

Kanpai! It's a chilling evening with good yakitori, cold beers and karaoke!

Are you one of the avid bar hoppers at Japanese Izakaya bars in town? Good news! Sanzaru Izakaya is one of the newest kid on the block in Bukit Jalil, allowing you enjoy the old-fashioned Japanese grilled bar culture like a true Japanese! 

Mention "Izakaya", it means you'll get to enjoy plenty of small dishes that go along with alcoholic drinks.

Helmed by Chef Paul Chooi, an experienced chef who has been practising Japanese culinary for more than 10 years in Switzerland, Sanzaru Izakaya & Bar is a great place to unwind after work or chill with mates during weekends over glasses of icy cold draft beer and hot, flavourful Japanese-style meat skewers. 

The warm, lively atmosphere in Sanzaru feels inviting and cosy.
It is family-friendly too!

For first timers, try the classic combination: Yakitori + Beer.

On the Izakaya menu, there are many options of perfectly-grilled meat (pork and chicken) as well as vegetable skewers available here. Best paired with different sake and beer served in the house.

From afar, I can already smell the delicious aroma of the grilled skewers at the open-concept kitchen.

Look at the variety of grilled items here, so delicious! Whether you are a fan of
seafood, pork, chicken or beef, there is surely something for you!

Pork Skewers @ RM5 per stick
*Must try* Bacon wrapped with enoki mushroom, pork neck and pork shoulder 

So juicy and flavourful! Good to go with icy cold beer.

The balance of lean meat and fatty layer hits just right on spot.

Assorted Chicken Skewers, available from RM3 per stick onwards 

Vegetable Skewers @ RM4 per stick
*Must try* Shiitake (Mushroom) and Zucchini 

Nasu (Aubergine) @ RM8
Even simple grilled vegetables like these are so well-executed and punch packed with flavours.
Highly recommended!

Surumeika Shioyaki @ RM18

Personally, I'd prefer grilled seafood items to meat and I am glad to find alot of options here such as salmon belly, king prawn. mackerel, shishamo, scallop and more. One of my favourites is the Grilled Squid with Himalayan Salt, so chewy and rich in smoky flavours!

You also can't go wrong with the fresh butterflied prawns here. Amazingly sweet and crunchy!

Fried Miso Pig's Tail (日本味噌炸豬尾) @ RM22

Grilled items aside, hog lovers should also try one of Sanzaru's recommended dish -- deep-fried pig tail marinated in a sweet and salty miso sauce. Don't forget to pair it with a dollop of the special sauce for that spiced savoury kick.

All the items above are great to pair with Japanese sake, whisky, beer etc.
Trust me, you just can't skip your booze this round.

Grilled Wagyu Beef Platter (炭烤和牛拼盤) @ RM168

This platter includes:
- 200g grilled Australian beef with Chef's special sauce
- Kushiyaki (3 different types of grilled skewers)
- Pickled Cucumbers (Kyuri asazuke)
- Takowasabi
- Miso salad
- Edamame

If you prefer something for communal sharing, try the pork, seafood or beef platter here. Since it is a celebratory dinner, we have decided to go for the premium waygu beef platter which features 200g sliced wagyu. Very well-seasoned and grilled to perfection, the beef is at its juiciest and melts perfectly in the mouth. 

Seriously we just can't get enough of this. Besides, it is accompanied with refreshing salad and edamame to cut through the meatiness of the dish.

Takowasabi (Also available ala carte @ RM10)

If you enjoy the spicy kick from wasabi, you'd love this seasoned raw octopus drenched in creamy wasabi sauce.

Kakuni Ramen (日式角煮拉麵)

Not a fan of grilled stuff? Don't worry, Sanzaru has something for those who prefer basic Japanese staples such as ramen, don (rice), salad and more. To my delight, the ramen soup base here is very rich in porky flavours, while the al dente homemade noodles do not soften as fast as I'd thought. Indeed a tummy comforting bowl, especially during cold evenings. 

Sanzaru Izakaya Set Lunch
Available on weekdays from 11.30am to 2.30pm

If you are staying nearby / working around Bukit Jalil area, Sanzaru's set lunch is a pretty good deal as each rice set comes with complimentary Miso Soup, Salad, Pickled Cucumbers and Green Tea. My Chicken Teriyaki Don (日式照燒雞丼) is only RM13.90 per set!

Other set lunch options available:
- Pork Shogayaki Don
Pork Belly Teriyaki Don
Beef Shogayaki Don
- Saba Shioyaki / Teriyaki Don
Unagi Kabayaki Don
Salmon Sashimi Don

Sanzaru Private Room fits 8 pax, with no minimum spend required.
*Prior booking is necessary.

Aside from food, Sanzaru promises a comfortable and cosy dining experience especially for diners who prefer a private space for special occasions such as birthday parties or casual gatherings. 

The best part is, the private VIP room here is equipped with karaoke facilities so you can sing your heart out till midnight! P/S: It has all the latest song options that I want! :P

NO minimum spending ya, but prior booking is required. 

By the way, do keep an eye on Sanzaru's Facebook Page for latest updates as
it will introduce new dishes and bring in more Japanese alcohols from time to time!

Overall Verdict:

1. An ideal place for friends and family to chill, drink and enjoy Japanese grills.
2. From classic yakitori skewers to main dishes, Sanzaru Izakaya has nailed it. 
3. Recommended: Grilled Wagyu Beef Platter and Pork Skewers

Sanzaru Izakaya & Bar (三猿酒廠)
No. 12-22 Ground Floor,
Jalan Jalil Perkasa 13,
Aked Esplaned,
Bukit Jalil,
57000 Kuala Lumpur.
Contact: +603-8999 0268

Business Hours:
Lunch: 11.30am - 2.30pm
Dinner: 6pm - 12am daily

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