Thursday, October 25, 2007

MIYAKO Japanese Restaurant, Sheraton Subang Hotel & Towers

From The NST

Oishi dishes by the pool


Cosy ambience, great service and delicious Japanese food. What more can one ask for? SAM CHEONG lets you in on a gem of a restaurant in Subang Jaya.

MIYAKO Japanese restaurant at the Sheraton Subang Hotel and Towers in SS12/1 is one of Subang Jaya’s best-kept secrets. Now, if you haven’t been to Sheraton, it won’t be easy to locate the restaurant because it’s a building by itself.

From the lobby, all you need to do is to find the swimming pool. The restaurant is located just next to it.

What I like about this place is the warm and cosy atmosphere. It’s also very quiet which makes it an excellent place to entertain guests.

Opened in 1998, Miyako is listed in a guide book compiled by a local lifestyle magazine featuring 2007’s best restaurants.

I was ushered into the sashimi room where a good selection of cold dishes (picture) was served for the lunch buffet.

At RM70 (excluding service charge and tax), there’s a good selection of hot and cold dishes.

In fact, there are more than 30 dishes to pick from, including sushi, sashimi, Japanese starters, fried dishes (like tempura and agemono) and soup.

The buffet, a daily feature at Miyako, is one of the best to be found in Subang Jaya. I was impressed with the generous portions as well as the freshness of the food.

When it came to the cold dishes, I zeroed in on the sashimi (sliced raw portions of fresh fish and seafood) set.

When it comes to raw slices, you have two choices. First, it’s the sashimi moriawase ‘ni-jyo’ (assorted sliced fish freshly imported from Japan). It costs RM265.00++.

The other option is sashimi moriawase ‘ichi-jyo’ (sliced assorted local and imported raw fish) at RM159.00++.

So, how did the raw slices fare? Only one word can describe it: Oishi! (tasty!). The sliced portions are thick, juicy and succulent.

A standalone dish, the sashimi should go down well with a cold glass of sake (Japanese rice wine). I had mine with hot green tea.

The Miyako special roll is also highly recommended. If you are a rice and sushi lover, this is for you.

Quality ingredients such as fresh avocado slices, deep-fried soft-shelled crabs, grilled unagi (Japanese eel) and tempura shrimp are used. In fact, it’s a meal by itself. Don’t be fooled by its unassuming appearance. Three pieces of this highly enriched roll will stuff you to the gills!

At RM60++ a plate, this is also one of the restaurant’s signature dishes.

Lunch buffet aside, there’s also a good selection of a’la carte dishes, including noodles, steamed dishes and deep-fried stuff.

Service is prompt, with the waitresses being very courteous.

For beer drinkers, there is the beer brunch buffet. This Sunday-only special offers free-flow draught beer from 11.30am to 2.30pm.

It’s priced at RM118++. Non-drinkers can also enjoy the good food here at RM85++ per head.

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