Makoto Japanese Cuisine @ Desa Sri Hartamas

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Makoto Japanese Cuisine - The First and Only Japanese Restaurant that has air flown live Unagi.

It's no surprise that I am a huge Japanese cuisine fanatic, and one of my favourites is the Unagi (Japanese Eel). The problem I'm facing is that I'm always too afraid to order it in Malaysia because it's really difficult to find a good tasting one. It's always too boney, has too much of a "fishy" smell (鲜味), just not fresh or they just don't know how to cook it the right way.

That is why I'm very excited to introduce this place to you guys because this is the only place I've tried that is on par with the ones I had in Japan. The best thing is that this restaurant is actually Pork-Free! This place is like a god sent to all the Unagi lovers in Malaysia!

The Birth Of Makoto Japanese Restaurant:
They were formerly known as Hikari-ya. In order to expand and perfect their skills in Unagi cuisines, so they collaborated directly with an Executive Chef of a traditional Japanese eel restaurant in Tokyo, which has more than 200 years history and has been loved by celebrities like top politicians and business executives.

The 4 of us opted for a cozy private room to enjoy our dinner. If you want a private room, remember to call ahead to book because they only have 2 rooms.

In Makoto Japanese Cuisine Restaurant, Chef Hayashi - a well experienced Japanese chef will be preparing your Unagi-s as this is not a job many locals can perfectly do. He spent years & years of training in Japan and now lives locally to serve in this restaurant.

Since this place imports live Unagi-s and are only made to order, the eels are only "prepared" when the customer orders them. Thus, you can be sure that you are enjoying the utmost freshness of these Unagi-s here in Makoto.

Chef Hayashi is dedicated to even the smallest details by ensuring the Unagi-s stay alive by changing fresh water, ensuring that the water is at the correct temperature, grilling, steaming, preparation of sauce etc. All these are required to be able to serve the best charcoal grilled Unagi in town!

The Unagi-s can only stay still when they are in ice cold water. When they are exposed to room temperature, they still start to struggle and it is hard to handle. Only an experienced Chef can handle them without wearing any gloves.

What's even more surprising is that if the Unagi dies, they will be disposed and not kept to be serve to customers. This is why Makoto has so much pride & confidence in their star product - Unagi-s.

Apart from the Unagi dishes, you can enjoy other Japanese cuisines including the seasonal items! Remember to lookout for them on the white board as these items are not available on the menu.

Daiginjo Tokusei Gold 

I'm not an avid alcohol drinker but I couldn't resist when I saw they had the Obama Sake! Yes, you heard it right, it's the sake shared between President Barrack ObamaJapanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during a meal in Sukibayashi Jiro , Japan.

As you pour the Daiginjo Tokusei Gold into your glass, you’ll see cherry blossom-shaped gold leaves floating in your beverage. They are only 2-3 petals in a bottle and I had one!

UMESHU 梅酒グラス | RM25

Sashimi Platter | RM138
Shimaji(Mackeral), Akami(Tuna), Shake(Salmon), Kampachi(Yellow Tail) & Ebi(Prawn).
The sashimi on this platter is depending on what's fresh for the day. 
Everything is edible on this plate.

Hone Senbei | RM8
I'm seriously amazed at how the Japanese can make use of everything! These are the Unagi bones deep fried into crackers and they are seriously crispy & not oily at all. People usually enjoy these while having a cup of cold kirin over chit-chats.

Tempura Moriawase | RM27
3 x Prawns and 3 x Vegetables served with salt & tempura dipping sauce.
I love that their tempura batter is very light and crispy compared to many other places I've tried.

Unagi Kurikara | RM38
These grilled eels on skewers are just seasoned with some salt and they tastes heavenly! 
The natural juiciness and tenderness accompanied by the aromatic spice from the Japanese sanshō pepper sprinkled over the unagi makes me want more!

Kampachi Soup | RM28
It's the norm to see Miso soups in Japanese restaurants, but it's my first time trying Kampachi(Yellow Tail) soup instead.
They cooked it with dried Kombu and served with some kelp, mushrooms and Kampachi.
The natural sweetness of the fish was enough to bring comfort to my stomach and gave me a warm homey feeling.

Unaju (Small • Half) - RM100
The star of the night's meal, rice is also refillable for free!
The Unaju here is the best I've ever tasted, the Unagi is thick, tender & succulent, and it does not have the smelly "fishy" smell I hate. 
Instead of the normal sweet sauce, it is served with the natural homemade sauce by Chef which is savoury instead.

* Big Size (Full) - comes with whole unagi and kimo liver clear soup at RM 185

Warabimochi (わらび餅) | RM15

And another highlight of my dinner in Makoto - Warabimochi. This is my first time trying this traditional Japanese dessert and I'm in love with every bite! This dessert consists of brown sugar jelly, matcha jelly and warabimochi topped with kinako. In case this is your first time hearing about this as well, Warabimochi is a jelly-like confection made from bracken starch(plant). It differs from the normal mochi made from glutinous rice.

Besides the famous Unagi dishes, Makoto also offers Executive Bento Set Lunch on weekdays, from 12pm - 2:30pm.

I really can't wait to go back for more!

Makoto Japanese Cuisine
54, Jalan 27/70A, Desa Sri Hartamas,
50480 Kuala Lumpur, WP Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Tel no: +6 03 - 6211 1409
Facebook: Makoto Japanese Cuisine 
Instagram: @makoto.hartamas

*Tip: The place is small and they have limited tables, please do call if you going in a large group!

With love, 

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Althea Beauty Box | All You Need In One Box

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Valentines is just another month away and I've got the best gift recommendation! Perfect for both females and males.
Last month during Christmas, I've gotten myself an Althea Beauty Box after seeing it trending on social media. Althea Beauty Box is a box curated by the Althea beauty lovers in wonder-Seoul-land. Each month, Althea will release 3 beauty boxes for fans to try. They're all full size items & the boxes are limited edition and limited in stock! The fun part is you can get wonderful goodies for a fraction of the price and you get to discover different Seoul brands, even those local Seoul indie brands!

I manage to snatch the Althea Black & Red Box (Sold Out Now!) which is their Holiday Makeup Box 2. This box only costs RM121.00 when the original price was RM533.00! That is a total discount of more than 70% and you can enjoy free shipping all the way from Korea.

There were 7 products in this box to complete a full look!

1. Secret Key Miracle Fit Contour (2 pcs)
A cream type contour stick in the shade Medium & Dark. I'm really happy to receive these two, my Etude House cream contour stick has hit pan and these arrived at the right time! They are really easily to apply and blend, it feels really light on the skin too! The colours are perfect to create different shadows for a natural nose and cheek bone contour.

2. Etude House Lovely Cookie Blusher in #6 Grapefruit Jelly
I have always wanted this blusher from Etude House, the packaging is to die for! This colour is really natural, a mixture of pink and a little coral, perfect for everyday use. I also enjoy the sponge that comes with it, really convenient for reapplying when I'm out & about.

3. CLIO Pro Layering Eye Palette in Smokey *favourite*
This palette is the best thing ever! I was never a fan of CLIO and I'm clearly one now. I totally ditched my Naked2 palette because this palette is so compact, light and has a good mixture of mattes & glitters. The shadows has good pigments, easy to blend and the price is so affordable! I'm bringing it with me to my Hokkaido travel.

4. Y.E.T ME7 Waterproof Colorful Liner in KingBlack
I have not heard about this brand prior to this beauty box. I was a little skeptical trying out brands that aren't famous but the color payoff blew me off when I first swatch it. This eyeliner is really pigmented and easy to use! The point tip is brush hair type and sharp for precise drawing, the best part is it is totally budge-proof!

5. WITCH'S POUCH Get It Easy Dual Brow Pencilcara in Natural Brown
It is a 2-in-1 multi dual eyebrow where it has eyebrow pencil and the other end has the browcara (mascara for brows) to set the brows. Good for travelling! I tried this brand once from Taiwan and I was so happy Althea now has them, their products are really affordable and awesome!

6. CHICA Y CHICO Matt Lip in Matahari
In this box, it also comes with a bright red liquid lipstick. It is supposed to be matte but I find it to be semi-matte instead, it doesn't dry fully matte. However, it has a mousy texture and glides on easily for application. It stays on the lips comfortably and one swipe is all you need!

I'm definitely going to buy another box next time! These products are really useful and there wasn't anything I'm not satisfied about! I advice you guys who are interested to follow their social media for the next launch date because most of the boxes are currently sold out.

Althea Kr

With love, 

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Disconnected No More

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Internet is definitely part of our every day lives and the only thing that stops us from constantly staying in touch is Data. I still remember the days where phone data was new and 1GB is all that we need, it was a blessing. Nowadays, who can survive with 1GB anymore?

I have a major problem, my monthly 5GB quota runs out 1 week before the renewal every month. I have wifi at home, but my room is so far back, it's like a black-hole. The connection is so bad, I ended up using most of my data.

You have used up 100% of your Internet Quota
How many of you have gotten this message before? It worries me everytime I receive a SMS from Digi before my renewal date, it is like the world is coming to an end. I end up paying more to buy the extra data I needed.

Recently, Digi came out with New Digi Postpaid plans that is better than ever! I have been a loyal Digi customer since 2004, I have never seen a promotion as crazy as this. With only RM110/month, I get to enjoy 25GB All Day + Free UNLIMITED 4G on the Weekends + Free Unlimited Calls to all network!

What will I do with that much data?

Share it with friends & family

With great amount of data, comes great responsibility! You can help out your family and friends with personal hotspot. I'm sure we all have that one friend who constantly runs out of their monthly quota. You can be a walking free wifi on weekends now!

Worried that you have too much data? You can rollover up to 3GB balance to the following month.

Watch videos all day!

Miss last night's episode of your favourite TVB drama? Binge on Lee Min Ho k-dramas? You can do all that on the go, anywhere anytime!

I don't even have to worry if my wifi gets disconnected anymore while watching my YouTube videos and Facebook videos. I can catch up with my favorite influences even while waiting in line!

No need for free wifi

There's no need to look around and ask the server the annoying "What's your wifi password?' anymore! Moreover, Digi's 4G loads even faster than wifi these days. No waiting time! problem!

For a person like me who travels to Bangkok often, I can now enjoy FREE roaming (5GB + 60 mins calls)! I can save up 399Baht to get a 5GB local sim card for 5 days, I can save the trouble of changing simcards and worry that I may misplaced it.

This privilege is enjoyable in Singapore, Thailand, Myanmar, Indonesia, Brunei!

Wait! There are more perks?

With this plan, you are also able to enjoy free 100GB Capture App and 60 days of free iflix! So stream movies to your heart's content, you can now enjoy your dramas on the go all day!

New Postpaid Plan: RM110/month
Total Internet Quota: 25GB All Day + UNLIMITED 4G Weekend
Unlimited Calls: To all networks
Internet Rollover: 3GB
FREE roaming in 5 countries(5GB + 60 mins) in Singapore, Thailand, Myanmar, Indonesia, Brunei.

For more information, visit Digi Website today!

With love, 

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