Toku Toku Japanese Restaurant is literally a hidden gem in the heart of Kuala Lumpur. Not many Malaysians know about this place! According to Toku Toku chef / owner, even though Toku Toku has been around for more than 20 years, not many locals know about this place. 95% of the people who dine here are Japanese. No advertisement was done since this place was open until today and all customers came to know about this little Japanese restaurant through the word of mouth. Even I got to know about this place from another Japanese chef who works in one of the largest ramen chains in Malaysia.
The Japanese ramen chef even claimed that this place reminds him of home. When a Japanese tells you that this is the place to go for authentic Japanese food you should trust him. I would trust him as only true Japanese would know their authentic food.
There are bottles and bottles of neatly marked sake on the shelves left by regulars. As most of their customers are Japanese, it is not unusual to see that the menu is in Japanese. For those who doesn’t read Japanese, don’t worry. They have a photo book menu to assist you.
Toku Toku serves just about everything you would normally find in a Japanese restaurant. Sashimi, sushi, udon, ramen, rice and noodles set menu, and etc. We ordered the Chef’s selection of fresh sashimi @ RM90.00 for 7 types of sashimi.
It comes with slices of prawns, yellow tail fish, tuna, mackerel, octopus, scallops with fish roe and squid. If you are expecting fancy decor, don’t. This is a home-style Japanese restaurant so what you’ll get are fresh ingredients and honest food – which is good enough. The color of the sashimi looks vibrant and they were fresh. Out of all the sashimi on the plate, texture taste wise, I like the yellow tail the most.
We also ordered the Saba Shioyaki set – Mackerel baked with sea salt. Great char on the skin. It was salty on the outside. Lime was also given to enhance the flavour of the fish. I’m starting to love this fish a lot. Simply delicious.
The dinner set comes with tofu with bonito flakes and ginger paste, macaroni salad, some pickles, miso soup, white rice and jelly as dessert.
Any order comes also with an appetizer – some noodles with okra.
We also ordered the tempura dinner set which comes with tempura prawns, aubergine, sweet potato and green pepper. They were nicely fried – not oily but crispy on the outside, nice and warm on the inside.
Overall, we were quite pleased with our meal here. The service was good. The chef is quite friendly. If you sit on the counter, you would be able to see the chef and his assistants in action.
Toku Toku Japanese Restaurant is located at the same row as McDonalds in Bukit Bintang. It is right above the pearl shop and is surrounded by several massage centres and sundry shops.
Now, can anyone enlighten me this – why do Japanese place sheeps around the counter top?
TokuToku Japanese Restaurant
Address: 59 (1st Floor), Jalan Sultan Ismail, 50250, Kuala Lumpur
(same row with Mcdonald’s at Bukit Bintang)
Closes on Sundays and Public Holidays, 2 weeks during Chinese New Year and 1 week during Hari Raya
Telephone: 03-2143 2553
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