Johor Kaki was invited for lunch at Kinya Japanese House 金屋 at JP Perdana in Johor Bahru.
Kinya (or Golden House in Japanese) is literally a house - the restaurant is converted from a two storey semi-detached house in JP Perdana in Johor Bahru.
Inside, the ground floor main dining hall is spacious, bright and elegantly minimalist. We can see the greenery outside through the full length windows.
Kinya stocks a good range of Japanese sodas and spirits.
On the upper level, the dining hall for private parties is dressed with "cherry blossoms" which all of us thought is charming.
Junfu recently joined Kinya as Head Chef and had just revamped the menu here. Junfun worked over 5 years in Singapore Fairmont Hotel's Japanese restaurant and ran his own Japanese restaurant in Segamat before joining Kinya. If you are familiar with Fairmont's Mikuni and feel a little déjà vu... wink wink.
While waiting for the party to start, I like munching on these Grilled Edamame as it has a nice smokey flavour compared to the plain classic boiled edamame (RM10.90 per serving).
Browsing Kinya's new menu, I was impressed by it's extensiveness. There's sashimi, sushi, donburi, tonkatsu, tempura, nabe, bento, ramen, soba, udon, Japanese desserts and more.
Chef Junfu started us off with Tobiuo (flying fish) Sashimi (seasonal price, RM110 today).
Kinya serves different catch of the day, so you may like to call in +607 300 6456 or Manager Ken (016-7336456) to check if your favourite fish is available.
Sashimi Moriwase Take or Mixed Sashimi Platter (RM129). All the fish were very fresh and skilfully sliced.
Truffle Kampachi (RM45).
Slices of amber jack fish served carpaccio style drizzled with a light gently savoury sweet sauce and truffle oil.
Special Kinya Maki (RM49.90).
Ebi Una Maki (RM45.90). Torched eel and shrimp rice roll.
Alfafa Maki (RM19.90) laced with truffle oil.
Salmon Avocado Salad (RM22.90).
Japanese Kakuni (RM38.90). Japanese style braised pork belly.
Salmon Atama Miso Nabe (RM26.90). Battered and deep fried salmon fish head chunks in miso soup.
Hotate Kinoko Butter Yaki (RM34.90). Scallops and mushroom in a buttery savoury sweet sauce.
Nasu Dengaku (RM18.90). Miso glazed grilled egg plant dressed with crushed peanuts.
Baked Scallop Cheese (RM29.90).
Kinya Prawn (RM55) in a buttery deeply savoury sauce and dressed with lovely Tabiko (flying fish eggs).
As an avid ramen fan, we wrapped up the lunch with Kinya's Kimchi Ramen (RM25.90).
A couple of sake help everything go down :-D
->> Good range of Japanese classics and staples, plus house signatures created by the Chef Junfu and his team. Ingredients are fresh and the dishes are well executed, so they are delicious. The environment is elegant yet cosy. Prices are reasonable (no GST, no service fee) for the ambiance and food we are getting. I am glad to recommend Kinya Japanese House.
Disclosure: Please note that this was an invited tasting.
Restaurant name: Kinya Japanese House
Address: 6, Jalan Persiaran Jaya Putra 1, Bandar Jaya Putra (JP Perdana), Johor Bahru, Malaysia
GPS: 1.574237, 103.776443 / 1°34'27.2"N 103°46'35.2"E
Hours: Mon - Thu: 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm / 5:00 pm - 10:30 pm / Fri - Sun: 12:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Tel: +607 300 6456
Date visited: 11 Apr 2016
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