For Goodness SaFor Goodness Saké, Bangsar Village II, Bangsar Village II: What’s in a Name?

A thousand apologies for not updating much since the last post. Speaking of which, thanks for all the wonderful support and words for the previous post. Will strive to write better ones in the near future, when work doesn’t get the best of me.


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Names are fairly important. Especially for creating first impressions. Would you have been fans of Loudmouth Lemongrass, Lotsofcomplaint or trusted one AnorexicBoyBakes? I wouldn’t think so. Personally, I think it’ll be fun being a fan of Loudmouth Mudderf*cka, but I still like my lemongrass to wax lyrics. I’ve also heard of people being on the wrong end of the name game, for instance Life for Beginners. It’s kinda square, if you ask me. If I was my dear friend, I would have called myself Wong Kar Wai. But that’s just me. There’s just something really artistic and poetic about that name don’t you think? *sniggers* Seriously LFB, you should think about it. You could even consider making a movie out of beautiful cheongsams walking up and down stairways. 

Speaking of LFB,  we managed to catch up for lunch over the Chinese New Year holidays at one curiously named For Goodness Saké.

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If names are anything to go by, I would presume that they serve good saké. However, I wouldn’t know since I do not drink. But what I could pass judgment on is the food. The lunch menu is limited to a few choices. So, we took the advice of neon “It’s a noodle bar” sign hanging outside the secondary wall and ordered ourselves some noodles and side dishes to share.

While waiting we were served a cold Japanese cabbage starter which was somewhat like a coleslaw with shoyu dressing and black sesame. The Kamo & Sansai with Soba (RM18), served in a large bowl of clear dashi soup and topped with smoked duck slices and wild mushroom was tasty but the broth didn’t make a lasting impression. The Tori Katsu Curry Udon (RM18) faired better in my opinion. I’ve always got a thing for the addictive sweet-tasting Japanese curry, which often reminds me of the fake flavouring used in Maggi instant noodles. My only wish was that the curry could have been thicker so it’ll stick to the starchy Udon noodles and the deepfried crumbed chicken that came with it. However, I didn’t stop me from slurping the rest of the soup.

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I’ll encourage you to share the food here like what we did. I love that Nasu Dengaku (RM8) is available here. This grilled eggplant with miso paste dish is not easily found in many middle-ranged establishments and they may not always be good if they are available. I pretty liked the one served here as it was grilled perfectly with the miso paste complimenting the subtle taste of the eggplant rather than overpower it. Another favourite Japanese starter of mine is the Gyuniki Tataki (RM18), is also made available here. Naturally, I gravitated towards it. And that a brilliant choice on my part. The beef cut was right and so was the grilling techniques. Just lightly seared on the outside, thinly sliced and served with a mix of radish, spring onion and citrusy ponzu sauce. 

I enjoyed the Soft Shell Crab Maki (RM20), which came with a huge slab of avacado wrapped inside giving the roll a cream texture instead of over compensating it with too much mayo. Then again, there’s no such thing as too much mayo for McCutie. Although nice, it was forgettable by the time we reached for the Agedashi Tofu (RM8) and Poteto Sarada (RM8).

While we enjoyed our meal here and found it quite reasonable, we weren’t exactly blown away by it. It was okay by Japanese food standards. Perhaps, I expected more from them especially when they are the same people behind big names like DELIcious, Reunion and Dish, of which I’m a fan of the group. But I would have imagined this new venture of theirs to be more revolutionary or experimental. For goodness sake (sayk, not sä’k?), it could and should have been KL’s equivalent of Momofuku Noodle Bar. So yea, for me, it didn’t live up to their name.

Having said that, I still think it’s worthy of a few returns in the future. I heard they are going to expand their menu soon but just don’t see myself bring a regular. At least not yet. I hope their upcoming project, Canoodling, will be more exciting. Fingers crossed.


For Goodness Saké
2F-29A, Level 2, Bangsar Village II,
No. 2, Jalan Telawi 1, Bangsar Baru,
59100 Kuala Lumpur. 
Tel: 603-2287 1566

9 Responses to For Goodness SaFor Goodness Saké, Bangsar Village II, Bangsar Village II: What’s in a Name?
  1. CUMI & CIKI
    March 2, 2010 | 1:55 am

    omg the color of the beef is bordering on texas chain saw massacre scary. i like my beef medium but that is just sooooo raw lookn!

    say my name say may name! am glad i am CIKI :D woohoo

  2. Lyrical Lemongrass
    March 2, 2010 | 2:03 am

    Aiks. Loudmouth Lemongrass? AnorexicBoyBakes? hahaha. True…no one's gonna buy cakes from an emaciated baker.

  3. Sean
    March 2, 2010 | 4:46 am

    ya lah, this canoodling ar. supposed to open in december, then got pushed to february. now it's march, and it's still not open yet. i can't wait! :D

  4. babe_kl
    March 2, 2010 | 6:10 am

    was there on Sat but was closed then saw signage says opening on Sun, so din get to try the noodles

  5. "Joe" who is constantly craving
    March 2, 2010 | 2:05 pm

    haha lots of complaint..i sure hope ppl dont read and say that

    Saké or sake, i m goin if there have nasu dengaku!

  6. qwazymonkey
    March 2, 2010 | 2:49 pm

    C&C: no lah. Dip the beef in the ponzu sauce and have fun.

    BFF: no lah, ur never gonna be loudmouth. Hugs

    Sean: yeah, why are we waiting?

    Babekl: that's strange. Why would they not benopened on a weekend?

    Joe: yea man, damn hard find lor!

  7. gfad
    March 2, 2010 | 2:59 pm

    Reminds me of this cook show called Never Trust A Skinny Chef! :D

    You are doing wonderful job with your new camera. I can see the difference with your older posts. :)

    I was fiddling around with a friend's 1000D the other day, and even my amateurish shots look spectacular! Half regret not getting the D90.

  8. UnAnorexicBoyBakes
    March 3, 2010 | 3:35 am

    what a funny post…thank goodness you've moved back to the funnies instead of the deep introspective posts that make me need a dose of prozac after reading.

  9. qwazymonkey
    March 3, 2010 | 6:26 pm

    GFAD: thanks. Well you are right to say that the DSLR produces fine quality pictures. But P&S these days aren't far behind.

    AhPa: How can I be too deep for ya? I'm still a shallow monkey lah