Ishin Restaurant, Old Klang Road: An Elaborated Kaiseki Dinner

Old Klang Road is known to have good food, especially Chinese-styled food. So when we were invited for a Japanese dinner there, I was a little more than skeptical. But since the evening’s review was organised by the lovely Su-Yin (of Delectables fame), it was hard not to say “yes” to her. I’m glad I went for the review session as the evening turned out incredible. We were served a Kaiseki-styled dinner.

It’s funny how much one can learn from a comic book. I’ve recently been introduced to Oishinbo by BFF, a popular manga series which focuses on the wonders of Japanese cuisine. I’ve learned that kaiseki ?? or kaiseki ry?ri ???? is a traditional multi-course dinner. This term also refers to the collection of skills and techniques that allow the preparation of such meals, and is akin to a Western haute cuisine – often in the form of a specially prepared dégustation.

Today, kaiseki is considered a type of art form that balances taste, texture, appearance and colours of food. To achieve this, chefs only use fresh seasonal ingredients which are aimed at enhancing the flavours of each dish. Local ingredients are often sourced as well. The finished dishes are carefully curated on special ceramic or porcelain plates that are carefully selected to enhance both the appearance and the seasonal theme of the meal. The dishes will also be garnished with either real plants and flowers or edible garnishing that resembles natural plants.

With that ‘comical’ understanding, the meal at Ishin was made even more special as I was able to experience the wonders of its taste and texture as much as its seasonal inspiration of each dish.

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And now after that visual feast, I’m sure you’re wondering how much an elaborated meal like this will cost. Surprise, surprise, the dinner didn’t cost more that RM150++ per pax excluding the chawan mushi and sushi rolls platter. That’s very affordable in my books for a decadent meal as such. If you’re ever in the mood to not think what’s for dinner and just be served with the season’s best produce, head over here and tell the chef what your budget is. They’re sure to cater something special for you.

While the dinner at Ishin was a splendid affair, I’ve heard from a few friends and bloggers that the quality of food can be rather inconsistent, especially when it comes to the more expensive items on the menu. I understand that the place is still considerably new (opened end-2009), but I think it will be their downfall if they do not have the consistency bit in check.  I hope they can get this rectify soon. For now, I’ll advise you to head there early for dinner if you want to taste the freshest pick of seafood. I also hear that their bento lunch sets are very affordable and delicious too. Give this place a chance and I’m sure you’ll be surprise too.

Chef Q and team, thank you for having us and Su thanks for organizing this delightful gathering.

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Ishin Japanese Restaurant

No. 202, Persiaran Klang, Batu 3 3/4
Off Jalan Kelang Lama
58000 Kuala Lumpur
Tel : +60 3 7980 8228
Business Hours: All through the week, Lunch from 12:00 – 3:00 and Dinner from 6:00 -10.30pm, 

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14 Responses to Ishin Restaurant, Old Klang Road: An Elaborated Kaiseki Dinner
  1. thule a.k.a leo
    April 27, 2010 | 4:56 am

    Even my sis-in-law highly recommend this place to Jenn & I… hmmm, when la I got time to come??

  2. Lyrical Lemongrass
    April 27, 2010 | 4:58 am

    Ze picture of your Ah Pa with his pinkie sticking out, coupled with your witty comments, is hilarious. clap clap clap.

    That reminds me….I owe you Oishinbo. :-P Bad lemongrass. slap slap slap.

  3. Sean
    April 27, 2010 | 5:00 am

    if a giant tuna tries to eat any of us in the ocean, we should know what to do: try to eat it back, starting with the jaw! :D
    i've never been to tokyo (or anywhere in japan), but i read that the tsujiki market banned tourists from some of its areas this month because they were causing a nuisance! =)
    darn, i keep forgetting to eat the garnishing and flowers at japanese outlets…

  4. "Joe" who is constantly craving
    April 27, 2010 | 5:28 am

    cheh, i come i no picture 1? hehe..

  5. Life for Beginners
    April 27, 2010 | 5:50 am

    What I'd give for that platter of flavoured sorbets right now – panas bangat di Johor dong… :P

  6. CUMI & CIKI
    April 27, 2010 | 6:44 am

    zomg!!! i am NOT worthy! bow bow..

    damn this post – i wish i had gone:)

  7. UnkaLeong
    April 27, 2010 | 6:53 am

    @Joe : I come, I got picture wor *nyeh!* LOL.

    This kaiseki dinner is forever immortalized with your excellent pictures and prose. *bows*

  8. qwazymonkey
    April 27, 2010 | 7:10 am

    Thule: can bring lil princess there too. Got aircon and comfortable.

    LL: Yar u'd need a good spanking! where the rest of my comics? How am I gonna be educated now?

    Sean: It's a pity not being able to walk through the hustle and bustle of the market. It's an experience one should not missed out. Just don't understand how some tourist can be so sell-fish and deny future visitors from getting the full Tsukiji experience.

    Joe: It was either an unflattering picture of you or a beautiful one of Mrs Nipple. Guess you know which one I chose!

    LFB: it's a freaking microwave out here too! I miss Tokyo!

    C&C: See, who are you to sit this one out?

    Unka: You pandai to berposing lah. Made the comics more beautiful!

  9. babe_kl
    April 27, 2010 | 8:47 am

    unka leong's caption so farnee leh :p

  10. J
    April 27, 2010 | 10:13 am

    Wah. The wasabi sorbet looks deceptively tame in its snow white colour….

  11. J2Kfm
    April 27, 2010 | 12:15 pm

    RM150 sounds rather reasonable, being a kaiseki dinner after all. I haven't tried one, but I have seen those on TV. >_<

    And to be served with the season's FRESHEST of the FRESHEST is indeed tempting.

    I crave for Japanese food now. And I can only blame you. Hmm, lemme set those tuna jaws on ya …

  12. P. Hentermine
    April 27, 2010 | 5:51 pm

    Oh!This post is really tempting. I seriously wanted to be there and wanted to taste all the items taht have been shown.

  13. fatboybakes
    April 29, 2010 | 7:07 am

    hahaha, excellent as always….i love that shot of me….(how narci)
    lovely lovely shots. lucky i posted ages ago, or no one would read.

  14. Life for Beginners
    April 30, 2010 | 12:27 pm

    Our next trip to Japan mesti have you, bro. Let's PLAN! :D

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