Kisyu Ramen in Hartamas is yet another Japanese noodle shops that are stacking up like jets over the KLIA. With plenty of Japanese chain of ramen restaurants launched in Klang Valley over the years, some even highly regarded in Japan itself; those entrants set a clear bench mark to almost initiate the ramen outbreak since the burger trend. This one here will be just another place to offer some hearty noodles in soup.
With expatriates highly populated in this area and Japanese and Korean food at every few shop fronts in Desa Sri Hartamas, ramen seemed to please most of the population but here is the thing about ramen, as with so much in Japanese culture itself, makes it hard to distinguish and crown the best ramen bowl once it gets passed the bench mark.
Meeting the basic criteria in this dog whistle territory (unless if we decided to be pernickety diner and would meticulously evaluate every little detail), the Tonkatsu Shoyu Ramen (RM 22) with its fine broth and pleasant portion to satiate is a good treat. The lawn of spring onion sprinkles was darling to the bowl of comforting dish.
Then the catch to compete with the many ramen bowls within this proximity comes down to plenty of other authentic Japanese offerings, which to my amusement is decently delicious given by right the ramen being their highlight. Apparently also on their extensive menu, there is plenty of Yakitori to choose from. In fact, combo prices with deals of RM 16.80 for 5 kinds of yakitori don’t seem like a bad idea at all.
To go with your ramen you can splash out on add on combo choices – Rice with Iyako and Mentaiko (RM 6.80), but you don’t need to.
On the other hand, I wouldn’t mind the Sliced Roast Pork with Onsen Egg (RM 12). Slight crisp on the lightly roasted thin slices of roast pork with a comforting essence of a perfectly cooked onsen egg, all swimming in a bed of sweet stir fried julienne onions.
Like many other Japanese restaurants, interior are kept minimal and uncluttered, but the dark wooded tables and bored-looking waitresses probably wouldn’t impress the locals, let alone Japanese expats.
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Kisyu Ramen is located at Hartamas at:
32, Jalan 30/70a Desa Sri Hartamas
Business hour: 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM, 6 PM to 11:30 PM daily (closed Tuesday)