A very cozy environment with friendly staff, we got hot tea as soon as we sat down. Ordered the highlight there which was the Monjayaki, a mixture of noodles, assorted mushrooms and salmon.
Our table was literally one huge frying pan, and right in front of us was where the chef proceeded to dump out the raw ingredients. Pretty soon, the room was filled with the sizzling aroma of fried seafood and egg.
We were watching in fascination as the chef deftly mixed and sautéed the ingredients into an aromatic paste.
Then he fashioned it into a moat and poured in some gravy.
I was having an entire island on my table!
When it was finally done, I was salivating. Don’t get me wrong, the dish was cooked pretty quickly, but when you have to watch your food getting cooked right in front of you, emanating the most beautiful of smells, it does something to a lady’s self-control. I was scrapping the food off the pan the second the chef said it was done. I did wait until he walked off! I’m no animal.
Was totally worth the wait (bout 8 mins to cook). The good stuff though, you gotta work for it. It’s the burnt parts from the Monjayaki stuck to the pan.
This is why they give you shovels. A mini shovel and a big shovel. I’m all about losing weight so I got to digging. Was worth all that work. They tasted completely different from the parts that were not burnt. Delectably crunchy.
Next we tried the Beef Okonomiyaki.
It’s a sorta Japanese version of a pancake or a pizza. Was just as fascinating watching the chef cook this for us. I actually enjoyed this dish more than the Monjayaki. I loved what was the “bread crust” of the okonomiyaki. Full of flavor unlike regular pizza bread crust. And the beef toppings went really really well with the base. Mmmhmm.
Overall, thoroughly enjoyed the food, but thought that it was a bit pricy. Spent around RM60 for both dishes. Even so, really recommend you guys trying it at least once. Interesting visual and gastronomical experience at Monjayaki Kota Damansara!