Thursday, July 09, 2009

Xenri D' Garden Terrace, Menara Hap Seng

Last Sunday, I met up for dinner with Andrew, Denise and Chris at Xenri D' Garden Terrace, a Japanese restaurant, located at Menara Hap Seng, Kuala Lumpur. It was a long-awaited gathering because we've been planning and planning, but our time could never "synchronize." I'm glad we finally made it.

I was shopping for about 20 minutes at KLCC before walking to Menara Hap Seng. In that short period of time, I managed to buy 3 books from Kinokuniya (The Girl Who Played with Fire by Stieg Larsson, Evening Is the Whole Day by Preeta Samarasan, and Spark by John J. Ratey). Do check out my Mailbox Monday post.

Now, let's get back to Xenri. The buffet is MYR68++ (~US$19++) and the food quality is good. I'm not sure if the comparison with Tenji is fair but Tenji definitely has a wider choice. It does appear, though, that Xenri offers more authentic Japanese cuisine. There are more photos at my Facebook public photo album so please be sure to visit!

I like the spaciousness
Nice dining ambiance
Some of the food on the buffet spread
There is also a separate menu where you can order cooked food such as ebi tempura, soft-shell crabs, fish, and many more. The best part is there is no limit to the amount you can order!
Some of the stuff I piled onto my plate
This was Andrew's reaction (and mine) when he ate a raw oyster for the first time.
Time for photos! Andrew and Denise smiling for the camera
And one for the family. Thanks to the Xenri chef for taking this photo for us!
Do check out more photos in my Facebook abum!

Restaurant Information:
Address: Lot No. 2-04, Second Floor, Podium Block of Menara Hap Seng, Jalan P. Ramlee, 50250 Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA
Telephone: +603 2078 6688

What I liked about the restaurant:
  • Great ambiance and spacious
  • Helpful and friendly staff
  • Ordered food such as the soft-shell crabs and ebi tempura came fast
What I disliked about the restaurant:
  • Some of the food on the buffet spread were cold; for example, the chawan mushi (steamed egg)
  • I became very thirsty after the meal--a sure sign of MSG overload
My conclusion: The overall dining experience is good. On my own, I'm not sure if I 'd return to Xenri but that is because it is located in Kuala Lumpur and logistically a nightmare for me, but if my friends would like to try out that place, I'd definitely tag along. I'm also not sure how the restaurant fairs during working days or weekends during peak hours.