We usually don’t order around 10++ dishes for dinner. But one Thursday not too long ago, we made an exception.
You see, some of my carpool friends felt the urge to be magnanimous that evening. The rest of us did not complain of course when we found out that we’ll be headed for Kaze, a Japanese restaurant at Promenade in Bayan Lepas.
Among the many we ordered , my personal favorites were the umami-laden Yaki Gyoza, the unassuming Tebasaki and the utterly sublime Saba Shioyaki.
The Saba was a brilliant exercise in restraint. The mackerel was only lightly salted before placed on the grill. As a result, one could really savor the freshness of the fish.
Something like that Saba dish is perhaps a welcome contrast to Kaze’s interesting and very Instagrammable fusion rolls – the Dynamite Spider (soft shell crabs, flying fish roe, sesame seeds and avocado) and the Black Dragon (grilled eel, almond flakes, tiger prawns and cream cheese), to name a few.
We never had either but we had the Salmon Sushi No Konbi as our requisite sushi platter. Although it’s less gregarious compared to the Dynamite or the Black Dragon, it was decent nonetheless.
I was secretly pining though for the uni and the toro sushis but since each piece was Crazy-Rich-Asian expensive, I held off from ordering these.
What I’m not ordering again (or anytime soon for that matter) would be the soba. Look, I really wanted to like the cold buckwheat noodle but maybe it’s not just for me.
I’ll stick to the ramen next time, which Kaze surprisingly also offers in their rather thick, encyclopedic menu. The restaurant seems to carry every pretty Japanese dish (and sake too) in the world.
This could either be good and not so good, depending on how you see such things. Do you prefer variety or focus in a menu? Can a restaurant be everything else without spreading itself too thinly in the process? Is there a delicious middle ground in this conversation?
Thankfully we did not weigh in on such matters that evening. The joyous occasion simply did not call for that. Instead we talked about how our little lives were back home, why oysters are considered aphrodisiacs and when our next celebratory get together would already be.
But you don’t need to order 10++ dishes just to have a great time at Kaze. You can order their very affordable set lunches or their teishokus if you’re in the mood to splurge a little bit more. These options will allow you to sample everything else the restaurant has in store.
Kaze Japanse Restaurant
Persiaran Mahsuri, Bayan Baru,
11900 Bayan Lepas,
012 – 408 9980
Weekdays: 11:30 AM – 2:30 PM | 6:00 PM – 10:15 PM
Weekends and Public Holidays: 11:30 AM – 10:15 PM