The best Japanese grills yet.
The name may be a mouthful to pronounce, and it doesn’t stop right there as this lowkey restaurant boasts a unique yakiniku (Japanese for BBQ) experience. Located at Desa Sri Hartamas, the name Momotalo is inspired by a Japanese folklore hero called Momotarō which the owner has cleverly branded it as a Japanese BBQ restaurant.
The dining setting is divided into two sections—one with sitting on the floor (famous Japanese style) while the other with proper table and bench (standard). You will notice rows of kitchen vent above each table for the obvious indoor grilling that comes with the yakiniku experience. The environment inside the restaurant also gives out the sense of comforts of home with simple quotes on the walls.
According to the Catherine (Manager), the owner prides himself in personally ensuring the quality of the meat that comes in from the supplier and always makes sure it is of the best quality. Majority of the meat served here are flown in from New Zealand, Australia, and Japan. On top of that, the meat is all halal-certified except for the Kobe beef. Therefore, it is not a surprise that Momotalo is favourite amongst Muslim patrons too, because it is not easy to find pork-free yakiniku around.
While you may find yourself indulged with the meat selections, the dipping sauce is actually the real culprit here. The savoury concoction of minced garlic, home-made soy sauce, miso, and garlic paste will give you a perfect combination to go with the meat. Just the sauce alone is already an explosion of sweet-savoury notes which made my colleague ask Catherine twice for a takeaway portion.
The price range may be a little bit pricey which is around RM70 – RM100 per person, but trust me, it is definitely worth it in exchange of the freshness of the cuts and the hospitality which comes with it. If you have the Japanese craving nudging you, perhaps it is a great idea to drop by Momotalo Yakiniku soon.
20, Jalan 24/70A,
Desa Sri Hartamas, 50480 KL
Tel: 03-2300 2080
Business hours: Mon (6pm – 10pm), Tue – Sun (12pm – 2.30pm, 6pm – 10pm)