A reunion long awaited. Been pushing back a revisit to Keyaki because of time constraints and partly due to them being full on most weekends.
Served steaming hot with a lid, the Age Dashi Tofu carried itself relatively well with its smooth textured interior yet not too thick and slightly crispy skin. The sauce was light on the palate but overall the dish, while good, failed to impress me. I've had better for sure.
Now this is where Keyaki shines, for this visit at least. The Ebi Tempura was definitely one of the best that I've tried so far. Gone are the memories of bland batter and tasteless dips from Sun with Moon Japanese Dining. Keyaki's batter was light and flavourful - not the MSG induced kind of flavouring though and good enough to eat on its own! The prawns were huge and fresh and I could taste the sweetness of the prawns, barely though. The accompanying sauce was robust and added a lingering salty dimension to the tempura.
Teppanyaki is purportedly the forte of Keyaki and after my last visit there, I'm most inclined to agree. The garlic fried rice was fragrant and fluffy, with each individual grain of rice throughly fried. Coupled with lots of fried garlic pieces and egg, it made for an enjoyable side. The asparagus were a little too overcooked though.
The Prime Beef Tenderloin Steak is certainly drool worthy. Succulent, flavourful and fragrant. Only gripe I had was that it came medium well instead of medium rare which I had requested for. Nevertheless, very little quality was lost and the beef certainly made my day.
The Ebi Bacon Maki was nice without being too overwhelming on the flavours. The bacon wasn't too salty (read: Hua Ting) nor was it overly fatty and the prawns were fresh, though not as succulent as I would have liked it to be. Overall a rather dry dish.
The Tori Tsukune or Grilled Minced Chicken Balls were a little too soft, lacking that quintessential firmness and bite that I usually associate with meat balls. Decent though.
The Yaki Tori or Grilled Chicken Cubes on a skewer reminded me uncannily of kebab. Drizzled with loads of sweet teriyaki sauce, the chicken were well grilled but did come across as a wee bit too dry. The vegetables were a little too charred for my liking.
Not much can be said about the Ebi Tem Maki as it wasn't remarkably good nor bad. The rice's composition was good and didn't come across as too sourish while the prawns were crispy.
Dinner for 2 cost just slightly over $160, which threatened to run me dry. But then again, the food quality is evident, with the exception of the Robatayaki. Service is impeccable and reservations are highly recommend if you are going during the weekends.
See all my pictures here and here
Nice ambience but pricey~
Went there with a girlfriend for dinner coz we decided we want to try a new place.
We were not really hungry so opted for 2 starters and a udon to share: the cubed tuna with miso dressing, crabstick and chicken salad, and their "Special" udon. The cubed tuna was good, although I took a while to get used to the strong miso taste. Salad was really just so-so. The udon was quite tasty in a light broth and some simple vegs; their udon is more flat (a little like La Mian), unlike the thick fat ones we are more used to.
Portions can be bigger for the prices. The bill came up to $60 even after we had a $10 discount.
Many people were seated at the teppanyaki counter though, including many Japanese itself, so I assume the food is quite good. Was also surprised that it was almost half filled despite it being a Tues evening. Service was efficient and friendly, although they did break a tea cup while serving us.
Probably will not be going there again anytime soon, but its a choice to consider for a special occassion.
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