[Non-halal] The popular Kanbe Ramen has just opened a new Yakiniku place just across the road at Mont Kiara Shoplex. 本家炙屋 官兵衛 Kanbe Yakiniku offers premium Wagyu (and non-Wagyu) beef cuts, seafood, pork, and veggies to grill over a charcoal fire.
They are also very generous with the side dishes of free veggies, sauces, and dips to make it a wholesome experience.
Kanbe also serves a good variety of sake, cocktails, highballs, and wine.
Kanbe Yakiniku in Mont Kiara
If you are familiar with ramen bars in KL, you’ll probably have heard of Kanbe Ramen in 163 Retail Park, Mont Kiara.
In our opinion, Kanbe serves one of the best ramen in town. The place is very popular as you’ll often find a queue during peak hours. Read our post here.
Following the success of their ramen bar, the chefs then decided to open a new yakiniku joint located just across the main street of Mont Kiara.
Kanbe Yakiniku offers a lovely space
Kanbe Yakiniku was just opened to the public in early July.
We really enjoyed the space, with its use of warm lights and Japanese lanterns. The al-fresco dining area is perfect for a cold, rainy day but you could also opt for the counter seats if you want to watch the chefs in action.
Special condiments and sauces
Just like Kanbe Ramen, the menu here offers plenty of details on its ingredients and condiments.
Kanbe’s yakiniku marinade sauce is a special blend of soy sauce from Chiba, French wine, fruits, and vegetables. Kanbe also sources its Wagyu beef from Japan and makes its own kimchi.
On the table, you’ll find plenty of condiments to dip your meat in, such as Kanbe Spicy Miso Paste, Ponzu Dare sauce, Lemon Dare Sauce, Tsuke Dare Sauce, Green Chilli Oil and Lemon Citrus Chilli Paste.
Kanbe also offers complimentary side dishes (similar to Korean banchan). The beansprouts (Karashi Moyashi) were succulent with a strong garlic taste, while the marinated chives (Tsubo Nira) had hints of sesame taste with a strong spicy kick.
Wagyu beef and more
Kanbe offers plenty of Japanese Wagyu beef cuts – from tenderloin to top blade, ribeye roll, and short ribs. A premium Wagyu Omakase of three kinds goes for RM390 for 300g.
However, you could also go for the non-Wagyu options (which we did) if you are not feeling too indulgent.
Besides beef, Kanbe also offers seafood such as Hiroshima Oysters, Jumbo Scampi, and Hokkaido Hamaguri Clams and Scallops. There’s also pork and chicken on the menu.
Four marinades are offered here
The meat here is marinated in four bases – Shoyu, Salt, Miso, and Red Hot Sauce.
However, we only opted for the Salt marinade as we wanted to taste the natural flavours of the beef.
Free flow of vegetable wraps
Finally, the raw meat is served with a bountiful plate of vegetable wraps.
Similar to Korean BBQ, one just wraps the cooked meat in the vegetable leaves and eats it in a single bite.
Kanbe was really generous with the vegetables with 18 different types of vegetables listed on their menu. In particular, we really enjoyed the Egoma Perilla leaf, Crown Daisy, and sliced Red Radish.
Kanbe Assorted Beef Mori
Anyways, were ordered the Kanbe Assorted Beef Mori (RM110 for 300g), which was enough to feed both of us that evening.
The Beef Mori comprises three cuts of tongue, top sirloin and skirt. We also opted for the Salt marinade.
Although the beef was not Wagyu, we enjoyed them a lot! They were fresh, and we really enjoyed the simple (but delicious) salt marinade.
We thought that the salt marinade brought out the natural flavours of the cut without being too overpowering.
Salt, tongue, skirt, sirloin
As for the cuts – we found the tongue to be tender and bouncy, while the sirloin was thinly sliced albeit slightly powdery.
Our favourite cut has to be the skirt, due to the lovely slives of fat between the meat. Hence it was very juicy and flavourful!
We really enjoyed dipping the meat in various sauces (favourite was probably the yuzu and spicy miso) and wrapping them in vegetables.
Spinach namul and kimchi
We also ordered their Kimchi (RM12) and Spinach Namul (RM12).
While the kimchi was quite “syiok” with a good bite of spiciness and tanginess, the spinach was pretty ordinary with a hint of bitterness and nuttiness from sesame seeds.
As Kanbe already offer plenty of complimentary vegetables – you could make do without them, in our opinion.
Plenty of tipple options here
Kanbe also offers plenty of tipple options here from highballs to wine, sake and cocktails.
We found our Yuzu High Ball (RM31) to be refreshing with fresh orange peel used.
In summary, we really enjoyed our meal here!
We found the meat to be fresh and wonderfully marinated and enjoyed the many free condiments, vegetables and sauces that come with it.
At RM192, we had a full and satisfying meal even with 300g of meat due to the side dishes offered.
Also, service was top-notched and we enjoyed the good humour of the chefs.
本家炙屋 官兵衛 Kanbe Yakiniku
Address: LOT – 1E, Ground Floor New Wing @ Mont Kiara Shoplex, Jalan Kiara 1, Mont Kiara, Kuala Lumpur
Hours: 5am-12pm Daily (Closed on Mondays)
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