[Pork-free] Variety’s the game at Konnichiwa at The Hub, SS2.
There are dime-a-dozen of casual Japanese restaurants in PJ but what sets Konnichiwa apart is the Tokyo Mini Don offering.
Konnichiwa SS2 at The Hub
Konnichiwa is quite a popular spot for Japanese food, judging by the crowd on a weekday evening.
Reservations are advised here as the place is already full at 6pm – but we managed to get outdoor seats as we arrived early at 5.40pm.
This restaurant is operated by the same owners behind Wasabi, who decided to change the concept and name for this outlet.
The name’s changed but what about the game?
Konnichiwa still offers a great selection on its menu – from sashimi to sushi, dons, tempura, noodles and yakimono.
However, what attracted us to Konnichiwa (besides recommendations from friends) is the Tokyo Mini Don.
Konnichiwa’s Tokyo Mini Don
Konnichiwa’s special offering appears to be the Tokyo Mini Don – which comprises a set of six small dons (ricebowls) plus miso soup and fruits for RM45.
Customers are able to customise the six rice bowls – with toppings that range from onsen tama to yakiniku, avocado-salmon, unagi, and negitoro.
This concept should appeal to those who struggle with decision paralysis (which happens to the best of us) – when faced with too many options on a menu.
The Tokyo Mini Don allows customers to try six different toppings in one sitting at a reasonable price and portion each.
There are 12 mini dons to choose from – including six premium offerings (unagi, aburi engawa, negitoro, otoro, kaisen, uni) that come with extra charges.
Our Tokyo Mini Don
Here’s what Max got for his Tokyo Mini Don set – unagi, yakiniku, tempura, teriyaki chicken, avo-salmon don, and kaisen don.
First impressions – we really liked the presentation (cute and colourful mini bowls served on a tray), and all of the raw ingredients looked fresh and vibrant.
We also thought the portion for each bowl was just right – not too little, or not too much to stuff ourselves silly.
Here’s a detailed breakdown of the different bowls:
Mini Osaka Unagi Don (+RM5) – The unagi was fat, tender, and nicely seasoned with kayabaki sauce. We liked that it comes with tamago and some tempura bits.
Mini Kaisen Don (+15) – This bowl came with slices of salmon, hamachi, and maguro akami, as well as scallops and prawns. The sashimi were fresh but what sets this apart was the actual use of sashimi rice, and freshly grated wasabi on top.
Mini-Avo Salmon Don – Same salmon freshness, same sushi rice, but added avocado (ripe and creamy) and salmon roe on top.
Teriyaki Chicken – This was just decent and acts as a contrast to the other dons. Sadly, the chicken was a bit cold.
Mini Tendon – Quite a decent portion of tempura pieces comprising a prawn and vegetables.
Mini Yakiniku Don – Good portion, beef was tender and sufficiently seasoned.
Teishoku salmon set
The Teishoku Salmon set (RM34) was decent as well.
We thought all of the accompaniments were delicious.
While the salmon was a nice thick cut, we thought it was slightly under-seasoned and was a little dry.
Overall, we enjoyed our meal here at Konnichiwa although the food was a bit mixed.
We really liked the variety offered, especially the Mini Tokyo Don which allowed us to sample a few dishes at a reasonable portion.
If you’re looking for a fuss-free casual Japanese dinner at reasonable prices – do check out Konnichiwa.
Address: B-G-03A, Jalan Harapan, Seksyen 19, 46300 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Hours: 11am-3pm, 5pm-10pm (Weekdays), 11am-10pm (Weekends)
Phone: 010-382 6005
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