The foodie hubs and his foodie buddy went to the brand new Isetan The Japan Store @ Lot 10, KL early this week to take a peek at the much raved about newly refurbished Lot 10, which opened its door to the public on 27 Oct 2016. There are only two Japan Store concept stores in the world, the other one being its smaller counterpart in Paris. My foodie hubs was very impressed and could not wait to bring us there. Despite a heavy thunderstorm on a Saturday evening, we braved the rain to the heart of bustling KL to where Lot 10 is yesterday. Traffic was heavy as expected and we had to queue to the car park.
Each floor is designed to generate its own distinctive appeal:
LGF: The Market – experience the seasonal flavours
GF: The Museum – experience the ultimate japan
1F: The Studio – experience the fashion live
2F: The Room – experience the grateful lifestyle
3F: The Cube – experience the inspiring culture
4F: Restaurant Floor, will open in 2017
What attracted the hubs the most is the food hall. Oh well, he is a gourmand isn’t he? He lives to savor the finest food and is happiest when his tummy is satisfied.
The food hall was flooded with fans of Japanese cuisine. It was hard to find a table. We spotted a table at Yakitori Hanabi and quickly got ourselves seated and ordered several yakitori items before the foodie hubster went to the individual stalls to order more food.
I never liked natto, a fermented soy superfood but over time, I have acquired the taste and have now learned to appreciate the distinct pungent flavor of the natto beans. This bowl of natto + egg rice is very flavorful but the kids haven’t yet acquired the taste.
This skewer of humble grilled salted cherry tomatoes is so flavorful and juicy.
Yakitori with leek.
Teppan sirloin steak bought from one of those individual stalls.
We also brought home 2 packs of frozen saba fish at RM20.80 a pack. Can’t wait to do a grilled terriyaki saba for the girls next week!
After our ‘main course’ of meat, we had desserts from Tsujiri. The girls fell in love with the matcha ice-cream from Tsujiri when they tasted it for the first time in Hong Kong during our vacation last year. We had to queue up for everything albeit the prices of food there ain’t cheap. Well, if you’re a fan of all things Japanese, you wouldn’t mind the long queue and the price.
Part of our desserts from Tsujiri…
After a satisfying dinner, we walked around the impressive Japanese food hall. For a moment, the girls felt like they were in Hong Kong. For me, I felt like I was in Japan as all the petite and pretty Japanese food stuffs that the mil and sil normally get for us from Japan are mostly available here now.
**coughs** Would you pay RM49 for a punnet of two apples flown in from Japan? Not me!! The most expensive apple that I am willing to fork out is Envy apples costing RM5 each.
Grapefruit juice right out from a fresh grapefruit! Total awesomeness!
A grapefruit only costs no more than RM2 each. Here, we paid RM10 more to suck the juice out from the fruit directly. I am in total awe with Japanese technology! I am more in awe with the level of cleanliness of their toilets.
Fancy getting one of those grapefruit hole puncher thingy for yourself?
Frozen fruit popsicle sticks. If not for a tummy with Tsujiri ice-creams and desserts sloshing around, we would have tried these alluring colorful fruit popsicles.
A wide variety of sweet potatoes flown in from Japan. Some are designed to be low in sugar and high in nutrients but at RM7.20 per 100gm, would you buy them? Errr, my trencherman bought one to try and it cost a frigging RM12 each *choke*
We had the sweet potato for breakfast the next day (today) and it didn’t taste good anymore. It was bitterish and the skin was super hard. There goes his RM12 but at least we tried grilled Japanese sweet potato without having to fly to Japan 😀
As we walked into the hall where all the Japanese sweet delicacies are sold, I could not stop telling everyone that I felt like I was in Japan.
My connoisseur of food bought World Champion Financiers from Henri Chapentier. He wanted to try the best financiers in the world listed in the Guiness World of Record, 2 years in a row. At over RM50 for 3 super tiny financiers, I really think that the financier sponge cakes are over-rated. It is so small that our 3 girls commented that they can stuff all the 3 financiers into their tiny mouths at one go! Well, at least we tried this award winning financiers without going to Japan! haha!
Pick your choice of vege powder, freshly pounded for you…
A panoply of smoothie and fruits…
Vegetables planted in state-of-the-art LED lighting plant…
Many of the staff at Isetan The Japan Store are Japanese. As we left the store at 9pm, which is the store’s closing time, the staff wished us good night and thank you while doing the courteous Japanese bow. We were all truly impressed with this awesome Japanese store. This makes me want to visit Japan soon to immerse in the real Japanese culture. I love everything Japanese! 🙂
Isetan The Japan Store
Lot 10, 50 Jalan Bukit Bintang, KL
Tel: 03 2382 7777
Hours: Daily, 11am-9pm.