Eating Out with Patrick
TAISHI OFFER JAPANESE CUISINE AT LOCAL PRICES
A nice Japanese restaurant, with wide menu at reasonable prices.
Posted on 05.25pm Oct 21, 2007
Eugene Chin was an accountant when he decided to take a break from his stressful professional job. So when the opportunity presented itself, he decided to jump into the food business. Together with his wife, Pelly, the happy couple now runs the Japanese Restaurant Taishi Teppanyaki located at 34 USJ 9/5P (USJ 9 Business Centre). They can be reached at 03-80259603.
The restaurant is laid out very much like most other Japanese teppanyaki outets, with the guests seated around the hot plate cooking area where the chefs perform their teppanyaki “rituals” and show off their culinary skills, especially with the cutting and slicing of the various meats. Children particularly would love their act, sometimes bordering on the showmanship of sight and sound! The truth is I have often watched the adults too being fairly engrossed with the chef’s showmanship whilst waiting for their food to be prepared.
Whilst many teppanyaki restaurants serve mainly Japanese styled teppanyaki cuisines, Taishi takes pride in offering a wide range of choices, besides their teppanyaki, of course! They also serve Ala carte menu such as ramen and udon (these are varieties of Japanese noodles), and the various don (rice served with choice of meat) items such as Tori-don (chicken), Tako-don (cuttlefish), Unagi-don (eel) etc. Those more adventurous diners and more familiar with Japanese cuisine may opt for the chuka Iidako (marinated mini octopus), chuka hotate (marinated frills of scallop or chuka kurage (marinated jellyfish). And of course they also serve the all time favourite Japanese Edamame (beans) which many Japanese diners love to enjoy with their sake.
Whilst you are going through their menu, don’t forget to try their cawan mushi (egg custard in cup) which is very smooth and one of the better ones that I have tasted. At only RM4.50 a cup, it is very reasonable and irresistible.
And if you are a die hard sushi fan, no fear. Taishi also carry a decent range of sushi from unagi, the evergreen temaki, California roll Maki to a mixed deluxe or Combo Set. Sizes and price vary from 2.80 for a vegetarian sushi to the Combo Set at RM15.80.
To those who prefer a more simple choice that come with the renown Japanese Bento (all in a box), you wont be disappointed either. Very reasonably priced, one can chose to have a tempura, unagi or tori teriyaki Bento besides the many other options. Their Tempura is just right with a very light coat of batter.
Taishi offer a good range of Express Set meals which come with soup, fruits, rice, plenty of mixed vegetables and tofu besides the meat of your choice. I particularly love their unique crispy fried garlic chips. And Taishi, with their chefs headed by Nicholas, are always very accomodating and happy to please their customers with the choice of sauces. You can actually mix and match the various sauces if you so wish. Some of their sauces like the Peanut Butter Sauce is something unique and worth a go. Again their prices are very reasonable. Their chicken butter yaki sauce offers good value at RM10.80 !
And dont forget to try their Ocha (Green Tea) ice cream. Really shiok lah!! Overall, Taishi makes a very pleasant place to hang around, sipping ocha. You pay only RM1.00 with unlimited refill! (Didnt I just say it’s a very pleasant place to hang around?). And if you are alone, don’t worry, the friendly Eugene, Pelly or Nicholas, the chef will keep you company!
Taishi is pork-free and close on Monday. Daily operating hours are from 11.30am to 3pm and 6 – 10pm, including public holidays.
Taishi is now offering a special 20% off on their Set Meals. Just print out this article and present it when you visit them.