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Eating Out with Patrick

Hyotan the Japanese Restaurant

Every meal a treat at Hyotan !
Posted on 09.57pm May 09, 2010

 The kaki (oysters) to die for...!! I love all things Japanese…. food I mean. So when the Japanese restaurant Taishi had to shut down due to staff and family problems, I had no option but to venture further for my regular Nihon shot. Actually, Hyotan at SS 15 had always been my favourite spot for “finer” Japanese dining, but the distance and the traffic condition was always a deterrent. But like they say…..beggars cant be choosers !!!

Hyotan actually has quite a long history. The boss Watanabe-san, together with other partners, set up one of the first, if not the first Japanese restaurant in SJ at SS 12. Finally, their partnership broke up and Watanabe established his very own Japanese Restaurant called Hyotan at SS15. Those ardent fans of Watanabe would have noticed that some of the staff had been with him since the earlier days at Shun.

The Restaurant is set in a modern Japanese setting and is one of the very few Japanese restaurants (only one?) to have an automatic sliding main door to greet your arrival. The “dry kitchen” laid out on the right ensures Watanabe and his crew is able to greet all customers that walk in. As you proceed further into the corridor, making their presence on the right wall are rows and rows of Japanese sake which Hyotan’s regulars keep there for dining convenience. Diners can chose to sit downstairs or upstairs where there are also two private dining rooms (my favourite!). Each room can sit up to 8 diners comfortably.

Watanabe is also the chef and together with his loyal staff and his wife, Naoko, runs the restaurant hands on and serve a big range of Japanese delicacies. Don’t panic from the large choice in the menu. Take your time to browse through and pick your choice. The set menus are illustrated towards the back. Set lunch and set dinner menus are the same except for lunch (cheaper by RM2), you will be served dessert or coffee.

What is exceptional at Hyotan is the choice from the Menu, both ala carte and Set, and the Chawanmushi. The chawanmushi is something to die for with its fine, smooth texture and the crab sauce, and the fillings of meat & ginkgo. Not to worry, chawanmushi comes with all the sets! Unless you are nuts like us when sometimes we order extra bowl just to satisfy our greed. Our favourite at Hyotan? Must be the Kaki Mayo, lightly battered big, juicy oysters coated in mayo tinged with mustard (see pic). For five huge oysters at about RM26 at a Japanese rest, that’s a steal !! The other personal favourite is the Bento, though there are a few choices. Take your picks! Yummy! Set dinner prices range from about RM22 to about RM50. That should give you some indication of the reasonableness at Hyotan.

HYOTAN JAPANESE RESTAURANT is located at 63, Jalan SS 15/5A, Subang Jaya. That’s the old part of the L-shaped shop houses facing the Medical Centre and Psn Kewajipan. Tel: 03 56360326/28. And the best news is they are open everyday ! Lunch is from 12 pm and dinner is from 6pm. See you at Hyotan !! ;-)