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Sunday 20 October 2013

Senya Udon-Ya

Senya Udon-Ya
Isetan Foodmarket
Lower Ground Floor Lot 10 Shopping Centre
50, Jalan Sultan Ismail
50250 Kuala Lumpur


I did not feel like driving today, so we hopped on the RapidKL’s U24 bus that took us to Bukit Bintang. Along the way, we noticed groups of Cosplay enthusiasts gathered at Fahrenheit and surmised that there must be an event going on at Parkamaya (as is always the case).

We got off the bus and Brendan (being a budding Cosplayer himself) wanted to rush over immediately to Parkamaya to check out the Cosplay event. We however thought we’d have lunch at Isetan’s Foodmarket first before heading to the event.

heading down to the lower ground floor


char kuey teow at RM9.90? no thanks!

Cat has no idea what this means

A quick scan of the place soon led is to this quaint little Japanese stall.

signs, banners and notices galore

choosing their topping


funny thing is, we were all seated

see what I mean?

Always wanting to have this, I quickly ordered the 1Japanese Curry (with white rice); taking up the waitress/cashier’s recommendation I added the 2Karaage topping as well. Brendan and Cat tried signature 3Udon, and ordered the Pumpkin Croquette and Tempura Vegetable toppings respectively

1Curry sauce served on top of cooked rice to make curry rice. Curry sauce is made by frying together curry powder, flour, and oil, along with other ingredients, to make roux which is then added to stewed meat and vegetables, and then simmered until thickened
2 small pieces of meat marinated in a mix of soy sauce, garlic, and/or ginger, then lightly coated with a seasoned wheat flour or potato starch mix, and fried in light oil — similar to the preparation of tempura
3Thick wheat flour noodle

this lady prepared our meal

Brendan's udon with pumpkin croquette

Cat's udon with vegetable tempura

my Japanese curry


reasonable enough?

First the damage; it all came to a respectable total of RM38.15, which is still well within the realms of the everyday food for the everyday person. Now for the second and vital question; will we be back? With Berjaya Times Square’s excellent Taste of Asia just a few minutes’ walk away we would have to say no, since the Japanese stall there wins hands down in terms of taste, ambience and overall setting (we found Isetan’s Foodmarket to be a bit claustrophobic).

Price wise, the excellent Sanuki Udon and even Sukiya’s fabulous ‘fast food’ joint has our vote every time for reasonably priced Japanese fare. To us Senya Udon-ya is sadly a novelty stall within Isetan’s Foodmarket and nothing more.

*On a very tragic and heartbreaking note, a day later we read about the murder of the dearly departed Ng Yuk Tim, known as the case of the Cosplay killing. Our hearts go out the family of the deceased and we sincerely hope that she rests in peace. In spite of all that has happened we hope that Malaysians do not cast an doubtful eye toward the Cosplaying community who are by and large still very decent, law abiding and god fearing people.

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