Xenri D'Garden Terrace @ Menara Hap Seng is a fine-dining restaurant serving Japanese kaiseki cuisine.
Kaiseki, a traditional multi-course Japanese dinner, is a type of art form that focus on the right balance of taste and presentation. So such a meal would be satisfying not just your taste-buds but also your eyes. Of course, with such complexity involved, it comes with a hefty price.
During lunch time, Xenri offer a more casual version of kaiseki cuisine (or what we normally term as lunch sets), with a slightly lower cost.
My chance came when my boss decided to treat us for lunch at Xenri.
I had the Shake Minute Steak To Agedashi Doufu Teishoku, which translates to a Salmon Minute Steak with Deep-Fried Beancurd Set (RM 34). It comes with chawanmushi, miso soup, pickles & fruits.
The main dish is the salmon steak, served with generous stir-fried vegetables and fried garlic, accompanied by a bowl of fluffy rice. The salmon, which is very fresh, is well-cooked and juicy. The sauce is very unique, not the standard teriyaki sauce - a little bit acidic, sweet & creamy (very close resemblance to the wafu dressing) and it compliments well with this dish.
I love the chawanmushi very much. The steamed egg is very smooth, and most importantly, it is very flavourful. I had a feeling they have used many ingredients into the stock for the egg mixture.
The agedashi tofu or deep-fried beancurd is very soft, and me, being a lousy chopstick user, had a hard time picking up the tofu. I like the texture, quite like pudding.
The desserts, which were fruits, were a little disappointing. The mango was quite mushy while the rock-melon still tasted like it had not been defrosted well. Not what I would expect to come from such a restaurant.
But all in all, the meal was satisfying, with more surprises than disappointment. To top it, there's a sense of peacefulness when you step in to Xenri. Perfect to unwind and truly indulge in your meal.
Xenri D'Garden Terrace
Lot 2-04, 2nd Floor
Podium of Menara Hap Seng
Jalan P. Ramlee
50250 Kuala Lumpur