Shuraku, Solaris KL

Shuraku is a slightly cramped space heavy with yakitori fumes, old calendars, and interesting Japanese magazines hanging from worn out grills. It is also so insanely cool that local Japanese (themselves, insanely cool) frequent this joint after work for an ice cold beer and some good authentic yakitori. Of course, it’s not just a manically friendly atmosphere or semi-secret slice of “Japan” they’re after, the food rocks, too. Yakitori.. grilled skewers of anything from mushrooms and chicken to liver and gizzards arrive hot, juicy, and eminently snackable, but the menu also features heartier dishes, such as Pork katsu, Cha Soba and Okonomiyaki.


Although yakitori means “grilled chicken” and usually on a stick, the time-honored working-class Japanese food that is the featured dish at this second-floor restaurant in Solaris Kuala Lumpur, is taken beyond its usual place as street fare due to the restaurant’s expert way of cooking it. Seated at the bar or at a row of small tables in one of two dining rooms,you might favour eating in the traditional manner – with grilling done but not cooked all the way through. If medium rare poultry makes you nervous, you can have it well done of course, and then the menu extends beyond chicken kebabs, with noodles and soups, baked miso eggplant, tofu skewers in a dark miso sauce, and a smattering of maki rolls. This place is huge on pork yakitori too.. be sure to try the pork belly skewers – it is a must!ย  Most dishes seem designed for accompanying drinks, especially Sake, Soju, Japanese cocktails or Beer, and we happily knocked these down as it was a Friday night, and our host was being generous.


More familiar areas of the chicken also make an appearance, i.e. the wings, thighs, breast, while a delicious long meatball on a skewer, served with a half boiled egg to dunk it in, seemed to be posing the question, can you possibly eat any more..?


Top Clockwise – Pork or Chicken skewers dunked in egg, Ginko Nuts, Kimchi dish


All sorts of Yakitori imaginable, my favourites being the pork belly and chicken gizzard. Salmon and Unagi make an appearance.


Shuraku, serving you since 2008


Lovers share a Yakitori stick in the dark




Baked Miso Eggplantย  wow, a huge eggplant slathered in creamy dressing and baked – this is a terrific dish!


the girls chit chat over endless plates of yakitori and other delectable small plates of Japanese grub..


the hand that rolls..


Salmon maki


Spring Rolls


Dinner with KYSpeaks, Shaolin Tiger, Haze, Kimberly … I feel like I ate too much.. but Kimberly ate even the Miso Eggplant skin!


Here are the bones to prove it…

13-2, Jalan Solaris 1,
Solaris Mont Kiara,
Off Jalan Duta Kiara,
50480 Kuala Lumpur,
Reservation Hotline +6012-9714277
Outlet +603-62030561,
Fax +603-62030571
Non- Halal.
Opening Hours
Tues – Sat:ย ย  6:00 pm -12:30 am
Sun: 5:00 pm – 11:15 pm
Closed on Mondays


  1. So yummy!!! You look fabulous as ever too!

  2. had an absolutely awesome time! great company with great food to boot ๐Ÿ˜€

  3. Now this reminds me to go for Sumi Ka! How could I have forgotten …

  4. That just looks insanely good!!!
    The description of the half cooked marinated chicken dipped in runny egg, and the photos to go with it, are nothing short of heavenly. That baked miso eggplant sounds very tempting as well!

  5. Meatballs in egg looks terribly delightful! Nice sheen to the bones in the parting shot too!

  6. Baked miso eggplant sounds very healthy ๐Ÿ˜€ The swirling egg shot was excellent

  7. these are the coolest and most crisp photos i’ve seen at shuraku! usually the lighting here feels too dim to take decent pix ๐Ÿ˜€

  8. ahh, all looking yummy. the skewers are looking great. go best with beer!

  9. Perfect for chicken lovers! :)

  10. My god…runny eggs…and I am in love with d yakitori and makis here…need to visit sooonnnn…

    Thanx for d heads up ๐Ÿ˜€

  11. John-John says:

    Looks so good. I really must go and try.

  12. Must go soon, hehe!

  13. was darn good food, must do this more often!

  14. that’s a very beautiful dress ciki!

  15. Your blog has very tempting cusines. I already feel very hungry now!

  16. Wow, love the lighting. The making Maki photos are so nice. It’s so cool to eat delicious food and see how they make it girl.

  17. Yakitori is my favourite type of Japanese joint, the menu looks excellent. What were the prices like? HF

  18. The food looks fantastic, but judging by the pictures the women who frequent the place are gorgeous. Good food is great, but beautiful scenery is better.

  19. Love your dress, you looked so cute *wink*. And beautiful food shots again, it’s making me craving food late night snack lol

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