Nippori @ Empire Damansara PJ – Homecooked Japanese Food.

By (sharon loh)

After blogging a whole lot about my travelling rendezvous, I figured it’s time I got my food-writing groove back.

About a fortnight back, I dropped by Empire Damansara for a casual hair photoshoot, followed by quick lunch at Nippori, a tiny home-cooked Japanese restaurant tucked at one quiet corner of Heritage Lane.

I then posted about my less-than-satisfying (meaning it wasn’t that great…) experience here on my facebook page, only to be told that I was the odd one out – most of my friends enjoyed their meal here.
Maybe it was my perculiar tastebuds that afternoon, or perhaps it was because I had to eat in a rush. I only had 30 minutes to eat because the table was booked after that. Remember to make reservations!

Me and a friend ordered 2 sets to share.

The Juicy Chicken Katsu (RM35) came with 3 huge sticks of thick-cut chicken breast, deep fried to a golden brown color, then dipped in homemade miso sauce. The chicken was juicy and tender, thought the miso sauce was a tad too sweet. It was still delicious overall.
The Grilled Salmon (RM38) on the other hand felt exceedingly average for me. The 2 flimsy slices of salmon in homemade teriyaki sauce came a hint too sweet for my liking, and clearly letdown by the lack of size.
It was obvious that prices do not come cheap too. It may look like a lot (possibly from my photography skills, ahem.), but the dainty plates are deceiving on it’s own. There was not much to go around. Having said that, I thought that the portion served came just right for my appetite that afternoon.

Overall Rating: 7/10. Unfortunately for me, my meal here didn’t quite felt as worthy as what my friends claimed it would be.
Nippori is located at:Address: F-02(102), Heritage Lane, Empire Damansara, Jalan pju8/8, Damansara Perdana, Petaling Jaya.Phone: 03-7733 8592Opening Hours: 12-2.30pm, 6-10.30pm. Closed Monday.

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