** This blog post was originally posted at ‘Sinfully Delicious Malaysia’ blog on June 23rd, 2017

About a week ago, I went to Kuala Lumpur to attend the ‘Raya Kasih & Cinta‘ Buka Puasa CSR Initiative with the main casts of Hero Seorang Cinderella drama, Fattah Amin & Nur Fazura together with the children from Rumah Shifa Setapak and Rumah Bakti NurShaheera. The event was held at Quill City Mall Kuala Lumpur and the ‘buka puasa‘ event was held at the Japanese restaurant, Aragan Yokocho.

I saw Quill City Mall last month when I was heading to Premiera Hotel. I wanted to go there but I didn’t have time. Luckily, I was invited to their ‘Raya Kasih & Cinta‘ CSR event with Fattah Amin and Nur Fazura (from Hero Seorang Cinderella) and a ‘buka puasa‘ event afterward with them, the kids from the orphanage, and other media and invited guests.

Quill City Mall is located adjacent to the Medan Tuanku monorail station so it’s very convenient to get there. From KL Sentral, it takes about 30 minutes.

I’m not a fan of Fattah Amin but Fazura is gorgeous! And this time, both of them were wearing soft pink. Gorgeous to the max.

I won’t talk much about the event because I will post that on my other blog. Once I’ve posted that, I will update the link here.

About 40+ kids from Rumah Shifa Setapak and Rumah Bakti NurShaheera joined us for the event and Majlis Berbuka Puasa later at Aragan Yokocho.

There was also a book signing for the first 50 people. I wanted to take a photo of the book signing but it was so crowded and so hot that I felt dizzy and nearly fainted. I’m surprised Fattah Amin and Nur Fazura did not faint from all the commotion.

I decided to head to Aragan Yokocho instead which is located on the lower ground floor.

At first, we were meant to go to a different restaurant but they changed it to Aragan Yokocho. When I heard they changed it to a Japanese restaurant, I nearly jumped from happiness because I LOVE Japanese food. I was extremely glad they changed it. It made my trip to KL complete and absolutely worth it.

Aragan Yokocho is HUGE. It’s touted as the first and the largest authentic Japanese restaurant in Asia with approximately 18,848 sq ft. Holy moly! I heard they’re planning to open a few more branches this year. I wish they would open in Ipoh.

When I first entered the place, I was a bit overwhelmed. I did not expect it to be that large. I nearly got lost. You don’t see this from the outside because it looks like a normal-sized restaurant but oh no. There’s more inside. It’s like exploring a cave.

From what I gathered, they just launched the restaurant in February 2017.

The food at Aragan Yokocho is pork-free and alcohol-free, but they don’t have a halal certificate because they do sell alcoholic drinks (like sake, beer, etc.).

What’s unique about this place is that the dining area is sectioned off into four distinct seasonal themed seating areas featuring the four seasons in Japan – Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter.

I didn’t learn about this until way later, so I regret not exploring further and take more pictures. Hopefully, I’ll get another chance to dine there in the future when I go to Quill City Mall KL.

If I’m not mistaken, this is the Spring section.

I was told they also provide yukata that you could borrow so you could take pictures while pretending to be Japanese. With pretty decorations all around, there are plenty of spots that you can use for your pictures.

This is the sushi station.

The concept is similar to a food court. They have 10 stations like tempura, noodles, sushi, rice bowls, hotpots, yakitori, teppanyaki, drinks, and desserts. There’s even a sake section and all are controlled by one management.

Even though they have the food court concept, they’re nothing like the typical food court in terms of ambiance, service, food quality & selection, cost, etc. You don’t even have to get up to order every time. You’re given a tablet where you could look at the pictures of the food, order what you want that’s sent directly to the kitchen, and find out the total cost of your order. Convenient!

Speaking of cost, surprisingly, they’re not that expensive either. And they have a massive selection of Japanese food to choose from.

The children were seated in I assume the summer section while Fattah Amin and Nur Fazura were at either the Autumn section or a private area.

When I arrived, the Winter section was already full so I was seated at the Tatami area. I actually prefer the Tatami area more because it really feels like a Japanese restaurant.

Another unique thing about this ‘buka puasa‘ event at Aragan Yokocho is that I saw four different meal sets on the table representing the four different seasons. So, each person gets to choose the type of meal they want to try. It took me around 20 minutes trying to decide which meal I wanted to try. They all looked so good and I wanted to try them all.

Yes, I was feeling greedy. How could you not be when it comes to Japanese food?

Spring Set

  • Chicken Nanban
  • Rice
  • Miso Soup
  • Pickled Cucumber
  • Matcha Ice Cream
  • A Glass of Green Tea

Summer Set

  • Hiyashi Chuka (Cold Noodle)
  • California Roll
  • Matcha Ice Cream
  • A Glass of Green Tea

Autumn Set

  • Udon Noodle
  • Salmon Nigiri
  • Matcha Ice Cream
  • A Glass of Green Tea

Winter Set

  • Tori Chanko Nabe
  • California Roll
  • Matcha Ice Cream
  • A Glass of Green Tea

Hiyashi Chuka (Cold Noodle) (Summer Set)Egg, Mayonnaise, Seaweed, Ginger, Crab Cake, Cucumber, Sesame Oil.

I was given the opportunity to taste this. Ahh, I loved it! Didn’t think I’d like it but I did. There’s a distinct sesame oil taste of course, and it was my first time tasting a cold noodle. Normally I like my noodles hot. Not bad at all.

I forgot to take a picture of the Udon noodle (Autumn Set) because it arrived at the table late, but you could see it in the video at the end of this post.

Udon Noodle has Soy Sauce, Enoki Mushroom, Prawn, Seaweed, Green Spring Onion. The Autumn Set also comes with Salmon Nigiri.

California Roll (Summer & Winter Sets)Rice, Crab cake, What Flour, Seaweed, Egg, Flyfish Egg, Mayonnaise with Wasabi and Ginger.

Salmon Nigiri (Autumn Set)Rice, Vinegar, Salmon with Wasabi and Ginger.

Love this too, but I’d love it more with wasabi mixed in sweet soy sauce and some mayonnaise. Yum.

Chicken Nanban (Spring Set)Chicken, Egg Mayonnaise, Lettuce. It comes with a bowl of rice and a bowl of miso soup.

No sushi for this set. I wanted this set at first but I also wanted sushi, which influenced my decision to choose Winter instead of this.

There were only 3 people at my table so nobody had this set. Of course, I hate wasting food. The guests at my table let me have this set so I could have a taste. I was so happy despite being almost full. This set is REALLY good. I love that there’s a generous amount of thick egg mayonnaise on the chicken. The rice was also nice. The miso soup was sadly cold already.

Tori Chanko Nabe (Winter Set)Soy sauce broth, Chicken, Tofu, Eringi Mushroom, Golden Mushroom, Green Spring Onion, Chinese Cabbage

I decided to choose the Winter set because it looks filling enough for my stomach and it has soup and sushi. They will fire up a burner underneath so your soup will be heated because this is meant to be eaten in the Winter.

It’s so good! I thought it’s just vegetables but there’s a good portion of chicken chunks in there, plus the mushrooms and tofu. This doesn’t come with rice but it’s enough to make you feel full. The broth is very nice. Not overly salty.

The set also comes with two pieces of California Roll & Green Tea Ice Cream.

Matcha/Green Tea Ice Cream for dessert.

As someone who absolutely loves green tea, I enjoyed this a bit too much. The ice cream was divine, and the corn flakes added a nice crunchiness to it. I was craving for more!

They also have a variety of other green tea desserts and they looked SO GOOD from the pictures I saw. Oh gosh, I wish I had more!

Satoshi Yoshikawa-san (restaurant director, I think) with Janet, one of the guests at my table. Arigatou, the food was awesome!

It was an interesting event even though I didn’t get to take a selfie with Fazura and Fattah Amin. Everybody was like bugging them and not giving them space so I didn’t want to bug them more. A bit disappointed in that.

It was an interesting event, it was nice to see Fattah Amin and Fazura up close, and the food was really great. Thank you for inviting me, Quill City Mall KL.

SELAMAT HARI RAYA AIDILFITRI, MAAF ZAHIR BATIN.

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1018, Jalan Sultan Ismail,
55100 Kuala Lumpur

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