Ayam percik sushi rolls? A smash success at D’Izakaya, where chef Azri Che Ishak has the chops to execute the balance of flavours and textures that holds the key to reinvention. Purists might howl, but cuisine shouldn’t stay stagnant – after all, even the California roll was only first created in Los Angeles in the 1970s. This Malaysian maki is lovably saucy and lip-smacking.
Other highlights at this Japanese fusion tapas joint include torched salmon belly nigiri sushi with citrus sauce that’s genuinely melting, plus teppan-style beef blanketed in mentaiko sauce for a sweet-savoury kick, showered with edible flowers for visual punch. Wash down with green tea or a coffee-based tiramisu latte with cream cheese foam.
Note: This visit and all photos taken were from early March 2020. D’Izakaya has announced that it plans to relocate soon.
319, Lorong Kedah, Taman Melawati, Kuala Lumpur. Open Mon-Sat, 5pm-10pm. Restaurant is expected to relocate soon.