Japan Tsu Shin – Donburi Series – MAKI Japanese Restaurant


Fancy Japanese-style grilled food as much as I do? MAKI is the indulgence. Treat yourself to one of my top spots in Desa Sri Hartamas.

If you’re having yakitori problems, I feel bad for you son. Out of 99 restaurants, this is the one. Convert your yakitori craving into fulfillment without pause just a few minutes drive to the resurgent zone Desi Sri Hartamas district, unless of course you’re one of the many living here. This area remains a nexus for Japanese and their varied cuisine. MAKI’s, opened in February 2019, is a welcomed recent addition to the community. Owner Mr. Sato’s passion for yakitori (Japanese style satay) made developing his signature items a cinch. Following customer demand, he’s sought to amplify their menu with additional à la carte dishes. The yakitori is joined by appetizers to mains like agedashi-tofu, tempura, soba, and tamagoyaki. On our recent visit, we sampled that filling meal in a bowl favorite, donburi.

One of MAKI’s in-house signatures at RM 28++ is Char-Siu don. Feel like part of the magic as you peek into their open-style kitchen. The chef grills Char-Siu over open-fire right before your eyes, then follows with a serious dunk into the restaurant’s homemade secret sauce goodness. A revealing experience that I find delightful.

The savoury Char-Siu pieces laid snugly beside one another, blanketed over the Japanese rice, as though they were chanting “come eat me”. I was hypnotized by toppings of fresh scallions, crunchy lettuce, and a Japanese style soft-boiled egg with a gooey yolk. Each of their donburi selections include complementary pickled Chinese cabbage and miso soup.

Itadakimasu! Mm… the first bite left a lingering subtle smoky taste in my mouth. The thickly-cut Char-Siu was visibly charred crispy on the outside, but perfectly tender and juicy on the inside. If you are sceptical about their Char-Siu, worry not! Their Char-Siu’s meat and fat ratio was well-balanced at 50:50, with each sandwiched between another. It would only make you crave for more. From the name itself, we can see that the key ingredient of a donburi is the Japanese rice. The shiny Japanese rice was fluffy and chewy, nicely covered in their homemade sauce. Just thinking about it makes me drool!

On MAKI’s regular menu is an insane selection of 14 types of Donburi. More familiar are Oyako don (chicken and egg rice bowl), Teriyaki Salmon don, Buta Shogayaki don (pork ginger rice bowl), and Pork Katsu don (pork cutlet rice bowl), just to name a few. By the way, their Gyutan don (grilled beef tongue rice bowl) is a rare to die for treat.

Next time you crave donburi or yakitori, definitely go and indulge yourself at MAKI’s Japanese Restaurant in Desa Sri Hartamas.

*Article written by Vender

MAKI Japanese Restaurant

41-1, 1st Floor, Wisma CKL, Jalan 23/70A, DesaSri Hartamas, 50480  Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Weekdays 12noon – 2:30pm
(for lunch, please call for reservation)
Weekends 12noon – 2:30pm
(lunchtime walk-in OK),
5pm – 12midnight (last order food 11pm,
while alcohol will be served until 11:30pm)