Amongst the hustle and bustle of the city, it’s always a relief to drive into the relatively quiet Jalan Delima and then proceed to spend leisurely hours enjoying a meal at Fuku Den. With the same highly efficient team behind the highly-lauded Fukuya (incidentally located opposite Fuku Den), Fuku Den is one of the first Japanese restaurants in KL to specialise in robotayaki, which is food grilled over charcoal. Fresh ingredients are definitely key to the memorable dishes at Fuku Den. With everything flown in from Japan, they take no short cuts. Prices are slightly higher than the norm, depending on your orders but ultimately, when you’re here for the experience, Fuku Den makes sure that it’s well worth the expense. At the centre of the space, two wooden boats showcase an impressive spread of ingredients. Guests can choose from the selection and watch appreciatively as professional chefs sear their dinner over the sizzling grill. It may seem too simple as they only sprinkle some sea salt as seasoning before grilling it, but this measured touch allows the natural flavours of the freshest produce shine through. Take the first bite of the gloriously fresh seafood and juicy meats (portions are pretty big) and you’ll see our point.
Vegetarians need not worry as the vegetables (also Japan-grown, which somehow makes the difference) are some of the best grilled vegetables we’ve ever tasted. It might even convert the most stubborn carnivore. Tempura and teppanyaki are alternative options at Fuku Den, but these are served in private rooms. For something different, Fuku Den makes the cut. 10 Jalan Delima, Off Jalan Imbi, KL (03 2141 6939).