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Kin Shui Tei @ Tropicana Golf & Country Resort

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Kin Shui Tei @ Tropicana Golf & Country Resort

Kin Shui Tei Japanese Restaurant is a hidden gem just waiting to be discovered. Those that know about it, keep going back. Those that try it for the first time, fast become regulars. And those that never knew of its existence, well, it’s time you did.

Kin Shui Tei in Japanese means Golden future, smooth like water that goes on forever.

16 years ago the restaurant opened its doors in the plush clubhouse of Tropicana Golf & Country Resort. One might assume that since it’s located within the grounds of the club, it is for members only, but I can assure you it is open to the public.

Kin Shui Tei can comfortably seat 110 persons, and we squeezed ourselves into a quiet corner inside. I was joined by Terry (Red FM Drive), Hazim (Red Weekends), guest blogger Fatboybakes, and Alvin (Photographer).

The deco is traditional japanese, with light wood and beautiful pieces of art complementing the tranquil atmosphere.

The space is separated into a few areas by partitions that allow a degree of privacy for diners. You can also enjoy dinner in one of the restaurant’s private tatami rooms.

Eddie Kong (Business Development, Catering & Event Manager, Yosh! Brands) and Meon Lew (Public Relation & Outlet Manager) were our gracious hosts that evening, and we learnt that all the food at Kin Shui Tei was created exclusively by Executive Master Chef Ikuo Tanabe. A must try is the traditional Kaiseki Menu, tailor made by him with elaborate preparation and presentation. Alternatively, you can pick and choose from a menu that’s the length of my arms.

Spoilt for choice, we settled for a few items that were a must have and let Meon spoil us with recommended dishes. Snacking on Edamame is the best way to wet your appetite.

Mango Salada – RM 35

A must try. A sizeble portion of crisp lettuce leaves, juicy slices of sweet mango, shredded crabmeat, salmon slivers, croutons and ebikko, tossed in Chef Tanabe’s signature dressing.

Seafood Salad

Similar to the Mango salad, but without the mango and instead with a generous helping of salmon, prawn, crab, squid and roe tossed in a creamy, tangy homemade dressing.

Jumbo Spider Roll – RM 35

One of many delicious sushi rolls on the menu. When they say jumbo, they mean jumbo! A fat, deep fried soft-shell crab roll, perfectly complemented by freshly grated wasabi, Japanese soya sauce and pickled ginger.

Jumbo Salmon Skin Roll – RM 25

Toro Carpaccio – RM 130

Thinly sliced Tuna Belly Carpaccio, served with sliced avocado, Tobikko and  a light dressing.

Fatboybakes and I were in love with this.

Kanpachi (Yellow Tail/Japanese Amberjack) with Garlic Sauce

This was a house specialty and a must try. The delicate slices of Kampachi are rolled and served on a juicy tomato, with pearls of roe, drizzled with creamy, rich garlic sauce.

Salmon Harami – RM 50

Fatty, tasty, silky smooth salmon belly. It melts like butter in your mouth.

Kaki Kurimo Yaki – Oyster in cream sauce

You’ll find this little delight under the Teppanyaki section. A fat, succulent oyster drowned in a moreish cream sauce, baked and served ready for your slurping pleasure. We all agreed it was spectacular. SLURP!

Tempura Moriawase Special – RM 58

Assorted Tempura from Kin Shui Tei’s Agemono section. Deep fried morsels of food, and a whole range of them on one plate. We had an assortment of seafood, with scallops and prawns, and vegetables, even gorgeous seafood rolls, all deep fried in a crispy, light tempura batter. Great for sharing.

Salmon Miso Kami Nabe – RM 39

We all adored this unusual dish. I love Miso soup, so that was a given plus point. Kami actually means paper, while Nabe means pot. Pretty simple really, the name says it all; a paper pot dish. The thicker, sweet and salty miso soup is served in the paper pot. Swimming in it are juicy chunks of raw salmon and fresh scallops. With a warm flame burning beneath, you watch as the food simmers gently in front of you until cooked. Delicious, with out of this world flavours.


A popular Japanese hot pot dish, Sukiyaki is cooked at the table. It was full to the brim with a rich broth, thinly sliced beef, fresh greens, mushrooms, tofu and egg. The perfect way to warm up on a rainy day.

We were treated to a bottle of Premium Sake from Kin Shui Tei’s collection.

Perfect with the crunchy Deep Fried Shrimp.

Chobei Sake at Kin Shui Tei is served in traditional square wooden cups.

Meon demonstrated the century old ritual of pouring sake into the glass, allowing it to overflow into the wooden cup.

It represents the olden belief that your life will always be full and prosperous.

Kin Shui Tei also offers Premium Beef ranging in price from around RM 40 to RM 270. That way, even if you’re on a budget you can still afford it.

Stone Grill Sirloin – RM 45

A classic dish that was simple, yet incredibly tasty. The meat was sliced thin, and laid out on a hot plate. The beef was tender and moist, soaked in a savoury, dark meaty sauce with grated radish. I don’t need to tell you that this was Terry’s favourite dish, until he tried the next one.

Beef Enoki

USA grilled tenderloin beef wrapped around enoki mushrooms. The straw like texture of the mushrooms teamed with the succulent, meaty beef was heaven in my mouth.

Terry, Hazim, Alvin, Fatboybakes & I could not stop thanking Chef Tanabe for exposing us to such wonderful dishes. By the time the Grilled Salmon and the Deep fried Lotus Root arrived, we were already overly satisfied.

But of course we made room for the Grilled Kanpachi. Magnificent!

A must try. Enjoy the different textures of the fish head, from lean to fatty,grilled and  flavoured very simply with salt.

As we reminisced the wonderful creations put in front of us, with our happy bellies, it became clear that Kin shui Tei offers a delicate balance of freshness, quality, taste, texture and presentation. Truly authentic Japanese cuisine at its best.

Arigato Gozaimashita!!

Special thanks to Chef Tanabe, Meon & Eddie for a truly memorable evening!

Special thanks to Alvin for the beautiful photos.


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Kin Shui Tei Japanese Restaurant

Address: c/o Tropicana Golf & Country Resort, Petaling Jaya, Malaysia.

Phone: 03-7804 2079/03-7804 2079


Written by alyredfm

August 2, 2010 at 3:10 pm

Posted in Reviews

7 Responses

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  1. No desserts? 😦


    August 2, 2010 at 5:36 pm

    • Michelle – after all that we couldnt fit in dessert. But they do have great japanese ice creams i’m told.


      August 3, 2010 at 1:38 pm

  2. woah….excellent japanese food there … drooling now. wanna try the fried shrimps…wanna her the crunch crunch sound in the mouth when bite in the mouth.

    good to see fatboybakes in the pic there …


    August 2, 2010 at 5:52 pm

  3. gosh u guys tried everything on d menu? ha.. Kaki Kurimo Yaki, looks really tempting!! slurrp…

    btw, luv ur outfit, Aly! 😉

    Belinda Wong

    August 4, 2010 at 12:33 pm

    • Thanks Belinda – trust me we only tried like two dishes from every section. They’ve got a HUGE menu!


      August 4, 2010 at 1:06 pm

  4. […] This post was mentioned on Twitter by Alison Victor, Alison Victor. Alison Victor said: Red FM Food Review! Tune in to win RM100 vouchers to Kin Shui Tei at Tropicana Golf & Country Resort! […]

  5. this is my all time favorite restaurant since 2007. i want the RM100 voucher

    stefanie chan

    August 7, 2010 at 1:02 am

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