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To those who always hang out in Bangsar, I’m sure you are aware of the creative campus of APW (Art Printing Works) for there are a few exciting F&B outlets drawing a curious crowd of food-hunters. One of them being Kaiju Company. Thai cuisine isn’t a stranger to us, same goes to Japanese cuisine. But what if these two were to combine? I don’t want to make this sounds too cliché but can’t stop thinking this combination is chic, unexpected and fashionable. I don’t care if that’s the right vocabulary to describe culinary experience because that’s how Kaiju feels like, to me.
How to Get to Kaiju Company?
Kaiju Company is located within the compound of APW, a repurposed industrial space in the hart of Bangsar. Converted from a commercial printing factory, I see APW as a great hangout place, where you enjoy quality food and worthy time.
Use Waze to drive to Kaiju: https://waze.com/ul/hw283c8u9m
*This part is a mini complaint excerpt about APW’s valet parking, not related to any of the merchants and outlets in APW.*
Despite being all hype about the vibes of APW, I’d like to personally highlight my dissatisfaction with the parking service here. As soon as we approached APW, we noticed many cars were parked illegally at the roadside. We didn’t want to get a ticket for illegal parking, so we opted for valet parking (RM11) in order to have our car securely parked within the compound. It was very silly of us to not think twice before handing our car key to the person-in-charge. After our meal and returning to get our car, we noticed that our car wasn’t at its original spot! When confronted, the person-in-charge expressionlessly grabbed the car key, walked out to the illegal parking spots along Jalan Riong (just right outside the main entrance) and drove us our car. Without doubt, this was utterly unacceptable. If we were to know that our car would somehow end up at an illegal parking spot, we would have parked it ourselves. Great, lesson learnt at an expensive price of RM11.
Kaiju Company: The Ambiance
In Japanese, Kaiju means monster. This is relevant to its logo of a monster and overall decor which is themed as monsters. The owner, Mr Edwin, is a Japanese who fell in love with the unique Thai culture. In his eyes, Japanese and Thai share a great extent of cultural similarities. While I don’t see what he sensed, but that was the direction he based Kaiju with. True to its theme, there were many fun “monstrous” elements in Kaiju. From tiny monster figurines to gigantic 30-metres long paper origami dragon lantern hung over the ceiling.
Kaiju Company: The Food
Kaiju’s creativity is not only about the hardware decorations, but also the effort they place into curating a menu which highlights the creative fusion of Thai and Japanese cuisine. Every dish in the menu seems familiar but unique enough to fish our curiosity into trying every one of them. The staff made several recommendations of their most popular items and we were delighted to try them all.
Tom Yum Ramen
As soon as Tom Yum Ramen hit our table, we were slightly taken aback by its fiery red broth. I feared it was too spicy and my throat couldn’t take it. However, I must admit the portion looked generous and appetising – with a bed of beansprouts, two gigantic prawns, mussels, salmon chunks, octopus slices and half an onsen egg on top of the al-dente ramen. It almost seemed very Japanese to then, and the Thai element kicked in with the Tom Yum broth ladled into this bowl of goodness. Despite its fiery red colour, the soup was mildly spicy and tuned down with a tad of sweetness. It was rich and flavourful. The ramen was soft (a bit too soft), but that might due to our photo taking session, which slightly deteriorated the mouthfeel of ramen. I personally don’t like beansprouts so the generous amount of beansprouts wasn’t a plus point for me. Seafood were all fresh and good. Overall, I rate this very positively because combining two very distinctive flavour profiles together can be a challenge but Kaiju did it surprisingly well.
Chiang Mai Grilled Chicken Rice
Not a fan of chicken rice but this dish has redefined my expectation for chicken rice. The diverse element on this plate was really a creative creation. It didn’t only look delicious, but actually tasted luscious. The rice itself was mixed with seaweed flakes (Japanese heh) and Asian-number-one condiment, fried shallots. It undoubtedly was a pleasant upgrade in terms of flavour. The grilled boneless chicken thigh was more inclined towards Thai flavours – I guess it was marinated in Asian herbs and spices such as lemongrass and etc. Of course, what could go wrong with chicken thigh? It was juicy and tender, the way we like it to be. On the dish, there were two types of Asian-inspired dipping sauce. One of them was the typical chicken rice ginger sauce and another one was a tamarind-base sauce. Both were equally scrumptious. Now I know chicken rice can be this delicious!
We also ordered Thai milk tea (which was good but nothing too spectacular) and Yuzu cold drink to complement our lunch.
Our Gentle Reminder
Kaiju is quite a popular spot during lunch hour. Therefore, making a reservation beforehand is highly recommended.
📍Address: 29, Jalan Riong, Bangsar, 59100 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur (Google Maps)
⏰ Opening Hours: 11:30AM – 9:30PM (Close on Mondays)
☎️ Phone: +60182322919
Foodie Trail in Klang Valley
- Jom EAT! // Bottega Mediterranea @ Jalan Ceylon
- Jom EAT! // Loodeemee @ Subang Business Centre
- Jom EAT! // Cottage Spices Nyonya Restaurant @ Melaka Raya
- Jom EAT! // KAIJU Company @ APW Bangsar
- Jom EAT! // NALE The Nasi Lemak Company @ Mid Valley Megamall
- Jom EAT! // Princeps Bistro, The Stories of Taman Tunku
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