Xenri D’River View

OK this post is not about me selling Elken products but coincidentally I was at Wisma Elken to meet up a friend who was there to collect something. It was late evening by the time I arrived there so we decided to have dinner nearby. It was just several days into the new year 2015 and we thought we should ‘eat big’ to start our year with abundance so we made our way to Xenri (located just at the corner of Wisma Elken) for a hearty Japanese cuisine.

Xenri D’River View
19, Lorong 4/137c
Bedford Business Park, Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
03-7783 8118

It has been quite some time since we last dine Japanese but Ethan still remembers that his favourite is always Unagi so we ordered the Unagi and Agedashi Doufu Zen set. I don’t know what Agedashi Doufu means but I assume it is toufu? LoL! I am not a Japanese, so pardon me for my ignorance >_< What is most important is that it has Unagi in it :P


All four of us were served this plate of appetizer each before our meal is sent to our table. 

Ethan unagi

Ethan’s Unagi and Agedashi Doufu Zen set (RM55)

Unagi Bento

The set comes with two huge slabs of Unagi (eel); grilled and brushed with a thick and sweet sauce giving it that lovely glossy shine. I can’t believe Ethan actually ate all without sharing a single bite with me or the Daddy -.-

Unagi Bento Chawanmushi

Chawanmushi. Egg custard steamed to perfection in a tea cup. The chawanmushi here is very good I must say. The tender egg custard is silky smooth with a very pleasing aroma. One of the best chawanmushi I’ve ever eaten. Oh by the way, Ethan did not share his chawanmushi with us too as we got a cup each from our sets as well.

Unagi Bento Tofu

Hah! This is Agedashi Doufu. I did my research so let me tell you what it is :P It is soft tofu coated with potato starch or cornstarch and deep fried until golden so that the outer shell is crispy. This is the Japanese way to serve hot tofu. It is then steeped in sweet fish sauce that is oh so flavourful. Yums!

Unagi Bento Soup

Miso soup. Sorry. Bad photography. Ayden kept us all busy that evening that I did not even have time to scoop out whatever inside the soup to take a good pic :(

Unagi Bento Fruits

Ethan’s refreshing fruit platter that comes with his Unagi set.

Now, let’s take a look at what I had. Darling and I ordered their Special Set. It is called ‘special set’ because I actually leave it to the Chef to surprise me with what he thinks is best for that day. At just RM80 per special set, the Chef prepared all of these for us:

Meltique Teppanyaki Beef Special Set for me.

Meltique Teppanyaki Beef Special Set

Meltique Beef Teppanyaki

You get Meltique Beef when soluble oil is inserted into lean meat cuts to give it more marbling. This is to ensure that all the natural juices are retained so the full flavour profile and tenderness of the beef is consistently delivered. What this means is that I get tender, buttery and “melt in your mouth” quality with every single bite. Too bad Darling does not eat beef for this is really good I wish he could have sampled it.

Meltique Teppanyaki Beef Special Set Sashimi

Sashimi. Choices of the freshest Butterfly Fish, Salmon and Tuna. I ate them all! I know we are not supposed to mix the wasabi into the soy sauce but I did it anyway. The correct way is to place some wasabi onto your sashimi and dip the other end into the soy sauce and eat it but ok, can I use Ayden as an excuse again? I need to eat fast so I just mix the wasabi into the soy sauce and drown dip my fish in them. The wasabi here is strong and I love it! I like it strong :D

Meltique Teppanyaki Beef Special Set Chawanmushi

My chawanmushi. As I’ve mentioned earlier, the chawanmushi here is of exceptional quality. One of the best!

Meltique Teppanyaki Beef Special Set dessert

My mochi and fruits. My set comes with Miso Soup and a bowl of rice too but I forgotten to take pictures of those. Too happy eating lah. My friend actually sounded me for taking pictures before eating. He said some of these food especially the sashimi and chawanmushi are best eaten as soon as they are served but there I was, happily clicking away. Now he knows what it feels like dining with a blogger :P

Now let’s take a look at Darling’s Saba Rikkyuyaki Special Set.

Saba Rikkyuyaki Special Set

Saba (mackerel) is a highly recommended oily fish for a healthy diet as it is rich in essential oils, vitamins, minerals and Omega fatty acids.

I took a bite of Darling’s saba and fell in love with the special seasoning sauce made of Japanese rice wine. It is slightly sweet and bursting with flavour. I even ‘stole’ some sauce to pour over my rice :P

Saba Rikkyuyaki Special Set tempura

Darling’s set also comes with tempura. I spotted vegetables and soft shell crab in there. The rest of the items in Darling’s set are miso soup, rice, mochi and fruit dessert (same as mine).

While Darling, Ethan and I had their set meals, my friend ordered a Mini-Kaiseki for himself. The mini-kaiseki here is a 6-Course Japanese Meal. Kaiseki is a sophisticated cuisine. It is known for its meticulous preparation and beautiful presentation. It can also be an expensive experience if you take the full Kaiseki as meals can have up to 14 courses. I would love to have the Kaiseki experience had I not bring Ayden along because with a 16 month old toddler, it is quite impossible to sit, relax and enjoy our food at a slow pace. 

The Mini-Kaiseki (RM78) started off with an appetizer:


Mini Kaiseki tofu

Appetiser. Bite-sized cold tofu served on a bed of crushed ice.


Mini Kaiseki sashimi

Seasonal sashimi. The butterfly fish, tuna and salmon sashimi is also served on a bed of crushed ice. 

Chicken Goubo

Mini Kaiseki chicken

This is boneless chicken with goubo in the middle. What happened was my friend gave me a piece of this chicken to try and I ate it leaving that middle part on my plate untouched. My friend asked me why did I not eat that and I gave him a funny look as if asking, “You are asking me to eat the bone?” And then he told me that it is not a bone but goubo, a type of vegetable. OMG! I tell you! I wanted to dig a hole and burry my head in it there and then! >_<

Unagi Yanagawa

unagi yanagawa

Braised eel with burdock. 

Kamameshi Unagi

Mini Kaiseki unagi rice

His main meal is this grilled eel in a rice box. 

Mini Kaiseki

He scooped out some for me to eat. It’s like claypot rice where the crustier and smokier it is, the better it gets? Same goes for this. Can you see the crust in the previous picture above? 

Matcha Ice Cream with Azuki Beans

Mini Kaiseki dessert

He finished off his Mini-Kaiseki meal with this green tea ice-cream with red bean topping. 

Oh yeah, besides our set meals and my friend’s mini-kaiseki, we ordered two ala carte dishes for us to share. We just had to try this tuna jaw as it is their latest promotion and everybody is raving about it. 

tuna jaw

Maguro Kama (RM80). I love tuna for the layer of fat under its leathery skin. This part of the tuna (the jaw) is very soft and melts in the mouth. Ooh la la. 

Seared fish

Sakana Mori Tataki (RM40)

Mixed fishes (butterfly fish, tuna and salmon) seared and served with organic apple dressing. The apple dressing is really very appetizing. I enjoy bathing my fish in them, soaking it to the fullest before savoring them. 


We enjoyed our dinner and catch-up with my friend very much that evening but this Ayden kept wanting to get down from his high chair because there is something that attracted him from the very moment he stepped into this very zen feel place…

koi fish in xenri

The koi fish. Ayden loves looking at them. 

I like this place. I love the ambiance, the food and also because there is always a parking spot available for their customers. Just drive to the front and they’ll park your car for you. I saw that they are going to serve CNY lou-sang too so I’m thinking of going back there to try. But first, I need to gather enough friends ‘coz it won’t be fun lou-sang-ing with just Darling, Ethan, Ayden and I. 

17 Comments + Add Comment

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    Wahhhhh!!!! Kids these days are so fortunate. So small, already getting to eat Japanese. My time, I only knew Sukiyaki…and it was a song! So kesian.

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      I also only know Sukiyaki when I was younger. Even now also still not very well-versed with Japanese food except sushi and bentos. I still wish to try Kaiseki one of these days, maybe when the kids are older.

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    Aiyo, making me hungry. All the food looks so well presented.

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    Wow…..I love the food. ….sashimi platter , chawanmushi, agedashi tofu, unagi
    …etc etc. ..you sure you guys can finish all ? So much !

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      One set per person, sure can finish la. Dont you know how big an eater I am? Lol. :P

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    Haha, I’m actually not a big fan of unagi, my friends all think I’m an idiot. The first time I ate them, there were a few leftover bones in the fish, my friends assured me it is rare case. The second and third time I ate, still got leftover bones. I never ordered them since..

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      Why you and unagi got that kind of story one? Unagi is BEST! I kenot dine in Japanese restaurant and not eat unagi. It is a must weh.

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    wanna come again? I live near only.. hehehehe..

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      Sure! One day we plan :)

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    I want all the dishes. I love Japanese food.

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      I know you love Japanese food. One day when your hubby flies you and the kids over, we come here makan k? :D

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        Would love to catch up with you and the boys. Will let you know when I am flying over. ;)

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    The unagi, beef and sashimi looks so good, actually all of them look so great!

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      They taste even better! You must try their chawanmushi and that beef. Aiyo. Salivating >_<

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    Good food! I have read about this place a few years ago but never been there mainly because of the price. Did I miss it? I did not seem to read how much is the saba set and your friend’s very tasty set.

    Must bring Ayden there again to lou sang as he loves looking at the koi.

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      William’s Saba set is RM80 while my friend’s Mini Kaiseki is RM78. The food here is one of the best Japanese cuisine I’ve had. The ambiance also very zen. Can come here to celebrate special occassions :D

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        Thanks for your reply but due to the price, I will still eat at One World Hotel.

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