Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Robata Monkey @ Jaya One

For our 10th ROM anniversary this year, I suggested to hubby we head over to this new Japanese establishment in Jaya One for some grilled seafood.  From the same people behind Kissaten @ Jaya One, now they bring you Robata Monkey. This is an excerpt from the Facebook page:
Robata Monkey is a robatayaki style izakaya. We serve a careful selection of local & imported Japanese fresh seafood, juicy meats & seasonal vegetables grilled over an OPEN SANDPIT HEARTH. This cooking method is keeping with the traditional robatayaki style, which originated in rustic farmhouses throughout Sendai.
And yes, this is the actual sandpit with my salmon belly cooking there. I was standing behind the counter and I could feel the intense heat from the sandpit already, so you might not want to sit at the counter lest your mascara stands melting while you wait for your meal.

Let's go to the food. During lunch they have a selection of set lunches which will go down well for the working class around Jaya One, as it provides you with a full bento lunch set for a reasonable price. If you are more adventurous, go for their ala carte stuff.

As their menu says, Robata Monkey specializes in izakaya style, which in Japan means small establishments which serve you small bites and beer to go along with the food. Except for this case in Robata Monkey, you can opt for full bento sets when available (and the sets are generous).

Clockwise from left: Tune cheeks (sushi), sabayaki bento lunch set, ebi tempura, kakiage tempura (mixed vegetables tempura), grilled salmon belly, grilled unagi.

Price point is slightly on the higher side (unagi is RM 48), but the food quality does make splurging once a while worth it. Our total bill came up to about RM 130 for all you just saw in the picture above.

Monday, March 16, 2015

In Stitches

Updating the blog with a story about stitches.

So hubby was in the kitchen cutting up a watermelon, while I was in the living room - When suddenly, I heard a loud clang, like some metal had just hit the floor. The loud clang was followed by a loud groan of pain. I rushed into the kitchen and discovered my husband was sitting on the floor, holding on to his right foot and was using a kitchen towel to clutch onto his right foot. And there was some blood splatter on the floor.

First response: Get the knife out of the way and get the first aid kit from the cabinet.
Second response: OH SHIT! (this was after seeing the blood on the floor - I didn't faint, I'm fine with blood)

I grabbed more kitchen towels and handed them to hubby, as he sat there applying pressure to the wound to stop the bleeding. He kept reassuring me he was alright (which I'm sure he was, but still!). As I picked up the knife I saw that there was a bit of blood at the tip, which meant as the knife fell, the sharp end probably cut his foot as the knife landed on the floor.

I dropped the knife into the kitchen sink, grabbed more kitchen towels and proceeded to clean the floor. Then I rummaged through the first aid kit to see if there was any anti-septic cream or yellow solution to clean the wound. I did have a cream but it had expired. So I got some yellow solution from my next door neighbour. As we cleaned the wound and applied the solution, I unrolled some gauze and tape and wrapped my husband's leg with them. I wanted to take him to a nearby clinic or maybe the nearby hospital emergency ward, but he said he was OK and there was no need for that (it was rather late at night).

The next morning we woke up early and checked the wound, which was a little swollen around the area of the cut, but showed no signs of infection(which is good news!). I decided to take hubby to our regular GP in Damansara Uptown anyway, to get things checked out. There was no infection, but because the knife did cut a little bit of a small vein on the foot, so doctor needed to stitch things up and also have hubby a tetanus jab just in case (3 stitches). Poor boy was in agony each time the nurse cleaned the wound with the alcohol swab. Stitches will be removed in 10 days time, and he has to go back for a checkup in a few days. He's going to limping for a few days at least, no badminton or sports until full recovery in a couple of weeks.