June 30th, 2022
Minamoto Kitchoan and WA Cafe at Pavilion Kuala Lumpur: Restaurant Review
Checking out two compelling new reasons to return to Pavilion this month: confectionery shop Minamoto Kitchoan and caffeine bar WA Cafe, both infused with inimitable Japanese influences.
1. Minamoto Kitchoan
First, Minamoto Kitchoan, which recently unveiled its maiden Malaysian branch, bolstering a cross-continental network that spans locations from Singapore to Shanghai to San Francisco, London to Tokyo to New York.
Minamoto specializes in “wagashi,” the traditional treats commonly consumed with tea. Beautifully packaged but bitingly priced; it’s startlingly simple to spend a whole lunchtime’s worth of money on more or less a mouthful here.
Minamoto’s mochi might rank as KL’s best, exceptional in taste and texture. Sweet but not cloying, with a commanding complexity of flavor, these rice cakes feel fresh & pleasurably pasty without excess stickiness.
Sakura mochi (RM10 per piece), its glutinous grains wrapped with a salted cherry leaf & topped with pickled cherry blossom. Delicate & nuanced.
Cakes and Cookies
2. WA Cafe