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With a tantalizing tagline that promises “Grilling Under The Stars,” Bangoya opened this month in Jaya One, revealing itself to be an alfresco izakaya on an atmospheric rooftop meant to evoke a sake-garden setting.Bangoya_2

Kushiyaki skewer-grilled and Yakiniku barbecued meat represent the terrific temptations of Bangoya, which supposedly translates into “night hut,” run by the masterminds behind Kissaten. Snatch a seat at a recycled pallet table and let the evening heat up, though heaven knows what’ll happen if it rains.


Meat Sticks

Plenty to order (but be patient while waiting): RM4++ sticks of chicken liver, bishop’s nose, gizzard, wings, skin and meatballs, salted or teriyaki-style …Bangoya_4

… plus pork belly and prawns, all irreproachably prepared. Bangoya_5

DIY Grilling

For folks prepared to sweat it out, the DIY charcoal-stove selection is value for money.Bangoya_6

We over-ordered in our enthusiasm: Pork belly, ribs and miso-marinated meat (RM10++ each) … Bangoya_7

… plus lamb (RM15++), beef brisket (RM20++), tongue (RM18++) and Aussie sirloin (RM18++), as well as squid (RM20++), shishamo (RM3++) and corn (RM5++). Bangoya_8

The fun wanes after five minutes of intensive labor, though the meat’s beautifully flavorsome. Bangoya_9

Motsu Nikomi

Love the Motsu Nikomi (RM10++), a big bowl of intestines, tripe and other glorious inner goodness.Bangoya_10

Halibut Teriyaki

Also delicious: Halibut teriyaki (RM10++), tasting closer to cod fish than usual.Bangoya_11


With great protein comes great responsibility to consume veggies: Heaps of fiber in the cucumber, bitter gourd, onion and cabbage salads, plus helpings of Hiyayakko tofu and edamame.Bangoya_12

Cute Cocktails

Bangoya’s cocktails are cute, but more pretty than potent for RM15-RM18++.Bangoya_13

Minty lime shochu, kiwi shochu, orange juice ume and lemongrass lime sake.Bangoya_14

All in all, a good set-up for folks who enjoy outdoor eating. Could become one of Jaya One’s biggest attractions in ages. Bangoya_15

No Desserts

Bangoya serves no desserts, but no worries: Take the elevator down to The Bee, which might still have stocks of recent limited-edition ice cream flavors by The Last Polka, including the Kuah Jenhan peanut butter and jelly flavor with brownie chunks and Wonderland caramel base with walnuts and black pepper brittles.Bangoya_16 Bangoya_17 Bangoya_18Bangoya_19

Location and Contact Details:

Bangoya by Kissaten,

L12A-1-1, Palm Square, Jaya One, Jalan Universiti, Petaling Jaya.

Open daily 6pm-midnight. Entrance through Kissaten.

Tel: 03-7954-1990 (Kissaten’s number, actually)

Find Bangoya’s directory listing here.