I first know that Daidomon opened its first outlet at Keypoint, Beach Rd opp The Concourse. I think it is one of the first restaurant specialising in Yakiniku to open in Singapore. Nevertheless, I have never got to try it till my recent trip to KL where I learnt they had a branch at Great Eastern Mall near Jalan Ampang. It was quite an experience.
To prevent disappointment, I actually called to made a reservation. I was pretty surprise that the person who took my call was very polite and helpful. I later learnt that he was actually the manager of the restaurant.
KL's Daidomon restaurant was located off the usual tourist track which we are not very familar with, thus I asked him for directions. Upon learning that we were tourists, he cautioned us that there will be a jam around the area from 6 pm onwards, thus advised us to set out early. Great Eastern Mall is the office building of Great Eastern Insurance Company. It is near the Russian Embassy and Gleneagles Medical Centre.
Indeed, upon reaching there, you get a different feeling about the area. It was quite an developed area with some condos and private propertises. I reckoned that Great Eastern Mall is situated in the business district, thus after office hours, the mall was pretty quiet and appeared desserted. As it was stated that the restaurant was located at level 3, we took the escalator up the mall trying to locate the restaurant.
Daidomon had a very pretty grand entrance.They allocated a spacious waiting area at the entrance which I guessed was for customers waiting in the queue. There was a stylish sofa and plasma TV to ensure that you have a comfortable wait.
Upon entering the main dinning hall, we had a shock. The restaurant was very big, but there is no diners around. We happened to be their first customers. My friends jokingly asked whether I had booked the whole restaurant for ourselves. I think it was a Monday night, thus it wasn't as packed as it should be. Luckily, few more people came in after some time. We were feeling a bit uncomfortable eating in a such "vacant" restaurant.
Because we made a reservation earlier, our table was already set up with sauces waiting for us. A plus point for their services.
On another side of the table was rolled maki sushi rolls, half-cooked salmon sushi, cold udon station etc Japanese delights. That all? Nope, there is even more. There is even a cooked food section that I forgot to take photo, that offered prawns and vegetables tempura, Chicken Teriyaki, Chawamushi and fried rice ! It was quite a spread already if I had not know that they offered more selection earlier. All of the above are self-service, but the BBQ meats are to be ordered from service crew.
Take a look at their grill. I read somewhere that it is their patent design. The vaccum vents are located around the side at the grill. Any grease smoke will be immediately sucked away to prevent them from choking the diners. Another unique feature of the KL's Daidomon is that they uses bamboo charcoal instead of gas which gives the grilled meat additional flavour.
Another close up of the grill meat.
The leaks were pretty delicious after grilled. The pungent taste disappeared if grilled properly and one can only taste the sweetness of it.