In the middle of countless new F&B establishments and come-and-go food trends, it’s always comforting to see a restaurant like Marufuku at Little Tokyo, Melawai, that ages like fine wine. The older, the better it gets. It might get overlooked from time to time, but you know you’ll eventually come back to it.
It’s undeniable that from a visual standpoint, Marufuku has definitely seen better days. Unless you’ve read some positive reviews on the internet or hear good words from your friends, you’ll probably miss it. After 20 years of business, the place looks a bit dowdy from the outside, and could use a little interior touch-up. But when the food is good, does it really matter?
No, I’m not saying Marufuku is unsightly by any means. In fact, the tiny details remind me of scenes from Japanese dorama in mid 1990s, such as Takuya Kimura’s Long Vacation that aired in 1996, the same year when the restaurant first opened its door. There’s this traditional sushi bar area surrounded by seats for customers, a good spot if you want to watch the chef preparing your food. You can even hear the ‘krr-krr’ sound of the refrigerator. It is vintage, in a good way.
Fresh sashimi is always a good to place to start when judging a Japanese restaurant, thus we start with Salmon Sashimi. And what a great start! The sashimi is utterly fresh, it glides in my mouth like butter. I seriously can’t stop making inappropriate sounds while devouring it. Hmmm hmmm! ? Delicious might be an ambiguous word to use, but this particular dish is, pure and simple, delicious.
When in need for something more substantial, Marufuku’s Gyu Niku Soba is also worth trying. The broth is the kind you’d love to finish until the very last drop; sweet, meaty, and savory. Not too salty and won’t make you feel dehydrated one hour later. Paired with juicy niku, this bowl is the absolute champion!
At the end of the day, quality and consistency are proven to be the recipe for longevity. Marufuku is the living proof of that. I’m already looking forward to another dinner at Marufuku, and I feel confident that other customers at Marufuku would feel the same.
Marufuku Little Tokyo (Melawai)
Address: Jl. Melawai Raya No. 28
Phone: (021) 72793777