Senya Izakaya @ Publika

I can remember the satisfaction of indulging in the scrumptious Hokkaido Pork Don 2 years back at Senya Dining, 1 Utama Shopping Center. Unfortunately it has closed down but don’t worry as you still can get the same contentment at Senya Izakaya nestled in Publika.


The space is heavily decorated with Japanese influenced ornaments such as posters, dishes name written in Japanese, sake bottles, lanterns and curtains will definitely take you all the way to one of those Izakaya restaurants in Japan.  An Izakaya (居酒屋) is a type of informal Japanese pub. They are casual places for after-work drinking.

One can choose to sit at the normal dining tables, banquette seats or at the bar area for some Yakitori grilling actions.


Ordering at Senya is made through an iPad. Just browse through, send order and your food will be served on your table. Service was prompt and attentive.


I apologize for misplaced my receipt, so no proper dishes name and price for this post.

Refillable green tea 


Hokkaido Pork Don (RM23.00)

The presentation enough to make me drooling. The rice bowl was fully covered with glistening grilled pork, nicely charred with inviting smoky aroma, sprinkles of sesame seeds completed the dish. The thinly-sliced pork was lushly enrobed with sweet caramelized homemade teriyaki style barbecue sauce, one gets a delicious hit of savoury and sweetness when biting into the meat. The Japanese rice underneath went really well with the sauce and the it’s definitely a meal that can leave everyone replete. 
The pork don was irreproachable in taste and it really knocked my socks off. The set was served with a side of miso soup, pickles and mayonnaise dipping.

Tonkatsu Rice Set

The Tonkatsu on the other hand was less satisfying. The thick slab of pork was nicely coated with crispy golden breadcrumbs but the meat was a bit dry and lack of seasoning.


Salmon Sashimi

Fresh and thick cut, no complaint on this.



Nothing to shout about but a truly safety bet of comfort food.


Verdict:Certainly no hesitation in recommending the Hokkaido Pork Don here. Service was warm and prices are fair, revisit is a must!


Senya Izakaya
D5-G3-5 Solaris Dutamas, No.1 Jalan Dutamas 1, 50480 Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 063-6205 4999
Operating hours:  Mon: 5.30pm – 10.30pm
Tues – Sat: 12.00pm – 2.30pm, 5.30pm – 10.30pm
Sun: 12.00pm – 2.30pm, 5.00pm – 10.30pm


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