The grand launch was officiated by Mr. Yasutaka Kawamura, President and CEO of Yoshinoya Holdings Co. Ltd, Mr. Tetsuya Naruse, CEO of Hanamaru Inc. and Tan Sri Dato’ Seri (Dr) Fumihiko Konishi, Executive Chairman of Texchem Resources Berhad. In true Malaysian fashion, the event was celebrated with a ribbon cutting ceremony followed by the traditional Lion Dance that symbolises prosperity and luck for new businesses followed by the sampling of the menu.
The flagship store is located at the 3rd floor of Mid Valley Megamall. At 300 square meters, the self-service restaurant offers Yoshinoya on one side and Hanamaru Udon on the other, with Azuki Café in the middle, to quench thirst with drinks inspired by Japanese taste.
A must-try from Yoshinoya is definitely its signature Gyudon (Beef Rice Bowl in Japanese). Australian beef prepared with secret recipe broth, seasoned with savoury herbs and spices together with sweet large onions, served on a bed of fluffy Japanese rice, the Gyudon promises sheer satisfaction with every bite.
Udon-lovers will enjoy delicious, fresh udon from Hanamaru Udon. Handmade with only the finest ingredients, each serving of cooked noodles is kept no longer than 30 minutes, to ensure customers experience only the tastiest of noodles. One much-loved dish to look out for is the cold variant of Ontama Bukkake Udon, featuring udon in special soy sauce topped with boiled egg.
Globally, the brands have over 18 different ventures out of Japan, with more than 630 restaurants worldwide. The holding company, Yoshinoya Hanamaru Malaysia Sdn Bhd, has laid plans to expand its chain of restaurants throughout Malaysia, giving Malaysians nationwide the opportunity to savour the goodness Yoshinoya and Hanamaru Udon have to offer.