A meal is just as much about atmosphere as it is about the food itself.
Whether it be the lighting, the sound, the furniture or even the crowd, all these pieces come together and form your dining experience. Some prefer the hustle and bustle of the midday and night crowds; some like to take the decibels down a few notches when they dine.
If you prefer a quieter, comfortable layout, then I’ve got a place for you.
Nestled along a series of shoplots in Taman Pelangi, Johor Bahru lies Furusato, a Japanese restaurant that nails the atmosphere down pat. Aside from the large signboard, there doesn’t seem to be a lot of fanfare, with a sliding door keeping you from peeping at the inside.
Once those sliding doors open, however…
Entering Furusato is like stepping into a portal – street noise takes a backseat and Japanese music plays in the background, while the somewhat chaotic outside gives way to an organised, minimalist interior. No fancy adornments or garish decorations, just Japanese simplicity at its best. Yellow and light brown form most of the interior, the former as lighting, while the latter adorn the tables and chairs. Quite pleasing, really.
If you’re bringing a group of friends and you prefer to have some privacy, Furusato does have a few private rooms. If you have the privilege of being placed in such an area, you are required to take off your shoes prior to sitting down.
Furusato serves Japanese cuisine, and you can definitely see the effort put into every dish – no half-past-six work here. Every dish served is beautifully arranged and neatly laid out, so you’re in for a visual treat as well. Aside from your mainstays like sushi and sashimi, the restaurant also serves diverse Japanese offerings like curry rice and teppanyaki. Suffice to say, those hankering for Japanese are spoilt for choice.
If, however, you are willing to splurge, Furusato’s got you covered as well. Premium menu items include wagyu beef and otoro (bluefin tuna belly) – the beef even has the paperwork to prove its authenticity, so you know the proprietors aren’t messing around.
Alcohol is served in the establishment, so you can pick your drink of choice to accompany your meal.
Personally, I think Furusato is a versatile place of interest. You want to have a get-together with friends? It’s got you. You want to make it a special night, and don’t mind spending? It’s got your back as well.
At least one listing I’ve looked at has put Furusato as “authentic Japanese cuisine”. And honestly, I’m inclined to believe that. From the setting to the menu, it looks deceptively simple – pay a bit more mind, and you will see the amount of detail and effort they put in.
Turns out, it takes a lot of work to appear “simple”.
More information on Furusato:
Address: 53, Jalan Kuning 2, Taman Pelangi, 80400, Johor Bahru, Johor
Contact number: 073314428
Opening hours: Every day 12.00 – 2.30p.m.; 6.00 – 10.30p.m.