Ichiban – The Izakaya

Signboard

“Izakaya” means Japanese gastropub, or 居酒屋 in Chinese. It is a casual place for after-work drinking. Ichiban – The Izakaya is the Japanese restaurant and bar with currently five outlets in Malaysia:

  1. Cascades, Kota Damansara
  2. One Utama (Temporary Closed)
  3. Country Garden Danga Bay, JB
  4. Gurney Paragon, Penang
  5. Alora Hotel, Penang

We recently visited the newly opened Alora Hotel‘s outlet.

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Chai Diam Ma art space & cafe

Interior

After reviewing some restaurants, we found out that there are two types of person who open a restaurant – the first one is an individual who like to cook. The second one being an investor who usually works in group and only focus on ROI (Some of them even don’t know how to cook). There is no absolute answer on who is better but today, we re-visit Chai Diam Ma art space & cafe in George Town, Penang in which the owner not only is a cook, but also an art lover.

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