Ichiban – The Izakaya

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“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

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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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Menya Miyabi Hokkaido Ramen @ Queensbay Mall & Sunway Pyramid

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We visit Queensbay Mall at Bayan Lepas, Penang almost every month and this is our first time visiting Menya Miyabi since they open for business on December 2013. The shop is located at the first floor toward the wing where Daiso and Maybank are located. We regret that we only visited this ramen shop recently as it is one of the best ramen shops in the region.

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Tex-Mex Friday Night Buffet @ G Hotel Gurney

Roasted Smoked Duck with Spices

Looking for best smoked duck in Penang? Then you should visit Taste Café in G Hotel Gurney, Penang. Traditionally marinated with seasonings and spices before cold smoking the meat and preserve for about a good 17 months long, the chef brings you the same taste by cold smoke the duck using apple wood and then keep in the chiller to marinate for one day before serving. Eat to believe!

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