Champagne Brunch @ Vino Vino Bistro


From exterior, Vino Vino Bistro (GPS: 5.33700,100.30717) may give first timers misconception that it is an Italian restaurant. Well, you are partially correct as it is one of the best wine bars in town. More important, it is their signature Yakitori. Yes, it is a Japanese bistro and we recently visited it again for the new Champagne Brunch menu.

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Ichiban – The Izakaya


“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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Exterior View

It was one weekday evening when we were in the rush to visit Logos Hope – a cruise with floating book fair in it at Swettenham Pier. Before reaching there, we decided to have our dinner nearby and surprisingly, we stumbled upon this newly opened Sumo-Sumo Japanese fast food restaurant at Bishop Street, Penang (near Route 9/GohKaki).

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Edo Ramen @ Gurney Paragon

Ultimate Tokyo

For me, Japanese ramen is a luxury item in Malaysia. You can easily spend RM30+ per person in any Japanese ramen restaurant just to have a bowl of noodle which in some cases, you still feel hungry after the meal. Luckily for the new Edo Ramen at Gurney Paragon, now everyone can eat (ramen) with price starting from RM9.90++.

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Tatsu Jin

Restaurant View

Unless you are a competitor, nobody likes a restaurant to close down, including bloggers. Imagine you spent several hours to finish the post, just to find out that the restaurant already went back to China selling salted duck eggs (closed business). One of the examples is Kong Bee Lee Pan Mee at Kampung Jawa, which now turns into a Japanese restaurant – Tatsu Jin 达人.

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Sushi Zanmai Gurney Paragon

Restaurant View

Sushi Zanmai is not new in Malaysia. It has 7 outlets in PJ/KL area. For Penang, however, the first outlet is just opened in July 2013 at Gurney Paragon Mall – the new mall in Penang. Like Chinese said, “Sin Jamban Ho Pangsai (New toilet bowl nice to poo)”. People will queue up as early as 11.30am just to try out this new restaurant in Penang. Is it worth the effort? Let’s see.

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Kizuna, Bay Avenue, Penang


Kizuna 绊 (Chinese: ban4) is a Japanese word meaning “bond”. Today, I introduce you a new Japanese restaurant hidden near Queensbay Mall (Bay Avenue) which share the same name – Kizuna.

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Japanese restaurant @ Batu Ferringhi

Matsu @ Lone Pine Hotel

It has been a while since I entered a fine dining restaurant. Recently, I had an opportunity to travel to Batu Ferringhi and visited a Japanese restaurant in a high class hotel – Matsu @ Lone Pine Hotel.

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Quality Japanese Food at Affordable Price

Kakuni Japin Ramen

Kakuni Japin Ramen – stew pork & rich soup with noodle (RM16.80), a signature dish in Japin Restaurant. The soup was boiled with big bones for 72 hours before serving (and hence the “rich” soup). This is just one of specialities in Japin restaurant.

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A Hidden Gem in Penang

Happiness Set 皆大欢喜

Ok, this time is not a farewell meal but also a place worth multiple visit. Hidden in Sungai Ara there’s a kitchen specialized in healthy vegetarian food. Furthermore, it is Japanese vegetarian. Let’s see how good the food is. Continue reading