Top 10 Japanese Restaurants to eat in Penang
Penang, a jewel in Malaysia best known for its unique culture, history and cross-culture food. What we’re unaware of is that there are lots of famous Japanese Restaurants in Penang with some real specialties and uniqueness. Surprised ? As a matter of fact,in this very Japanese food oriented post, let’s us share with you some of the most 10 most spectacular Japanese Restaurants that are worth trying in Penang.
1. Ginza Japanese Restaurant
Located in Vantage Tanjung Tokong, this restaurant is approached via a beautiful Japanese design, making the experience all the more authentic and enjoyable. The setting is matched by the staff and the amazing menu of freshly sourced from Japan Tsukiji fresh market, authentically prepared and immaculately presented sashimi, wagyu, uni, sushi and more, prepared by experienced chef. Additionally, the boss travels to Japan every month to source the freshest seafood and Japanese beverages.
Address: B-3-3, B-3-3A, B-3-5 Jalan Desrian Tanjung, Tanjung Tokong Penang, Malaysia (@ Vantage Tanjung Tokong)
Opening hours: 11:30 AM – 2:15 PM, 6:00 PM – 10:15 PM
2. The Spice Market Cafe @ Shangri-La’s Rasa Sayang Resort and Spa (Sashimi)
For those who are hardcore lovers of Japanese food, the sashimi that you’ll find at the sushi bar of ‘The Spice Market Cafe’ is irresistible . Served the freshest ingredient (our Japanese ancestors are looking at us down proud), it’ll impress the toughest critic in the island. Moreover, the prices are rather affordable based on the value and quality the restaurant provides. Definitely an assurance Japanophiles are going to love.
Address: Beach Garden Wing, Lobby Level, BatuFeringgi, 11100 George Town, Penang, Malaysia.
Opening hours: 6:30AM–11PM
3. Kirishima @ Cititel (Wagyu beef)
Calling out the meat lovers out there,this is one Japanese Restaurants you can’t pass. The wagyu beef is the most sought after menu in the restaurant due to their tender meat, unique taste as well as the addicting aroma.
Also fun facts: Kirishima is one of the oldest Japanese Restaurants in Penang so they probably know what they’re doing and you should be the judge of that.
Address: Cititel Penang, 66, Jalan Penang, George Town, 10000 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia.
Opening hours: 12–2PM, 6–10PM
4. Miraku Restaurant (Maki rolls)
Miraku Restaurant are best at interesting their customers with finger foods that are very much tuned to suit the Japanese food loving taste buds. And one thing worth trying would be the cucumber maki as it is easily one of the best Penang has to offer. Pair the Maki rolls with a cup of green tea and watch the mouth do the disco dance.
Address: 1-03, G Hotel Gurney, 168A, Persiaran Gurney, 10250 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia.
Opening hours: 12–2:30PM, 6–10:30PM
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5. Edo Ichi (HALAL)
Thats right! This ones for everyone. Rated the highest by many critics on tripadvisor for their extensive lunch set, top customer service and importantly for their fresh ingredients, this is your go-to for a full dining experience. Additionally, patrons can also ask for a fidelity membership card that will grant them discounts on future visits. You’re going to need it.
Address: G05 & G06, Island Plaza, Ground Floor. No. 118, Jalan Tanjung Tokong, 10470, Penang. Business Hour: Mon to Thurs, 11:30am to 3pm (lunch), 6pm to 10:30pm (dinner); Fri to Sun or Public Holiday, 11:30am to 10:30pm.
6. Matsu @ Lone Pine Hotel (Tempura)
For those who cheat-day everyday through deep fried Japanese dishes,they do it best at Matsu restaurant.Order yourself some amazing tempura vegetables which is not oily but still crispy and crunchy (it’s possible here) .Superb and perfect for the tempura lovers out there.
Address: 97, Jalan Batu Ferringhi, 11050 Batu Ferringhi, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia.
Opening hours: 6:30–11PM
7. Aji Noren (Grill & Sashimi)
Think sliced pork,cooked with juicy yet crunchy cabbage, infused with melting cheese than covered with a blanket of omelette and finishes with a drizzle is mayo is another way to encounter heaven. And that’s just the beginning. Serving you blend of authentic and homestyle stir Fried Japanese dishes, they’ll always be something for everyone here.
Address: 98-G-35, Prima Tanjung, Jalan Fettes, Kampung Belachan, 11200 Tanjung Tokong, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia.
Opening hours: 12–2PM, 6–10PM
8. Sushi Zento (Teriyaki)
Don’t walk away from this Japanese Restaurant before you taste their stunning wakadori teriyaki or more better known as pan fried chicken. Indulging in them is the perfect way to end your meal as it will conclude your dining experience. Besides, cooked in the most purest form of authenticity, expect nothing less than perfected version of this chicken teriyaki.
Address: 10-A-11&12 Jalan Precinct 10, 10470 Tanjung Tokong, Penang, Malaysia.
Opening hours: 11:30AM–2:30PM, 6–10:15PM
9. Azuma Japanese Restaurant (Unagi)
Unagi can be cooked either with sashimi or just served with soup but taste jsut as exce;;ent excellent both ways.And for those who are unfamiliar, unagi is an eel cooked in many different ways with the most popular one being grilled as the flesh will taste the juiciest as we bite into them.With it special sauce, just one won’t be it .
Address: 100-2F87, Persiaran Bayan Indah, Queens Bay, 14300 Bayan Lepas, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia.
Opening hours: 10AM–10PM
10. Snow Story (Japanese Shaved Ice)
The perfect treat with a Japanese twist to endure this humid climate in Malaysia would be the Japanese Shaved Ice of Snow Story in our opinion.Similarly to the local ABC (Ais Batu Campur) with a hint of Japanese flavor is this soft ice with a sweet taste that can be complemented with crepes, we bet you’ll get sweeter than you already are.Besides,other specialties from Snow Story includes Japanese curry noodle, Gelato, and more.
Address: 18, Lebuh Keng Kwee, George Town, 10100 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia.
Opening hours: 10:30AM–6:30PM
11.Kaze Japanese Restaurant
Slightly positioned on a higher end in terms of price, service, choices and of course quality, Kaze Japanese Restaurant lives up to the standard they present themselves as.You would think getting a table in this one story building restaurant would be plain sailing, but I kid you not.Making a reservation ahead would be advisable as it usually full house during dinner hours.
What can we say? The menu provides you anything and everything the Japanese dish list consist of. For Rm38, their sashimi, sushi and mini udon set, try their Sashimi, Sushi and Mini Udon Set (Rm 38) that comes with a bowl of comforting Udon with Dashi stock, fresh Sashimi and a few choices of Sushi would make you run for your money and leave you to come back for more.
So there you go, the top 10 Japanese restaurants you can look out for during your stay in Penang. Like this post? Share it with your friends and family who are currently planning a trip to Penang.
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