Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Goku Raku Ramen @ Gurney Paragon Mall, Penang.

In the recent festive month of December, 2011, there were 2 new shopping malls(Precinct 10 and Gurney Paragon Mall) with a lot of Food and Beverage outlets opened in Penang, I had my attempt on Sushi Zento at Precinct 10 earlier ago and I always wanted to try this famous Goku Raku Ramen which has gained its good reputation via the outlet in Mid Valley Megamall (Kuala Lumpur). Recommended by a lot of food bloggers (based in K.L.) about their thick and creamy Ramen broth. Summarized from their official website, " The pork, chicken and fish mixed broth were simmered to perfection for 48hours to bring out its exquisite taste". The newly opened Penang outlet is situated at Gurney Paragon Mall, which located along Gurney Drive and a few steps away from Gurney Plaza. You may park your car at Gurney Plaza and walk to Gurney Paragon Mall if you are unfamiliar with the new building. Service was so-so during my visit, the employees seem to be so confused with their work, wrong orders sent to my table and I requested for their WiFi password, but the waiter seemed to be ignorant (telling me in an unclear and simple manner) and I had to ask for a second time. Price-wise, is slightly on the higher side, moreover, they are charging 10% service charge and 6% government tax.



Had their Ultimate Tonkotsu Ramen (Rm21.90 for large/Rm16.90 for small). There are 3 choices of soup available, namely the normal Tonkotsu soup, Shoyu Tonkotsu (Japanese Soy Sauce) soup and their Miso Tonkotsu soup. Among the 3 choices, I find Miso Tonkotsu soup has the most unique and delicious. All of the soup mentioned above share common characteristics, which are thick, rich, creamy and flavorful. Each bowl of Ultimate Ramen comes with a big piece of Seaweed, one whole hard boiled egg, bamboo shoot and 2 slices of their Char Siew (Japanese Roasted Pork). Portion was okay only for the large bowl of Ramen, order small only if you are a small eater. The Ramen was normal only in my opinion, I have expected something more chewy and springy, but it turned out to be normal only, nevertheless, their Ramen broth was one of the best I ever had. Recommended for Ramen Lovers!


As for drinks, they are pretty pricey as well, particularly their Ocha (Japanese Green Tea, Rm2.90 cold). They were just ordinary Ocha to me, similar item is much cheaper in other Japanese restaurants. One of my friends had their Honey Lemon Tea (Rm4.90 for warm) and he was not happy with the thinly sliced lemon (shown in the photo above) which failed to bring out the flavor.


Chili powders and chopped garlic will be provided on every table. Customers can add any extra chilies or garlic they like based on their preferences.



Ratings:
Taste: 7.5/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good) * Based on their Ramen only*
Price: 6/10 (1-3 expensive, 4-7 average, 8-10 cheap)
Service: 6/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Parking: 6.5/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Service Charge: Yes 10%
Government Tax: Yes 6%

Additional Information:
Address: Lot 163D-1-05, Gurney Paragon Mall, Pesiaran Gurney, 10250 Penang. (walk straight until you have passed Pacific Coffee, you should be able to locate Goku Raku Ramen right after that).
Business Hour: 10am to 10pm, Daily.
Contact Number: 604- 226 0961
Website: www.gokuraku-ramen.com

10 comments:

  1. Found a Gokuraku Ramen voucher to get free Annin Tofu or Kobuta Meshi.

    Check out here.

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  2. That looks good. Except for the piece of seaweed, it doesn't really look Japanese - not like what I usually see - lots of noodles, very little ingredients.

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    1. actually i've published this long ago, amended some information and turned out that it became a newly-published article =.=", and yea, this ramen was very good i must say, but rather pricey =(

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  3. Glad you tried Goku Raku Ramen. I'm gonna have my fix tomorrow. Reading your post is making my mouth water!

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    1. it was good, thanks for the kind compliment too ! :)

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  4. their ramen doesn't taste that good and rather pricey :(

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    1. oh ? i hadn't been visiting them for nearly half year, not too sure about their quality recently, anyway thanks for your feedback, will check it out again when i am back to Penang soon :)

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  5. thanks for share information.

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  6. Whenever i google penang foods, ur blog post sure appears on the search haha....tonight im gonna try this heheh :D cant wait for the thick, creamy, rich and flavourful broth <3

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    1. Haha, that sounds awesome! I think KL has better spread of Ramen as compared to Penang

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