Japin Restaurant @ Queensbay Mall, Penang.
Japin Restaurant has always been my choice of place for lunch due to the location (near to my college), good ambiance and reasonable price for their food (big portion). I have previously posted a post on Japin Restaurant but the photos were not satisfying, so I guess I will be posting another one here. Japin Restaurant specializes in serving Ramen or Udon, they do serve other Japanese food, Bento etc....but I find their Ramen are uniquely worth of trying. They do have a list of set lunch (from 12pm to 3pm daily) which will be changed from time to time, the set will normally includes soup, dessert and drinks (might change, it depends on your order). Its the first branch in Penang (the other one from Sg. Wang Mall, Kuala Lumpur.) and the place will normally be flooded with people especially during lunch hours/weekdays. Its not too hard to locate this shop, its located on second floor of Queensbay Mall (towards senQ and Xuan Xin new outlet), few shops away from Game Master. Prices are reasonable for most of the dishes, they do have a member card promotion going around where you can grab yourself a member card and get 10% discounts on every bill (cards must be presented upon paying the bill), 30% discounts on the member's birthday (7 days before or after) and so on (other privilege please check with Japin Restaurant).
Sutamina Ramen (Beef Ramen, Rm14.80) is definitely one of my all time favorites. Generous portion of Ramen, topped with cabbage and beef. The beef I used to had was good and thinly sliced, but it was rather disappointing during my visit this time as the beef was over-cooked and thickly sliced. The texture was rough and tough. The soup itself is a bit spicy, so for those who of you who do not take spicy food or beef, you should opt for others instead. Do try out their Spicy Fried Chicken Ramen and Seafood Ramen too, they are equally tasty as this Beef Ramen.
You can add on Rm1.50 for a cup of drink too, the drinks available are Green Tea (hot/cold) and Lime Juice (cold).
Karaage Onsen Tamako Udon Set (Fried Chicken Udon Topped With Hot Spring Egg, Rm15.80), the Udon was rather tasteless according to my friend, the hot spring egg does a very good job by adding additional flavor to the Udon, so does the Dashi but that was not sufficient, more flavor needed especially in the sauce. The fried chicken was normal tho.
Onsen Tamako (Hot Spring Egg, Rm4.80) was another add on. Its definitely on the pricey side, but the taste was exceptionally good, the Hot Spring Egg was cooked to perfection, maintaining the smooth and watery texture. The eggs were then topped with some spring onions and some Dashi stock. Its good to either have it alone or to mix with noodles.
We had this Shiratama (Brown Sugar Glutinous Rice Balls, Rm6.80) as dessert. The price was on the higher side, the glutinous rice balls were chewy and have sesame paste resting inside the rice balls. It will be too sweet if you mix too much of the brown sugar together. It has a touch of the shredded coconut flavor too, probably mixed into the brown sugar. Not too shabby.
One shall never miss their chili paste, it goes well with their Ramen and Udon. It gives extra aroma and flavor to the noodles. Must-try for chili lovers.
Taste: 8/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Price: 6.5/10 (1-3 expensive, 4-7 average, 8-10 cheap)
Service: 7/10 (1-3 bad. 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Parking: 7/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Service Charge: Yes 10%
Government Tax: No
Address: 2F-147, Queensbay Mall, 100, Pesiaran Bayan Indah, 11900 Bayan Lepas, Penang.
Contact Number: 604- 641 5098
Business Hour: 11am to 10pm, Daily.