J-Garden @ Bayan Bay, Bayan Lepas, Penang.
J-Garden is a deceptively casual-sounding spot tucked away from the main road of Persiaran Bayan Indah (behind Eastin Hotel); has some serious talent behind it. The Japanese-Fusion restaurant has come out with an unconventional, elusive but sturdy menu, featuring a vast selection of Appetizers, Entree, Main and Desserts; though the price tags might be a little hefty but justifiable for the top-notch quality fine food. The facade is quiet and unconvincing but stepping into the cafe would think otherwise. The interior has a clean and bright environment; somehow the simple, tough wooden tables and ample seating space amplify the elegance. Service was impeccable, frequent check-ins from the server to ensure customer satisfaction; expect to be greeted with a Japanese bow (Japanese service etiquette) and a warm smile. One of the hidden gems that deserves a limelight.
Many Thanks to J-Garden for hosting us that evening.
A refreshing dish- Cold Hiyamugi with Mentsuyu Sauce (Rm 22); unlike Soba, commonly served with Wasabi, we were told that Hiyamugi/ Japanese Wheat thin Noodles would need to be served with freshly grated Ginger. True enough, the peppery and pungent Ginger was able to give a push to the dish. No lackluster in preparing the Mentsuyu Sauce, the sauce struck us with an extremely flavorful sweet and savory taste.
Bacon Soup Spaghetti (Rm 25) is an ambiguous name which could leave one thinking of in what way they will serve the dish but we reckon that this is an exemplary of the Japanese-Fusion Soup Spaghetti. The Chicken and Beef Consomme was surprisingly flavorful. The Pasta was skillfully-cooked and expertly paired with their home-made Iberico Bacon; which lent a fabulous sweet smokiness to the Consomme. We thought the dish might be a little monotonous but we were proven wrong; the julienned Onions and perfectly cooked Shimeiji Mushrooms hit the right spot, to introduce a hint of sweetness and earthiness to the dish. A unique dish that I would not mind to have it over again and again.
We were skeptical to try their seemingly calorific Fried Camembert Cheese (Rm 18), few pieces of Camembert Cheese was breaded with Panko and deep fried to a tawny crisp; served with Panko-breaded Cherry Tomatoes and Blueberry Compote. It oozes out as we slit through the Soft Cheese; it possessed the instantaneous melt-in-the-mouth texture. It can be quite monotonous to savor all these on their own but the Chef played a clever twist by providing Blueberry Compote. The fruity, sweet jam introduced another delightful layer of dimension to the dish.
We were deeply impressed by the plating for our sweet treat of the evening- Pumpkin Creme Brulee (Rm 15), brilliantly paired with Green Tea Ice Cream and sweeten Red Beans. The Creme Brulee possessed a silky smooth texture, well-sheathed under a thin layer of caramelized casing but we thought the caramelized sugar-layer could be thicker and stronger in flavor. Also, the Pumpkin flavor was too soft to be discerned. The concoction of Green Tea Ice Cream and Red Bean was great and it has always been a match made in heaven.
Service Charge: Yes 10%
Government Tax: No
Address: 64-G, Persiaran Bayan Indah, Bayan Bay, 11900, Bayan Lepas, Penang. (Behind Shanghai Ding Restaurant at Bayan Indah)
Business Hours: 12 pm to 2:30 pm; 6 pm to 9:30 pm. Opens Daily.
Contact Number: 604- 637 1139