Rakkii Izakaya @ Icon city, Bukit Mertajam, Penang.
Arriving late for lunch at Icon City might get you into trouble as most restaurants are closed after 2:30 pm, though they will reopen for dinner at 6 pm. Rakkii Izakaya seems deceivingly quiet from outside, had we not entered the place to check it out, we would not know that they serve Set Lunch. The name "Izakaya" gives an impression that the place opens in the evening and serves light snacks to go with the alcohols; in fact, Rakkii Izakaya is a Japanese-Fusion restaurant that serves full-fledged menu covering Appetizers, Ramen, Mains (Japanese Rice dishes) and even desserts. The setting is spacious and the decors are Japanese-influenced with a huge bar counter displaying various Japanese-Sake bottles. The menu may put you off with hefty prices but as far as quality is concerned, they are quite good at it.
Noodle lovers may want to try Rakkii's Spicy Shrimp Noodles (Rm 42), which said to be one of their signature dishes. It may appear like the conventional Japanese Ramen but with a fusion-touch; Angel Hair Pasta was used in lieu of Ramen-noodles. Ingredients like Deep Fried Breaded Tiger Head Prawns with Ajitsuke Tamago were also present, swimming in a pool of rich, thick Seafood broth and a layer of Chili Oil. Bountifully served, we enjoyed the sweet Seafood broth packed by a Chili punch. The broth was served piping hot, and probably too hot that it cooked the Ajitsuke Tamago; the Yolk was no longer in fluid state. The Prawns were delicious but the heads were not as crispy as I would have hoped (probably soaked for some period of time in the broth); the result may be different if served otherwise. We like the broth but would prefer the usual Ramen noodles instead of Angel Hair; the latter one did not manage absorb the flavors, as though the noodles were too sleek to have the broth clung onto them.
[Set Lunch] Egg Plant Mapo Tofu Rice with Hot and Spicy Soup, Shrimp Gyoza with Vinegar Sauce and Deep Fried Mantao with Condensed Milk (Rm 39), extra Rm 4 for Guava Juice. We love the soft-boiled Egg, the flowing Egg Yolk just makes everything more delicious. The Mapo Tofu has the right thickness, not too starch nor overly-diluted. The Egg Plants were nicely cooked either, not slouchy and with the presence of some minced Pork, it was perfect to go with the steaming hot Rice. The Mapo Tofu was not spicy but the Hot and Sour Soup would be suffice to make you sweat. A satisfying full-fledged set meal, though the price tag is a little hefty.
Taste: 7.5/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Service: 7.5/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Price: 6/10 (1-3 expensive, 4-7 average, 8-10 cheap)
Parking: 7/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Ambiance 7/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Service Charge: Yes 10%
Government Tax: Yes 6%
Address: No. 61, Jalan Icon City, 14000, Bukit Mertajam, Penang.
Business Hours: 12 pm to 10:30 pm. Closed on Mondays.
Contact Number: 604- 505 4167