Friday, March 15, 2013

Azuma Japanese Restaurant @ Queensbay Mall, Penang.

I am pretty sure many have walked pass or at least have seen this eatery located on second floor of Queensbay Mall Penang (right beside Harvey Norman). It was "Chap Goh Meh" the other night and naturally we had planned for a family dinner. To my surprise, the place was very crowded and some diners were even queuing up for the numbers by the time of 6:30pm (for dinner). Azuma offers authentic Japanese cuisine, one may requests for a table near the Kaiser belt should you have any interests on their Sushi displayed. I would not say they have too much of variety but should be decent. We did make a list to try their Uni but we were told that it was not available on that night. What a disappointment! Nevertheless, Edo Ichi will be still on my top list although both of these restaurants are being managed under the same management company. Price-wise, I'd say affordable and service was great. My only complaint is about their seating, where three of us were escorted to a tiny table (barely can fit in with extra orders apart from mains), they should literally take note of this since diners these days are looking for a more comfortable environment and sufficiency of spaces does play an important role.

Sashimi Moriawase Take (Rm 70++) comes in a very big portion to satisfy our cravings for Sashimi. This Sashimi Moriawase Take consists of Salmon Belly, Tuna, Butter Fish, Prawns, Octopus and Mackerel etc. All of them were very fresh and generously sliced (3 slices for each type) and I'd say it worth every penny spent, I enjoyed particularly the Salmon Belly Sashimi the most and I would definitely come back just for these.

Sanma Shioyaki Set (Rm 23++) comes with a perfectly grilled Sanma Fish, a small cup of Chawan Mushi (Japanese Steamed Egg), 2 slices of Honeydew, a bowl of piping hot Miso Soup and Japanese Rice. The Chawan Mushi was perfectly steamed, it was very smooth and flavorful to my liking. The only complain about this set was about the fish where we find it a little bit too dry to our liking. No doubt the Lemon juice helps but it was not suppose to be served that way (with Lemon).

The portion of this Unajyu (Rm 23++ for Medium) was pathetic. Despite the fact that we had opted for the Medium one but we were not expecting it to be this small. The Large one costs Rm 33++ and it is advisable to go for the Large one. It comes with a bowl of Miso Soup too. On the other hand, the Unagi (Japanese Eel) tasted alright but it was way too dry and we had to ask for more sauce to complement with the rice. There were some sliced Tamagoyaki (Japanese Sweet Egg) but again, they tasted sweeter than the usual Tamagoyaki we can get out there. 

My order of Miso Ramen (Rm 11++ for Medium) was a huge disappointment. Firstly, the Egg served was a mere Hard-Boiled Egg where it meant to be Onsen Tamago (Hot Spring Eggs) with some custard-like gooey yolk just like Soft-Boiled Egg. Moreover, the replacement of Chashu (Japanese Roasted Pork Roll) here was Chicken Roll where bones were found! The soup was very boring and lacks of a "kick" either, it tasted just like any other Ramen eateries next door. The only thing that comforts me was the texture of the Ramen (luckily it was bouncy and springy to my liking). Nothing much to brag about this Ramen.

Taste: 7/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Price: 7/10 (1-3 expensive 4-7 average, 8-10 cheap)
Service: 7.5/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Parking: 7/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Ambiance: 6.5/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Service Charge: Yes 10%
Government Tax: Yes 6%

Additional Information:
Address: No. 100-2F-87 (South Zone), Queensbay Mall, Pesiaran Bayan Indah, 11900, Bayan Lepas, Penang.
Business Hour: 11am to 10pm. Daily.
Contact Number: 604- 641 3118

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