One of the oldest Japanese establishments in Penang will be Kirishima, a Japanese restaurant housed within Cititel in the heartland of Georgetown. The Japanese restaurant is one of the popular dining places not only for many Japanese visitors, but locals as well; the place is well known for its fine quality Japanese food. We would agree on the quality part nevertheless, but we thought they could improve on their services. Having paid a premium price, we would expect top-notch service in return, especially in a well-established Japanese restaurant. We were there on Chinese New Year and the foreign workers seemed to be confused with their roles and responsibilities yet the management did not bother to correct them. I am not sure if I am willing to pay so much again, considering the unpleasant experience at the restaurant.
Beef lovers are not forsaken here in Kirishima, one of the delectable highlights will be Beef Yakiniku (Rm 43). Slices of US Beef were attractively laid over a basket with Onions, Shitake Mushroom and Carrot. A stove will then be provided and diners are expected to grill the meat themselves. The Beef was sliced to the right thickness and it only takes a few seconds to cook the meat! I like mine medium with a juicy bite. However, I did not quite enjoy Kirishima's Yakiniku sauces- one carried a tinge of acidity while the other was veering towards the saltier side. I prefer mine sweet.
For a change, we opted for Tan Tan Tsukemen (Rm 16), chilled Ramen to be dipped into Spicy Chicken Broth. The Spicy Chicken Broth was a tad salty on its own but it was perfectly fine since it was a dip and not meant to be drank like soup. Also, the Ramen was nicely cooked and chilled to my taste. A dish that I would not mind ordering again.
It was simply too futile to resist their Unadon (Rm 35), though it did not come cheap but we were pleased with its above par quality. The thickly sliced Unagi was generously slathered with the sweet Unagi sauce. It was served to us piping hot with the mouth-meltingly soft Eel. Una-don comes with a bowl of Miso Soup as well.
Ten-don (Rm 25)- a variety of tawny-crispy Tempura laid over a bed of Rice and served with Tempura dipping sauce. The hearty Tendon comes with a bowl of Miso Soup. The Tempura was nicely done, crispy but not overly greasy but I would prefer a wider variety of Tempura to be added. Decent but it could come with more choices for that price.
Taste: 7.5/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Service: 3/10 (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: 6%
Address:Ground Floor of Cititel, 66, Penang Road, 10000, Georgetown, Penang.
Business Hours: 12 pm to 2:30 pm; 6 pm to 10 pm. Opens Daily.
Contact Number: 604- 370 0108