Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Nomiya- American Izakaya @ Straits Quay, Penang.

We got a little overly excited with the opening of Nomiya- American Izakaya at Straits Quay; the name Izakaya gives an impression that the gastropub serves light Japanese Tapas and alcohol but this particular place got it all wrong. Nomiya serves limited Izakaya-related menu (no Yakitori, no Ikayaki, no Karaage, no Japanese-styled Grilled Fish nor American Tapas) but a series of mains with above-average (rather hefty) price tags (yet the quality/ serving portion failed to commemorate with price). Not only the menu and quality were disappointing, the service was equally lackluster as well. Orders were wrongly taken and the service lead time was long either (took them more than 45 minutes to serve all orders). Probably they were still new, our dining experience was rather bad and we reckon they have plenty of rooms for improvements still. 

Miso Ramen (Rm 28)

Spicy Pork Ramen (Dry/ Rm 22)

Nomiya's Miso Ramen comes with the usual milky white Ramen broth with a few slivers of Japanese Chashu and a Hard Boiled Egg. It tasted exactly like a brand of instant noodles, the broth lacked the dimension and the Hard Boiled Egg was a lackluster. It was disappointingly average and we felt shortchanged for the price charged. Just as we thought the nightmare was over, another arrived at the doorstep. Their Spicy Pork Ramen looked exactly like the famed Korean Spicy Ramen and just as expected, the taste was identical. It possessed an indelible spiciness but we were not particularly impressed... the noodles were even Ramen but Instant Noodles. 

Taste: 5.5/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Service: 5/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Price: 6/10 (1-3 expensive, 4-7 average, 8-10 cheap)
Ambiance: 7.5/10 (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

Additional Information:
Address: 3A-G-16, Straits Quay, Jalan Sri Tanjung Pinang, 10470, Tanjung Tokong, Penang.
Business Hours: 11:30 am to 2:30 pm (for lunch), 6 pm to 10 pm (for dinner). Beverages are available throughout the day. Opens Daily.
Contact Number: 6011- 3395 0787
Nomiya Straits Quay Facebook Page 


  1. I agree. I hope this place will close down. Everything about it was disappointingly below average. Indifferent service. Hefty price tags. Small portions. And instant noodles!!

  2. Hahaha, confirm small portion one, business hard to continue :(