Friday, April 10, 2020

Arakawa Japanese Gastro & Bar @ Gurney Paragon Mall, Penang.

Conveniently located at Gurney Paragon Mall's al-fresco dining area (ground floor, facing Gurney Drive), Arakawa Japanese Gastro Bar is a new addition to the mall. The restaurant takes up the prominent spot right next to Starbucks, offering both indoor and outdoor seats to diners... though indoor is mostly for dining while the outdoor seating is meant for drinking. The food menu is of course Japanese style... offering some common Japanese delights like Sushi, Donburi, Udon, Curry Rice... as well as a few Japanese-influenced Pasta dishes. The price points are of middle range but the food quality is worth a try. A good choice if you are looking for a dining spot in the mall.

Yaki Beef Curry Rice (Rm 19.90) + Hamburg Steak (Rm 14.90)

Mentai Carbonara (Rm 14.90)

Unagi Roll (Rm 19.90)

Arakawa's Yaki Beef Curry Rice was served in a hot pot with baked, melted Cheese topped. There were slivers of sliced Beef well hidden in the Rice but they were not a lot. They could also be more generous with the serving of Japanese Curry, the proportion of Rice to Curry was somewhat inappropriate (all dried up towards the end). While the Japanese Curry flavor was apparent, we thought it was flat and could be monotonous for one to finish entirely. It lacked the refreshing elements like Carrot, Potatoes or perhaps, some Apple in it. Fortunately, we topped the Beef Curry Rice with an additional add on of Hamburg Steak. While the texture might be a little overly dry, we enjoyed the rich meaty flavor and thought it went well with the Japanese Curry Rice.

The Mentai Carbonara was a delightful surprise though; it seemed bland and flat at the beginning but we must concur that the creaminess was spot on and the Mentai flavor was beyond amazing... a dish best shared with others. We also had a serving of the Unagi Roll... nothing too overly exciting, pretty decent.

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: 7/10 (1-3 expensive, 4-7 average, 8-10 cheap)
Parking: 7/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Ambiance: 7.5/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Service Charge: Yes 10%
Government Tax: No

Additional Information:
Business Hours: 11 am to 11 pm. Opens Daily.
Contact Number: 604- 293 7418

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