Monday, May 10, 2021

Koshien Yakitori Bar 甲子園 @ Noordin Street, Georgetown, Penang.

Well-hidden in one of the upper floor shop lots at Noordin Street, Koshien Yakitori Bar 甲子園 is one of the latest places for regular drinkers to quench their thirst while enjoying some Japanese Izakaya-style nibbles or dishes. The flight of stairs up to the restaurant is decorated with vintage Izakaya wallpapers and step in the place, you will be instantly transported to a place with retro Japanese Izakaya background. The menu features a list of barbecue items and some Udon dishes as well as some Oden choices near the counter as well. If drinks are of your concern, there's a dedicated fridge for Japanese alcohols as well. It is however, not exactly cheap to dine in here, expect to pay a little more than Rm 40 per pax if you wish to walk home with your tummy filled (without alcohols). 

Negi Skewer (Rm 6.80)/ Eryngii Bacon Skewer (Rm 8)/ Yakitori (Rm 8)

Ebi Gyoza (Rm 14)

Saba (Rm 15)

Oden- Chikuwe Yaki (Rm 6.80)/ Ageball (Rm 7)/ Tofu (Rm 4.50)/ Tamago (Rm 3.50)

Curry Udon (Rm 8)

Kake Udon (Rm 7.50)

Miso Udon (Rm 7.50)

There were not much options for the Oden but none of them disappoint. The broth was clear and breaming with sweetness (Dashi stock), the only thing we were confused here was the presence of Hard Boiled Egg and it was selling for Rm 3.50 each. The Skewers were a let down though, they lacked the alluring smokiness (not charred enough); the Yakitori was probably the worst. The meat was not seasoned enough and the texture was somewhat too dry to our liking. Likewise, the Ebi Gyoza was not impressive either. The texture was soft and the Dumplings were greasy. The Saba was fine at least, no fish stench and was carefully grilled (still juicy inside). Not only Udon dishes were great, the Miso and Kake Udons were alright but the Curry version was somewhat too bland to our liking. The Curry felt watered down and lacked of the X factor. 

Taste: 6.5/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Service: 7/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Price: 6.5/10 (1-3 expensive, 4-7 average, 8-10 cheap)
Parking: 6/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Ambiance: 7.5/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Service Charge: No
Government Tax: No

Additional Information:
Address: 70-1, Lebuh Noordin, 10300, Georgetown, Penang.
Business Hours: 12 pm to 3 pm, 6 pm to 10 pm. Closed on Mondays.
Contact Number: 6019- 889 5732

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