Penang Restaurant: Miraku @ G Hotel Jap Food

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Written on 11:20 AM by Penang Tua Pui

Penang Restaurant, Miraku Japanese Restaurant, G-hotel, Gurney, Japanese Food

The hunt for Japanese food kept going and going and we were still rally to go for more. Comments from previous postings did tell us that we do have quite large fans of Japanese food lovers in Penang and not just PenangTuaPui.

As such here is what we would like to showcase more about Japanese cuisine in Penang.

This time, our hunt had led us to another hotel (nope, it is not Kirishima at Cititel Penang) but Miraku at G Hotel.

Penang Restaurant, Miraku Japanese Restaurant, G-hotel, Gurney, Japanese Food

Miraku simply means a great place for customers to enjoy great food. Well, dining in a place like this, of course we would expect it to be a great place for PenangTuaPui to enjoy, right?

Penang Restaurant, Miraku Japanese Restaurant, G-hotel, Gurney, Japanese Food Penang Restaurant, Miraku Japanese Restaurant, G-hotel, Gurney, Japanese Food

But before we talked about the food, there was something peculiar that we thought should highlight. Once inside the G Hotel, if you see the sign heading to Miraku restaurant, you can see an all-time familiar icon below the sign.

Penang Restaurant, Miraku Japanese Restaurant, G-hotel, Gurney, Japanese Food

Not that we want to give bad feedback or comment but why the heck do they put “Miraku” and toilet signs together?? You know, the next thought that came immediately, the restaurant is next to toilet??? Phew… luckily it was not.

Penang Restaurant, Miraku Japanese Restaurant, G-hotel, Gurney, Japanese Food

The Miraku restaurant setting was pretty much like Japanese, with those wooden doors, tables and chairs as well as sushi bar. We did notice they had tatami dining only for their private rooms.

Penang Restaurant, Miraku Japanese Restaurant, G-hotel, Gurney, Japanese Food

This restaurant set up was expected since Miraku is under the same management as Sushi King. In other words, their exposure to Japanese culture should be well equipped.

Penang Restaurant, Miraku Japanese Restaurant, G-hotel, Gurney, Japanese Food

Every patron will get a hot towel which you can use to cleanse your face and hand. Some restaurants provided cold towels instead. Nevertheless, this is a kind gesture worth mentioning as you can feel much fresher after wiping your oily face or cleaning your hands.

Penang Restaurant, Miraku Japanese Restaurant, G-hotel, Gurney, Japanese Food

The appetizer given was some preserved nuts that you can chew while waiting for your food to arrive.

Penang Restaurant, Miraku Japanese Restaurant, G-hotel, Gurney, Japanese Food

The cod fish steak was the first to arrive and the smell of grilled cod fish was quite fragrant. We realized the cod fish was slightly shiny than others we had tried, not sure if it was due to the lighting or the chef had done some magic onto it.

Penang Restaurant, Miraku Japanese Restaurant, G-hotel, Gurney, Japanese Food

Perhaps, Miraku had used a much better quality cod fish as well?

Penang Restaurant, Miraku Japanese Restaurant, G-hotel, Gurney, Japanese Food

Sashimi Don came next and we were quite pleased with the set. It was the first time that we encountered sashimi being put on top of the rice and we felt it was quite creative too.

In way, it might look like sushi but it was not. The sashimi was laid on top of the rice and you get a few choices like salmon, tuna, fish roe, prawns etc and it was quite an appetizing presentation.

Penang Restaurant, Miraku Japanese Restaurant, G-hotel, Gurney, Japanese Food

Grilled eel set was next and this was not much difference compared to others. The aroma was delectable and looked tasty. Maybe it was because our stomach already making noise too.. hehehe. The unagi portion was big though we did hope it was a bit bigger. 

Penang Restaurant, Miraku Japanese Restaurant, G-hotel, Gurney, Japanese Food

But they decided not to give too much of good things. Instead, the unagi set actually came with a small plate of assorted sashimi so that you can try different dishes in a set.

Penang Restaurant, Miraku Japanese Restaurant, G-hotel, Gurney, Japanese Food

Sushi and Noodle Zen came at the same time as grilled eel as well. This set had got to be the most fulfilling set of all.

Penang Restaurant, Miraku Japanese Restaurant, G-hotel, Gurney, Japanese Food

You get a bowl of hot noodle soup with seven pieces of assorted sushi.

Penang Restaurant, Miraku Japanese Restaurant, G-hotel, Gurney, Japanese Food

The noodle bowl is smaller than regular one but still have enough punch to make you feel full, though there are limited ingredients inside. The focus had got to be on the sushi  The combination of rice, noodles and soup will definitely make you go full and bloated. This is the set if you intend to “ciak pah pah” (eat till feeling full)

Penang Restaurant, Miraku Japanese Restaurant, G-hotel, Gurney, Japanese Food

The dining experience at Miraku did not let us down and in fact we enjoyed the food served here. Also, since this is more towards high end restaurant, the environment here can be a little quiet except for the sound of chef’s cooking. Another place to come again if wallet is not a concern.. heeheehee 

Penang Restaurant, Miraku Japanese Restaurant, G-hotel, Gurney, Japanese Food

Miraku Japanese Restaurant
168A Persiaran Gurney - 1st Floor
10250 Penang
For reservations or enquiries, please call +604 229 8702.

Operating hours
Daily Lunch 12.00pm to 2.30pm
Daily Dinner 6.00pm to 10.30pm

Penang Restaurant, Miraku Japanese Restaurant, G-hotel, Gurney, Japanese Food

Penang Restaurant, Miraku Japanese Restaurant, G-hotel, Gurney, Japanese Food

Penang Restaurant, Miraku Japanese Restaurant, G-hotel, Gurney, Japanese Food

Penang Restaurant, Miraku Japanese Restaurant, G-hotel, Gurney, Japanese Food

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45 Comments

  1. Eleen Por |

    *rofl*
    I've always noticed the toilet sign next to the Jap restaurant name and wondered where the G-Hotel architects put their brains when they designed the signs. But then again, it may be done purposely to make folks like us wonder and talk about it :D

    Guys, thx for the great pix (as usual) and detailed description of those dishes. I've always wondered if the food @ Miraku is any good and now I know. Will definitely put it in my to-try list the next time I have a craving for Jap food.

    I'm hoping to scout out some authentically good Jap food when I am in Tokyo end of this month. Unfortunately, I am not as great a photographer as you guys are...so may not have such saliva-inducing pictures to share in my updates. But nevertheless, I will try my best. :)

     
  2. allenooi |

    first of all, just let u know I'm using iPhone to leave this comment. hahaha, not bad huh. It's hard to type lah.

    Oh my...... Japanese food again. I think of going to have japanese food these few days if I can. The food looks so delicious. But I think it will be expensive, right? How much u spent on this meal?

    Which Japanese restaurant will u go next time? I'm waiting to read your next post. :)

     
  3. email2me |

    If Sushi King's management name is Texchem Group.

    The sushi size looks so small only and the maguro no fish fat (the white line). Still for top Japanese food restaurant in Penang, I prefer Kirishima in Cititel and also Kopitiam East West Reasonably priced japanese cuisine with fabulous tempura and sushi sets. Food prepared by former Rasa Sayang Resort Waka Chef, George Tan.

    Address: 2&4, Solok Moulmein, Pulau Tikus, Penang.
    Contact Number: 012-567 3855

     
  4. Penang Tua Pui |

    Eleen Por,

    Whether it was done on purpose or merely just coincidence, we don't know... but what we knew was when we saw the signs... both things flashed on our mind.. food and toilet. Imagine our expression that time... hahaha stunned~!!! :p

    Yea, you can put Miraku as one of the Jap places to go now that you've seen the photos..

    Authentic Jap food... that's wonderful...We want to see those pics too!! Don't worry about the skills in taking the shots... we'll know you'll take the best shots and make them as delicious as possible... Can't wait to see them :D

     
  5. Penang Tua Pui |

    allenooi,

    can type soo long on iPhone? not bad huh ;)

    the sets we ordered costs between RM28++ till RM34++. We spent about RM160++ for the meal that time. Yes, this is high end restaurant which we'll likely come for celebration or special occasions...

    What's the next post to come? That you got to stay tune... It's still Japanese food fever :D:D

     
  6. allenooi |

    Penang Tua Pui, wah, expensive wor!!! I only can go to those reasonable restaurant la.... need to keep an eye on my expenses.

    email2me, the japanese restaurant is it the one opposite the public bank? i heard my friend always says about it but i never go and try it.

     
  7. email2me |

    Didn't recall there's any public bank near there. Maybank got la

     
  8. Penang Tua Pui |

    allenooi,

    Yes, it's kinda high end restaurant. We happened to go there case ngam-ngam got bonus mah..... no worry, the next one will be cheaper :)

     
  9. Penang Tua Pui |

    email2me,

    can't really recall the restaurant at this place, i believe the one that allenooi mentioned is along Cantonment road, opp Public Bank.

    There are two Japanese restaurants there, one is Akebono while the other one is ShinjuTei. The latter one is much cheaper...Of course, move further down to Gurney Drive, you'll find Matsuki on your right.

     
  10. Allie |

    Yummy Yummy. I heard that this restaurant serve buffet too? Is it true?

     
  11. 550ml jar of faith |

    This is wonderful, close to dethroning Kirishima as top Jap restaurant on the island, although I've only been there once. I am highly intrigued by the grilled cod fish... so shiny can see own reflection?

     
  12. Little Inbox |

    Wah, congratulations got bonus lo...
    Chinese usually go for big makan each time got bonus, hehe...You really pamper yourself ha...

     
  13. Penang Tua Pui |

    Allie,

    We're not too sure about that. We ordered ala carte that time. Perhaps you can check with them if they do serve buffet :)

     
  14. Huat Koay @ PenangTuaPui |

    Hi, Allie,

    I had just make a call to Miraku and confirm there is no buffet style available. Thanks for asking, we shud have asked them.

    Thanks.

     
  15. Penang Tua Pui |

    550ml jar of faith,

    We didn't manage to see our own reflections but the surface was really reflective, must have put something .. a layer of oil, perhaps?

     
  16. Ryan - kseong2[a]gmail.com |

    For Jap cuisine, i would suggest you to try at the Ryoma restaurant at Tg Tokong, next to the Palace-d-India. This is another high-end Jap restaurant with a large varirety of food compared to others. They have a few private rooms for 2 up to 10 people. I used to have the room for 8 people-nice environment & good service.

     
  17. Janice |

    the sushi served here never seem alike with the one at SushiKing even though they manage by same group...

    perhaps the price did tell a different.

     
  18. Penang Tua Pui |

    Little Inbox,

    Hahaha... when is the good times to pamper yourself?? When there's a lot of spare cash in hand lor :P:P

    Ngam ngam got the bonus, so can treat ourselves something good once in a while :D

     
  19. Jon |

    ahem... is this Japanese Food hunting months? why all about Jap Food?...

    I tot this month shud be Mid Autumn Festival and Bulan Ramadan... wonder?

     
  20. PenangLang |

    hey... lu eh cai bor.. my gang like to go there too.. but no longer now...

    hamisu?... the pretty waitress already quit liao ma.... hahaha... no more leng looi.. hee hee

     
  21. Penang Tua Pui |

    Ryan,

    Yes, we were there once and it was indeed another nice environment for Japanese dining. We had the one for tatami style room also (there was a small staircase leading to that room) and the food was good. Of course, the price is high end :)

     
  22. Penang Tua Pui |

    Janice,

    The settings and price difference pretty much indicate they are targeting different market base. Sushi king will be for those affordable group - value for money while Miraku is meant for higher income group - premium price...

    We believe it's has to do with market strategy to promote Japanese food and capturing different market segment

     
  23. Penang Tua Pui |

    Jon,

    It's just merely coincidence, we had planned for this month to be Jap food month although there will be Mid Autumn festival and Ramadhan.. We could only get a few articles written on these festivals compared to the strings of postings we have on Jap food.. We'll include a posting on Ramadhan soon :)

     
  24. fwukai quah |

    Hi Tua Pui, u guys sat at infront of the sushi bar? In fact to me it's a must. Imagine savouring the food while admiring the skillfull chef putting up a performance of culinary art infront of your bare naked eyes -priceless!!

    I personally enjoy looking at them preparing sashimi, their cutting and slicing skills are very creative.

    Ambience wise, felt like im in Japan. Coz alot of Japanese here.

    The food is good no doubt, as long as you have a deep pocket. Hehe!!

     
  25. Penang Tua Pui |

    PenangLang,

    Wah, the waitress soo soo good that your gang always went there just to see the pretty leng lui?? *ho lioa*ho liao*

    Aiseh, how come never give feedback to the management to hire more leng looi... then can go there again lor... :p

     
  26. Penang Tua Pui |

    fwukai quah,

    we seldom sit at the the sushi bar. We prefer table or tatami seating so that it's easier to engage in conversations and tax other people's dishes.. hehehe

    yea, there's advantages to sit in front of the sushi bar.. you get too see first hand the chef's preparation and his/her skills displayed in front of you... it's like culinary act that makes you want to watch more... hehehe

    Yalor, must have deep pockets.. luckily for us.. ada bonus cover.. else kena eat grass lioa lor..:p

     
  27. ck lam |

    Yummy, so many nice Japanese food for my tummy to catch up with. I can't wait to receive my bonus...haha

     
  28. KampungboyCitygal |

    usually jap food is ciak beh pah + gui kah eh si but its hard for us to say NO to jap food still..haha

     
  29. Christy |

    I have been here too...and I liked the food and environment:)
    The cod fish is definitely yummy here (I am really fussy about the way cod fish is prepared and it's really hard to find one that really suits my taste:p)

     
  30. Ah Shui |

    I like japanese food very much, especially the sashimi...but the price seem like quite expensive...

     
  31. Penang Tua Pui |

    ck lam,

    When is your bonus coming? Hehehe.. can't wait for one good meal eh??

    We just did!!!

     
  32. Penang Tua Pui |

    KampungboyCitygal,

    Who said jap food ciak beh pah? We can show you how... hahaha..

    just order 10 plates of sushi and drink 5 cups of green tea... you'll know the feeling of pah but of course, you still can eat other side dishes like soft shell crab, squid, teriyaki chicken, miso soup, cha soba, unagi....

    hahahhaah ciak pah.. but still can eat more.. :Þ

     
  33. Penang Tua Pui |

    Christy,

    Good to know... you set the bar high and yet they still can meet your expectations. Guess you'll be their regular customer too ya? :)

     
  34. Penang Tua Pui |

    Ah Shui,

    There's always a way to find cheaper Japanese food.. read more and our website.. maybe you'll find few of them :)

     
  35. Jun |

    bayview hotel Japanese food is the best.

     
  36. SHIOK OR NOT |

    G HOTEL, high class, expensive. But the restaurant looks nice, never eat in G HOTEL before. But then, tua pui have been eating a lot of jap food lately hor?

     
  37. Soon Kor |

    wow... all jap food pulak...

    you all in jap fever is it?

     
  38. Penang Tua Pui |

    Jun,

    Are you referring to City Bayview's Waka Japanese Restaurant? .... Yea, that's another good one but we've heard the chef already left there to set up own business... not sure if the quality still there?

     
  39. Penang Tua Pui |

    SHIOK OR NOT,

    Give it a try.. Miraku is nice place although you have to be ready for fat wallet..

    well, this month we have weird cravings for Japanese food.. don't ask us why... suddenly just felt like eating Japanese food... hahhahaha

    We have also tried their seafood buffet as well.. so-so only... lots of varieties but then so are other seafood buffet...

     
  40. Penang Tua Pui |

    Soon Kor,

    Hahahah ... yes, we're on Jap fever~~~!!

     
  41. ibnu marzuki al firdaus |

    dear friend,

    do u've BBQ LAND & STEAMBOAT BUFFET KUANG's phone no at SG BULOH, SELANGOR @ been there? some said d price just below rm20/pax!

    regards,

    mal handsome

    plz sms me +60128624623 or
    email 2 sronoknya@gmail.com

     
  42. Criz Lai |

    Hmmm... You guys sure are having Japanese fever but I don't mind. I love Japanese food too... when the wallet is fatter. LOL!

    I just had a wild imagination while reading this post. I was dreaming of you guys in sumo attires... oopsss.. censored! :P

    http://crizfood.blogspot.com/

     
  43. Penang Tua Pui |

    Criz Lai,

    Yes, this is possible when the wallet is fat, else we'll need to eat grass very soon... hahhaha

    hmm sumo attires? hhehehe Why not? :p

     
  44. Pete |

    My kids like Japanese food, but everytime when back to Penang, eat only hawker food because craving for them too long already. Nice blog, I am putting you into my blog list.

     
  45. Lydia |

    Been there once not long ago. Hb ordered sea urchin, it was like RM30 per bite. This is a restaurant that we will go only once, like the Jap restaurant at EQ hotel. Now we prefer buffet at E&O Hotel, Japanese theme on Wednesdays.

     

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