Miraku Japanese Restaurant is the first fine dining Japanese eatery in Penang under the Texchem Group of Companies since they successful introduced its Sushi King fast food outlets. This restaurant is on the 1st  floor of the G Hotel located in the promenade of Gurney Drive.


Tea cup which holds some moral teaching in life

This is my first time stepping inside Miraku at the invitation by their Deputy Managing Director Mr Akihiko Hijioka. I was delighted with the privilege to dine with him. I was easily captivated by his hospitality and had a great time talking with him. We sat right next to the open kitchen which was headed by Executive Chef Masaki Kurihara and Executive Chef Takahiro Kinoshita.


It was enjoyable to watch the chefs in action, as they prepared some fabulous cuisine for the night. The food in Miraku is always fresh as the imported ingredients from Tokyo arrives twice a week, every Tuesday and Friday.


As we settled down, green tea was served followed by a colorful bowl of appetizer. All the food in Miraku is presented in beautiful dinnerware which were tastefully selected.


The Dragon Roll with a king size prawn was beautifully layered with slices of avocado and topped with mayonnaise and roes. The avocado’s creaminess went very well with the delicate prawn flavors.


Attractively decorated


We got to savor the Tempura Prawns, which were lightly battered. Besides the usual tempura dipping sauce, I was recommended to dip the springy texture prawns with some seafood dipping salt. The salt indeed enhances the taste of the prawns. This type of salt is very different compared to the ordinary table salt, and is only suitable to be used as a dip especially for seafood cuisines. Amazingly this crystallized salt is collected from the drying process of the seaweed.



Wagyu beef has always been a delicacy. The outer layer were cooked to a charcoal brown color with a delightful aroma. The tender soft and juicy meat was infused with the soy sauce which complimented it so well…heavenly!




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29 comments so far


Oh boy! this is awesome, great dining, just love it so superb! next time i got to tag along! lol!:)

August 20th, 2009 at 8:30 pm

salt water eel looks like something very interesting! i like the sashimi served here. miraku is definitely the place to go to for fresh unusual sashimi! :)

August 20th, 2009 at 9:47 pm

I was there once last year and ordered one of the bentos. It was a long day so I don’t remember exactly what I ordered. I should go back there again and try these Japanese delicacies :)

August 20th, 2009 at 11:39 pm

It’s great to see you try them out. You should try out their bento sets as well. They are just as good. :)

August 21st, 2009 at 2:27 am

Sounds great but I’ll have to take out a second mortgage to pay for a diner like you had. Includingdrinks that’s for more than 600/700 RM/person.
It helps to be invited…
The only thing I didn’t like in your pics about the food was the King Prawn with mayo all over. I would prefer the mayo being served apart> For you to decide then how much you want.
(I only ate in the Chinese restaurant in the G Hotel. Was ok lah but nothing special).

August 21st, 2009 at 8:35 am

It’s informative to have the Japanese chef to explain more on how to eat the Jap food to get most of it. Then the food can be appreciated more ya :)

August 21st, 2009 at 9:19 am

The tea cup set is just beautiful. The refined and careful crafting of something that requires one to meditate upon… the ritual the process the taste of a simmering afternoon. :)

August 21st, 2009 at 10:15 am

Miraku restaurent is one of the best restaurent.


August 21st, 2009 at 11:17 am

Big Boys Oven – We can visit this restaurant together the next time you are around.

lingzie – The texture is very different…do try it out on your next visit.

My Food Fetish – Do drop by to try the food again. There are many varieties to choose from…

Criz Lai – I definitely love to visit Miraku again to try out the other delicacies and the bento sets too.

August 21st, 2009 at 11:31 am

Jay-P. – Nice to hear your views on the dragon roll. The dish is served with the mayo which is part of its decoration.

allie – That’s so much that I have learned, …a very enjoyable and educational dinner :)

Life for Beginners – I also had my eyes set on the tea cup the minute I saw it…a very lovely piece.

August 21st, 2009 at 11:44 am

The eel looks very tempting

August 21st, 2009 at 12:08 pm

hi ck lam…thanks for ur comment in my blog…great to visit here back again. can i linked u up in my foodie blog roll?

i love ur food review and pics. u r penang people rite?….this restaurant served nice jap food compare the one i had recently at Tenji…

August 21st, 2009 at 12:47 pm

my 1st visit in Miraku was last year… and the food to me was like Sushi King… nothing special. With your review I guess they had improved tremendously.

August 21st, 2009 at 2:52 pm

Looks like Miraku has improved compared to when it first opened.

August 21st, 2009 at 3:06 pm

the dragon roll was overwhelmed by too much Avocado.

August 21st, 2009 at 3:11 pm

I was impressed too with Miraku standard. Worth for money. I have yet to try dipping tempura with that ‘salt’.

August 21st, 2009 at 7:04 pm

email2me -You should give this a try…a very nice and smooth texture.

via – This restaurant serves nice and fine Japanese food.
You are always welcome to link me to your blog roll.

New Kid On The Blog – I find the food served in Miraku very fresh. Do visit this place again as there are many special items featured in the menu.

iamthewitch – There were many customers for that night, even though it is a weekday.

foodbin – I find that it is just right with the creaminess of the avocado, particularly myself who loves the fruit.

cariso – Do drop over to try out the food…many items to choose from.

August 22nd, 2009 at 12:41 am

looks like a great place to dine in. maybe should give it a try soon.

thanks for sharing those splendid photos!

August 23rd, 2009 at 12:00 am

yup, after repeated ‘food education’ shows on TV, only I realise that the correct way to eat sushi is with the hand, two fingers infact, and dip them slightly (topping, not the rice) into the soy sauce.
and NO wasabi in the soy sauce, like what I used to do. =P

August 23rd, 2009 at 12:19 am

My Taste Heaven – You are most welcome.

J2Kfm – Learning is a continuous process for everyone :) There is so much to learn for a foodie too.

August 23rd, 2009 at 3:40 pm

It always educational to learn from the experts. Japanese have a unique way of savoring their delicacies!!
Looks like a really fine dining restaurant.

August 23rd, 2009 at 8:14 pm

Awesome looking restaurant – love the fine wood panelling! The food looks very nice too.

August 24th, 2009 at 12:46 pm

I went yest… As what I can say is, best Japanese Food in Penang… Especially the miraku salad and dragon roll… Thumbs up…

August 24th, 2009 at 4:20 pm

buzzingbee – Do drop in to visit this restaurant to try out the many varieties of food.

Pureglutton – Presentation of food goes hand in hand with good taste.

Mabel – Nice to hear about your visit to Miraku. I will sure try out the miraku salad.

August 24th, 2009 at 11:32 pm
santy lim

aha.. iam stayin in this hotel this time..
i dont see any eel picture here..
but i suppose they have…
nice… try…..:-0

August 26th, 2009 at 12:21 pm

santy lim – Do try out the food in Miraku, its very convenient especially when you are staying in G Hotel for your holidays.

August 26th, 2009 at 6:30 pm

I went there last Tuesday after reading your review. I like the kani salad, fresh, my daughter loves the kani. The shiokara squid is freezing cold, but I like it, can hardly find this item at other Japanese restaurants, and the large green beans. Sashimi is fresh. The salmon roll is ok. Too bad the ran out of avocado for the dragon roll… I also like the bbq beef tongue, only I find it too thin, couldn’t get the omph…

But the salmon soup was not very good, I don’t like the miso base soup, too much msg, the salmon they use I find it very dry and hard. And the miso beef steak, too thin and also dry. The salmon teriyaki, was also dry…

And the much anticipated black sesame ice cream, was so disappointing. It tasted like crushed iced and rough. I always order black sesame ice cream in Japanese restaurant because that is my favourite. The Isaribi Tei ice cream is much better, creamier and smoother.

The total bill was RM288 for 3 adults and my 2 young daughters.

The only Japanese restaurant that I like is Sakae Sushi chain restaurants in Singapore, I can visit the same restaurant two days in a row if I happen to be there, the sashimi is guarantee fresh, and so many varieties of items…

September 4th, 2009 at 2:50 pm

can i know is it miraku japanese restaurant is buffet style???


CK Lam Reply:

It is a ala carte menu but they do have on and off promotions.

November 22nd, 2010 at 9:29 am

May i know how much japanese buffet ?? n is there any promotion now? thank you

CK Lam Reply:

Do give them a call for more details.

October 20th, 2011 at 9:47 pm

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