I always trust the reviews on Tripadvisor, which in my past experience always reflect the real thing. But not in this case. I genuinely believe that the many good reviews of this restaurant are written by the associates of the owner.
Firstly, this is not a real Japanese restaurant, it's just a local restaurant with sort of Japanese food, and it is very much overpriced compare to other restaurants in Tanah Rata. No Japanese beer, let alone sake. I have to admit that the wasabi is good, the California roll was made fresh with crispy seaweed, and the servers were nice. That's it.
We had sushi. I wouldn't expect to see a piece of hard overcooked who-knows-how-long-it-had-been-there fish. Even the most classic Japanese omelette sushi was failed. Then comes the maki roll which was clearly pre-prepared with damp seaweed and the rice that has been stained red by the crab stick. I can cook better miso soup by simply mixing the miso paste with hot water! The worst thing is yet to come. The most basic thing in a Japanese restaurant - rice. It was mediocre long grain rice overcooked to very soft and brittle. Japanese rice should be short grain, okay if they serve long grain, but this is a low graded rice overcooked and becomes not just soft but brittle! How can a restaurant fail on its rice??? Even the street side stall cooks much better rice.
The damaged? We were shock when the bill was presented. The most expensive meal yet the worst one we had throughout our so far one week holiday from Langkawi to Penang to Cameron Highlands. Surprise that a seafood meal on touristic Cenang Beach in Langkawi is even cheaper!
No wonder we were one of the only two tables dining there on a Saturday dinner time when everywhere else were packed.
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