Worst in town for: Eccentric grumpy owner, crazy parking attendants (if you park in Goodall 2)
12.00noon - 3.00pm
6.00pm - 10.00pm
Closed on public holidays.
CAT: Our next review is (surprise surprise!) another Japanese restaurant, but this one is special...
If you've ever seen the episode of Seinfeld with the Soup Nazi, you'll understand.
However, several dishes here are among the best you can find in Penang. The Teriyaki Chicken is excellent. Grilled instead of deep fried, it is healthy and has a wonderful smoky flavour. It is priced at rm16 for the set, which is pretty reasonable considering the size of the portion.
Salmon Nigiri; CAT ate the other before I could snap the picture
On another note, Isaribi Tei serves the best Miso Soup. Not too salty and packed with chewy seaweed, I find it perfect.
BEAR: I won't be too surprised if I saw my picture on his 'Wall of Stupids'. Ah well, even then I still love the food in Isaribi Tei. My favourite is the Saba Shioyaki (Salted Grilled Mackerel) set (RM16). The set consists of miso soup, rice, mackerel, a small potato salad, 3 slices of thinly cut watermelon and all you can drink green tea.
After Isaribi Tei, I've stopped ordering Saba Shioyaki from any other restaurant; I couldn't find anyone who does it as good. You're given a generous piece of mackerel and it tastes absolutely perfect every time.
My only complaint is that the rice is a little inconsistent. Sometimes it's perfect, sometimes it's a little dry.
If you can't find parking in the front of the shop, there's another parking area at the back. Just turn into the food court (Goodall 2) and there's parking spaces allocated for Isaribi Tei's customers. However, sometimes the attendants there go a little crazy and claim RM2 from you even though you parked in the allocated spots, so be firm and get ready to shout at them.
Isaribi Tei is at 62, Jalan Chow Thye, 10050 Penang.
Ps.: We were unsure if we were allowed to take pictures of the food because during my previous company director's birthday, the grumpy owner told off our director, " NO CAMERA ALLOWED" so these are sneaky shots of the food.
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