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04 Feb, 2008

Gonbei Japanese Restaurant (権兵衛)

Posted by: Wen Ching In: Japanese Food

For my birthday celebration last month, I celebrated in Gonbei together with ys and my family. We’ve noticed this restaurant for quite some time, finally we had the chance to try it out.

Gonbei is located at Relish Floor, with an outstanding design of wood and bamboos on the outside.

The entrance to the restaurant.

After talking to the waitress, we learned that this restaurant is owned by YTL Corporation Berhad, the same owner as Starhill Gallery. The interior of this restaurant is superb, everything was perfectly planned and designed. There are 5 different counters in this restaurant, Sake, Robatayaki (炉端焼き), Teppanyaki (鉄板焼き), Sushi (寿司) and Tempura (天ぷら). We managed to capture the photos of some of the counters. Anyway, this is the sake counter where sake (酒) and shochu (焼酎) are available. Gonbei has the largest collection of Japanese sake and shochu in Malaysia.

This is the robatayaki counter where ingredients such as seafood, beef and other vegetables will be grilled in front of the customers. The ingredients will be placed on the ice but because it was quite late when we left the restaurant, the counter was already closed.

This is the teppanyaki counter that most of us would be familiar with.

The tatami (畳) room. Instead of the using woven straw, Gonbei replaced it with fine wood. The design is really traditional and attractive at the same time.

This would be the yakimono (焼き物) room where customers can grill their food on their own.

This was where we sat.

So, let’s begin with our meal. For our sashimi, we decided to have tokujo toro (特上とろ). Priced at RM48 per piece, this premier belly tuna tasted absolutely delicious, one of the best sashimi that we’ve tasted so far. The sashimi was so fresh and so soft, can’t describe how lovely it tasted. This is something that you really can’t miss if you love sashimi!

Here’s our gonbeimaki (権兵衛巻) for RM32. My father decided that we should try out their signature assorted filling. We found this really delicious as combination of the ingredients such as tobiko (とびこ), kanpyo (干瓢), egg and crab sticks was fantastic! Tobiko means flying fish roe while kanpyo is a type of dried gourd usually used in sushi.

Knowing me so well, my parents ordered my all time favourite dish for me – kaki furai (牡蠣フライ). This deep fried oyster costs RM10 per piece. It was served with potato salad and fresh vegetables. This was slightly disappointing because the batter was slightly too thick and the oyster did not taste juicy as we did in Tykoh Inagiku.

We also had gindara teriyaki (銀鱈照焼). Priced at RM32, this sablefish was grilled to perfection and the fish was soft and juicy. The sweet teriyaki sauce gave a stronger taste to the dish. We really enjoyed this dish.

Still not satisfied yet, we had an inaniwa udon (稲庭うどん) for RM20. This udon is slightly different from the usual udon as it is a type of dry udon. It is flatter in size compared to the normal udon. It tasted quite well and a generous serving of mushroom, chicken, leek and wakame (若布) were given. The soup was rather flavourful, overall it was really satisfying.

We also ordered a soba (そば) for RM18. It was rather similar to the udon, quite delicious too.

Instead of serving green tea, they served brown tea. Although it was slightly expensive at RM3, we found the tea more aromatic compared to the normal green tea. Overall it was a very satisfying meal, the environment was excellent and the service was very good as well. For more information about this restaurant, check out this website. It was a very memorable birthday celebration with my loved one and my family.

Restaurant Information
T2, Relish Floor,
Starhill Gallery
181, Jalan Bukit Bintang,
55100 Kuala Lumpur.
Tel : 03-27823801

20 Responses to "Gonbei Japanese Restaurant (権兵衛)"

1 | Simon Seow

February 4th, 2008 at 8:57 pm

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Did I read correctly? RM 48 per piece? There’s 6 pieces, so it’s like RM 288 for that plate of Toro? ***whistling in amazement*** I’ve been there once when they just open for a month or so. Found the price to value ratio not quite worth it.

2 | Jason

February 5th, 2008 at 1:16 am

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The atmosphere is superb.

By the way, Happy Chinese New Year!

3 | "Joe" who is constantly craving

February 5th, 2008 at 2:06 am

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wow..ur parents must have been stuffed eating the sashimi at that kinda price..but like they say..

you pay for wat u get

4 | ling239

February 5th, 2008 at 3:54 am

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RM48 per piece? o_O
or per portion ?

5 | ai wei

February 5th, 2008 at 5:14 pm

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ohhh my. the place looks very good with the fine ambience. finally have post updated about/on wenching’s bday. waiting for the coming next.

disappear for a week n finally back on posting again?! kekeke. must hav a refreshing week! *wink*

6 | wenching & esiong

February 5th, 2008 at 5:55 pm

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Simon Seow, yeah, the tokujo toro is priced at RM48 per piece. Quite expensive but overall we enjoyed our dinner there.

Jason, Happy Chinese New Year to you too! Yeah, the restaurant is really well designed.

Joe, haha, yeah, the dinner was really worth the price.

Ling239, the tokujo toro is priced at RM48 per piece.

Ai Wei, haven’t written about my other birthday posts yet, it might take some time! Yeah, we really had a great vacation.

7 | wenching & esiong

February 5th, 2008 at 5:55 pm

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Simon Seow, yeah, the tokujo toro is priced at RM48 per piece. Quite expensive but overall we enjoyed our dinner there.

Jason, Happy Chinese New Year to you too! Yeah, the restaurant is really well designed.

Joe, haha, yeah, the dinner was really worth the price.

Ling239, the tokujo toro is priced at RM48 per piece.

Ai Wei, haven’t written about my other birthday posts yet, it might take some time! Yeah, we really had a great vacation.

8 | Lyrical Lemongrass

February 6th, 2008 at 12:15 pm

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What a fantastic way of celebrating your birthday!

And happy CNY to you!!

9 | ♥ ♡ Alvin ♡ ♥

February 7th, 2008 at 3:16 am

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恭喜发财! 万事如意! 新年快乐!红包拿来!呵呵呵。。

RM48 per piece!! must be very tasty! 😀

10 | ~Christine~Leng

February 7th, 2008 at 12:39 pm

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wow.. this place looks great! and… posh :)
Happy CNY to you both!! :)

Both of you are really living up with the title as ‘Japanese food hard core fan’! yohoo! :) happy holidays!

11 | Big Boys Oven

February 7th, 2008 at 2:46 pm

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Gong Xi Fat Cai! may 2008 brings you lots of happiness and fortune!

12 | wenching & esiong

February 7th, 2008 at 6:35 pm

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Lyrical Lemongrass, yeah, we really had a fantastic time. Thanks, Happy Chinese New Year to you too!

Alvin, yeah, the sashimi was really delicious. Happy Chinese New Year to you too!

Christine, haha, yeah, like we said, we really love Japanese food! :) Anyway, wish you and Chris a Happy Chinese New Year!

Big Boys Oven, Happy Chinese New Year to you! Wishing you all the best in this new year!

13 | wenching & esiong

February 7th, 2008 at 6:35 pm

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Lyrical Lemongrass, yeah, we really had a fantastic time. Thanks, Happy Chinese New Year to you too!

Alvin, yeah, the sashimi was really delicious. Happy Chinese New Year to you too!

Christine, haha, yeah, like we said, we really love Japanese food! :) Anyway, wish you and Chris a Happy Chinese New Year!

Big Boys Oven, Happy Chinese New Year to you! Wishing you all the best in this new year!

14 | daphne

February 7th, 2008 at 11:20 pm

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oh gosh, the entrance is certainly unique and love the decor. Pretty expensive food though!

HAPPY LUNAR NEW YEAR! Ju Ni Wan Shi Ru Yi!

15 | Jackson

February 8th, 2008 at 1:22 am

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yeah yeah….. i heard they served good Japanese food but tvery pricy..

Gong Hei Fatt Choy!

16 | wenching & esiong

February 8th, 2008 at 6:14 pm

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Daphne, Happy Chinese New Year to you too! Yeah, the environment of the restaurant is really unique. We enjoyed dining in this restaurant.

Jackson, Happy Chinese New Year to you! Yup, it is a bit expensive but the food is good.

17 | wenching & esiong

February 8th, 2008 at 6:14 pm

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Daphne, Happy Chinese New Year to you too! Yeah, the environment of the restaurant is really unique. We enjoyed dining in this restaurant.

Jackson, Happy Chinese New Year to you! Yup, it is a bit expensive but the food is good.

18 | Shannon

February 11th, 2008 at 3:31 am

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pretty costly eating there. But i can agree with u all it’s has a great enviroment. But you should try Jogoya. It’s Jap Buffet just opposite this shop. you can eat all you want for 88++ per person =)
you can drop by to my blog 2 view what they have there ^^

http://www.all4food.blogspot.com

19 | wenching & esiong

February 11th, 2008 at 6:28 pm

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Shannon, yeah, this restaurant is quite expensive, but we enjoyed our dinner there. Yup, we went to Jogoya too, we like that place too. Will check out your review about it.

20 | wenching & esiong

February 11th, 2008 at 6:28 pm

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Shannon, yeah, this restaurant is quite expensive, but we enjoyed our dinner there. Yup, we went to Jogoya too, we like that place too. Will check out your review about it.

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