Japanese food

Miraku Japanese lunch buffet

buffet details

buffet details

Miraku has been doing their Saturday lunch buffet again for a while now.  Details in the brochure above.

1st floor of G Hotel

1st floor of G Hotel

range of food available

range of food available

range of food available

range of food available

range of food available

range of food available

range of food available

range of food available

range of food available

range of food available

range of food available

cooked food

cooked food - fish

cooked food – fish

my choice once

my choice on one trip to the buffet

wine - not so generous

wine – not so generous helping

beer expensive, wine prices reasonable

beer expensive, wine prices reasonable

It was surprisingly uncrowded for the earlier session compared to last time we went.  Beer prices are quite high, but wine prices are more reasonable – although the serving by glass for wine was not very generous.  A bottle is better value.

Japanese Osechi-ryōri at Miraku, G Hotel, Penang – お節料理

On New Year’s Day, for the past few years Miraku has offered free to its patrons a dish of Osechi-ryōri when they lunch or dine there. It is better to reserve (+604 229 8702) as otherwise you may have to queue.


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Otherwise, you just order from the menu, the same as usual.

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sushi sashimi set

I ordered the sushi sashimi set lunch.

Note that dish of Osechi-ryōri is given to each group, so if you are three or more, it would be better to book in twos, and then sit near each other.

G Hotel, 1F
Gurney Drive, Penang
+604 229 8702

Melonpan Queensbay Mall, revisited

It seems like the distant past, but in early October I discovered Melonpan in Queensbay Mall, and consequently wrote a blog about it.

On Monday I made one of my relatively rare visits to Queensbay Mall – after all, it’s about 20 minutes drive to get there, and for most things I never need drive more than 10 minutes.  So I looked forward to trying a different flavour Melonpan.





As you can see I had orange flavoured melonpan. But I think I will take in consideration the word “flavour”. Usually, nowadays, flavour is artificial. For example,at home, if I make a mango smoothie – it really is mango, and the flavour comes from real mango. I did enjoy the oranged flavoured melonpan, but, I think, the original melonpan is the best.

Japanese Melonpan in Penang – ペナンのメロンパン

あなたは、Queensbay Mallでメロンパンを見つけることができます

尊敬的客户我们已经到了Queensbay Mall.三楼Queens食品市场,GSC电影院旁边或荣寿司楼上噢~~~~

For any and all Melon Pan fans, you can find it in Queensbay Mall, 3nd floor Queens Food Market beside GSC Cinema or Sakae Sushi on the northern end of the food court.  It has custard in it, but Mrs Tropical Expat enjoyed it, and so did I.

And if you want to hear the Melon Pan song

Japanese buffet at Miraku, G Hotel, Penang – ランチブッフェ

Mrs Tropical Expat noticed on this Japanese blog that Miraku has a Saturday lunch buffet.  As this is our favourite Japanese restaurant here, we immediately booked. (+604 229 8702).

Miraku ランチブッフェ.

The below gives more details:


A rough list of what was served when we dined is as follows.


  • Mango, orange, pineapple juices.
  • Hot and iced green tea
  • Instant coffee


  • Japanese salads including potato salad, green salad, jellyfish salad, and several others
  • Sushi including custom-made roll sushi on request
  • Sashimi – salmon, tuna, octopus, scallops, and several others I don’t know the name of
  • Queen crab (boiled)
  • Karaage (fried chicken Japanese style)
  • Tempura
  • Oden
  • Chawan mushi
  • Grilled fish
  • Salmon garlic rice and plain rice
  • Takoyaki (octopus balls)
  • Edamame and Soramame
  • Egg
  • Udon and o-soba

sesame ice cream


  • Sesame and vanilla icecream
  • Anmin Dofu
  • Anmitsu

The food quality is very good, and they replace anything that runs out, or you can just ask if they haven’t yet done so.  The “juices” very sugary, so I stuck to the green tea. The total for two with all taxes was RM136.90. Strangely, as soon as you start eating they come and charge. Otherwise, heartily recommended.

For more photos, please see the aforementioned Japanese blog.


First sitting: 11:30 – 13:00
Second sitting:13:15 – 14:45

Adults: RM59++
Children: RM35++ (children under 5 years old, free)

G Hotel, 1F
Gurney Drive, Penang
+604 229 8702