Waraku Japanese Restaurant @ IpohApril 19, 2010 | 11,443 views
Saba Steak Potato Salad Set
I have visited Waraku Japanese Restaurant in Bandar Baru Medan Ipoh (the area near to Jusco Kinta City and Tesco if you’re scratching your head there) many times before. Yet I have not written about this place, run by a Japanese lady who’s pleasant and affable. Waraku has been gracing the Japanese cuisine scene in Ipoh for at least 3 or so years, occupying the lot previously named Jyu Restaurant.
Waraku takes great pride in their extensive array of Kushiyaki, or grilled meats and vegetables on sticks.
Previously it was either the photos turned out pretty bad (from a friend’s camera, and some from my old, trustworthy Nokia 5610) due to the dim lighting inside of the restaurant, or I was neglecting the backlogs and completely forgot about Waraku.
Until we visited Waraku again and again, for the reasonable RM15 Set Lunch Promotion. I am not sure whether this promotion is still going on, but the last we went, about two months or so ago, the sets were still priced as such.
Brings back memories huh? This shot was taken with my camphone. So this has to be at least more than a year’s old.
Aside from the lunch sets, which numbered an astonishing 20 choices; from Chirashi Zushi to Gyudon, as well as sets with ramen, udon and soba. Although not every single set is your idea of mind-bogglingly delicious, there are some gems paired perfectly here and there. For instance the Chirashi Zushi set came with thick cuts of raw fishes, while some sets come with Waraku’s signature grilled meats on skewers (Kushiyaki).
The Sake Kodon Yaki Tori Set is another good choice, for you’re served with four thick slices of fresh salmon on rice, potato salad, miso soup, and two skewers of random items, depending on whatever they have that particular afternoon. Or of course, you can ask before hand, if say, you have an aversion to beef, or pork.
The Zaru Soba Kakiage Bento is one example of a lighter meal, with cold buckwheat noodles topped with shredded seaweed, and side serving of vegetable fritters, potato salad, and chawan mushi (steamed egg custard)
The Menu with all 20 choices. Complete with pictures of the sets, hence you can point away without wondering what in the blue hell is a Gomuku Yaki Soba, or Chige Nabe.
Other notable sets include the Yaki Soba Kushi Yaki Set, with a generous serving of fried soba noodles (almost like a version of Chinese vegetarian fried noodles) and two sticks of grilled skewered meats, and the Sake Chahan Sanbe Temaki Set, a temaki roll of salmon served with fried rice instead of the usual white variety.
All sets come with FREE unlimited green tea, served either hot or cold, and cuts of fresh fruits.
The Sake Kodon Yaki Tori Set – Though sometimes, you don’t exactly get grilled chicken in skewers, but quail eggs, bacon wrapped long beans, etc.
Tempura Sake Maki Set – Served with a bowl of Udon instead
Taken with a friend’s Sony Cybershot, under very dim lighting. Pardon the quality, but the Kushi Yaki at Waraku is no doubt the BEST Ipoh has to offer. Really.
Of course, if you’re going for the ala carte items, you’ll have to pay a little more. If you do, do try their 30 varieties or so of grilled items on skewers, ranging from my personal favourite of inoki mushrooms wrapped with a slice of pork bacon. Delicious I tell you! And you can have Salmon Belly, beef, lamb or pork, as well as many other interesting combination. Maybe it’s the sauce, but you can go crazy with your orders, for you’re bound to score at least one of your preferred skewer.
Not that pricey either, for as far as I can remember, the skewers go for about RM2/USD0.50 onwards, and nothing priced above RM5/USD1.40. Correct me if I’m wrong though.
Cheese Baked Oysters (RM20/USD5.70 for 2 pieces)
They serve fresh oysters, as well as oysters baked with cheese. We chose the latter, as we were all die-hard fans of cheese. Without the shells, the rather large pieces of erm …aphrodisiac wonders? were a delight to bite into. The decadently creamy cheese was baked until golden brown, and we ended up scooping the cheese into our mouths with relish.
The other items we have tried are garlic fried rice, cheese omelette, Tendon (rice with toppings), fried Japanese noodles (udon and soba), some starters, and the likes. It has been almost two years since that dinner, hence pardon my usual amnesiac attacks.
They do catering as well, on top of serving lunch and dinner daily.
The number of Japanese restaurants in Ipoh is not exactly impressive, numbering at most in the tens or twenties. But Waraku may be the only one in Ipoh run by a Japanese proprietor. Correct me if I’m wrong though. But I have seen Japanese expats dining here before.
Address & Contact Numbers :
WARAKU JAPANESE RESTAURANT
33-33A, Jalan Medan Ipoh 10,
Bandar Baru Medan Ipoh,
31400 Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia.
Telephone : 605-546 4651, 6012-525 3770, 6012-524 3770
Business hours : 12-3pm, 6-11pm.
Click for a GOOGLE MAP to Waraku.