Relish a delicious spread of Japanese cuisine

Tasty pan-fried yaki gyoza.

TUCKED away in the tranquility of Teluk Kumbar, Lexis Suites Penang’s Umi Japanese Restaurant is a great option for some well- prepared and delicious, yet reasonably priced, Japanese delights.

Drawing in the crowd every Sunday is the sumptuous Japanese Buffet Lunch by Japanese chef Ching Chiew Beng and his team. Their creations combine quality ingredients with culinary mastery to stimulate the palate.

Whet appetites with fresh salads and starters such as edamame (Japanese beans), chuka kurage (seasoned jellyfish) and chuka hotate (seasoned scallop skin).

Tasty pan-fried yaki gyoza.Tasty pan-fried yaki gyoza.

Indulge in free flow sushi and sashimi, maki rolls, mochi, tempura and takoyaki (octopus filled ball-shaped snacks) as well as the perennial favourite seafood on ice comprising of prawns, oysters, squids and clams.

For more delectable options are a noodle station should diners wish to slurp down bowls of piping hot ramen, soba or udon, and an action stall serving sizzling chicken/salmon teppanyaki.

There are also crispy fried snacks like yaki gyoza (pan-fried dumplings) and sakana cheese maki with soma dressing.

Choices for mains include gohan (seafood curry fried rice), chicken teriyaki, ebi motoyaki (pan-fried prawn), okono miyaki (Japanese pancake), tori karage (Japanese style fried chicken) and unagi kabayaki (grilled eel).

Assorted appetisers  to whet appetites.Assorted appetisers to whet appetites.

Polish off a satisfying meal with desserts such as freshly cut fruits, flavoured ice-cream and a variety of pastries followed by soothing matcha green tea.

Served from 12pm to 3pm, the buffet lunch is priced at RM120 nett per adult, RM60 nett per senior citizen and RM40 nett per child.Alternatively for something lighter is the Oishi Bento Set that is available for lunch and dinner daily except during the Sunday buffet. Priced at RM48 nett each, all sets come with vegetables, chawanmushi, miso soup and a choice of main (beef/chicken/ seafood/salmon).

Couples get to enjoy the Buy 1 Free 1 promotion for the Japanese Semi Buffet Lunch that is priced at RM80 nett per person and served from 12pm to 2.30pm on weekdays.

Choose from beef, chicken or vegetables for the main to go with a fine assortment of light appetisers, soup and dessert from the buffet line.

For those who prefer exclusivity, the Sakura Set Dinner is an appetising alternative. The meal is served Japanese platter style with a choice of chicken, fish or unagi complemented by fried tempura, miso soup, chawanmushi, steamed Japanese rice and condiments. It is priced at RM48 nett per set and available for dinner daily.

There are tatami rooms for patrons who wish to dine in private. The pork-free Umi is open from noon to 2.30pm and from 6.30pm to 11pm daily. For more information and reservations, please contact 04-6282888 or email to

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