KissA Koyotei Japanese Restaurant @ Jalan Hutton, Penang

KissA Koyotei Japanese Restaurant is not exactly new to the food scene, but when it first opened, my family dined there without me and did not give it glowing reviews. Mainly because of the limited food choices and the menu was all in Japanese!

We promptly forgot about the place. But when we drove past the place again recently, their cheery, bright orange signboard beckoned…

KissA Koyotei
KissA Koyotei

And we were pleasantly surprised! Since then we’ve been there not once, but twice! So photos galore!

One of the first things that strike you about KissA Koyotei is the cute kawaii costumes that the waitresses wear. Makes you feel like you’ve really been transported to Japan!

KissA Koyotei Waitresses
KissA Koyotei Waitresses (photo taken from their website)
KissA Koyotei interior
KissA Koyotei interior

The ‘orange’ theme extends to their interior with the warm yellow lighting.

KissA Koyotei bar area
KissA Koyotei bar area

Another thing you’d notice about KissA Koyotei is the rather extensive drinks list, including alcholoic beverages. They have cute quirky concoctions, cocktails, mocktails and even coffee! We had the Green Tea Latte. It tasted rather similar to Starbucks’ green tea latte. And it was not overpoweringly sweet with just the right about of green tea in it. Check out the kawaii spoon too!

KissA Koyotei Green Tea Latte
KissA Koyotei Green Tea Latte

Another drink that caught our eye is the Passion Lover Tea (RM8.80). Meant for two since it’s served with two very elegant looking martini glasses. But if you’re thirsty you can actually finish it by yourself! A passion fruit syrup based tea, its citrus-y and refreshing but a bit sweet for me.

KissA Koyotei Passion Lover Tea
KissA Koyotei Passion Lover Tea

Now onto the food! Sushi…. Salmon Maki (RM18). Fresh salmon over sushi rice…

KissA Koyotei Salmon Maki
KissA Koyotei Salmon Maki

Appetizers… Uzura Bacon (RM6 each) – bacon wrapped quails egg. Bacon delicately grilled and coated with teriyaki sweet sauce.

Uzura Bacon
Uzura Bacon

The huge squid – Ika Teriyaki (RM20). We opted for teriyaki style instead of normal grilled with salt.

KissA Koyotei - Ika Teriyaki
KissA Koyotei - Ika Teriyaki

Tori Karaage (RM14)…it may not look apetizing…but one bite and you’ll be hooked! The meat is surprisingly tender and a squeeze of lemon gives it a fresh tangy taste. A lil too salty though for me.

KissA Koyotei - Tori Karaage
KissA Koyotei - Tori Karaage

Add RM2 to make it healthier by turning it into a salad – Karaage Salad (RM16). Again I found it too salty though the chicken was hot and tender. Perhaps next time will ask them to serve the sauce on the side.

KissA Koyotei - Karaage Salad
KissA Koyotei - Karaage Salad

Ramens…. Miso Ramen (RM18). The ramen was spot on. Not too mushy or overcooked. And the soup base was rather creamy with lots of sesame.

KissA Koyotei Miso Ramen
KissA Koyotei Miso Ramen
Silky ramen with a nice bite to it
Silky ramen with a nice bite to it

Kimuchi Ramen… a burst of flavor – sour and spicy all rolled into one.

KissA Koyotei - Kimuchi Ramen
KissA Koyotei - Kimuchi Ramen

The Kimuchi Ramen came in a set (RM29) with garlic rice. This was not bad, though I have tasted better. Somehow I still prefer my fried rice with ‘wok hei’.

KissA Koyotei Garlic Rice
KissA Koyotei Garlic Rice

Spicy Yaki Udon (RM16) – a ‘Western style’ stir fried udon dish. Tasty but rather oily.

Spicy Yaki Udon
Spicy Yaki Udon

Chicken Teriyaki Don (RM6.80)…. the chicken teriyaki was very tasty but we found the rice a bit mushy. Too much water when cooking the rice perhaps?

Chicken Teriyaki Don
Chicken Teriyaki Don

Ebi Tempura (RM22)… the batter was just right. Light but with the right amount of crispiness.

KissA Koyotei Ebi Tempura
KissA Koyotei Ebi Tempura

Japanese pizzas – Okonomiyaki. We had the mix Okonomiyaki (RM22) which was a mix of seafood and chicken. The first time I had this I was so amazed at the bonito flakes sprinkled on top. Because of its very thin texture, when place on top of the hot okonomiyaki, it looked as if it were alive and moving! lol

The Okonomiyaki here is very good. We enjoyed it very much… so much so that by the time I got to photograph it, it was almost gone!

Okonomiyaki Mix
Okonomiyaki Mix

Overall, we enjoyed our meals very much at KissA Koyotei. Some minor misses, but mostly hits. The environment is also very conducive for a nice drink and chilling out with friends after a long day’s work.

KissA Koyotei is located opposite New World Park (where the old Hai Lee Restaurant used to be). No. 148, Ground Floor, Jalan Hutton, 100500 Georgetown, Penang. For reservations call 04-2266 272

Opening hours: 11.30am-3.00pm (last order 2.15pm), 6.00pm-12.00am (last order 10.15pm). Closed on Mondays.

As we left, spotted their set lunch banner from RM16 onwards.

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25 Comments

  1. This looks very much into Japanese Fusion rather than conventional sushi to me …. But the amoi there enough to draw some crowds especially college students near by. Hahahaha

  2. oh dear! what a feast! I miss Okonomiyaki the most. my aunt used to make them, so I can request for extra large prawns, squids and chicken. and the sauce … amazing.

  3. wow… what a big family jap food hunting… can beat us liao…… hahaha…

    can’t wait for my next visit…

    CLOSE on monday… GERAM… yesterday we are about to went there for my registration annual with my wife…. kek sim… not open on MONDAY… so we went another one… also great one.. stay tune..will post abt them soom…

  4. That’s a lot of food…did you say you went with your parents or the whole family? Silly me, must be the latter;)
    Hutton Lane, you said? This is really really nice…lots of nice food and I love the orange theme!~

  5. buzzing bee – thank you! so many photos because we went to eat there twice! 🙂

    allenooi – i think you will like the food here. its really quite good. i like the environment too.

    email2me – hahaha i think you’re right about the pretty ah moi! you must admit its very kawaii right? hehehehe

  6. J2Kfm – wow your aunt can make her own Okonomiyaki? very cool! you must learn the recipe from her liao…

    life for beginners – hmmm good question. perhaps they need to use that much oil in order to prevent the udon from sticking together?

    PenangTuaPui – aiyo..i can understand how you feel..already so ‘gian’ already..but mana tau when arrive there no open!! look forward to seeing your post abt your alternative choice! lol

  7. gill gill – yeah this place is worth checking out! hope its suited to your tastebuds!

    quachee – pai seh pai seh, i didnt take that photo..(see the note at the bottom of the photo?) taken from their website one… lol

    cariso – good idea! since we have lots of japanese food ard right? 🙂

  8. christy – lol. yes with my family. and twice some more! we definitely cant finish so much food in one sitting! 🙂

    food promotions – you’re most welcomed! i’ve linked you!

    new kid on the blog – its very striking isnt it with its orange signboard? 🙂 hopefully you’ll get a chance to try this place soon!

  9. I always see this restaurant when I lunch at new world park. But never thought of dining in it. Hehe… after your review must go try d. All da food looks so yummy…

  10. Wow that’s a lot of food. is this the place where we were scheduled to meet back in Raya? Gosh I so regret I couldn’t make it 🙁

    BTW, did you know how I cured my hiccup? I had to take meds meant for pychos!!

  11. vkeong – yeah this is the place we were supposed to go to! lol nvm, can go next time you’re back.
    and psycho meds?!!! aiyo so cham! but most important is that it cured your hiccups! must have been so irritating!

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