Gonbei San, Starhill Gallery, Bukit Bintang – Re-Opens on 1st March 2011


New post: Dining with Master Chef Lew – and checking out Gonbei’s new menu!  :P

Out of the many Japanese restaurants in KL, I only liked a few.
And Gonbei at Starhill made the list.

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Gonbei impressed me when I went for the Sunday buffet last year. For only RM78++/pax, we were stuffed with fresh oysters & seafood sashimi, tender lamb chops, tasty teriyakis & grilled seafood.

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Choices of meats cuts and seafood were abundant. Other ready prepared items were the old school sushis, cold soba, cawanmushi & miso soup.

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Other than the fresh cuts, most of the food were cooked to order. Fried items arrived at our table piping hot, crisp & devoid of excess oil.
The grilled items were perfectly seasoned. Desserts are aplenty. Premium Baskin Robbins ice cream were of unlimited supply.

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Mochi – cook it yourself if you wish or get the friendly staff to prepare it for you.

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I love Gonbei San for precisely all that. Traditional old age cuisine, with none of the overly-fusionized nonsense.

However, shortly after my lunch here, Gonbei closed for renovation. I was almost afraid that it would be closed for good.
Thankfully, now, after a few months of redesign both in architecture & menu, Gonbei San is opening its doors again to set a new standard of superlative Japanese cuisine in Malaysia using the finest and freshest ingredients prepared by the finest and most experienced chefs in the art of Nihon Ryori or Japanese fine cuisine.

In addition to its designer ambience by the multi-award winning architect and designer Yukichi Kawai from Japan, Gonbei San will feature a new and exclusive private room for corporate and social functions for up to 20 guests.


A new and sophisticated Sushi bar with open kitchen is where guests can enjoy the freshness of Neha or fresh seafood skillfully handled in a theatrical display by chefs who have perfected the ancient art of Sushi and Sashimi preparation.

Among a new selection of Japanese cuisine that will be served include signature dishes by Master Chef Lew – from Kobe Beef Teriyaki to Gyuniku Suji Inaka Ni of braised beef ligaments and Toro Sashimi of prime belly of tuna fish.

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The art of cooking with Japanese Sake will also be showcased with Sakana Sakamushi with fish steamed with rice wine and Sake Kasu Udon or Soba, a soupy noodle cooked with rice wine lees accompanied with vegetables and fresh seafood.

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Even more enthralling, Master Chef Lew will join forces with his son Head Chef David Liew to bring the first ever “Father-and-Son” collaboration to continue the legacies of fine Japanese cuisine exclusively at Gonbei San in Starhill Gallery.

In Gonbei San, everything from its fresh Wasabi of quality horse radish to seasonal air-flown seafood and a spectrum of delicious appetizers ensures the most authentic Japanese cuisine in Kuala Lumpur.

According to gourmands of authentic Japanese cuisine in Malaysia, this tour de force of two renowned Japanese chefs in one restaurant will make Gonbei San arguably “the best Japanese restaurant in town.”

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Well, I for one, will be lunching in Gonbei soon to put to test that claim. 😉

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12pm to 3pm for lunch (2.30pm for last order)
6.30pm to 11pm for dinner (10.30pm for last order)

Weekend Buffet (available for Public Holidays)
Saturday Ala Carte Lunch Buffet & Ala Carte Main Menu
12.00pm – 3.00pm
RM 80++ Adults, half price for 6-12yrs old child.
Sunday Brunch
12.00pm – 3.00pm
RM 80++ Adults, half price for 6-12yrs old child.

Relish Floor,
Starhill Gallery,
Jalan Bukit Bintang, 55100
Kuala Lumpur.

Tel: +6 03 2782 3801 Fax: +6 03 2782 3818

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