Mom and I were in Miri for an overnight trip on Tuesday. We came home around 4PM yesterday afternoon. The journey back to Bandar was smooth with minimal traffic on the road. We managed to reach EMPIRE Hotel & Country Club for toilet break two hours after we started our journey from The Red Lantern Bistro.
We set off from home at about 7:15AM on Tuesday morning and only reached Miri town around 10:30AM as there was a short queue at the checkpoint border. I didn’t drove as fast as I did compared to when coming back hence it took a longer time to reach Miri than coming back.
First thing to do when arriving Miri was to collect my herbal supplements from Conforer Global. It was a short one and off I went to my next stop – Labell Beauty for manicure, pedicure and eyebrow trimming. The whole beauty treatment took me about three hours and I was in a rush again for my next hair appointment.
Thankfully, my haircut was a quick one. Mom had a hair wash while I only got a hair cut. Snapped off about three inches of my hair and it now feels a lot lighter. I managed to get my crystal bracelet done at the goldsmith after I got my haircut. To be honest, I had no idea where the goldsmith is located prior to going as I only had a brief idea based on some rough explanation from my colleagues.
It was a relief that I managed to get more than half of my errands done on the first day and off we went to check in at Pullman Miri Waterfront. I received an SMS from the hotel that my room key cards are ready for my arrival at 12:30PM. However, I was being told that the room which I pre-booked online had been booked out during check-in. So, they upgraded me and I waited for about 10 minutes before the check-in procedure was completed. Mom and I rested a bit in the room and showered. We headed out shortly after we showered for early dinner.
Instead of driving out, I booked Grab to bring us to Kobe Sushi as I was feeling tired from all the driving. I was glad that I decided on using Grab on that evening or else I would have been worried sick about my car for the entire evening. My driver seat window fell down and got stuck in between. It didn’t break if that’s what you were wondering. It happened the next morning when we were on our way out for breakfast. We managed to get a temporary fixture as the spare part which was broken wasn’t available in Miri.
Without further ado, let me show you what Mom and I had at Kobe Sushi!
Tamago Maki | RM4.50 & Takwan Maki | RM4.50
I needed some grains in my daily dietary intake so I ordered a portion each of Tamago Maki and Takwan Maki to share. We ended up not able to finish the whole thing and packed the leftovers. The Maki(s) were decent enough in my opinion. Price line, it was a lot cheaper than what we were paying here in Brunei.
Sake Avocado Sarada | RM13.50
I was craving for Sashimi so this was the closest one that I got as Mom wasn’t as keen as I was. She later mentioned that I shouldn’t have ordered this since I had been experiencing UTI pain for the past two days. The dish made up of cubed salmon and cubed avocado, tossed in mayonnaise dressing. The cubed salmon were fresh enough in my opinion but the avocado has yet completely ripen.
Miso Ramen | RM15.50
We ordered a bowl of Miso Ramen to share as Mom loves Japanese Ramen especially the ones cooked with pork bones. As Kobe Sushi is a Halal Japanese restaurant, you wouldn’t be getting any of those. Their Miso Ramen was pretty heavy in my opinion. The broth was overly salty in our opinions. The ramen was cooked alright and there was a piece of deep fried tofu in the broth as well.
Gyoza | RM11.00
Gyoza is my to-order food in a Japanese restaurant. Honestly speaking, there wasn’t much to wow about their Gyoza. Mom didn’t like the taste of the Gyoza fillings. The Gyoza were served with black vinegar as dipping sauce which to me was a first. Most of the Japanese restaurants which I had been to serves regular light soy sauce as dipping sauce for Gyoza.
Verdict: The customer service at Kobe Sushi was decent in my opinion. The staffs were polite and courteous. Food were served promptly, about 5 to 10 minutes after we had placed our orders.
However, I do find the restaurant to be lacking in ventilation system. The place felt warm the moment I stepped into the restaurant. Mom who hates cold found the temperature just nice. I contemplated whether to ask the staff to turn on an extra air-con. Even the toilet bowl in the washroom felt like those Japanese heated toilet bowl except that it was a normal one.
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