Ichiban Boshi Pavilion Mall KL reopening after renovation 2016

Our usual go to eating place at Pavilion Mall Kuala Lumpur is Ichiban Boshi; one of the many Japanese Restaurants located at Pavilion Mall Kuala Lumpur. We like it mostly for its handmade soba noodle and traditional Japanese dishes.


Ichiban Boshi was closed for renovation about two months ago but is now reopen for business. It was just coincidental that we walked in on the very first day of their reopening as one of their waitresses whom we know told us.

The front sitting area near the entrance of the newly renovated Ichiban Boshi Japanese restaurant
The front sitting area near the entrance of the newly renovated Ichiban Boshi Japanese restaurant at Pavilion Mall Kuala Lumpur. This photo was taken at 2.25pm when most of the lunch crowd had left.  --   Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1s, Lens: Panasonic's Lumix G Vario 12-32mm f/3.5-f/5.6 ASPH, lens zoom at 18mm aperture set at F/4.2 shutter speed 1/60s and ISO at 800.   

After 2 months of renovation the whole place is totally remodeled a much welcome change with a cool and refreshing look. The decor is a mixture of old and modern Japanese style with more tables for diners. We like it better with the lighter theme and the dinning area is evenly lighted unlike previously where some areas were quite dim.

The open sitting area of the redesigned Ichiban Boshi Japanese restaurant
The open sitting area of the redesigned Ichiban Boshi Japanese restaurant with the sushi bar on the left and some Japanese style wooden panel in between the dinning area. If you wonder the emptiness of this restaurant in the picture that is because this photo was taken at 3:08pm    --     Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1s, Lens: Panasonic's Lumix G Vario 12-32mm f/3.5-f/5.6 ASPH, lens zoom at 12mm or 24mm(35mm film) aperture set at F/3.5 shutter speed 1/60s and ISO at 1250.     

On this very first day the staff and waitresses seemed to be out of sync after their long breaks and the newly renovated surrounding. Having an overly zealous and jumpy new restaurant manager was not helping and in fact made the whole situation even more disorganized than it needed to.

Air flown kodai fish sashimi from Ichiban Boshi Japanese resturaunt
The newly renovated Ichiban Boshi restaurant is nice but we miss the air flown specialty like this sumptuous Japanese kodai fish.  You can choose to have it grilled or done sashimi style. Ichiban Boshi used to bring in air flown fish from Japan every Friday. This photo was taken on one of our visit on Oct 3, 2014.     --      Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5, Lens: Panasonic LEICA DG SUMMILUX 25mm F/1.4 lens  aperture set at F/4 shutter speed 1/40s and ISO at 1600.

The menu had many new dishes added in however we do miss some of our favorite dishes that were on the old menu. We missed the air flown fish and sashimi they used to flown in from Japan every Friday.  In the past they updated their menu quite often, so hopefully they continue to do so and put the air flown fish and sashimi back on the menu.

Gripy grilled kodai fish bone from Ichiban Boshi Japanese resturaunt
This photograph is also from Oct 3, 2014 the same day as the previous one. This deep fried kodai bone is from the same fish we had  sashimi and the remaining of the fish and bone was deep fried gently and served as a second delicious crispy dish.      --     Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5, Lens: Panasonic LEICA DG SUMMILUX 25mm F/1.4 lens  aperture set at F/4 shutter speed 1/50s and ISO at 1600.

The Hamachi sashimi or Yellow Tail sashimi was neatly presented in set of 5 or 7 pieces. We ordered the 5 pieces set - we really liked the well textured yet smooth buttery flavor of Hamachi sashimi. Our Hamachi Sashimi for today was extremely fresh and nice as this was their very first day of re-opening.

Hamachi sashimi or yellowtail sashimi from Ichiban Boshi Japanese restaurant
The Hamachi sashimi comes in set of 5 or 7. Here we had the 5 pieces set. On this very first day of their reopening our hamachi sashimi was just right well texture and buttery smooth.     --     Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1s, Lens: Panasonic's Lumix G Vario 12-32mm f/3.5-f/5.6 ASPH, lens zoom to 32mm or 64mm(35mm film) aperture set at F/5.6 shutter speed 1/30s and ISO at 1600.     

One of the menu items that was missing last year and found its way back this time is my favourite Japanese styled potato salad and of course we ordered one too.

Japanese styled potato salad from Ichiban Boshi Japanese restaurant
The delicious Japanese styled potato salad is one of our favourite and is now back on the new menu. This one was very well prepared - looked like their chefs had everything figured out on their first day of reopening.    --      Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1s, Lens: Panasonic's Lumix G Vario 12-32mm f/3.5-f/5.6 ASPH, lens zoom to 16mm or 32mm(35mm film) aperture set at F/5 shutter speed 1/40s and ISO at 1600.

While I had the potato salad my wife was enjoying herself with a cup of unagi chawanmushi.  She loved unagi as well as chawanmushi and now she had the best of both in one chawan.

Unagi chawanmushi from Ichiban Boshi Japanese restaurant
Unagi chawanmushi another new item on the menu.  The chawanmushi was silky  smooth and the unagi was succulent and meaty      --     Camera: Olympus Pen E-P5, Lens: Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 17mm f/1.8,  aperture set at F/5 shutter speed 1/30s and ISO at 1600.

As usual we have a delectable lunch. The new menu was not bad we also had soba noodle and an udon set. The new menu emphasised more on udon noodles but if you prefer soba you can request for soba and they may oblige to replace the udon with soba.

In preparing the photos for this blog it surprised me that the little Panasonic Lumix DMC-Gm1s ISO 1600 image's noise level is fairly low compared to the Lumix DMC-G5. However Darktable's photo editing software's Noise Profile plugins with the preset for DMC-G5 reduced the noise on the DMC-G5 images to on par with Gm1s with just a single click.

The Lumix DMC-GM1s is not supported on the Darkatble yet although DMC-GM1 model without the suffix 's' is supported. The images from DMC-GM1s were raw converted on the Silkypix software that came with the Panasonic camera.


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