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Gonbei, Cameron Highlands Resort

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Open dining concept

Gonbei is the only Japanese restaurant in Cameron Highlands and is a sister location to the Gonbei in Starhill Gallery. This restaurant boasts an open dining concept, making it ideal for steamboats. Incidentally, that was what rif and I had that night – shabu shabu.

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Priced at RM110++ per person, it is a bit steep, but you get better quality and overall freshness of the meats, seafood and vegetables. The sashimi from the buffet bar was prepared in small batches, so the salmon and tuna slices were fresh and succulent.

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Lamb slices

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Unlike many shabu shabu places in KL, Gonbei’s broth is clear and tasty, with little or no MSG. I guess that explains the price tag. I didn’t feel thirsty at all after the meal, even after four soup refills. The vegetables were fresh and lent a sweet flavour the broth.

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Beef slices

I especially enjoyed the thinly sliced lamb as it gave the broth a deep flavour. Skip the chicken, as it was tasteless.

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Mmmm…goodness in a bowl!

You can also choose to have sukiyaki or teppanyaki for the same price, but feel shabu shabu goes best with the chilly weather. The fried garlic with oil and special chilli sauce deserves a mention – they packed quite a punch and went well with the meats.

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Remember to leave some stomach space for the large strawberries. I helped myself to plenty. They tasted heavenly with custard sauce, mixed with assorted nuts. So good I tell youuuuu!!

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Luscious strawberries

To date, this is by far my best steamboat experience. The food wasn’t particularly fantastic, but the combination of cold weather, good soup base and fresh ingredients makes a whole lot of difference.

Read about my hotel stay at Cameron Highlands Resort, breakfast at The Dining Room, my Fresh Strawberry Escapade and meals at Jim Thompson Tea Room.

Ambiance: 8/10
Price: 3/10
Food: 7/10 (halal)
Verdict: Best steamboat experience I’ve had so far.

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Cameron Highlands Resort
By the Golf Course,
39000 Tanah Rata,
Cameron Highlands, Pahang

15 Responses

  1. Normally we got plenty of fresh vegetables when steamboat at CH 🙂

    1. Bangsar Babe

      That’s true. 🙂 But I’m impressed with the food quality here.

  2. I’ve dined in Gonbei once many many years ago. Their steamboat is great, I think the cool weather in Cameron Highlands helps!

    1. Bangsar Babe

      Yes, I totally agree. Can’t wait to go back there. 😉

  3. Kash

    Strawberries are lovely to eat when soaked in syrup and cream!

    1. Bangsar Babe

      Totally agree!

  4. I spied sausage in da steamboat… how cannn? That’s like blasphemy, hehehe!

    1. Bangsar Babe

      Hahahaha! Yes, blasphemy on my part. Don’t know why la…but I love sausages in steamboat. I guess that’s because my mum bans it at home so I eat it whenever possible. 😛

  5. ulric

    But…but…how about Suki-Ya? ;P

    1. Bangsar Babe

      Suki-Ya is also good, but the broth got MSG lor. And if got to good makan kaki, not fun to eat there.

      1. ulric

        When r we gonna go there again? Need to break the record from our previous visit lar…hahahaha 😛

        1. Bangsar Babe

          Hahaha…soon la. You’ve been so busy with your other blogger friend, I dowan to kacau. 😛

          1. ulric

            Hey…I m always available for some good eating lar…no need to shy shy here 😛

          2. Bangsar Babe

            Lol. Since when am I shy? 😛

          3. ulric

            Hahaha…figure of speech only lar…u un-shy person u…hehe 😛

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