There is something to say about eating at a no-frill place. It can either be good or bad. Nothing in between. And when the place comes with a view, it is definitely worth a try. This place is called Nagisa Tei.
Finding the place is a challenge. But not for me. I happened to walk along the stretch of Tanjung Bungah beach and saw a few houses with their backyard facing the beach and sea. As I walked closer, I noticed one of the house is quite unusual with a "Welcome" signage at the back entrance. On a closer looked, I realised it is a Japanese cafe. That was last year.
On this recent trip back to Penang, I am determined to eat at this unassuming little place. I called my sister who works nearby and suggested that I take her out for lunch.
Nagisa Tei is located on Medan Tanjung Bungah. The little cafe is inside a house that is operating as a homestay. The signage is small and obscure. It is kept from street view unless you look closely. Walking inside the house from the front, it looked like it could be anybody's house. It was quite messy and disorganised. There was a couple of big round tables inside the back section of the house. Walked past that is a covered verandah with another large round table and a long table with plastic light blue chairs. There was nothing to look or admire. But I didn't come here to look at the decor. I already knew what it looks like last year when I peeped into the house from the beachside.
While I was waiting for my sister to arrive, I walked to the beach to take in the view. It was quiet and peaceful...but being a tropical island, the weather at this time of the year was scorching hot and humid. It was listed as 32 degrees but felt like 39 degrees with the 80% humidity! Fortunately sitting underneath the open covered verandah with a ceiling fan didn't feel as bad.
Nagisa Tei is so small that it felt like eating at somebody's house. It is casual and a one man show - i.e. the Japanese cook/chef. The menu is small. The focus is on the cook's homemade Udon and broth. The other items on the menu is a Tempura selection. Sensing Udon noodle is his speciality, we ordered a Kitsune Udon - Tokyo style and Beef and Burdock Udon. As a side to share, we ordered his today's special which is pan fried gyoza and a deep fried tempura mixed vegetables.
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