Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Sakae Sushi @ Bukit Tinggi, Klang

When you first get your Shangri La card, you think to yourself, no more troublesome japanese meals, no more EXPENSIVE sushi and sashimi with the half price deal and the longer life from eating japanese when you can.

Then you go in and splurge almost RM100 plus for 2 pax and think to yourself, maybe it is not so CHEAP after all. Fine Dining, fresh fish supply and the meticulous service dont come cheap.

That dinner shall be another review for another day.

So when Plan A fails, we move on to Plan B.

Where can one find cheap japanese fast food when you have only 30 minutes left before a movie?

Sakae sushi is fast becoming one of the default places to visit eventhough theres nothing to rave about.

Quick and lethal, you can choose to use the canggih-manggih screen to pick the premium plates and the rolls (eventhough these DO take quite awhile, especially if your show is going to start any minute).

Scoop some wasabi, pour some shoya sauce and you are ready to pick!

Be warned that classic tamago sushi costs RM3.90 per plate! Even more expensive then their salmon sushi which is at RM1.90 per plate (but was sold out, WTF!)

But then i was surprised when they still served salmon sashimi, obviously one is heaven and the other earth compared to any fine dining Japanese restaurant, but it is still raw fish, and one shall learn to embrace the art of eating zen.

The premium items include salmon belly sushi (really thin slices) that comes in 4 pieces for RM8.90. Nothing to complain about but nothing to praise about, i suppose.

With the common use of avocado, you can resist some of the creamy tasteless mush with tempura prawn and sushi rice right?

End it with questionable quality tuna, the ones that you know ARE NOT fresh, because it is just so darn expensive.

Available in most shopping centres around the Klang Valley.

Verdict: 3 stars out of 5 stars. Fast, convenient and definitely cheaper then my usual japanese spots, a default for those who has got 30 minutes before the movie starts

20 comments:

CUMI & CIKI said...

Scoop some wasabi, pour some shoya sauce! reminds me of that song "Pour some sugar(shoya) on me.. in the name of Love!" haha

(i think i caught your runny nose. But i whacked a 24hour clarinase this morn and now... PERFECT! haha)

J2Kfm said...

cheaper than sushi king. but quality not good also. but i guess you get what you give? (hehe, WMW must be livid)

PureGlutton said...

I can't believe the tamago sushi is more expensive than salmon?! Where got meaning la!

Bangsar-bAbE said...

Tuna looks sad. And I don't get why the tamago's so expensive. Maybe they use duck egg! :P

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

bangsar babe: i dun get it too..the only logical explanation is the process of cooking the eggs is worth the extra money?

pureglutton: well like i said lor..they need sifu to make it..the salmon, any tom dick n harry can cut mah

j2fkm: quality is very very reasonable..MUCH MORE better then sushi king..sushi king not for humans to eat 1 la..

c&c: im spreading the love baby..

Angie Tan said...

When Sakae Sushi first launched at The Curve, the food was pretty good for mid-range Japanese food.

The quality has since dropped since buying out Genki Sushi. :-(

Anyway, it's not fantastic but it's better than another Sushi XXXX place which taunts to offer value for $$$ food.

When I can no longer eat fine Japanese food, I opt for this place.... :-P

However, beware which Sakae Sushi outlet you go to. If you go to those Genki Sushi converted place, the food is so-so only. :-(

Life for Beginners said...

I Know What I Did Last Raya. In KL, that is. Whole city all but abandoned, I went to KLCC for my regular Nippon Tei to find it closed. Hopped next door to Sakae Sushi and after meal decided NEVER EVER to return.

I dunno, maybe I'm not enough of a foodie. I can forgive mediocre food but not poor customer service. I know it's practically fastfood/self-service in SS, but the waiting staff looked murderous half the time! Grrr...

Jun said...

"creamy tasteless mush". hahaha... tht's one good description of avocado!

i thought sakae was better when it first opened. now i think their menu has changed, and it seemed too commercialised :<

Henry Yeo said...

agreed with kenny, never ever go for those sushi joints. Sushi bars yes, Sushi joints NONONONONO!!!!

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

henry: alas, we are unfortunately not in JAPAN, affordable sushi bars in KL? where??

jun: err if u r in for a quick bite..i dun care to be honest..

lob: hari raya mood, i think most waiters/ress will be in that zombie mood..poor thing..

angie: been to the 1 in KLCC..its half decent..then again i have NO expectations when i come to these kind of places..

550ml jar of faith said...

Raw fish at Sucky (my friend and I call it that) Sushi? hmmm would be hard-pressed to take the risk. I think Sakae is fine for that quick spider maki fix, but not much else.

ggmu said...

Tamago is not really that hard to cook. But to master the cooking skill it's hard also. Very hard for MAlay because u need chopstick to flip the egg layer when u cook it. Sakae Sushi was good when 1st open at The Curve. Sushi King the Midvalley outlet~Upstair 1 should be good~ The Japanese Chef Mr. Sakamaki station there. :)

By the way, I seldom find fresh Tuna here~ Wild Tuna in Season is call Hon Maguro and is rare in Japan as well~ Just some sharing :p

mimid3vils said...

salmon sushi finish but still have salmon sashimi?

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

mimi: funny hor? glad u noticed..

ggmu: yeap..i admit i seldom or RAREly get to bite into tuna without feeling some specks of ice in the fish..shows how expensive it is to ship good quality tuna sashimi..sushi king in mid valley? with that kinda prices that is fixed onto their sushi..i doubt even god can change it to something palatable..plus i doubt their head chef will hand roll the sushi instead of that stupid machine..

550ml: well among the sushi train franchises around, this seems to be the most reasonable..whats ur recommendation?

ggmu said...

I think the main problem of Sushi King is their staff(Notice the main different btw. Genki and Sushi King?) Their staff! Grrr....
I know the head chef and know their recipe. I tried cooking using their recipe and it's good. Again.. their staffs!!! ruin it all :(

Penang Tua Pui said...

sakae considered as fast food type.. wanna get a quick grab of jap food... and it is cheap too...

will go to have quick lunch...

but if wanna enjoy jap food, shud go other restaurant...

ling239 said...

and u are ok with the salmon on packet ice ? :p

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

ling239: pretend never see lor?

penang tua pui: obviously dis is not a place to enjoy authentic jap la..

ggmu: service is definitely a major factor..but then again like i said..excellent recipe and skills but poor ingredients..cant do much rite?

Simon Seow said...

The service is damn bad for the outlet in The Curve, I won't be eating in Sakae again.

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

simon: this 1 was at klang..ok la i suppose