Friday, May 22, 2009

Pasta Zanmai @ Mid Valley

I remember the craze when it first opened. Mass produced fusion food, i think it was called, ar yes, Pasta Zanmai.

Not really being a fan of fusion food, especially when the chef starts to become too creative for his/her own good putting in asian touches to western dishes, i stayed far away since the opening of this place who was ready to proclaim themselves serving spaghetti ala japanese style.

Apparently the big crowd i.e. the rest of the Malaysian population did not think about it the same way as me. Every time i walk past it, there would be a queue. Not just 1 or 2 people but a queue long enough to say come back another time, if you must.

Like they all say, theres always a first time. So i braved the idea of stomaching japanese styled spaghetti and went in, along with sister and mom who both said it was actually quite good!

Smart idea of giving you a whole bottle, but sadly as big as the bottle looks, it can only pour 3 full glasses.

Pay RM3 for an extra salad with some quality crab meat and a sesame seed flavour dressing salad with miso soup.

The unagi something or rather with lots of egg (unadon minus the rice plus the pasta?) (RM26) was alright. The topping or the sauce if you would like does not go out of place in a japanese restaurant. However spaghetti is really just a substitute carb for rice and i think the flavour absorbs better with rice.

Serving also rice, garlic fried rice with fried chicken (RM16), no complaints at all. Good fried rice and juicy chicken pieces.

Not only being contended with making japanese pasta, they have their own take of pizza too. The crust while not the pizza crust we are used to, serves his purpose for the "wetter" ingredients and wont be soaking wet by the time you put it in your mouth. The well timed poached egg and the flavourful teriyaki chicken is actually quite tasty. (RM 26). Wouldnt mind ordering this again.

My set gave me my good old japanese food and the fusion pasta at the same time.

Stir fried beef with another poached egg served with rice. I hate to admit it but i think Yoshinoya's version has a better sauce but this was good enough for me to polish it off.

The idea was brilliant. Sashimi with roe on pasta. Sadly, there wasnt enough salmon roe for you to bite into it and let the juices run out to form a sauce for the pasta. No real connection between the topping and the pasta to be honest and however clean the dish was, it wasnt great.

Address and contact details:

Mid Valley Megamall, F-051, 1st Floor.
Call 03-2283 2160 for more details.

Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5 stars. If you are looking to substitue rice for pasta, this is the place for you to go. Although beware that pasta sometimes take abit more effort for the sauce to penetrate through and it can get abit tasteless. However the pizza was yummy and worth ordering.


Sean said...

i really like the sesame cream pastas ... i see you had the sesame sauce with your salad, but it works really well with the spaghetti too!

xin said...

i read so much about the pizza with poached egg. i must go try one day!!!

550ml jar of faith said...

The pizza looks awesome!! I probably stay away from the pasta too, nothing extraordinary. If I wanted to go cross-cuisine crazy, I'd have more fun making my own - boil some organic fusili (the only kind of pasta I like!) and mix them up with whatever's in the kitchen!

Bangsar-bAbE said...

Now I feel like the only person who hasn't gone to Pasta Zanmai. Heard lots of positive things about the pizza...have to drag rif there pronto!!

J2Kfm said...

nope, Bangsar Babe, i have yet to step in as well.

kinda deterring, seeing unrecognizable pasta priced at RM20 and beyond. though the grind ur own sesame seeds' kinda cool.

PureGlutton said...

The salads and pizza here are nice. Pizzas are thin crusted topped with their brand of jap topping - not as rich & "jelak" as the typical italian types.

Life for Beginners said...

Me too, me too! As in belum masuk restoran ni.

Good review, btw - Joe. Fair and measured, and I doubt I'll go for this since I'm not a big fan of fusion either, esp when it's not executed well/consistently.

Methinks I'll head to trusty ol' Hajime for nipponeats and cook me own pasta! lol

Cindy Khor said...

the food looks delicious, i just love japanese food.. is that egg yolk on top of the pizza??

JC @ Jessey said...

I had Pasta Zanmai once at 1U.. had a great meal there, good idea for pasta zanmai!

SuLee said...

quite unique! i would def try it! instead of vinegar rice and udon, serve with spaghetti!

SuLee said...

I actually walked into a spaghetti store in Japan, and tried a cream soup based spaghetti!! different concept eh, they have less raw or japanese ingredients like seaweed or teriyaki sauce.... but they made it in a very special way, i wish i tried them all!

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

Sulee: I guess I m the odd one..I prefer my rice

Jc: well it's a cool idea I suppose

Cindy: it's a whole poached egg inclusive of yolk!

Lob: sounds like an idea.. Takeaway jap n Italian for dinner!

Bbabe: haha go go n let me know wat u think

Pureglutton: agreed not as heart clogging

J2kfm: got grind seeds meh? How come I don't have one

550ml: experiment in the kitchen? Excellent idea!

Xin: go go give it a try

Sean: amazingly I liked the sauce, bought a bottle of it alr!

Sugar Bean said...

Would love to try the Japanese pizza, sounds interesting. I've tried their egg and mushroom pasta, it was really creamy and delicious. Love this place.

thenomadGourmand said...

i had to beef thingy too..agree tht the sauce wasnt flavourful enuf ;)
but the salads n pizzas is good..
one thing abt the food served here it is not too oily rite?

CUMI & CIKI said...

droooooolz.. eh how hv u bin ar.. hvnt seen u in ages. hows ur 10k training and have you bought ur rock yet

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

c&c: still recovering from the flu..haha shall c u tmmw! 10k training seems to b alright..n no rock yet...hehe =)

tng: nope..quite healthy actually

sugarbean: really? good for u..

mimid3vils said...

Love their wafu sauce pasta~~

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

mimi: it seems like alot of ppl like their pasta..