Thursday, February 4, 2010

Sushi Zanmai @ 1Utama

I remember blogging about what i am about to blog but i can't seem to find it. It almost deja-vu like, then again, i have been experiencing a few deja-vu moments of apparently going through the same conversations on repeat mode.

Anyways, where was i?

Ar, yes. Sushi.

In a galaxy far far away, there used to be Sushi King, a fast food like sushi bar, a place where you can have cheap sushi. That myth has been banished from the sight of my wallet, as i never understand how i can spend anywhere between RM30-RM50 on ridiculously looking sad pieces of riceballs and questionable sources of raw fish.

Riding on that myth, other sushi bars open with the aim of serving value for money japanese food. Now if you walk into a shopping mall, you will find that Sushi King is no longer the cool place to hang out but there are Sakae Sushi, Sushi Zanmai and etc etc.

The question though, are there really value for money when compared to full fledged japanese restaurants?

I remember having four items, maybe sneaked in an extra plate which i can't remember (no picture).

Salmon and Tuna Belly Combo. It is a case of you get what you pay for. The thickness of the fish is unbelievably thin compared to the chunks you get in proper restaurants. Pricewise, it is also much thinner.

A Caterpillar roll with unagi and avocado. Used to be the highlight of fusion japanese but is now considered normal and ordinary.

More salmon, roe and rice.

An Unadon to fill the stomach.

The point is the food is alright, enough to fill you up and off you go BUT the queues are ridiculously long as if free food is given out or like queuing up for rollercoaster rides in Genting on public holidays (you get the drift, i hope). So what does that mean? Is it really that cheap? Well for the above, I spend almost RM80, RM40 per pax, enough to get you alot more outside a shopping complex. The next question to ask is how about eating in a proper Japanese restaurant? Find out in my next entry.

You can find Sushi Zanmai in 1Utama, Gardens Mid Valley and Sunway Pyramid.

Verdict: 3 stars out of 5 stars. While you get decent fast food kind of sushi, is the price really justified?

18 comments:

xin said...

i think for that price and service, food is actually alot better compared to sushi king.

Sean said...

i still can recall my first experience with sushi ... at sushi king in a penang shopping mall, back in 1998. i remember being wowed, and i couldn't stop going back and wanting to try everything! i think i was a faithful (and very regular) fan of sushi king for about five years, but then moved on to the "proper" japanese restaurants :D

Bangsar-bAbE said...

Yeah...the sushi rolls are becoming so common these days. RM80 for the above isn't cheap, if you asked me.

Lyrical Lemongrass said...

I don't get the long queues. Food's so-so only. In fact, for better value, I prefer Sushi Zen.

mimid3vils said...

initially 1 2 go for sushi zanmai last weekend but the long q make me step off :(

thule a.k.a leo said...

don't forget Genki Sushi too :P
till today I have not stepped into Sushi Zanmai... lol! dunno why.. Sakae Sushi all the time

ulric said...

Try Sushi Tei @ Tropicana City Mall...great value for the quality...

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

ulric: alas, i seldom step foot in tropicana mall

leo: they all the same though rite?

mimi: yeah its a crazy long queue!

ll: its almost like a tourist attraction..

bbabe: try eating the same there, i think a big eater would eat that amount alone!

sean: and never turned back

xin: of course!

Paranoid Android said...

Tell me I did not see mayonaisse with the Sushi! Eeeek! Sacrilege! LOL. Passed it plenty enough, but after a couple of experiences at the Mall chains, I veered away.

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

pa: get used to it my friend..theres plenty everywhere!

J said...

Well, I guess it's more about convenience when dining in shopping centres....

Between the 2, I prefer Pasta Zanmai so much more though - at least it's something different. :)

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

j: well ones sushi n ones pasta..and yeah i think pasta might b abit cheaper.

sc said...

i only ate here on their 2nd day of opening. food was ok, but looking at the long queue, i never bothered going back again..

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

sc: who would seriously when the queue is so long!

CUMI & CIKI said...

jatuh standard oredi ler..

rokh said...

it's a good place for 'fast food' japanese, and i love the salad, but can't compare with finer japanese though. price still alright i think..

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

rokh: well stay tune for finer jap prices!

c&c: yeah lorrr

A humble Taiping kaki said...

Nice sushi. Must try the Miracle kangen water to cook also. Special invitation only, now available in KL and Sg.
rgds