What’s pleasing about this restaurant is its ramen-coloured wooden interior and high ceiling. Your entrance will be greeted with a cheery, if somewhat loud, greeting by the staff and there are three choices of seating available – booth, table or perched at the sushi bar facing a conveyer belt of covered, freshly prepared sushi.
Now, their menu is rather comprehensive. There are at least 10 types of appetisers ranging from edamame, half broiled Hiroshima oyster to salmon fish roe from RM3.80++. Then there are all sorts of sashimi including yellow tail, swordfish, tuna belly and salmon from RM6.80++ for three pieces. Cooked food main dishes include intricate Japanese pancake okonomiyaki, tempura, soupy udon and our favourite, donburi that’s basically a deep bowl of rice with either beef, chicken or seafood cooked in various styles.
The interior of the restaurant
Question here is, where does one begin? We decide to begin by attacking a few small plates of sushi from the conveyer belt that are between RM1.80++ and RM6.80++. In general, the various plates of sushi are fresh, tasty and filling – so, reign in your greed and pick perhaps two or three to share before ordering main dishes.
We continue with salmon and soft shell crab rolls filled with Japanese rice, vegetables, fish roe and rolled in seaweed from RM3.80++. Dip it into a mixture of wasabi and light soya sauce, take a big bite to include each ingredient in the roll to fully appreciate the crunchy texture and umami-sweet flavours it offers.
Next up, our favoured kakiage donburi of rice drizzled with thick soya sauce topped with lightly battered prawns and vegetables is simply delicious. There are a variety of meat toppings to choose from but this one seems to meld tempura and carbohydrate for us very well. Donburi comes in two sizes here and begins at RM7.80++ for a small.
With the leftover rice from the deep bowl of the donburi, we couple it with an order of teriyaki steak at RM15.80++. The salty-sweet marinade is great and the steak may be just a tad ‘fibrous’ but as we know, chewing is a good thing! Finally, to round up the meal, we had an order of seared chicken gyoza with its delicate, fine skin and juicy filling when dipped into a lightly tangy vinegary sauce, savoury flavours explode on your palate oh-so-politely.
Lastly, while their hot green tea is the perfect thing to wash down these marvellous and totally affordable food, we prefer the hot house sake for RM18++ for 150ml. Ah, kanpeki! Kitty Kaye
|Venue name:||Sushi Zanmai|
635a, 36, 37, 37a & 38, Level six, Gurney Paragon Mall, Persiaran Gurney
|Opening hours:||Daily, 10am-10pm|