Monday, December 31, 2007

Sushi Zanmai @ The Gardens

Sushi Zanmai
T-217, 3rd Floor, The Gardens
Mid Valley City
Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 2282 1160

Sushi Zanmai is one of the latest to hop into the sushi-fast-food bandwagon and is fast gaining popularity. Besides the outlet in The Gardens, they have another one located in Sunway Pyramid.

Their prices are pretty reasonable, in fact, a wee bit lower than the more-established Sushi King, ranging from RM1.60 upwards. Their sushis are a bit different and aesthetically more appealing to the eye. What I liked very much there is that they have quite a few varieties of sushi encased in inari (sweetened beancurd skin) eg mashed tuna, crabstick and a few others. Most of the sushis are available from the conveyor belt.

We ordered the Soft-shell Crab Maki (RM6), Ebi Tempura Temaki (RM3.80), California Temaki (RM4.80) and Sukiyaki (RM15.80) from the menu. The Soft-shell Crab Maki was excellent, with the crab freshly-fried and crispy encased in the rice roll.

The Sukiyaki came with a portable stove. I would have preferred the soup to be a bit less sweet; nevertheless the egg and vegetables reduced the sweetness after a while. The beef was sliced thinly - all 7 slices of them.

The Temakis were disappointing - they obviously had been delayed in being brought to us because the seaweed sheets were soggy by the time they reached our table. They also lacked a certain “oomph” - the taste was somehow lacking somewhere in those seaweed cones.

Generally, I would go back to Zanmai whenever I need my sushi fix. I like their variety and the inari, of course.

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