Saturday, May 10, 2008

Sushi Zanmai, Bandar Utama

We were at One Utama today and walked pass Sushi Zanmai, which have finally started it's operations..
Since it's not too crowded yet, we decided to give Sushi Zanmai a try.
Though Sushi Zanmai has a small area to cook and prepare food (open kitchen concept), I was rather surprised that the food was ready real quick..The food on the converyor belt looks fresh and beckoning us to take a few plates..
We had some squid nigiri...This was lightly grilled/ torched on the surface and served with a small dollop of sourish (plum?) puree. The combination was pretty least it wetted my appetite for more goodies ahead..
WF and I always have a weakness for unagi, so it's not surprising we ordered the Stamina Roll...I'm not sure why it's called Stamina Roll..but it's utterly delicious nonetheless. The centre of the roll was filled with omelette, cucumber stalks and seaweed, while topped with thick slices of unagi. The unagi was fatty and moist, while the sticky sauce complement the roll's ingredients prettily.
WF wanted something soupy to warm our tummies, hence she ordered the Tempura Udon..
The broth was just nice, not too salty and the udon were silky smooth, yet al-dente. I find the tempura very tasty as the batter was light and crisp.
The Salmon Ikura (left) and Inari Sakura..The Salmon and ikura (salmon roe) combo was just average as I could only feel the texture of the raw salmon. Maybe the roe was not that fresh as it just sort of melts away, rather that popping when I bit into it. The inari sakura on the other hand, looks pretty, but was too sweet for my liking. The inari, fish floss and the shitake mushroom ( is was marinated in some sweet sauce) was rather sweetly over-powering.
The soft shell crab maki was next..
This was just mediocre as the soft shell crab we had was slightly over fried; it had a little burnt/ bitter taste..
We were stuffed by then, but WF's sharp eyes saw another inari that the chef was busy preparing just next to our table..
And we asked for a plate of it, which the chef happily obliged..
I assume this is inari soft shell crab (since we didnt ordered from the menu, not sure of the name)..The colours was beautiful..reminds me of christmas somehow..hehe. The sweet inari goes well with the savoury soft shell crab while the roe enhances it with the popping texture. I like this.
Total bill was RM57.75.
Sushi Zanmai is located at SK9A, Second Floor Highstreet, 1 Utama Shopping Centre (new wing).

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Blogger Jun said...

oh gawd, at first glance the squid nigiri looks like gigantic worms from another planet afar..*yikes!*

11 May, 2008  
Blogger sc said...

jun: now that you've mentioned it..hahaha..looks more like sea slugs la :p

11 May, 2008  
Blogger boo_licious said...

yums...I love sushi zanmai, just had it last weekend. If you love unagi, try the unagi tofu - agedashi tofu topped with unagi slies.

12 May, 2008  
Blogger J2Kfm said...

Yummy .... previously we were searching everywhere for the outlet in Sunway i think. Supposed to open already but not sure where.
the Stamina Roll will definitely whet any appetite!

12 May, 2008  
Blogger sc said...

boo: yup, love unagi alrite! :) my fren and i concluded that unagi dishes should all taste good there. will try the unagi tofu when i'm there another time!

j2kfm: oh, i've not been to the one in Sunway too. there's another branch in Mid Valley. haha welcome to the unagi club!

12 May, 2008  
Anonymous Kenny Mah said...

I dun know why it's call the Stamina Roll either, cos it'd take me just a jiffy to wallop that whole roll... no need for stamina at all! Lol.

I *heart* unagi too... we must go makan-makan one day, ya?

12 May, 2008  
Blogger Nic (KHKL) said...

ohhh, so it has finally opened, eh? great location as it is very near the escalator...

chrismasy inari soft shell crab? hmmm, i was thinking more of Narnia..hehehe...

12 May, 2008  
Anonymous Crunchasarus Rex said...

The squid looks different.. :)

12 May, 2008  
Anonymous jason said...

Ooo.. the last dish looks pretty :D

12 May, 2008  
Blogger sc said...

kenny: maybe after eating the roll we'll get better stamina? (what a load of BS! hehehe). sure unagi lover, let me know bila!

nic: yes, Finally opened..narnia? eh dude, i have not watched prince caspian yet..:p

crunchasarus rex: looks like alien slugs? (as described by jun?) :D

jason: yeah, that's why we took it too! lured by the pretty colours. silly hor? luckily it was pretty good..

12 May, 2008  
Anonymous cbenc12 said...

oh i love unagi too! the price is not too expensive huh~
must try it soon~!

13 May, 2008  
Blogger "Joe" who is constantly craving said...

looks like everyone has invaded dis place except come so many new places one..?

13 May, 2008  
Blogger Simon Seow said...

Woot! Sushi Zanmai in 1 Utama. After sushi go Pick n' Brew for coffee. That's life.

13 May, 2008  
Blogger sc said...

cbenc12: hi there! no, the unagi was reasonably priced..value for $$!

joe: well, the nearest to your office is Mid Valley's go try, quick! hehe

simon: hehe..well said, well planned :p

13 May, 2008  
Anonymous Jungle Jerry said...

Have not tried the branch in 1 Utama but I suppose the Gardens branch should be the same. The Chicken katsu don is good and it comes in two sizes, small and normal but the portion for the small katsu don is very generous. Definately a must try.

28 May, 2008  
Blogger sc said...

jem: alicia tried the branch in gardens, said was bad come ar?

28 May, 2008  
Blogger Squirrelicious said...

Hi! I love their unagi, so deliciously tasty. Plus it comes in different ways of cooking and making. :)

30 June, 2008  
Anonymous Mindy said...

I love sushi zanmai too, always go there for lunch when i am free :)

14 October, 2008  

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