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15 Jun, 2009

Sushi Zanmai (寿司三昧) 2nd post

Posted by: Wen Ching In: Japanese Food

A one year backdated post. This post is a combination of our visits to Sushi Zanmai. We’ve fell in love with this place ever since our first visit and have been their frequent customers ever since.

At that time, when we knew that there was a new outlet in The Gardens, we happily visited it.

We had a Coral Roll (コーラルロール) for RM12.80. We chose this because the presentation of it appeals to us when we saw it from the menu. However, you can never tell a book from its cover. We find this smoked salmon topped with salmon roe sushi rather average.

We had a Mini California Maki (ミニカリフォルニア巻) priced at RM4.80, we find this quite decent. After all, the combination of avocado, crabmeat, omelette and smelt roe can never go wrong.

Priced at RM4.80, the tobiko sushi (とびこ寿司) was rather delicious, the flying fish roe was fresh and we enjoy cracking every tiny bit of it. On the right, the inari tuna salad (いなりツナサラダ), priced at RM3.80, was equally good. Generally we enjoy any sushi with inari, love the sweetness of it.

From the left, we had chuka chinmi (中華珍味), tsubu kimuchi (ツブキムチ) and chuka iidako (中華イイダコ). All three types of sushi are priced at RM3.80. Chuka chinmi tasted quite good, the seasoned scallop wings sushi was quite springy and slightly sweet and spicy. It was our first time trying out tsubu kimuchi, the top shell seasoned with kimuchi tasted rather average. The top shell was alright but the kimuchi tasted rather weird. Chuka iidako was decent, seasoned octopus is one of our favourite orders in Japanese restaurants.

It was our first time ordering Shiitake Kushiyaki (しいたけ串焼) in Sushi Zanmai. Priced at RM4.80, we find this grilled shiitake mushrooms a little below our expectation. It was a little bland. Though it wasn’t well-grilled, the mushroom itself tasted good.

Their salmon don (サーモン丼) is one of our favourite orders in Zanmai. You can have a choice of small or large portion, priced at RM10.80 and RM19.80 respectively. The salmon sashimi served were fresh and generous, it went really well with the sushi rice.

Yosenabe (寄せ鍋), priced at RM15.80, is a recommended order if you’re looking for something to warm your tummy. The seafood and vegetables are cooked in a hot pot. The soup was sweet and flavourful and the seafood served was fresh.

We enjoy their curry rice (カレーライス) too. The small portion is priced at RM8.80 while the larger one is priced at RM15.80. Though not spicy, the curry was aromatic and flavourful. The chicken was moist and soft. If you’re looking for mild and fragrant curry rice, this would be right for you.

Sansai udon (山菜うどん) is also one of our favourite orders. The price for the udon is the same as the curry rice. Even though the soup was flavourful, to tailor it to our taste buds, we would usually add in loads of shichimi powder (七味) too make it spicier.

We’ve also tried their Macha & Macha Parfait (抹茶&抹茶パフェ). Priced at RM12, this green tea ice-cream with green tea jelly and red bean was a nice dessert to end the meal. The red bean was rather sweet, but if blended with the green tea ice-cream, it tasted just right, a good dessert to end the meal.

Our opinion remain the same on Sushi Zanmai, we think that this is the best kaiten belt Japanese restaurant in Klang Valley so far. Food, location and environment are good and prices are reasonable. Would revisit again and again and again…

Restaurant Information
T-217 Third Floor, The Gardens,
Mid Valley City,
Lingkaran Syed Putra,
59200 Kuala Lumpur,
Tel: 03-22811160

28 Responses to "Sushi Zanmai (寿司三昧) 2nd post"

1 | Little Inbox

June 16th, 2009 at 12:02 am


chuka chinmi, tsubu kimuchi and chuka iidako are all my favorites! :)

2 | jason

June 16th, 2009 at 1:20 am


Yeah, can see the mushrooms were not sufficiently grilled.

3 | Selba

June 16th, 2009 at 1:27 am


I'm so for the macha dessert! :)

4 | ET女子

June 16th, 2009 at 1:39 am


i love tis restaurant so much, went there almost 10 times.
After i try the 1st time, i tel myself i wont step in sushi king anymore.haha.

5 | Faye fly

June 16th, 2009 at 2:03 am


u have a yummy blog 2 ^^ have my fav sushi,green tea ice cream… i'l come back often ^^

6 | SimpleGirl

June 16th, 2009 at 3:26 am


sushi zanmai serves good food at affordable price…love this place!

7 | ai wei

June 16th, 2009 at 4:24 am


love the jap food here. price reasonably and a warm and lovely place to dine in.

how many of u in zanmai??? that's quite a lot of food overthere.

8 | Sean

June 16th, 2009 at 5:03 am


gosh u should see this place nowadays … there's always a long queue stretching outside for dinnertime…

9 | Nic (KHKL)

June 16th, 2009 at 5:09 am


1 year ago? well, u'll be happy to know that the crowd is still going strong and very much packed most of the time! i've yet to try…cus i dont wanna queue..haha!

10 | mimid3vils

June 16th, 2009 at 5:34 am


Like what Nic mentioned, always got long q~~

11 | J2Kfm

June 16th, 2009 at 9:44 am


hey, agreed that the food's good, the environment's great, and the price reasonable!

i'm awaiting my second visit, as they give RM10 voucher for every RM100 spent.

12 | Sugar Bean

June 16th, 2009 at 11:04 am


Little Inbox, seems like you like oriental sushi. Guess that plate of sushi is right for you! :)

jason, yeah, that wasn't a good order. Hope they can improve it next time.

Selba, haha, desserts always look attractive don't they? I have to say that green tea ice-cream is always perfect as a dessert.

ET女子, haha, seems like we've found people who like Zanmai as much as we do! Yeah, we do agree that Sushi King is not as good as Sushi Zanmai.

Faye fly, thank you! Sushi Zanmai seems popular among people. It makes us feel like revisiting too. :)

SimpleGirl, yeah, guess this is why they are so successful. The price is reasonable, food is good plus they're usually located strategically in shopping malls.

ai wei, yeah, we're all big fans of Sushi Zanmai! Haha, there's only two of us. It's a combination of photos taken when we went to Zanmai, posted them altogether at once.

Sean, I think I recalled seeing the long queue when I was back in KL last December. Wow, guess their business is flourishing!

Nic (KHKL), haha, is the queue really that long? Maybe you can book a table to avoid the long queue. Zanmai is really getting popular these days! :)

mimid3vils, wow, so many people said so. Guess Zanmai might have improve or something. Hope to go back and check out if they have new menu or not. ^^

J2Kfm, hehe, another fan of Zanmai here. Oh, we didn't know that they would give RM10 voucher when RM100 is spent. Would drag more friends a long next time! Thanks for the information! :)

13 | thenomadGourmand

June 16th, 2009 at 1:32 pm


yaaya..alws a darn long queue lohh.. hav yet to try. didja try the pasta zanmai?

14 | ling239

June 16th, 2009 at 1:34 pm


hari ini dalam sejarah ? :p
have not been thr for a very long time d, wonder if the food quality is still good ~

15 | 本本 Jasper

June 16th, 2009 at 1:59 pm


wahh….this shusi soooo niceeee~~~~~~~

16 | 孤傲的王子

June 16th, 2009 at 3:00 pm


wow…look tasty….soooo attractive the sushi…i want eat too…hehe

17 | Steven Goh

June 16th, 2009 at 3:44 pm


wao… you make me crave for Japanese food dee. I am going for Japanese food hunt this weekend. Btw, you really know how to speak Japanese? Can you teach me?

18 | sock peng

June 16th, 2009 at 4:01 pm


i saw lot of good recommend on this restaurant
but havent tried

19 | Big Boys Oven

June 16th, 2009 at 4:47 pm


wanted to be there tonight but decided to have a quick dinner then a movie! 😉

20 | Sugar Bean

June 16th, 2009 at 7:00 pm


thenomadGourmand, even though I'm not in KL right now, I really can imagine how long the queue is. Yup, we've been to Pasta Zanmai. We love it there, their pasta was very good!

ling239, hahaha! Good one, yeah, what a good way to describe all our backdated posts. Guess Sushi Zanmai is still good since the queue is so long.

本本 Jasper, yeah, this restaurant is one of our favourite restaurants. Do check it out when you have the chance!

孤傲的王子, love sushi? Guess this would be the right place for you. :)

Steven Goh, going for Japanese food hunt? Envy envy, there aren't many in Cardiff. I only know the basics, not even half way there yet! Sorry, I wish to teach you but unable to do so.

sock peng, yeah, Sushi Zanmai is really popular these days. Do check it out when you have the chance! :)

Big Boys Oven, haha, better not visit Sushi Zanmai if you're looking for a quick dinner. I assume the time you take to queue would be longer than the time you take to eat.

21 | tigerfish

June 17th, 2009 at 12:50 am


The first pix – it's like eating in cages! 😛

22 | Pureglutton

June 17th, 2009 at 12:56 am


My fave dish here is always the Sansai Udon – simple & refreshing! The place is always crowded – the trick is to go there during non-peak times.

23 | 嘉CacinG進

June 17th, 2009 at 2:02 am


wahhhh~~~~sushi zanmai 啊!!
我在1U 等到累了都没吃到 ><

The Garden 的装置好像很漂亮哦!

24 | Pete

June 17th, 2009 at 7:39 am


The coral roll presentation is fantastic!

25 | My Taste Heaven

June 17th, 2009 at 8:31 am


The presentation is so good. I will definitely give it a try next trip to KL.

26 | 龍貓

June 17th, 2009 at 9:28 am



27 | cariso

June 17th, 2009 at 10:55 am


That coral roll really look yummy leh from your pic!

28 | Sugar Bean

June 17th, 2009 at 6:47 pm


tigerfish, haha, you have good imagination!

Pureglutton, yeah, sansai udon is also something that we always order. Simple and nice! Yeah, visit non-peak times or just make a reservation being going.

嘉CacinG進, 看来Sushi Zanmai的队伍排的这得很长。装饰跟食物都很好看,也很好吃。记得先预订再去吃!:)

Pete, yeah, it was presented as shown in the menu, which caught our attention. Too bad it tasted quite average.

My Taste Heaven, yeah, this is a place that you can check out if you come to KL. :)

龍貓, 对,这家餐厅的食物真的很不错。值得一试!

cariso, thanks! It was very nicely presented and photogenic too. Haha! Too bad it tasted mediocre.

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