Whenever I go to One Utama (1 U), I would notice a long queue of people outside Sushi Zanmai Japanese restaurant. And I would think to myself, one day I must try at this place to understand what the hype was about. And finally, one day, after many months, Saucer and I decided to join in the queue for dinner. It seems to me that Sushi Zanmai at 1U is forever crowded! So after patiently waiting for about 10 minutes, we got our table by the kaiten belt.
We were tempted to order some sushi from the belt, considering they’re sushi experts, but no we didn’t. The sushi plates moving on those belt were not attractive looking at all. They were poorly presented, some with residues at the side of the plate, and many with covers which were reused for the thousandth time. Truly, not a very appetizing sight, so we resorted to ordering from the menu instead.
I saw the Soft Shell Crab Maki and knew I simply had to order it because I love soft shell crab! Also, the presentation on the menu looked pretty, with 6 pieces to boot! Value for money indeed! And thankfully, I wasn’t disappointed. The deep fried soft shell crab was still warm and crispy, with generous amount of meat in each roll. I have had experience with soft shell crab that was cold and tough, so thankfully Sushi Zanmai did this right. At RM6.80, this was definitely better value than any of those from the sushi belt.
Soft Shell Crab Maki (RM6.80)
For something more solid, I ordered the Yakiniku Don or rice with beef fillet. The small portion was actually pretty sizable for me, plenty of rice with thinly sliced beef. The beef was done just right, without being gamey but the sauce was not as flavourful.
Yakiniku Don (RM10.80 – small)
Thinly sliced beef
Saucer had the Unatama Don, which was rice with eel and egg on top. He also had the small portion, which came with several pieces of unagi. My first impression was that the rice was too dry. There wasn’t enough gravy to go around, and the gravy was similarly bland. In fact, I think his rice tasted more bland than mine, such that he had to add some shoyu and sweet sauce to make it edible. Plus, the unagi was not even fresh in the first place.
Unatama Don (RM15.80 – small)
The unagi was quite firm and rubbery in texture, much like eating fish cake. Perhaps some people might enjoy it but it’s just weird to me. I definitely think that Sakae Sushi does it so much better when it comes to Don.
Rubbery and firm unagi
At the end of the meal, we found that the queue was still there outside the restaurant! Other than the crab maki, I don’t think I would queue for this place again.
Sushi Zanmai 1 Utama
SK 9A, 2nd Floor, High Street,
1 Utama Shopping Centre (New Wing)
Bandar Utama, Selangor,
Contact No : +603-7724 2030 / +6012-771 2030
Business Hours: Sun-Thurs 10.00 am – 10.00 pm & Fri-Sat 10.00 am – 10.30 pm