Last night since we had to spend a RM100 voucher for Shangri-la Hotel and it was my mother's birthday, we celebrated at Zipangu. Food was excellent albeit at premium prices. We were also lucky as we made it back home before the flood waters rose too high. Read that Dataran Merdeka was flooded. Not surprised as when we were driving back in the heavy rain, I spied a rising river level from the top of the highway.
Since there was three of us, we ordered food to share. First to start off with was my mother's favourite - Shake or Salmon Sashimi (RM45++). It's a must whenever we visit any Japanese restaurants. Here they give you 6 thick slices plus one smaller slice. Really good stuff as the fish literally melts in your mouth. One unusual thing I spotted about this fish was it had a slight sweet taste to it in addition to the buttery softness.
I ordered the Agedashi Tofu (RM15++) - a favourite of mine. This version came topped with shaved bonito flakes and chopped spring onions. Tastewise, the fried batter around the tofu was nice and thin while the soy sauce dip was not too salty.
We contemplated ordering something from the wagyu beef selections but decided not after seeing the exorbitant prices. Hence we settled for a portion of fried rice with wagyu beef fat (RM21++). The rice was pretty fragrant with chunks of beef which I hope is wagyu beef. Splashie Boy polished this off and was a truly happy man.
Since wagyu beef was off our budget, it was just the teriyaki beef tenderloin (RM68++). It was a pretty good substitute as the beef was cooked just right - seared on the outside with a slightly red inside. We all loved the mustard served on the side and the vegetables.
Another must order with my mother - saba shioyaki (RM30++) i.e. grilled saba fish with salt. I really love this fish as it was so fresh. One great thing about dining at Zipangu - you get to watch the chefs in action as their kitchen is open and glass covered. It always amazes me how no smells nor smoke will travel to the dining area as they have these huge exhaust fans sucking up the fumes.
Zipangu also does Sunday buffet lunch for RM88++ per pax which is extremely popular. We have tried the buffet before a few years back and I remember they had really fresh scallop sashimi available. Wasn't too impressed with the cooked food though as I remember it was all pre-cooked and left in food warmers.
1st Floor, Shangri-la Hotel
Jalan Sultan Ismail
Tel No: 03 - 2032 2388
(Pork Free. Open daily from 12 to 2.30 pm, 6.30pm to 11pm.)
*Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here is entirely based on my personal tastebuds and may vary for others. The reviewer also declares that she has not received any monetary or non-monetary compensation from the restaurant for writing this review.
Tagged with: Japanese Food + Salmon Sashimi + Saba Shioyaki