Thursday, September 22, 2005

Sakae Sushi

There seems to be an influx of Singaporean restaurants around Malaysia recently and one of them we were fascinated with was Sakae Sushi located at the Curve, Mutiara Damansara. I wanted to try it out since they had computer screens and it was always crowded whenever we walked past it. I kinda work on the crowd mentality where if there is a crowd, the food must be good.

We got our opportunity last weekend when we ate a very late lunch so most of the crowd had dissapeared to the tea houses and cafes for tea already. Here is the picture of the cute froggie logo they have. I took it off the computer screen next to our table. If you read their menu, it has an interesting story about how they started as the founder wanted to give his wife affordable Japanese food.

This is the conveyor belt system (Kaiten) for the sushi. See those computer screens, you can order from the computers which are linked to the kitchen. We didn't try that way but used the old and tried method of placing our orders with the waitress.

Prices for the sushi ranges from RM1.90 to RM5.90. As I am not a frequent visitor to the other sushi places in town like Sushi King and Genki Sushi, I am not sure how they compare but Splashie Boy thinks they are slightly cheaper than Genki Sushi. I had a California Roll (Temaki) which came with a slice of avocado, a kani crab stick, shredded cucumber and a dollop of mayonnaise with some ebiko.

Splashie Boy loves this Kani Salad Sushi which is basically made of chopped up crab sticks mixed with some mayonnaise. Not too bad as it is chockfull of crab stick rather than vegetables.

I liked this salmon avocado sushi as it has all my favourites, salmon and creamy avocado. Something unusual as I have not seen this combination at the other sushi outlets.

I wanted to try this spicy salmon sushi since it was also something new. It's flavours were unusual and not really to both our liking.

Splashie Boy always orders a maki whether it has cucumbers, pickles, salmon or tuna inside it. This time around he ordered a tamago maki, which has omelette inside it.

Besides the sushi, we ordered tuna mayonnaise sushi, chuka wakame and two noodles. One was a gyu niku ramen for Splashie Boy while I had the cold cha soba. They really need to brush up their noodle skills as the gyu niku ramen's broth was tasteless while my cha soba had expanded a bit indicating that it has been overcooked. Splashie Boy also said the ramen was slightly overcooked too.

Top Left: Tuna Mayonnaise Sushi, Top Right: Chuka Wakame
Bottom Left: Gyu Niku Ramen, Bottom Right: Cold Cha Soba

I was glad that I managed to try the place out but I seriously doubt we will go back there again since we are both not sushi kanten fans. In fact, we rarely go to places like Sushi King and Genki Sushi (I think our last visit was years ago!) so we probably don't make good reviewers of this place since we can't compare which one is fresher or cheaper. If you do go and you are familiar with which place is good, I would love to hear your views about Sakae Sushi.

We did a quick walk about the shopping centre and stumbled on these girls giving a mini concert with their chinese instruments. The shopping centre is always quite happening during the weekends with mini concerts and handicraft markets outside. One night when we were there, we saw a group of people including kids line dancing at the courtyard too.

Sakae Sushi
G45, Ground Floor
The Curve Shopping Mall
No. 6, Jalan PJU 7/3
Mutiara Damansara

Tel No: 03 - 7725 1172

*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.


KY said...

fresh sushi from "real" japanese restaurants are most always better than conveyer type sushi places. mostly due to freshness, and non-machine made rice rolls. =D

boo_licious said...

KY - Yeah I agree with you, that is why once in a while eat the kaiten stuff. However, these places are not cheap though.

Kimberly Low said...

i've been there once and it was my last. they're definitely more expensive than sushi king but their food is seriously not worth the price. anyway the biggest tell tale sign is the soggy/chewy seaweed for the sushi. i wont even contemplate going back.

ThatJames said...

Hmm... I guess there's really no hope for conveyor belt sushi anymore, is there? I've already written off Sushi King and am close to ditching Genki Sushi.

boo_licious said...

kimberly - thanks for the comments.

James - I guess at the end of the day, it's better to just get them from the supermarkets since kaiten sushi is just not fresh.

pseudo chef said...

The only time I went to Sakae sushi was when they were having that AYCE between 3-6 - that's the only justification I can come up with for a visit there.

Although their chawanmushi was the best of the lot.

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