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Sushi Zanmai at The Gardens, Midvalley

June 12, 2008

—Backdated Post (04.06.08)— JuleenW

It all began when RuehYinn started to get so addicted with blogging. Not only that, he was hungry for guidance and advice on how to start a good blog. There’s no one to turn to, other than to his old friend, Ms. Cheryl Leong. Apparently, Cheryl has been blogging for the past 3 years or more, so I guess she can give RuehYinn a good advice on how to start !

To cut the story short, they decided to meet up after such a long time not meeting up( I don’t know how long, but it was long!!!). And being RuehYinn’s girlfriend, I was invited to tag along. Oh, other than to meet each other, RuehYinn intended to introduce me to Cheryl. We never met before.

We decided to meet at Sushi Zanmai at The Gardens @ Midvalley. Cheryl suggested that it is a good Japanese restaurant to go. RuehYinn and I have not been to this restaurant before but I have seen it somewhere. I remember I saw it somewhere. It took me a while to recall… All of the sudden, I recalled I saw it at 1 Utama when I was having an outing with my friends. That outlet was still under renovation a month ago. Look at the picture below, taken few months ago:-

Jul and friends

We were amazed with the big sushi poster that we decided to take this photo. Look at the huge sushi… hahaha, imagine having that for dinner. Yum…!! I guess God must has heard my heart desire. I was thrilled and excited when RuehYinn told me we’re going to Sushi Zanmai at the Gardens.

sushi zanmai

The day came. When we walk into the restaurant gave us the feeling that it is a posh Japanese restaurant until we saw the food conveyor in the restaurant. It is exactly the same like what you get in Genki Sushi, Sushi King and etc. I was thinking in my heart, it can’t be that posh when there is a tray conveyor in the restaurant. We were ushered by a friendly waitress to different corner which is slightly apart from the food conveyor. It was confirmed when I look into the menu. The pricing of the food is equivalent or cheaper to what you get in Genki Sushi and Sushi King. Anyway, this is Cheryl Leong:-

cheryl

It took us some time to decide what we want. Trust me, the menu is so big and extensive that you do not know what to order. We were spoiled with too many choices. However, after some discussion with Cheryl, whom have been here before, we ordered:-

1. Tenzaro Chasoba, small (by Cheryl) – RM10.80. Cold Chasoba noodle with tempura…

Chasoba

2. Kakiage Don, small (by Juleen) – RM8.80. Fried shrimp with rice…

jul's order

3. Unadon, small (by RuehYinn) – RM15.80. Eel with rice…

Unadon

Apparently, RuehYinn thinks the sauce for the rice is too little. If given more, the rice will be tastier. But he finished it anyway..hahaha..see how clean is the bowl:-

Empty Bowl

4. Sashimi salad – RM12.80. Raw fish and vegetable…

Salad

5. Inari Kani Ebikko (2 pcs) – RM7.60, Inari Ebikko – RM3.80 and Black Caviar – RM3.80. From L: Crabmeat and shrimp roe, shrimp roe and black caviar…

sushi

6. Caterpillar Roll – RM12.80. Roasted eel and omelette sushi roll topped with avocado. Sorry, we are too hungry, can’t wait for the photopgrapher. Look at the macro picture below… it will make you drool !

caterpillar

caterpillar

Overall, we enjoyed all the food. I am in the opinion that, Sushi Zanmai’s food are above average. Of course I have tasted better Japanese food but Sushi Zanmai is not in the same league as them. Looking at the pricing, I think it is only fair to compare Sushi Zanmai with other Japanese food chain like Sushi King and Genki Sushi. However, Sushi Zanmai provide more varieties.

Most of our orders are small but you can order big if your appetite is big. Don’t worry, the price for big portion is pretty reasonable too… The green tea comes in cold or hot and they are bottomless. Drink as much as your stomach can afford… haha!

No complains other than the not so suitable background music. No idea why they would play a fast beat song when we’re in a rather fine Japanese restaurant. What more it was at the same day when the government announced increase in oil price. Hehehe…

Ohhh…if you don’t intend to use the wet towel, just leave it there. Apparently each wet towel used cost RM0.20.

Tissue

Our verdict is that if you would love to eat affordable Japanese food with uncompromised standard in almost high class atmosphere you can give it a try at Sushi Zanmai. The address is as follow:-

Sushi Zanmai
The Gardens, Mid Valley City,
T-217 3rd Floor, Lingkaran Syed Putra,
59200 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 2282 1160 Fax: 2282 3160

And not to forget to thank RuehYinn for his effort to take all the pictures…

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The Day When All Malaysian Rush to Gas Stations…

June 4, 2008

Today is an exciting day for me. I shall remembered it as the The Day When All Malaysian Rush to Gas Stations. When I say ALL, I mean ALL. It all began at ….

At 5.20pm:

BREAKING NEWS: Petrol will be RM2.70 a litre at midnight tonight.

The new price of premium leaded petrol (ULG 97) is RM2.70 per litre beginning midnight tonight, it was announced a moment ago. The price for ULG 92 petrol per litre went up by 74 sen to RM2.62. Diesel will go up by RM1 per litre to RM2.58. The 78 sen hike or 40 per cent increase for the ULG 97 petrol is still below the antiticpated RM4 per litre price projected earlier and among the cheapest in Asia. The announcement was made by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi at a news conference. (NSTP, June 4 2008 )

At 6.30pm (As I was walking to LRT Station)

Congestion at KL

Normally, this road is only this congested when it is raining. Now look at the sky. It’s sunny. Next look at the pathway. It’s dry. Overall, it was a good evening.

Still don’t believe it is a good sunny evening? Alright, can you see that the two ladies sitting and gossiping (I assumed) by the side of the road?? Alright now you believe it was a good evening, but why the heck the road is so congested? It was so bad that the cars are virtually not moving at all. Not even moving from bumper to bumper.

Somehow, my 6th sense (as if I have, ha ha), told me something was wrong. And it was confirmed when I saw the condition in KLCC’s parking:-

Parking at KLCC

The parking was relatively empty compared to the normal day. A lot of empty parking slots indicates many people has left. But why?

From 6.45pm – 9.45pm

Between this period of time, I was in LRT then KTM before I reached the Gardens @ Midvalley after all the squeezing in the train. I was at the Gardens to have dinner with Juleen and Cheryl Leong at Sushi Zanmai. I will be blogging about this restaurant and the food soon. This shall be my first attempt to become a food critic, so stay tune. Anyway, over the dinner more than half of the topics we talked about has something to do with gasoline. So much to talk about that I am convinced, we can write a research thesis about it. The title for the thesis will be “In Depth Analysis and Impact of High Oil Price in Malaysia“. Ha ha ha…

The girls went for a short shopping right after dinner. And…

At 9.55pm , when we were driving back home,

Traffic Congestion

We realized we chose the wrong route home. Imagine, this was the condition in Bangsar at 9.55pm on the weekday. Absolutely not normal, right? The traffic flow was so slow that instantly I felt so sleepy in the car. Imagine, so slow that even Mr. Tortoise would travel faster than our car. As we drove a little further, we realized that the congestion was caused by cars queuing up to get into the gas station:-

Petrol Station Rush

We just find it amusing to see the scenario again and again at different gas stations. I guess that’s what kept us calm and steady in the car despite the traffic condition. Nope, we are not part of them because Juleen had already filled up her tank before 5pm… hehe…

1. Bangsar again…

Rush to Gas Station

2. At Section 17…

Rushing to Gas Station

3. Somewhere at Petaling Jaya

Rush to Gas Station

In total, our journey from Midvalley to Bandar Utama took us one and half hour which normally take us mere 20 minutes.

At the end of the day, I am happy because of I am part of this historical moment in Malaysia.

What about my view on the fuel price increase?

To be frank, my heart was crushed and it was like a nightmare came true to me when the government announced the fuel price increase. Forty one percent (41%) increase in fuel is too much to bear, really. I pump on average RM300 a month and now I have to fork out extra RM120 per month for the same amount of fuel. That is a lot of money guys! Anyway, I guess instead of being adamant over the issues, might as well I look at the issues through the kids’ eye, assuming everything will be okay:-

Kid Happy

P/S: Now I am more inspired to write the Part II of Fuel Saving Tips…but I am very sleepy… yawn…ZzzZZzzzzz!