I’m pretty fussy with my choice of Japanese food. You can’t fault me really. The amount of Japanese eateries available; plus the on-going infiltration of Japanese, Japanese influenced, Japanese fusion , Japanese-French, Japanese – whatever outlets left us all with the luxury of choice; & in a way, has better educated all of us of the finer quality of Japanese cuisine.
So I have always wondered, why do people still patronise Sushi King? (which in my opinion, serves probably one of the most errr..”basic” tasting Jap food out there)
I think here is where the differentiation of prices comes in. While I would unabashedly recommend Rakuzen, Kura, Kampachi (you get the idea) for your Japanese fix, I did realized that mid- price range outlets such as Sushi King, Sakae Sushi, Don Sushi, Sushi Groove, Oh Sushi, Sushi Zen, Yo! Sushi survived for a reason.
Of all the above, my choice goes to Sakae Sushi.
(For me, Ichiban Boshi & Pasta Zanmai remained a notch up from these outlets).
Sakae (pronounced Sa-Ka-eh, & means “growth”) Sushi is a franchise from Singapore. Their Salmon are imported from Norway and all of their ingredients shares the same supplier for both Sg & Malaysia’s outlets (so there is no discrimination okayyy :razz .
My assessment on Jap food starts with their fresh cuts of seafood. Here at Sakae Sushi, it was decent but the texture of the fish didn’t impress me.
Sashimi Mori-Yu RM59.90.
Assorted sashimi (7 kinds) – Salmon, Tuna, Yellowtail, octopus, red snapper, salmon roe, sweet shrimp.
I thought this was something different, & placed an order without hesitation.
Gyu Tataki (seared sirloin beef), RM5.90.
This was decent.
Ika Lobster Salad (squid & lobster) – RM5.90.
This is one of the better items on the menu; the topping of codfish roes with the mayo was a bit rich but I still enjoyed it.
Salmon Mentai Yaki (topped with codfish roes & mayo) RM15.90
Flaky salmon & sweet young stalks of asparagus. Always a favourite of mine!
Salmon Asparagus Teriyaki Roll, RM13.90.
Sakae Sushi’s eel was actually not bad.
I ordered the Unagi Kabayaki RM12.90 while FeeQ ordered the Unagi Kamameshi (traditional rice dish cooked in iron pot) RM17.90 and both of us concurred that the texture of the eel was right & doused in just right amount of sweet sauce.
Sakae’s bentos comes with the obligatory miso soup, rice & so forth.
The Salmon & Teriyaki Chicken Bento – RM22.90 was passable, and the chawanmushi didn’t give me any reason to complain.
My Sakura Bento RM32.90, however, was a different story. It says DUCK MEAT on the menu, and I got chicken instead. Apparently, they were out of duck that day. Best part is, they only informed me when they serve me my bento. Naturally, I wasn’t too pleased. Ah well, the cod fish made up for it though.
(Sakae Sushi Sakura Bento – DUCK MEAT, codfish, seasoned octopus, fried tofu topped with codfish roe & Mayo, potato salad, unagi, chanwanmushi, Jap rice & miso soup).
Undeniably, these crab sticks beats our generic supermarket processed ones.
Kani Fumi (Snow crabstick) RM3.90.
We washed down our lunch with “Mogu Mogu Fruit Juice with Nata de Coco“, RM6.90.
Sakae Sushi will be revamping their menu by July 2010 & their outlet at Bangsar Village 2 is currently running a Wagyu Beef promo, which may be worth checking out. Other than the some minor gripes above (I could be a tad too fussy here), the food at Sakae Sushi still remain top for it’s category (kaiten belt, fast food style – wise).
Photos & review invite credited to FeeQ aka Meaningfool . Thank you!!