When it comes to good value for money kaiten-zushi restaurant, one of the Malaysian favourite will be Sakae Sushi. Although, it only started coming to our shore a few years back, consider quite new as compared to the first kaiten-zushi chain in Malaysia which has operated more than 15 years, Sakae Sushi come out good in term of pricing and quality of the sushi.
Most might not know that recently the Sakae Sushi outlet in 1 Utama has just shifted from Ground Floor of the Promenade to the Lower Ground Promenade, which occupy a bigger space. Business is brisk and the smaller space can't cope with it, I think. So, don't be alarm when you can't find Sakae Sushi in Ground Floor Promenade of 1 Utama Old Wing. Just take the elevator and go down one floor to the Lower Ground Floor.
Coincidentally, Sakae Sushi also introduced some new items into their menu. Thanks to Gliteratti Plus of Nuffnang, I got invited to taste of of the items. Starting with Sakae Salad (RM 13.90++), a house specialty salad comprising of salmon, jelly fish, wakame, fried salmon skin, crisp garden-fresh greens served with plum dressing. Instead of a normal wafu salad dressing found in a Japanese restaurant, I can see a bit of Chinese influence for the dressing. It tasted a bit like eating yee sang during Chinese New Year. The plum dressing is sweet and only a bit of sourish.
The favourite dish of most of us that night will be the Hotate Mentaiyaki (RM 20.90++), juicy scallops grilled with codfish roe and mayonnaise. The codfish roe mixed with mayonnaise alone is to die for. Put it on grilled fat juicy fresh scallops is ecstatic!
Time for some fried stuff. Soft Shell Crab Tempura (RM 13.90++), generous portions of delicious soft shell crab, lightly battered and fried to crisp perfection. Well, we left nothing on the plate.
This platter consists of a few items from the menu, namely Salmon Sushi (RM 3.99++ for 2 pieces), Sakae Candle (RM 10.90), Snowflake Salmon Delight (RM 9.80++/RM 7.80++ for SAKAECard Members) and Ebi Tempura Cheese Maki (RM 12.90++).
The salmon used here is of premium air-flown Norwegian salmon. The salmon sushi is slightly enhanced in term of a thicker cut of salmon, which means now you get more meat to rice ratio. Sakae Candle is a fun sushi consists of crab meat, avocado, Japanese cucumber, shrimp roe, codfish roe and mayonnaise. It's packed with flavours.
Snowflake Salmon Delight is a maki sushi with the sushi rice wrapping fresh salmon, omelette, Japanese cucumber, salmon skin, okaka flakes, mango, plum sauce and mayonnaise. This is one rereshing sushi. Those that like cheese will like the Ebi Tempura Cheese Maki, crispy tempura prawn rolls with a luscious finishing of cheese and spicy mayonnaise.
If you are wondering why it's called Sakae Candle. Well, it's because you can literally light up the sushi. Good for birthday occasion.
We also had some side orders.
Salmon Kanappe (RM 12.80++/RM 10.80++ for SAKAECard Member) from the Sakae Monthly Special for the month of May. Raw diced salmon on cheese and a pastry that is very much like pita bread.
Tako Sushi (RM 3.99++ for two pieces). It's fresh and springy.
I written many times before that I have this funny craving for ikura (salmon roe). So, I ordered Salmon Ikura Gunkan Sushi (RM 5.99++ for two pieces). Reminds me of Salmon Oyakodon. This is quite value for money, as ikura sushi is actually not cheap.
Taken from the kaiten, Salmon Cheese Maki (RM 5.99++). Well, it's tasted ok.
We like the mentaiko mayonnaise sauce to much that we ordered some Salmon Mentai Sushi (RM 5.99 ++ for two pieces). Mentai-sause with a slightly grilled raw salmon is really hard not to eat it.
We end our sushi-licious meal with sorbet as dessert, there are currently 3 flavours to choose, Pineapple (RM 10.90 ++), Orange and Lemon (RM 8.90 ++). I have to say that the sorbet tasted very good, soft in texture and not too sweet. My recommendation for dessert in Sakae Sushi.
If you are looking of budget and good quality sushi. Then Sakae Sushi is one of the place that can offer that and more.
There is a Facebook contest running on Sakae Sushi Malaysia Like Page. Check out their like page for more details. A Sakae plush toy and RM 50 voucher can be won. Contest ends on 31st May 2011 11.59 p.m.
LG 225, Lower Ground Promenade,
1 Utama Shopping Centre.
Tel: 03-7726 6428
For the location of all Sakae Sushi outlets click here.