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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Sakae Sushi, 1 Utama

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.

kaiten sushi conveyor belt

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.

Sakae Salad
Sakae Salad (RM 13.90++)

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!

Hotate Mentaiyaki
Hotate Mentaiyaki (RM 20.90++)

One serving is not enough for us, so we ordered another two servings of Hotate Mentaiyaki using the touch screen ordering system. Yes, all Sakae Sushi outlet will be upgraded to touch screen soon. Say goodbye the mouse clicking when ordering from the system. It's quite easy, just choose the category, then choose the dish you wanted and add to cart. Then you have to confirm your order from the View Cart menu. If not, the orders will not be sent to the kitchen.

touch screen monitor
No more mouse clicking.

food photography
We take food review very seriously.

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.

Soft Shell Crab Tempura
Soft Shell Crab Tempura (RM 13.90++)

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.

salmon sushi and maki platter

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.

Sakae Candle

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.

Salmon Kanappe
Salmon Kanappe (RM 12.80++/RM 10.80++ for SAKAECard Member)

Tako Sushi (RM 3.99++ for two pieces). It's fresh and springy.

tako sushi
Tako Sushi (RM 3.99++ for two pieces)

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.

Salmon Ikura Gunkan Sushi
Salmon Ikura Gunkan Sushi (RM 5.99++ for two pieces)

Taken from the kaiten, Salmon Cheese Maki (RM 5.99++). Well, it's tasted ok.

Salmon Cheese Maki
Salmon Cheese Maki (RM 5.99++)

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.

Salmon Mentai Sushi
Salmon Mentai Sushi (RM 5.99 ++ for two pieces)

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.

Pineapple Sorbe
Pineapple Sorbet (RM 10.90 ++)

Orange Sorbe
Orange Sorbet (RM 8.90 ++)

Lemon Sorbet
Lemon Sorbet (RM 8.90 ++)

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.

Sakae frog mascot


Sakae Sushi
LG 225, Lower Ground Promenade,
1 Utama Shopping Centre.
Tel: 03-7726 6428

For the location of all Sakae Sushi outlets click here.


Nikel Khor said...

i like Salmon Ikura Gunkan Sushi.. that i always order whenever having japanese food.. haha

Simon Seow said...

Usually I order Ikura Gunkan Sushi if budget permit. So far I only found Sakae mix salmon and salmon roe in the gunkan.

Bella Enveeus said...


Simon Seow said...

Bella: ah, now I'm craving for sushi.