Saturday, January 28, 2012

Robot Sushi

This 1 Utama outlet seems to have changed its moniker & management several times over the years; we prefer one of its former names, SushiGroove.

Hits and misses abound on the menu. The Fusion Dragon Maki, featuring salmon torched with shrimp tempura, beef & mango, is respectably presented, but the beef could be more succulent, while the fruit feels overpoweringly tart.

Sweet Sakura Roll, with tamago, cucumber, tempura bits & sakura denbu (pink fish flakes). Sounds promising, but tastes blandly forgettable.

Avatar Roll: tuna, avocado & cream cheese topped with eel, tobiko & teriyaki sauce. The only satisfying choice among these three makis, thanks to the flavorsome eel & its inspired pairing with other creamy components.

Saving the best for last: Japanese bibimbap. Pure pleasure for carb addicts _ a hearty heap of fragrant fried rice, bathed in an umami-rich blend of bonito flakes, chicken & raw egg.

Two types of sparkling sake izeko: honey ginger & tsuya meku jelly. Fairly unique, but too pricey at RM40+ each. Think of them as premium cocktails, perhaps.

Robot Sushi,
1 Utama.
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27 comments:

  1. I see the sushi; where are the robots? :P

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    1. Kenny: good question. somehow i sense that robot sushi received its name for no other reason than because it sounds catchy. just like how one of its makis is called 'avatar roll' :P

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    2. Yeah I noticed the Avatar Roll... which makes me long for the sequels (of the films, I mean, not the maki)... I heard they'll go into the oceans next. Woo-hoo! :D

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    3. Kenny: the oceans? We can dive into the oceans in 3D in just a few months ... when Titanic returns to the multiplexes! Yay!!! :D

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  2. Never been back since they close Sushi Groove. Honey ginger & tsuya meku jelly sound sweet cooling. =)

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    1. Smitten by food: oh ya, the drinks are almost like some kind of Japanese dessert. But alcoholic dessert, hahah :D

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  3. sushi groove or robot sushi ... both also not good...
    no customer at all...
    don't waste ur money...

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    1. Simple Person: yikes, I guess you've had bad experiences at both places. Wonder if there'll ever be a good sushi outlet that opens here someday =)

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  4. what ! they change yet again. yeah miss the original sushi groove back then.

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    1. June: heheh, ya, I remember I actually I had an OK dinner once at sushigroove's Sunway pyramid outlet. But that was many years ago :D

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  5. Were the bonito flakes dancing? :P

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    1. Baby sumo: heh, almost. If there had been a strong wind, they'd have all flown away :D

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  6. The japanese "caviar" looks frightening. Must be the colouring.

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    1. Michelle: heh, wonder if it's a 'natural' or totally artificial coloring :D

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  7. These colourful rolls remind of what I read in "The Story of Sushi" by Trevor Corson and how it's very different from Trad sushi. Looking very creative I must say!

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    1. Hungry female: heheh, I do wonder, what would the Japanese chefs who invented sushi think, if they were brought back to life and could see what sushi has evolved into in modern times :D

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  8. hmmm yet to hear much good stuff about this place. the japanese bibimbap...can't really go wrong with this dish right?

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    1. Missyblurkit; ya, Bibimbap is my absolute favorite Korean dish, and I loved the Japanese twist to the version here, with the bonito flakes :D

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  9. Where on earth did the name Robot Sushi come from? It's not an enticing name. The decor looks nice though.

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    1. The yum list: heheh, I don't know, but if I had to guess, it might be because the Japanese are great at making both robots and sushi! :D

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  10. Ooooh sushi!

    I wish there was a good sushi place here in town!

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    1. Rad: I hope your wish comes true sometime this year! :D

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  11. RM40 for a glass, I'll prefer a whisky anytime! Yeah I like the name of sushi groove too. Robot sushi sounds too robotic?

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    1. Eiling: heh, robot sushi sounds like a restaurant for kids and teenagers! :D

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  12. Agree with Smitten by Food! Every since they closed Sushi Groove and replaced it with this, I've never been back!

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    1. Vien: heheh, come back, sushigroove! You are missed! :D

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