Friday, December 26, 2014

Zenjo @ Empire Damansara & Yoshino Sushi @ Bangsar South

Seeking sushi at a couple of Japanese eateries, starting with Zenjo, which exudes a calm elegance at Empire Damansara.

 
Zenjo whips up a solid selection of sushi rolls - oyster makis (RM29), smoked duck makis (RM32), unagi chilli makis (RM28) & more, competently prepared. No terrific surprises, but no terrible shocks either.

 
The menu's wide-ranging enough for a full meal - from satisfying starters like monk fish liver (RM23) & mentaiko (RM12) ...

 
 
... to mains of Japanese squid grilled with sea salt (RM30) & fried rice with eel (RM28), washed down with sake & green tea.

Also on our sushi-loving itinerary: Yoshino, a slightly more casual restaurant at Bangsar South's Wisma Life Cafe.

 
Mentaiko fans can opt for salmon mentai sushi (RM8) & tamago mentai (RM6); both lack the melt-in-the-mouth magnificence of the most excellent versions out there, but neither is truly lacklustre. Enjoyable enough for the price, all things considered.

 
 Eel & avocado thickly laid on top, crab sticks & cucumber nicely stuffed in the middle - a maki that's easy to like. RM25.

Ditto for the pasta with crisp soft-shell crab & creamy poached egg. Can't-fail combo, in terms of triumphant textural contrasts.

 Zenjo Japanese Restaurant
G-29, Empire Damansara, Damansara Perdana, Selangor. Open daily, lunch & dinner.

 
Yoshino Sushi
Ground Floor, LifeCare Centre, Jalan Kerinchi, Bangsar South, Kuala Lumpur. 
Weekdays, 10am-9pm. Weekends & public holidays, 10am-6pm

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20 comments:

  1. I love the look of this place, Sean. The blue brick exterior matches perfectly with the exposed brick interior and gives this place a nice warm ambiance. :)

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    1. Linda: i didn't quite notice that about the bricks until you pointed it ... that's a terrific observation! :)

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  2. I could eat Japanese food everyday! YUM.

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    1. Baby Sumo: heheh, i could eat it every two days! :) maybe we were japanese in another life :D

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  3. You're tempting me with my most favourite food. The mentai I've had is usually just smeared on top...have not had it intact like that :D I'd surely love that! I remember my mom buying fish eggs (cheap ones from cheap fish) from the wet market and just frying them...I love them too!

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    1. Contact: ya, it was a nice surprise to have the mentaiko served whole at zenjo :D and yup, we share a similar childhood memory. my grandmother used to buy fish eggs too and fry them .. i loved them that way too, and i always used to look out for fish eggs at nasi kandar stalls :D

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  4. Dang, if I knew about Yoshino earlier, I'd have gone and eaten lunch there when I was at LifeCare. It is definitely the kind of sushi that I love, hehe. ^^

    If my wallet allows me to, I wouldn't mind having Japanese cuisine for dinner daily, lol.

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    1. Waverly: yeah, i love maki-style rolls .. they can be quite filling too! this was my one and only visit to lifecare, heh :) i think i'd alternative between japanese and italian, my two favourites! :D

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  5. Ahhh mentaiko! I love it on scallops! squid looks good too!

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    1. Ken: oh yes, scallops + mentaiko is a fun combo. and yeah, couldn't resist the idea of a whole squid to munch on, heh :)

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  6. It all looks very pretty but sounds like it didn't blow you away...keep hunting for that amazing sushi!

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    1. YouHadYourLunch: you're right, i enjoyed both these meals, but the hunt must continue! :)

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  7. Nice-looking stuff, great selections...and nice prices too.

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    1. Suituapui: glad you like the look and price of everything here :D

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  8. The makis at Yoshino Sushi looks generously loaded...but tat pasta with crisp soft-shell crab & creamy poached egg! :3

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    1. Ulric: ya, yoshino was a fairly pleasant surprise ... not a bad stop for japanese fare for people working in the area. wouldn't mind ordering that soft-shell crab + poached egg + pasta combo if i saw it anywhere else from now on :D

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  9. The mentaiko sushi reminds me of Fukuharu, I love their mentaiko sushi!

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    1. CK: ya, i miss the mentaiko sushi ... especially now that fukuharu has closed...

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  10. I noticed Japanese restaurants in KL now has nice & modern interior.

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    1. Melissa: yeah, i do like those sort of sleek japanese restaurants :)

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