Value-For-Money Sushi, Sashimi and
everything expensive is good, sometimes somethings affordable can really be
pretty good too! It’s certainly not new but Sushi Mentai has been serving very affordable Japanese dishes for a
few years already. It may have originated from Johor but today, there are 25
Sushi Mentai outlets all over Malaysia and also one in Singapore. With 3
outlets in Penang, 5 outlets in Kuala Lumpur, 9 outlets in Petaling Jaya, 1 in
Negeri Sembilan and 7 outlets in Johor, it’s fair to conclude that Sushi Mentai
has grown to be a favorite hotspot for avid Japanese foodies everywhere.
evening, I visited its latest PJ outlet in Kota Damansara with my family. Open
since December 2015, this outlet is already packed to the max upon my arrival. Since
my little one always loves the concept of conveyor belt sushi bar, he was
excited about visiting Sushi Mentai.
Sushi Mentai at Kota Damansara looks
fancier in décor than the other outlets, simply because the group has started
to incorporate a décor theme for all their new outlets. Well designed to
maximize seating, one can also catch kitchen actions at the front of the room upon
entering. Choose seating from the various booths and seats and the conveyor
belt of plates after plates of sushi will run by all the seating to tempt the
really attracted me and I am sure many other diners are their sushi menu which
has only two prices of RM1.80 and RM2.80. That is really affordable pricing.
With plenty of choices to choose from, there are also lots of special
sushi-of-the-day that is not listed in the menu as well. Needless to say, we
started picking our favorites happily.
Sushi Mentai is named after its signature Mentaiko
sauce. So there are quite a few choices of Mentaiko sauce sushi available.
the list is Salmon Mentai (RM2.80). Immediately,
this one exceeded my expectation since I was prepared for skimpy sushi.
However, Sushi Mentai’s sushi are
all nicely loaded with decent amount of ingredients with sushi rice. The salmon
is delicious! Loaded with the cod roe and mayo sauce before being lightly
torched, I was beginning to know that this was going to be a good meal…
Inari & Salmon Mentai (RM2.80) showcase my favorite sweet
bean curd skin with salmon, sushi rice and mentaiko sauce. A
special-of-the-day, this one piece sushi is yum.
other half loves eel and so we also had the Unagi Sushi (RM2.80).
Prawn Tempura & Inari Sushi (RM2.80) was also a
special-of-the-day together with Prawn
Tempura & Crab Maki (RM2.80). I really enjoyed both a lot and still had
a hard time believing how something so good is so affordable in price. These
are available on the conveyor belt. Must order if you see this on the
wanted to try their a la carte dishes too and so we controlled ourselves from
taking more from the belt despite it all looking pretty tempting. The Chawan Mushi (RM3.80) is decent and
comfort food at its best.
Asari Miso Shiru (RM4.80) had good flavours from the
miso and I can even taste a sweet and briny note of clam essence too.
little one’s favorite dish was the Dashimaki
Tamago (RM3.80). Although it’s not exactly the same as the other tamago I
have had, this version was ok and portion was definitely generous for its
must highlight the fact that I am pretty pleased with the Salmon Toro (RM11.80). Generous cuts of salmon belly was delicious
and creamy. Since it’s a fattier cut from the belly, the salmon literally
melts-in-the-mouth with sublime flavour.
Hokkigai Sashimi (RM8.80) of surf
clam was also really value-for-money as this clam is quite expensive in many
moved on to rolls and took on the Salmon
Mentai Dragon Maki (RM12.80). I can’t get enough of the salmon with
mentaiko sauce and this one had the additional plus points of crispy tempura
prawns. At this point, I think I was a fan of this affordable Japanese
those who are carb conscious, there’s also a no-rice sushi roll of Inari Wrap (RM7.80). Sweet crab meat
with bean curd skin and shredded vegetables are wrapped in rice sheet before
being finished with a dollop of mayo sauce. This turn out to be another winner
in my books. I am so going to order this again since its carb free…
happiness took form in Ebi Mentaiyaki
(RM9.80). This time, its prawns topped with mentaiko sauce and broiled. Sweet,
savory and definitely creamy!
grilled, one also gets 3 pieces of Shishamo
(RM4.80) per order.
generous portion of the Saba Shioyaki
(RM11.80) was nicely grilled. I like mine with a light squeeze of lemon to
balance up the rich oily flavours of the mackerel. This one is beautiful with
crisp skin and moist flesh.
Kaki Fried (RM9.80) has always been my favorite
when dining Japanese. Glad to say this one did not disappoint but in fact
tasted really good. Plump and juicy oysters were nicely crumbed and fried to a
golden nugget. Crispy on the outside, utterly juicy with briny flavours, the
oysters are very delicious! On my next order, I am so not sharing this plate…
order the Kitsune Udon (RM10.80) for
the little one who simply loves slurping his noodles with the dashi and bonito
On an overall note, I
was pretty satisfied with everything at Sushi
Mentai. The experience turned out beyond my expectation. Pricing is
affordable and the quality and quantity is honestly very decent for what you
pay. No wonder Sushi Mentai is
pulling in such a crowd. There are plenty more dishes in the menu that I have
yet to try. That said, I will definitely by back as there is also a Sushi Mentai near my house in Kepong!
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Festive season is all about sharing
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Sharing and gifting this season is simply
a must for my family. During CNY, we love to have an excuse to nibble on our
favorite cookies and snacks. In fact, I always have an assortment of CNY
goodies on my table way even before we ring in the festive season. This brings
back such fond memories of my childhood as I would always wait for each CNY to
be able to indulge in all sorts of goodies. Glad to say, I do not have to wait
a whole new year now to enjoy these but CNY is still a perfectly good excuse
enjoy and share some sweetness with family and friends.
Ever since I had my first taste of Garrett Popcorn, I have been an ardent
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turning back. A recipe handed down over three generations, it’s obvious that Garrett Popcorn must be doing something
Garrett Popcorn’s signature has always
been the Chicago Mix – a luscious
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with fluffy cheesy popcorn. It’s the mix of sweet and savory that brings
dessert to another level of tempting flavours. Besides the Chicago Mix, there’s also Buttery
or Nut CaramelCrisp.
Joining in the festive cheers, my family
and I simply cannot resist including Garrett
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signature logo and Tin of Garrett
Popcorn on our dining table, he would literally be asking for a taste. I
don’t blame him… can you?
There’s something truly happy about
digging into a Garrett Tin of golden popcorn nuggets that always looked utterly
tempting and sublime….
Popcorn for a road trip for extra happiness!
Popcorn makes the perfect indulgence and so we often are tempted to take
the Tin everywhere with us. We took ours to the park where we had our little
own popcorn picnic. It was our little perfect moment of walking a little and
enjoying a little snack as we watch the sun goes down in the evening.
Sometimes in the evening while catching
up on a little movie action, off goes the lid of Garrett Popcorn and someone’s little hand would be grabbing a
handful of popcorn with much cheekiness. The deep luscious buttery and caramel
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certainly mine and my family…
I daresay, Garrett Popcorn is great
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here are two 1Gallon Tins of Chicago Mix
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is always a pleasure to dine at Xin
Cuisine at Concorde Hotel Kuala
Lumpur. A Chinese restaurant that has been serving authentic and
scrumptious Chinese cuisine has always been a favorite of many. This New Lunar
Year, Xin Cuisine is offering lots of festive CNY specialties and an exciting
acrobatic lion dance!
from January 8 to February 22, 2016, the culinary team at Xin Cuisine is offering 6 auspicious variations of the must-have
Yee Sang as well as classic festive a la carte dishes, festive set menus and more.
on the auspicious Smoked Salmon Yee Sang,
a platter featuring slivers of smoked salmon nestled among the classic
ingredients of this festive salad. It’s a great option for those who do not
enjoy raw fish. The smoked salmon added a touch of lusciousness with smoky
salty flavours to the Yee Sang.
to be part of the auspicious ritual of tossing for prosperity, our evening was
filled with beautiful wishes to usher in the Year of the Fire Monkey!
the Smoked Salmon Yee Sang, there
are also Prosperity Sliced Abalone Yee
Sang, Prosperity Norwegian Salmon Yee Sang, Prosperity Bud Mushroom &
Scallop Yee Sang, Prosperity Shredded Duck Meat & Jack Fruit Thai Style Yee
Sang and Prosperity Snow Pear
Vegetarian Yee Sang. Price starts from RM79.00 to RM265.00 nett.
say good things come in three! The Abundant
Three Hot Combination is a platter of 3 appetizers from chef’s list of
signatures. Depending on the availability, this platter is perfect for those
who loves choices when dining.
our platter, there was a delectable crispy yam with prawn, kataifi wrapped
scallop and stir fried lotus root with asparagus, macadamia nuts, assorted
vegetables and mushrooms. I enjoyed the combination of the various seafood with
next course was soup-er yum! Prosperity
Thick Soup with Dried Seafood is a thick bisque filled with lots of seafood
bits. From jelly fish to fish maw, dried scallop, mushrooms and more, there is
a solid mix of textures in the flavourful and rich soup.
next dish is a crowd pleaser, especially for porcine fans like me. The Crispy Suckling Pig Hong Kong Style has
all the markings of a gorgeous roasted suckling pig. Every bite of the suckling
pig skin has cracking acoustic sounds that is music to my ears!
has always been one of my favorite fish. We savored Steamed Cod with Garlic Oil in the next course. This dish is
superb. The cod was fresh, sweet and silky smooth. A light soy sauce with
garlic bits and scallion was all it needed. Simply delicious in every bite…
represent laughter in Chinese language so the crustacean is a popular choice to
enjoy during this festive season. Our prawn dish of the night was this
succulent Baked Fresh Water Prawns with
King Superior Soya Sauce. Utterly delectable at sight and in flavours, the
prawns has a sinful umami savory note that really had us enjoying the sauce on
the shells. The prawn head is also filled with more sinful creamy roes. Divine
and finger-licking good!
something a little different with Braised
Chicken with Three Varieties of Chinese Sausages. The tender chicken is
well-braised till it absorbs the sweet and savory notes of the sausages. The
sausages also expelled a delicious aroma and oil that gave the dish a smooth
and shiny sheen. I would love a bowl of steamed rice with this dish.
next course is a Xin Cuisine signature. The culinary team here makes of the
best versions of Waxed Meat Rice in
Claypot. The rice cooked in the clay pot has my favorite combo of fluffy
rice with bits of crispy rice layer. Mix with the oils of the waxed meat and
the chef’s special soy sauce, the rice is a popular choice at Xin during every
banquet festive set menu ended with fresh and fruity Mango Puree with Pomelo & Sago and a trio of Chinese New Year Sweet Treats. While
the sweet dessert of Mango Puree was refreshing and fruity, it was certainly
the trio of Nian Gao prepared three ways that took center stage.
trio of Nian Gao are Sweet Potato Nian
Gao with Macadamia Nut, Waxed Meat Nian Gao with Chicken Floss and Peanut Nian Gao with Pistachio. The duo
of sweet Nian Gao makes a familiar and sweet ending while the savory Nian Gao
was indeed a lovely savory and sweet surprise. These are such a treat and truly
unique this festive season.
Chinese New Year, Xin Cuisine is
offering two festive set menus priced at RM1618 nett and RM1968 nett per table
of 10 persons. Both set menus and a la carte dishes as well as Yee Sang are
available from January 8 to February 22, 2016.
will be closed for on the first day of New Year and reopen for business on
January 9, 2016. Dim sum breakfast starts from 9.00 am. This year of the fire Monkey, Concorde will
be showcasing an exciting show on Feb 9 (second day of CNY) starting 11 am. Catch
Kun Seng Keng lions appearing together with Monkey King and there are more
stunts from The Amazing China Acrobats and photo-session with the famous duo –
‘JK & Shaki’ monkeys as well. Don’t miss this!
further enquiries, please call 2144 2200 extn 2338 or 2144 8750. Guests can
also enquire on private reunion dinners at Xin Cuisine and Ballroom.
CUISINE CHINESE RESTAURANT
Concorde Hotel Kuala
Tel: +603 2144 8750 or
+603 2144 2200 ext 2338