Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Sushi Groove - One Utama

Located just next to Bangkok Square Restaurant, you can't missed Sushi Groove if you were coming into One Utama from the Rain Forest section. It was a dining place set in dimmed lighting, Zen inspired interior, with very posh like waiting area - comfortable sofas coupled with Japanese styled coffee table backed with huge wall emitting warmth lighting to the area that also housed the drinks bar, constructed in such a way that you do not felt disturbed by their existence with high wall.

I had always wanted to try this place since the first time I saw it a couple of weeks back. Luck wasn't on my side each time I came about for dinner where dozen of people are already in line, waiting to be seated. This time around, I've decided to come for lunch instead and it definitely looks like the right time. We were here at around 1.15 PM, so the crowd wasn't as mad. I guess we're late for lunch?

We were greeted by the waiter (can't really remember his name) and he was very polite by having us to wait for a while so he can go on to usher a couple to their seat. When he's back, he show us to the waiting area, having us to take a look at the menu while waiting for available dining space. It was a good 20 minutes or so, before we have a seat for ourselves. What I can say was it's all good despite the wait as the waiters are generally very polite and accommodating. I had to say the same thing for the guy who took our order, very attentive and good mannered. He did realized that I'm a fan for raw dish when I'm asking for recommendations and go on to tell me what he think it's good. Unfortunately though, Dynamite Ball, which he recommended turned out to be a definite loser.

Let's just turn to the food shall we.


Plate Setting, this is what you get when you're at your table. A single triangular plate coupled with a saucer with 3 place holder and a chopstick.


The crowd, turned out to be quite a number of people during lunch. There are 4 long tables located in the middle of the restaurant while there are a scores of 4 person seating tables on the left side.


Seaweed Salad (RM 5.90) - Loved this one. A mixtures of greens with the dried fish flakes tossed in marinated seaweed and cherry tomatoes. The sauce was delicious but it proved to be a little salty towards the end. It makes perfect sense to eat this together with other stuff to wash down the salty taste.


Salmon Sashimi (5 pcs - RM 13.90, 2 pcs - RM 5.90) - We ordered the 5 pieces option and expected it to be thinly sliced Sashimi in regards to its really cheap price. We were in awe to look at the generous cut of 5 thickly sliced salmon, served in cold plate. A must try for any Sashimi fan.


Golden Gate Roll (RM 12.90) - Cooked tuna, avocado slice wrapped in a roll and topped with raw tuna slice sprinkled with fish roes. It was a good roll but I'd prefer if it was served cold instead as the warm raw tuna doesn't taste as good as I'd like it to be.


Rock & Roll - Beef (not sure what the cut is) rolled and stuffed with cheese and mushroom, grilled over fire and topped with their house sauce. There isn't anything special with this and I thought the beef was rather tasteless. It wasn't feel like it was marinated with anything. Apart from that, I felt it was slightly over grilled and it tasted a little bitter towards the end.


Fusion Dragon Roll (RM 14.90) - This is a killer. It tasted so good and I'm literally going "OMG!" when I had it in my mouth. "It's soooooooooo gooooodddddd!". Yeah, that's the expression I had to my friend. You just got to taste it for yourself. A very creative roll wrapping up prawn tempura, avocado slices and some other stuff, while the outer part of it was beef bacon torched with fire and a dab of cream cheese on top. Fabulous!


Takoyaki Croquette (RM 6.90) - Tako Tako. Like those you can find outside of Jusco of maybe your neighborhood "Pasar Malam". The only difference is that this doesn't taste as good as the others. Need I say more?


Agedashi Tofu (RM 5.90) - It came in 2 separate bowl which is unusual for Agedashi Tofu servings that I used to. Nothing to shout about, the usual dish. I just wanted to see if it taste any better. You can expect miracle happens all the time, can you?


Flying Geisha (RM 9.90) - This is the awful dish. All I can taste was rice. And yeah, that's about it. Nothing made you feel like you're a flying Geisha alright...


Dynamite Ball (RM 9.90) - Another disappointing selection. When I decided on this, my take was it's raw salmon coupled with cream cheese. That should make it taste fusion, raw fish with sour cream cheese, yummy. But it came out to be rice ball (really looked like chicken rice balls to me) topped with torched salmon and cream cheese instead. I'm not a fan for this one.


Tuna Capaccio Roll (RM 11.90) - You got to eat this fast. We leave it a little while later when the coldness were gone and it taste rather not as good. So take this while its cold, and you should savor the best of the dish itself.

Overall, I think Sushi Groove does a really great job in having a dedicated team of waiters that are well mannered and do know how to appreciate their customers. I'll definitely make a come back and take another go on their extensive list of creative sushi offerings. Give yourself a try.

Where?
One Utama Shopping Centre.
Ground Floor, Rain Forest Entrance.
Find Gap from Rain Forest section and you should be able to locate Sushi Groove.

1 comment:

Hooi Ming said...

My friend warned me about Sushi Groove and I should have heeded her advise. The set-up of the restaurant looks good and the waiters are polite and friendly but these are the only good points about Sushi Groove. Although there's an extensive variety of sushi, the quality is awful. The rice is the most important ingredient of sushi and it isn't properly cooked. I doubt the rice used is Japanese rice as it tastes like local rice with a slight hint of vinegar. It doesn't have the sticky and fluffy texture that Japanese rice has. The raw fish isn't fresh and even the tempura batter is bad. It's thick and densed, like "goreng pisang" batter. I give the food experience a thumbs down!! - HM