Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Sushi Mentai @ Pandan Indah

When it comes to Japanese chain restaurants, I notice the increasing popularity of Sushi Mentai which currently has a strong presence in almost every popular neighbourhood around KL, PJ, Penang and Johor Bahru. It is known for its "neighbourhood restaurant concept" where you can enjoy affordable Japanese food without having to travel far from home.

The crowd in every outlet can be overwhelming especially during lunch and dinner hours especially weekends. Sometimes it surprises me when I see the outlet is packed even during late afternoons or tea times. However, luck is on my side during my visit as I manage to secure a table around 4pm++ on a weekday.

Not everyone can afford eating Japanese food on a frequent basis, but Sushi Mentai makes it possible by offering more than 50 types of sushi on the conveyor belt which are priced flatly at RM1.80 and RM2.80 per yellow and red plate respectively. And people grab them so quickly that the sushi needs to be constantly churned out from the kitchen every few minutes! 

Salmon Mentai, Hotate Mentai and more @ RM2.80 per red plate

Salmon Mentaiyaki

Speaking of the wide choices, I doubt any Japanese joint offers such extensive sushi and ala carte menus in town! We can find everything including appetizer, soup, teriyaki, donburi, katsu, sashimi, noodles, tempura, and even sukiyaki on the menu.

But my personal favourite is the Salmon Mentaiyaki where the fish is first grilled till crisp, juicy perfection before being glazed with generous amounts of cheesy cod roe sauce that I just cannot get enough of.

Ebi Mentaiyaki @ RM9.80

A Japanese take on prawns, these Ebi Mentaiyaki are decadent - succulent tiger prawns baked with Japanese creamy mentaiko sauce and well-balanced with smoky charred flavours. Fresh, juicy, and delicious!

Salmon Mentai Dragon Maki @ RM12.80

As if I have not gotten enough of the addictive mentaiko sauce, we also order a large sushi roll for sharing. The maki sushi is extra large in size with very compact texture as it incorporates loads of ingredients. It is a mix of savoury taste with a hint of sweetness courtesy of the crunchy shrimp layered between mayonnaise, seaweed and salmon. 

Salmon Wrap @ RM10.80

Well, sushi can sometimes be very filling for the stomach. So if you opt to skip the rice portion, then the 6-pieces salmon wrap is a great option as raw salmon, ebikko and sliced cucumber are wrapped beautifully within the translucent Vietnamese rolls. 

Unagi Don @ RM19.80

For main courses, bento, udon/soba set and donburi are aplenty here. One of the bestsellers is the Unagi Bento that comes with a complimentary bowl of seaweed and tofu simmered in Japanese Miso.

The bento itself is a great deal as it includes a huge portion of grilled eel, Japanese steamed egg and steaming rice blanketed with sweet caramelized unagi sauce. Served in traditional kabayaki style, the well-marinated unagi is soft and burst with flavours.

Verdict:
Overall, Sushi Mentai is the Japanese joint to go for, if you have tight budget
forr a satisfying, comfort Japanese food experience.

The list of all Sushi Mentai outlets is available at www.sushi-mentai.com/our-restaurants.

Sushi Mentai
9-G, Jalan Perubatan 2,
Pandan Indah,
55100 Kuala Lumpur.
Facebook: fb.com/sushimentaimalaysia
Business Hours:
Weekday: 12noon - 10pm
Weekend: 11.30am - 10pm (Last order at 9.30pm)

31 comments:

  1. HOMAIKOT EAT ALL THE MENTAIIIIIIII.
    Their prices are all quite reasonable also leh, confirm go try!

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  2. now only realise pandan indah also have japanases food. should try it when i off day.

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  3. Sushi Mentai is cheaper than sushi king, i will prefer to having sushi with the cheaper price at Sushi Mentai.

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  4. I didn't know Pandan Indah hv so nice sushi restaurant.... Thanks for sharing and I'm gonna try it out!

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  5. I never try it before. But I heard the food is delicious and worth for money. so give it a try

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  6. always know sushi king. Now this sushi mentai look super delicious than the other.

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  7. got a branch in penang as well! but guess what. always full and have to wait so until now, I don't even get a chance to taste it. hahahaha

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  8. Eii I am a sushi lover... I prefer something yang fresh and raw punya especially octopus ke.. hehehe sedap nya !!!!

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  9. Eii I am a sushi lover... I prefer something yang fresh and raw punya especially octopus ke.. hehehe sedap nya !!!!

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  10. Nice to see them growing. Hope they'd last. More and more fast food sushi joints sprouting up like wild flowers.

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  11. Salmon Mentaiyaki looks delicious. I got to try this. Yummy.

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  12. They need to come to Ipoh. Sushi Mentai, Japanese cuisine lovers here are waiting for you!

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  13. Affordable japanese meal especially their sushi. But their shop always crowded.

    www.loveadelinelee.com

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  14. Not bad, been hearing a lot about them. Pricing super affordable and tastes good too!

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  15. My friends love to eat here.
    Sadly I cant eat raw food.
    Hehe

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  16. I'm a sushi lover. I'll eat at nearest outlets then. =)

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  17. Oh gosh.... sushi..... I love sushi and I definitely want to try these out... the prices are very reasonable...

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  18. Pass the shop but did go in. perhaps should make a visit

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  19. All the sushi look so tempted to makan. Must go with my bf next time, after my clean diet plan finished.

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  20. Thanks dear for sharing. Looking good.

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  21. i am a big fan for Japanese food!! : ) So gonna visit this place soon lo :) your photos very tempting :)
    cheers, https://siennylovesdrawing.wordpress.com/

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  22. I have heard that their sushi is nice with reasonable price! Gonna pay a visit this restaurant!

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  23. Ah one of my favorites and glad to see that the business is branching out :) The prices are quite reasonable as well so that's really great :)

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  24. Love love love salmon! The salmon wraps looks so pretty and delicious. The price is not bad either ;D

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  25. What! RM 2.80 for red plate? Looks quite affordable since there is salmon and also scallop leh

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  26. Probably the most affordable sushi you can ever find. I love their stand alone sushi, delicious and worth the money :)

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  27. so weird that i havent commented here yet. Haha, tried their other branches and i'm in love with their affordable pricing. !

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  28. Been there before with my friends, love their foods, so delicious and has a lot of varieties :)

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  29. i always see this shop in my area, but hardly ever tried it coz i wondered about the quality and freshness. glad to see your review here

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  30. Love the plating. Food looks great. I love that they have tons of sushi selections, so many to choose from!

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  31. Their sushi price is really dirt cheap compared to other sushi joints. There's one in Seremban and I frequent there so often that I got sick of sushi at one point. They kept making new types of sushi too to expand their menu. Only complaint I have is that some times their fish taste a little of refrigerator. But for 2.80, who can complain?

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