Sunday, 17 March 2013

Cravings

for these...

 
At least twice during our stay in Asakusa each year, we would head to Sushi Zanmai and splurge a little bit and eat there.

Sushi Zanmai is pretty foreign tourists friendly, with the menu writenn in Japanese, English and Korean so it's easy to order. 

Though most times we were there, the ones in Asakusa (located beside Asakusa Tsukuba station) are filled by Japanese anyway. At only one other time, we saw a couple of fellow Malaysian (Muslims to boot) having their dinner there. 

It's actually not a really a high-end place but with a total bill exceeding 5,000yen, it was steep for us. We usually have a rather "pauper-like" budget of 2,500yen per meal. (That's why Yayoi-ken rocks!) ^^

The staff and chefs are friendly. It amused me and I kinda lamented this to Zaini - the chef would complement an caucasian tourist on how well he spoke Japanese when all that guy said was "oishii" but none when I ordered in the language! My Japanese must be so atrocious to warrant even an insincere compliment! LOL

Oh, by the way. Sushi Zanmai in Japan is totally different from the Sushi Zanmai we are used to, in Malaysia.

20 comments:

  1. How is the Sushi Zanmai in Japan different from the ones in Malaysia? Actually I don't really like Sushi Zanmai. Prefer Pasta Zanmai haha!

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    1. The difference is like night & day, in terms of quality.

      Sushi Zanmai here is already rojak - sushi joint, tempura place, curry eatery, soba/udon outlet... You know, anything Japanese food also sell.

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  2. The chef bias lah. Purposely complement a Caucasian and ignore a non Caucasian!!

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    1. Aiyoh, that one normal lah...Malaysians also like that. :-D

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  3. Never mind the sushi. Asakusa! ♡!!!

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    1. Yeah Asakusa.

      Sigh... I do miss Asakusa terribly :'(

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  4. Many posts have been written about foreigners' Japanese and the locals' response to it.

    The worse your Japanese, the more compliments you'll get. I don't think too much should be read into this; it's probably an attempt to make small talk or to encourage your feeble attempts.

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    1. Yeah... Anyway, that attitude towards "mat salleh/gwailo" can be seen here too. ;-)

      Anyway, I bet those guys don't get asked for directions as much as I did! :-P

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  5. Oh there're Sushi Zanmai at Japan too? But those sushis from your photo looks so yummy. Makes my tummy making sound dy...aiks!!!

    I've tried Pasta Zanmai at Sunway. *_^

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    1. Actually, it be should the other way round. It should be "oh! There's sushi zanmai in Malaysia?"

      Sushi Zanmai operates since 1979 in Japan, if memory serves me right.

      Anyway, I turn my nose to Sushi Zanmai in Malaysia. But at least they are better than Sushi King or Sushi Tei. :-P

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  6. Suhi Zanmai is a good restaurants, you know It's convenient to eat delicious sushi quickly I'm interested in sushi Zanmai in Malaisia

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    1. But if you come to Malaysia, you should try Malaysian food instead of Japanese food! ^^

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  7. No better place to stay in Tokyo than good old Asakusa. I miss good traditional style sushi restaurants. We tend to visit kid friendly sushi restaurants these days like Kappa Zushi

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    1. I haven't tried or visited Kappa Sushi yet. :)

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  8. By the way, if you've eaten at Sushi Zanmai, you've contributed to owner Kiyoshi Kimura's vast fortune. This January he bought a bluefin tuna for ¥155 million yen ($1,7 million), almost triple the record price set last year (at Tsukiji's auctions).

    These record-breaking auctions are held for publicity, mainly, and he certainly got it!

    You can see photos of the record tuna at Sushi Zanmai here (J):

    http://www.kiyomura.co.jp/notice/information_20130105.html

    BBC article here (E):

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-20919306

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    1. Nothing like a publicity to create more buzz, eh? ;)

      Can't call this stunt a "cheap publicity" though. :P

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  9. Hi! I knew you and your family very like Japanese Sushi. I hope you will come to Japan and go to Sushi Zanmai again soon.

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  10. Time to eat now! Your yummy sushi photos make me to feel more hungry!!!
    So delicious!!!!

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    1. Time for a sushi meal, then! :)

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