Oh Sushi Japanese Restaurant @ De Garden, IpohAugust 20, 2010 | 11,932 views
Sashimi Moriawase Hanzo (RM56.00/USD17) – An enticing platter of fresh and thick cuts of raw fishes and boiled shrimps presented on a bed of shaved ice, with a cube of grated wasabi
I have to confess. The sudden onslaught of new eateries sprouting up in Ipoh surprised me, and my apologies for the delayed reviews of such places. For a variety of reasons (excuses?) of course.
One being the bane of spanking new outlets; pathetic level of service & mediocre/inconsistent quality of food. Not to mention the unacceptably long waiting time for your food to be presented on your table.
Another reason being of course; the procrastinating factor. Dear readers; I am but a mere mortal without a designated gang of ‘makan kaki’ (wanna sign up?) ….. and I do not own a gold mine, or one blessed with a silver gold platinum spoon in my (motor) mouth. All the food reviews on this blog are paid for with cold hard cash dripping with blood, sweat and tears.
Oh Sushi - A very pleasant dining environment amidst the team of affable staff, soft hums of classic Japanese tunes emitting from the speakers, and endless colourful plates of fresh sushi on the kaiten belt.
Cut the crap and let’s move on to the review of the day. One for the weekend, so to speak.
Oh Sushi Japanese Restaurant launched their maiden outlet in Ipoh recently, at De Garden; a hub of retail outlets largely populated with chain eateries (you can read my reviews of Pappa Rich, Ayam Penyet, Wong Kok Char Chan Teng, Tutti Frutti Frozen Yoghurt and TOS Coffee Bistro by clicking THIS LINK) situated next to Jusco Kinta City.
The name sounds familiar? Because this is the SAME Oh Sushi @ Midvalley Megamall in Kuala Lumpur, another pet project of the Kubota Japanese Restaurant group. Read on to find out how Oh Sushi stacked up against their adversaries; the other independent and chain Japanese restaurants in Ipoh ……
One of the few places in Ipoh where you can find fresh and thick slabs of Toro (tuna belly) at a fairly reasonable price. RM15.00/USD4.50 for the Toro Sushi above.
Oh Sushi @ De Garden is not visible from the main roads, but the restaurant is somewhere between Burger King/Boston and Wong Kok Char Chan Teng; for a lack of proper directions.
Warmly ushered to our seats, the bright ambience with a moving kaiten belt of colourful plates of sushi caught my eyes. The place can easily seat a crowd of 100 and above, though if you’re going in a larger group (say, 8-10 patrons and above), it’s highly recommended that you make a reservation prior to your visit.
The sharp tang from the Mentaiko (marinated Pollock roes) was the perfect foil to the sweet and succulent shrimp on rice. (RM4.80/USD1.50 for two pieces)
Started off with some ‘lighter’ raw food; we chose the platter of mixed sashimi (Sashimi Moriawase Hanzo) with three slices each of salmon (sake), yellowtail (hamachi), butter fish, tuna (maguro), sweet shrimp (ama ebi) and octopus (tako). They also provide other deluxe combination with toro (tuna belly) and/or uni (sea urchin) for a heftier price.
Served on a bed of finely-shaved ice, with shiso leaves, few wedges of lemon and a rectangular cube of grated wasabi (tasted different from the wasabi placed in containers making their rounds on the belt), the fishes were fresh and sweet, with reasonably thick cuts to please the avid fans of raw seafood. Only the yellowtail had a faint hint of fishiness, but not too distracting. The maguro (tuna) was good; a fact that I relished most since I like tuna more than the other types of raw cuts in Japanese cuisine.
The Toro Sushi (fatty tuna belly) was a pinkish, fatty and juicy cut of tuna that slides down one’s palate with much ease. I expected a slightly thicker cut, but still enjoyed the sushi nonetheless. After all, we don’t see tuna belly on most menus here in Ipoh.
Ten Don (RM12.80/USD3.90) – Deceptively small portion; I doubt this is sufficient for even the lightest of eaters. A bowl of white rice topped with assorted tempura (batter-fried prawns and various vegetables)
Hotate Don (RM15.80/USD4.80) – Scallops with egg omelette and onions on rice.
Clockwise from top left : Wakame Jyako Salmon Skin (RM8.80/USD2.70), Zaru Cha Soba (RM12.80/USD3.90), Katsu Don (RM13.80/USD4.20) and Teppan Salmon (RM13.80/USD4.20)
However, the cooked items paled in comparison to their raw counterparts. The Donburi, for example were not exactly stellar in terms of taste or presentation. Katsu Don (deep-fried chicken with eggs and onions) tasted rather bland, while the Hotate Don fared slightly better but the scallops were a little too soft than juicy or retaining their naturally plump/crunchy texture. The Salmon Belly Shioyaki (grilled salmon belly with salt) was delicious, but the portion left little to the imagination. Let’s say, even a child can wallop the serving in 1 minute flat.
Salmon Belly Shioyaki (RM12.80/USD4.20) – Deceptive shot this one, the cuts of salmon belly were about two inches in length, at most.
The Japanese Seaweed Salad (Wakame Jyako) with Salmon Skin was a bad choice, with barely shredded crispy salmon skin and more lettuce than seaweed. The Zaru Cha Soba (cold green tea noodles) arrived in a clumpy manner; making it hard to dip the noodles into the sauce (soba tsuyu) on the side. Though the Teppan Salmon was quite good; with a tangy sauce laden with grated radish.
The number on the colourful plates on the wall depict the prices of the respective sushi on the kaiten belt. And good to know that they’re opened 7 days a week, though take note that on weekdays, they are closed for a 3 hours period in the afternoon.
On the whole, the dining experience at Oh Sushi was not exactly a miss, but a mixed bag of good and bad choices. Interesting items to look out for?
Wagyu beef (RM68/100g) and Kobe beef (RM110/100g) are served in a sizzling manner, on hot stones. And the prized beef cuts are also served nabe mono style (Japanese steamboat stew). Uni (sea urchin) is also featured in sashimi platters, or you can go all out and order a full tray of them for RM90+, or half a tray at RM55/USD16.70. Not forgetting the delectable options of ordering Toro (tuna belly) from the menu.
Oh Sushi does NOT offer bento meals (set meals or ‘lunch box’ meals), nor value sets. Hence everything’s ordered ala carte style, so you’d better be prepared to squeeze in some extra minutes in figuring out what to order from their rather extensive menu.
OH SUSHI JAPANESE RESTAURANT (PORK-FREE)
DGR-2,3 & 4, De Garden Zone D,
1, Persiaran Medan Ipoh, Medan Ipoh, 31400 Ipoh,
Telephone : 605-547 4199, 547 1687.
Business Hours : Mon-Fri (11.45am – 2.30pm, 5.30pm – 10.30pm), Sat-Sun, Public Holidays (11.45am – 10.30pm)
** Opening promotion – Get 10% off from the total bill for dine-in at Oh Sushi. Limited time only **
See the Trend in the Desserts? STRAWBERRIES overdose?
Strawberry Moment Dessert Cafe opened its door recently at De Garden as well, facing Oh Sushi Japanese Restaurant. Review to come at a later date, but you can read my accounts of our experience at Strawberry Moment back in Cameron Highlands. Other new outlets at De Garden include Boston Restaurant and I Love Yoo! (soy milk + you tiao).
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