Look To The EAST, for Cheap Japanese Food in IpohMarch 22, 2010 | 10,735 views
Some of you might be wondering about the reason(s) behind the serious lack of Ipoh’s Japanese food posts on my blog. Last I wrote something of such trait was way back when I discovered A Lai I for the first time, after that same Japanese restaurant has been running for a good 3-4 years prior to my virginal visit.
Pathetic huh? In reality, I actually love Japanese food to bits, especially those promising the freshest of ingredients, the most authentic of dishes (aside from the usual California rolls, bento sets and xxx-Dons, which by the way, are exactly what Sushi King is heavily promoting now), and preferably, a reasonably-priced feast.
But of course, Japanese food don’t come cheap, nor do they come in abundance. The good ones, at least. I have visited almost all of the Japanese restaurants in Ipoh, save for Kizuna One at Royal Perak Golf Club, for they charge exorbitantly more, for the same fares one can get at Kizuna, the new Wasabi Japanese Buffet at 1Casuarina which is WAY over-rated for the price one pays, and some random ones sprouting all over Greentown, or Ipoh Garden East.
But of course, one of the oldest, and I have to admit, also a very famous joint happens to be Sushi East in Ipoh Garden East, on the same row as Yeolde English (which has been serving Western food for ages now). I have been here ONCE, when I have yet to start blogging. Probably 4-5 years back. By the way, Sushi East opened its doors back in 2004, a good 6 years now of history (legacy?).
But of course, the quality of the food was none-too-commendable, and I completely shut this place out of my to-blog list until now. But don’t get me wrong, for I have nothing against the restaurant itself, the proprietors, nor the staff running the place.
Which in contrast, were all very attentive and pleasant, almost remarkable for a restaurant of this stature. You even get to meet the lady boss (I assumed) face to face, for she goes from table to table, even pouring drinks and serving the customers.
Now THIS is something Mixed Cuisine can emulate to good effect.
However, the food at Sushi East is still below par, in my personal opinion. Cheap? Yes. Filling? Definitely, for they don’t skimp on the portions. But the cuts of raw fishes were not as stellar as I hoped they would be. But given the fact that most rolls are priced at an average of RM15/USD4.30 or so, and even the sashimi servings are so cheap, I almost ordered recklessly, had it not been the lack of table-space.
Yes, most tables seat ONLY up to 4 pax, and the 5 of us were busy finishing off one plate after another to accommodate the subsequent dishes. Not a very clever ploy eh?
The soft-shelled crab was surprisingly good at first bite, with added crunch from the breaded batter, topped generously with the tangy mayo-variant sauce. And that piece of crab exceeded our expectations, for usually at Japanese restaurants, they would serve you with the most tiny of pieces. The cooked items fared much better than their sushi, especially the (you-guessed-it!) generous cut of salmon cooked with teriyaki sauce; a surefire hit with my grandma no matter where she dines at.
The Damage :
Salmon Teriyaki Bento Set – RM19.00/USD5.40
Chicken Teriyaki Bento Set – RM17.00/USD4.80
Una Don (Unagi/Eel with Rice) – RM13.00/USD3.70
Yaki Soba (Fried Japanese Noodles with Vegetables) – RM9.00/USD2.60
Rainbow Roll (Salmon/Tuna) – RM14.00/USD4.00
??? Roll (Mango/Prawns) – RM10.00/USD2.80
Soft-shelled Crabs – RM9.00/USD2.60
Agedashi Tofu – RM5.00/USD1.40
Seriously, that meal for 5 cost us less than RM100, including free-flow of green tea for everyone. Economical eh? Comparable even to that darn blood-sucker of a Japanese fast food restaurant, Sushi King. Wait, I think this may even be cheaper.
Not a brilliant choice if you’re bringing your Japanese friend for a meal in Ipoh, but if you’re seeking for a fuss-free and cheap Japanese meal, this place may just hit the spot.
Address & Contact Number :
58-60, Jalan Medan Ipoh 4,
Bandar Baru Medan Ipoh,
31400 Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia.
Telephone : 605-545 6238/6012-592 6238.
Business hours : 12pm until 11pm daily.
Closed on Tuesdays.
Here’s a GOOGLE MAP to Sushi East