Sunday, May 1, 2011

Sushi Boat Of Dataran Pahlawan Megamall

Anyone who knows me reasonably well would know that I try not to dine at any Japanese restaurant whenever I am back to Malaysia. The reason is pretty obvious isn't it? It is just like going to Japan and order a plate of nasi lemak, which can cost you RM50 and most of the time, it will hardly be as good as a packet of humble nasi lemak wrapped with banana leaves inside and old newspaper outside you can get from a mak cik stall by the roadside. 

However, having a girlfriend who has special liking for Japanese food, it is sometimes not easy to ignore her craving for Japanese food. Michelle has been wanting to drop by this place for some time already, but she was patient enough to wait until I am back, so that we can go there together.

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Sushi Boat on the third floor of Dataran Pahlawan Megamall, just opposite to Carrefour supermarket.

There's a new sushi place which started its business early last year in Malacca's Dataran Pahlawan Megamall. They named their place with a catchy name - "Sushi Boat".

Going by its name, you should be able to roughly imagine what kind of concept they use for this sushi place. The concept is slightly different from other fast-food style sushi restaurants, where they replaced the kaiten or conveyor belt with a neat canal system. The plates of sushi are served on little watercrafts that travel around the stall.

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They know that it is important to have a logo that is kawaii as their business deals with Japanese food.

The watercrafts and the sushi bar are designed to resemble a traditional Japanese fast water taxi called chokkibune, famous in the Edo era and enjoyed a romantic status in Japan. The name "chokki" means the tusk of a boar, referring to the long raking stem.

I have never dined at Sushi King or Pasta Zanmai in Malaysia, but the setting they have at Sushi Boat is certainly something refreshing. Although the idea is still the same, i.e. you pick your plate of sushi of your choice, use a chopstick to "kiap" the sushi and put it into your mouth, the way they present and serve the sushi in small boats is what that distinguish this place from the rest.

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The concept might not exactly original, because I have seen some sushi restaurants in Japan that serve customers' orders in mini shinkansen (bullet train).

Here comes the most important part of any food review - the food itself.

I might sound harsh here, but this is just my personal opinion about the food at Sushi Boat and others might disagree with me. Despite being a relatively small sushi bar situated in the middle of a heavy human traffic spot, the sushi here is surprisingly quite good, though not extra-ordinary. One thing that makes me wonder however, is their wisdom in including a mayonnaise bukkake in its decoration. Their "abuse" in blowing their mayonnaise load on every.single.plate of uramaki made us unable to get the real taste of the ingredients on the sushi.

That, to me, is a major letdown to the otherwise fascinating place that serve relatively good sushi.

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Cucumber and sesame seed rolls.

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Egg omellet rolls.

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Seafood rolls with excessive mayonnaise bukkake again.

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Edamame, boiled green vegetable soybeans.

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Salmon and maguro rolls, with cucumber, crab stick and egg in the middle.

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Unakyu (freshwater eel) cucumber and mango roll.

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Chuka idako (baby octopus).

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Hotate (scallop) and seaweed rolls.

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Anago sushi (saltwater eel).

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The girlfriend's all-time favourite - salmon sashimi.

If you are craving for good quality sushi, I would not say this is the best place to go, although I doubt you will ever find any alternatives that serves really good sushi in Malacca. Sushi Boat is more suitable for people who wish to drop by for several plates of sushi over a high-tea session. Another letdown was the green tea. It was almost tasteless and it was like drinking a cup of hot water mixed with a few  micrograms of green tea powder.

Price wise, I would say it is slightly more expensive than Sushi King. Nevertheless, considering the quality between the two, I still believe that dining at Sushi Boat is more worth it, although my view is just based on the reviews I heard from others about Sushi King, because I have never stepped into any Sushi King restaurants in Malaysia before. Sounds kinda pathetic, isn't it?

Anyway, here is a good news for students out there. They give out 20% discounts for students on weekdays but I am not sure if this offer is still running now. So, you might fancy to have a try at Sushi Boat while enjoying its bukkake meals haha wtf!

3 comments:

k0k s3n w4i said...

i think kokiya is the best place to get japanese food in malacca (which is quite near michelle's house), but that's really not saying much.

thanks for the heads up about that blogger using my pics without permission. seems like she left my watermarks intact though :)

k0k s3n w4i said...

sushi boat's salmon skin roll is actually quite nice, by the way. it's a custom order so you won't find it on one of their little boats.

calvin said...

@ k0k s4n w4i:
michelle never mentioned about kokiya to me before, so perhaps i should ask her to take me there one day : )

i have seen my photos used on other sites too. but well, i guess i am fine with that because i take that as a compliment by telling myself my photos must be nicely taken, otherwise people wouldn't wanna use it in their sites. yes, i do sense some vanity in me haha :P

might suggest michelle to try on their salmon skin roll next time since she is such an ardent fan of salmon :D