Friday, December 30, 2011

Sushi Zento @ Precinct 10, Tanjung Tokong, Penang.

Well, I guess this is my first attempt on one of the new eateries in this new hot spot - Precinct 10. Located strategically at Tanjung Bungah area (right beside Island Plaza), Precinct 10 has ample parking space and most importantly, the parking is free (currently). Sushi Zento serves Japanese cuisine at reasonable price, especially all the sushi on their Kaiser Belt, from my observations, some of them are even cheaper than Sushi King and Sakae Sushi. As for ala carte, they have quite a lot to offer but since I was there for lunch, I opted for their set meals instead. The restaurant was not fully opened yet, the front part of the restaurant was still under renovation, worry not, you can always check with the restaurant whether they are open for business. Service was fine for me, mainly due to the sufficient man power in the restaurant, and the best part was NO government tax will be added to your bill.

You will be greeted by their friendly staff once you stepped into the restaurant. As mentioned earlier, their prices for the sushi on the Kaiser Belt are pretty cheap. Small sushi rolls are priced at Rm1.80-Rm2.80, while salmon sushi and some related sushi are priced at Rm3.80, Rm5.80-Rm7.80 are for those octopus, clams etc....

Crab Stick Sushi Rolls (White Plate, Rm1.80) were decent, just that they were not over priced like some other Japanese food outlets in Penang. You can always have some of these while waiting for your main course to arrive.

Ebiko Sushi Rolls (Green Plate, Rm2.80) was okay, as in the portion was a bit small in my opinion. They could have cut them into bigger pieces.

I simply adore their Salmon Sushi (Blue Plate, Rm3.80), the fresh salmon sashimi were perfectly sliced into suitable sizes and it did give me a very satisfying bit. The color of the salmon sashimi was very appealing too.

Wakatori Karaage Ramen (Rm17), it comes with a small plate of fried chicken and a bowl of Ramen. I shall start with the fried chicken, the chicken was disappointing, although the 5 pieces of chicken were quite crispy after some time but they were just ordinary fried chicken with no added flavors/distinctive flavors. Next on the Ramen, it 2 pieces of hard boiled egg, leeks, spring onions, Japanese fish cakes, and some bamboo shoots. The texture of the Ramen was quite springy and the portion was quite big enough even for a big eater like me. The soup was very so so only as it lacked of some saltiness in my opinion. The hard boiled egg was a failure. They have failed in sustaining the smooth texture of the egg (probably something happened when they attempted to peel the eggs) and ended up, the hard boiled eggs were fulled with "holes" on the surface and they affected the overall texture of the egg. Others were okay, especially the bamboo shoots, were very crunchy and juicy. 

Gyoza To Ramen Set (Rm25), it comes in a complete set which consisted of 3 Gyoza (Japanese dumplings), a bowl of Char Siew Ramen, a small bowl of Chawan Mushi, a Salad and 2 slices of Honeydew as dessert. Its definitely a set meant for big eaters, the portion served exceeded the value we were paying for! Start with the Char Siew Ramen, it comes with 3 pieces of Char Siew (Japanese Roasted Pork), others were pretty much similar to the Wakatori Karaage Ramen. The Char Siew were okay, the flavor was not too heavy nor unique but they were decent.

The salad and Chawan Mushi were not shabby, they have successfully maintained the soft and smooth texture.

Gyoza that comes with the set, there were not any shredded ginger provided earlier, and I had to request for them, anyway, the vinegar was mixed with some sesame oil which boosted the flavor till the max. The gyoza was extraordinary, the charred outer layer gives the dumplings extra crispiness and they worked well with the shredded ginger and vinegar.

Do always ask for their Seven Flavor Chili Pepper if you think that you need extra flavor in their Ramen soup.

Similarly to other Japanese Restaurants, you can find this Japanese Pickled Ginger on their Kaiser Belt too but unfortunately, their Wasabi (extra portion) will be given upon request only, they are not available on their Kaiser Belt.

Taste: 6.5/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Price: 7/10 (1-3 expensive, 4-7 average, 8-10 cheap)
Service: 7/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Parking: 8/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Service Charge: Yes 10%
Government Tax: No

Additional Information:
Address: 10-A-11&12, Jalan Tanjung Tokong, Precinct 10, 10470, Penang.
Business Hour: 11:30am to 3pm (lunch), 6pm to 10:30pm (dinner); Monday to Thursday; 11:30am to 10:30pm; Friday to Sunday or Public Holidays
Contact Number: 604- 899 2725

Jalan Concord 11 & Jalan Concord 12, Tanjung Tokong, 11200 Tanjong Bungah, Penang


  1. you are very fast to try out the new restaurant.


  2. u kidding ? by penang standards, the food sucks so bad even my toes are crying !!! try out edo ichi instead.....

    1. Agree with you. The food and service are both sucks. Very disappointed. And the price is not that cheap either.

    2. I see, been receiving bad comments lately, do provide me with more comments and let us hope that the person in charge gets to read the comment.

  3. Hi there, the food was okay to me, i have yet to try edo ichi yet, will do so when i have the chance =)

  4. Went to Sushi Zento few days back, It was very very disappointing with the bdly decorated sashimi which is not Fresh. Told a supervisor about it & he gave a feed back " it is a different part of the fish color different ! " Comeon la U think I firstime eat sashimi ah? But frankly speaking the lady Manager gave a good service. But frankly speaking I would avoid going there for Jap food if can. Really phobia with the sashimi!

  5. Hi there, oh really ? The sashimi was okay during my visit, thanks for your feed back, i have heard some complaints on their facebook page too, lets hope they can sort things out as fast as possible. =)

  6. I visited 2x...
    1st time...impressed
    2nd time...disappointed

    will give another chance...keep u all posted

    1. sure thank you, been receiving bad comments from readers, hope that your 3rd visit turns out to be better :)

  7. greeting,. nice entry,.
    but may you help me to get contact with the chef there,.?

    1. Hi, i am sorry, i don't provide such service to my readers, the phone number was provided in the blog post above, you may try to call them yourself....

  8. i want to be back to pg d .. too much of good food tempt me

    1. LOL i'm sure that you aware of this earlier right? ;)