Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Sushi Ya Japanese Restaurant @ Straits Garden, Jelutong, Penang.

Lovers of Sushi, Maki and Nigiri might be glad to know or not that Sushi Ya has opened a new outlet in Penang island. The brand is well-established at Raja Uda and is known for its economical offering. Many budget eaters flocked the place when it was first opened; the new branch at Straits Garden, Jelutong is highly visible from the bustling Jelutong Street. But how economical is economical, you wondered? The items run on the Sushi Belt are priced either at Rm 1.90 (for pink plates) and Rm 2.90 (for red plates); while those on the menu are priced relatively lower than most Japanese restaurants in town. The trade off is of course the quality, which equates to the prices- cheap. Oddly, though the prices seem cheap, the final bill came to (4) us was slightly over Rm 150 (plus surcharges). There was no satisfaction at all; unless required, we do not see ourselves patronizing the place in the future.

Unatama Jyu (Rm 19.90)

Kaisen Salad (Rm 13.90)

Saba Shioyaki (Rm 12.90)

Teriyaki Salmon Kabuto (Rm 15.90)

We question Sushi Ya's understanding of the Science behind Japanese food. Our Teriyaki Salmon Kabuto (typically baked or grilled) turned out to be Deep Fried Salmon overly doused with saccharine sweet sauce. The misnomer dish was extremely greasy that we struggled to finish the dish. Adding salt to the wound is their Unatama Jyu with four piteous Unagi sitting on a bed of Rice and covered with thin sheet of Egg-gravy. The flavors were subdued and the gravy was underdone. None of the above managed to impress and convince us. We were thoroughly disappointed. 

Salmon Sashimi (Rm 12.90/ 6 pieces) and Ika Sashimi (Rm 5.90/ 3 pieces)

Tamago-maki (Rm 1.90/ Pink Plate)

Crabmeat-Mentai Sushi (Rm 2.90/ Red Plate)

We do agree that Sushi Ya displays their Sushi on Sushi belt well, the belt was constantly loaded with Sushi items. Most items on the Sushi belt were inexpensive stuff; ordering in-demand items shall be made via the servers. We had some of their Sashimi and we were sickened by the quality; some odd dark-patches were seen at the edges of the Fish and it seemed like they were overly chilled and the texture was a little icey. If you have noticed, basic item like Chawanmushi was of inferior quality- overcooked with "honeycomb" texture (refer to the below photo).

Chawanmushi (add-on Rm 5.90 together with Miso Soup)

Taste: 5.5/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Service: 6.5/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Price: 6/10 (1-3 expensive, 4-7 average, 8-10 cheap)
Parking: 5.5/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Ambiance: 7/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Service Charge: Yes 10%
Government Tax: Yes 6%

Additional Information:
Address: 349-01-09, Jalan Jelutong, 11600, Jelutong, Penang.
Business Hours: 11:30 am to 10 pm. Opens Daily.
Contact Number: 604- 609 1257

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