Since setting foot in Penang with its initial outlet in Gurney Plaza some months back, Sushi Tei has carved a name for itself in the Japanese food scene and gathered a line of loyal clientele. With the confidence built up, they have ventured into the Province Wellesley market with their recently opened outlet in Sunway Carnival in Seberang Jaya.
Since its debut in 1994, Sushi Tei has spread their wings to over 5 countries; from Singapore to Malaysia, Indonesia, China and Australia. Their menu features contemporary Japanese offerings to innovative dishes influenced by Asian flavours. Its menu begins with a revolving selection of appetizers, sashimi, sushi, tempura, to a variety of nabe, ramen, udon, soba, etc. There is also a modest and unassuming Kaiten (conveyor belt) encircling an open-kitchen that allows dinners to be entertained by the culinary activities of the restaurants’ chefs while waiting to be served.
As with many Japanese restaurants, Sushi Tei also provides for seasonal themed menus apart from the staple favourites and signatures that they are known for. The seasonal offerings coincide with Japan’s seasons of change and the ingredients that comes with it, Salmon harvesting season, Autumn’s special the coldest season, Aburi Spring season special, etc.
During the closed door food sampling event which we sat in for the magazine that we usually write for, we asked for dishes from their ala carte menu that are hard to go wrong with and that sets them apart from other chain restaurants.
Shiretoko(RM88.80), an assortment of thickly sliced fish sashimi and a heap of sea bream. The yellow-tail and butterfish sashimi were firm and tender with light undertone sweetness, the salmon creamy, and the tuna belly marbleised and rich. The sea bream pieces were creamy with a strong sweet taste.
Aburi Sushi Mariawase (RM26.80), a combination of 6 types of half broiled fish and scallop on a bed of gluttonised rice rolls. The pieces of selected juicy cuts had a smoky flavour that differentiates them from the usual sushi offerings.
Nama Kaki Aburi Wafuu Carpaccio (RM10.80), 2 pieces of succulent Japanese styled half broiled oyster Carpaccio served with a handful of raw sprouts, chopped spring onion and chopped tomatoes. It was slightly sweet, slightly earthy with hints of acidity, but the bitterness of the sprouts might not go well with some individual taste preferences though it brings a contrast of colours and an opposite texture spectrum with the smooth oysters.
Duck Aburi, 7 slices of smoked gamey duck breast served their tangy, savoury Carpaccio dressing and lightly bitter sprouts.
Gyu Misoki (RM15.80), sliced raw beef lightly marinated with a miso base sauce that comes with its own portable grill-pan. The sweet, nutty fermented aroma is immediately released when the beef slices are grilled over the red hot grill pan.
Kaisen Tan Tan Ramen (RM22.80), firm and springy ramen noodles served in a lightly spiced, sweet and creamy sesame base soup with succulent prawns, sweet scallops and savoury, sweet squid tentacles. The piping hot and comforting bowl of noodle was one of our favourites and is also one of Sushi Tei’s best seller noodles.
Although Sushi Tei is a pork-free Japanese chain restaurant, it does carry a list of beers and sakes that is very often a good companion to the flavourful contemporary Japanese dishes and Asian taste influenced offerings that their chefs create from their open kitchen.
All in all, Sushi Tei is one out of the many Japanese restaurant chains that we have visited and would not mind returning a good bowl of piping hot ramen, some quick snacks or chatting up with some all friends over some drinks in a private corner.Sushi Tei Sunway Carnival Add: Sunway Carnival Mall : LG-02&03, Sunway Carnival Mall, Penang. Tel +604 390 6014 Website: http://www.sushitei.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sushiteimalaysia These are some of the dishes that we have had in the past to their Gurney Plaza outlet: