Pasta Zanmai @ Sunway Pyramid
After my post on Sushi Zanmai , friends have asked for Pasta zanmai. Since I visit them every now and then anyway, so why not. In my opinion, one thing great about the pastas here would be the texture of the spaghetti. Unlike other pasta restaurant, there aren’t any other choices of pasta. Only spaghetti with Japanese combined ingredients. Most spaghetti here comes with creamy sauce of sesame and cream. Then the chef cleverly plays around with a lot of combinations of the few similar ingredients and voila! I tried a few choices out of the many in the menu. If you are a fan of avocado like me, try the kani avocado set. The pastas here come with the choice to have it either ala carte or with the set, ie it comes with soup and the salad.
Do note that the salad here is refreshingly amazing thanks to the Japanese salad sauce.
Then I also like the salmon pasta very much. Raw salmon on spaghetti, sprinkled with sesame and the fragrant from the sesame brings out so much taste of the pasta.
Other than creamy sauce pasta, there is the Japanese curry pasta. Felt like a big pond of Japanese curry with spaghetti swimming in it. Think diluted Curry Don, but replace rice with spaghetti.
If you dislike so much sauce in your pasta, you can try the Unagi pasta. Slightly stirred with some onions and garlics, and topped with plump Unagi. This cannot go with thick, creamy sauce because Unagi itself has got a stronger taste. Thus, the need of milder taste from the pasta itself.
Most items in the menu were palatable, except one that I came across which I thought they probably would have tried a little too hard with the creativity. Nonetheless it was something different from the rest. Most kind of just use the sesame salad sauce, but this one got them stirring in some chicken, shrimps, carrots and broccoli. I love the broccoli, but I don’t find this any fascinating.
Just when you thought they only have pasta (given the name), they also have rice, sushi, and hand rolls. In fact, I thought they have really interesting hand rolls. There is this item which I thought was rather intriguing and strictly for sharing despite the word ‘mini’ in the title. The Mini kaki kimuchi pasta and the mini tori karaage garlic rice. Both come as a set and trust me when I say this, the fresh oyster in the kimuchi pasta was a darling. The garlic fried rice came a bit too hard to my taste bud. So I didn’t have much liking to it.
Whatever you do, avoid ordering the bake crab. It was basically macaroni and cheese with a bit of chopped onion baked inside a crab shell. I don’t know why it’s called the bake crab. How about naming it baked macaroni in crab shell instead.
There is some few fascinating dessert here and most of it I find them interesting. But at that point of the time, I thought I should go for the dessert of the month, a treat with mango. I love how they tango with the presentation. And mango fan would love it.
But my favourite finishing to the meal is non-other than a sip of green tea. Here, the minimum order would be a pot for 2 and refillable of course.
Do note that when you walk into a full house, walk out before you feel like straggling the waitresses to death because the wait can be quite frustrating.
Pasta Zanmai is located at :
Lot F1. 73, Sunway Pyramid Shopping Mall,
No. 3, Jalan PJS 11/15, Bandar Sunway,
46150 Petaling Jaya,
Selangor Darul Ehsan.
Tel: +603 7492 0710 & +6012 – 777 0710
Fax: +603 7492 0712
10am – 10pm (Open daily)
Total price for what was ordered came up to about Rm 180, including the tea. For the quality, I guess it was rather reasonable but because I was really frustrated with the service, I wouldn’t bother returning for more.