Monday 27 April 2009

Review: Pasta Zanmai @ 1 Utama Shopping Centre

**Pork Free**

Enough of fish for the time being, let's move on to some other things...

Each time we asked boiboi what he would like to eat for lunch/dinner... his standard reply would be pizza or lasagna but recently he developed a taste for fried rice *roll eyes* and this lil fart knows which restaurant have nice fried rice! So there was this time he said he wanted to have fried rice so I took him over to this part of 1U to go to Canton-i. He saw Carl's Jr and said let's have burger. Next thing, I saw the banner next to Carl's Jr... hmmm... the food pics looked very tantalising. I showed him the one with fried rice and he was like OK and so the place was Pasta Zanmai.

Somehow the person ended up with fried rice was Capt'n Hook. He ordered Tori Garlic Rice (RM13) which is basically a serving of a very fragrant garlic fried rice with generous amount of deep fried chicken prices ala Japanese and a side salad. Very value for money I would say. The chicken pieces were tender and moist but crispy on the outside.

PZ - Tori Garlic Rice RM13

My boiboi ended up with a pizza!!! Hahaha... ok he asked for Teriyaki Chicken Pizza (RM22). I supposed the picture of the pizza with a poached egg on top made a very pretty picture indeed. Luckily this is no fast food joint where the pictorial menu is extremely way off from the items you received. Almost like WYSIWYG... the ~8-10" thin crusted pizza has light layer of teriyaki sauce and topped with teriyaki chicken pieces and onions plus a perfectly poached egg. Squeezing of mayonnaise and sprinkling of spring onions and shredded nori finished the ensemble. My boiboi ate all but 2 slices of the pizza but without some pieces of chicken! Eating this pizza is one messy affair especially after the runny egg yolk flowed all over but nevertheless it's rather enjoyable affair. It's too bad there isn't any wash basin inside the restaurant. I have to bring boiboi to *ahem* Burger King to wash his hands :p

PZ - teriyaki chicken pizza RM12

As for myself, I had Niku Onsen Tamago Rice (RM16) which came with white rice, beef slices, a poached egg and side salad. The slippery smooth beef slices is flavourful and cooked just right to my liking. If not mistaken add another RM3, you can have this in a set where there are miso soup and salad or was it chawanmushi (can't really remember).

PZ - Niku Onsen Rice RM16

Capt'n Hook ordered an Agedashi Tofu (RM9). One of the better one we have tasted and the portion is very generous. The deep fried starch layer is thin, the tofu is silky soft and the tentsuyu broth tasted just right not too salty.

PZ - agedashi tofu RM9

Funny it's a pasta outlet but none of us ordered any pasta dish hehe so I guess that will be next round. There is a 10% service charge and 5% Government tax imposed here.

Pasta Zanmai (1 Utama)
G210B, Ground Floor Promenade,
1 Utama Shopping Centre,
No 1, Lebuh Bandar Utama,
Bandar Utama Damansara,
47800 Petaling Jaya
Tel: 603 - 7728 1210
Business Hours:
Sun - Thurs 10.00am - 10.00pm
Fri - Sat 10.00am - 10.30pm

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  1. Wonder how it compares with "Pasta de Gohan by Waraku" !?

    Nice pics!

  2. The food here is good despite tight seating and on 2 occasions served with chipped bowls. I particularly like the ink noodles.

  3. it's from the Rakuzen chain, I like it quite a lot too. :)

  4. I found the place crowded, because of the tight seating. Have yet to try this place because of that! =P

  5. just had this last thurs! the food is good. beware of the dessert tho! ;)

  6. Why these kind of Jap restaurant don't open some branch in Penang ar? *geram* I want some jap food.. Jogoya, Sushi Tei, Pasta Zanmai, Shabu Shabu...

  7. erm... went to pasta place to eat rice meh ? :p
    but the pizza looks good!!

  8. No pasta? Haha, am looking at the garlic fried rice, looks good.

  9. I'm in love with the look of the pizza! See, put a poached egg on anything and I'd love it! I'd proaby tell them to go easy on the mayo though... contemporary Jap cuisine tends to get very heavy handed with it! Pasta prices are a little offputting though.

  10. I love the pizza, their pasta really not bad too, just had unagi pasta that day~~

  11. Their pasta is good with lighter Japanese sauces - very different and tasty! Try their Avocado Salad with Sesame dressing - it's my fave there, never failed to order it!

  12. Julian, I'm curious too :p

    worldwindows, urrghh i hate chipped bowls in restaurants :(

    KY ;-)

    Joe & Bangsar Babe, hmmm the day we went wasn't packed at all surprisingly and we found it rather comfy.

    nomad gourmand, ooo too full for desserts :p thanks for the warning

    allie, be patience ya

    hahaha ling, i guess we were rather hungry cos we skipped lunch

    food promo, yes it is

    550ml jar of faith, eeekkk you oso like me and boiboi leh hahaha beh than when it comes to eggs

    yoohhh mimi & pure glutton, makes me wanna go for pasta now!

  13. the beef looks thick! was it tender?

  14. ciki, the beef slices are not thick, tender and soft like your cheeks :D

  15. mmm pizza looks really interesting, tempted to try!


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