Monday, January 26, 2009

I think we're alone now...

Sushi Zanmai, the Gardens, pre-CNY: Tiny booth featuring dark woody interior, a lone 60-watt-or-summat lamp, affording unusual privacy in a crowded, high-traffic restaurant. Mel referred to this as the perfect setting for an extra-curricular rendezvous. Somehow, Richard Ashcroft singing "God knows you're lonely souls" comes to mind.


We had met up for yee sang and by golly we were going to have us some yee sang, even if it was all but two of us, at a sushi joint. The festive menu offered up the perfect deal - salmon yee sang for two! A trio of lemon juice, olive oil and honey drizzled on a bed of very fresh salmon sashimi and fresh shredded vegetables and tempura fritters.


Humble in size but big on taste! Am usually indifferent to yee sang, but this one really stood out, due to the use of fresh vegetables and the absence of those more commonly employed, highly-pigmented bits and pieces (what exactly ARE those anyway? Flour crackers? Plastic squiggles?)

I'm not a huge fan of the sushi here, hence we did noodles to bump up our meal instead. Mel ordered the tempura udon, which came a way smaller portion than expected.

My hiyashi chuka ramen - refreshingly cold and generously topped with a variety of all-time favourite Jap ingredients like wakame, kanikama and chuka kurage.

Mel demonstrates creative use of Sushi Zanmai's packaged napkins, for love refugees and runaway lonely hearts staying incognito from the disapproving eyes of this crazy, crowded season.

13 comments:

worldwindows said...

Happy Chinese New Year to you and your family.

backStreetGluttons said...

Wish we were here !
Happy New Year

thenomadGourmand said...

hey..yee sang for two! thks ..now i know where to get my yee sang fix! Gong xi gong xi ya!

Selba said...

Whoaaa.. having yee sang in Japanese restaurant, that's so cool! :)

Happy Chinese New Year!

J2Kfm said...

happy CNY to you .... funny seeing Sushi Zanmai so empty ...

babe_kl said...

May the year of Ox bring you all the happiness, good fortune, health and prosperity you wish for.

Steven Goh said...

wao.... new year with sushi, nice leh. The layout of that restaurant really looks like in the cell cage. The first picture looks to me like the guy is in the cell for lock up :)

Life for Beginners said...

One soul can be lonely but there are two of you... so instead of lonely, it's just an intimate CNY with a jolly close friend and confidant. :)

Gong Xi Fa Cai!

ck lam said...

Nice way of presenting your review :)
Gong Xi Fa Cai!

mimid3vils said...

Happy Niu Year!!!!

550ml jar of faith said...

Happy Chinese New Year everyone! Remember to feast up good before the season wraps up!

vkeong said...

I think my blog's the only one without yee sang among all food blogs, lol!

Lyrical Lemongrass said...

Hehe...never seen Sushi Zanmai so empty like that! The title reminds me of a 90s song...sign of the times, baybeh....