The good thing about going to a sushi restaurant is that there are many different kinds to try, so it never gets boring :)  And Sakae Sushi at The Mines, Seri Kembangan has become my place to have my Japanese food fix.

Brought C here for dinner before we went for the Big Bad Wolf Sales.

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My favourite sushi item here was the Goma smoked duck. The chewy, tender bits of duck tasted more like bacon than poultry,and was wrapped in inari (beancurd) with a layer of rice underneath. The resulting flavours were a mix of savoury (from the duck), sweet (from the beancurd) and sour (from the vinegar), coupled with a creamy texture from the sesame dressing. D for Duck, D for Divine.

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DO NOT get the Chicken Karaage from the belt. Order a freshly fried one from the tablet menu instead. Why? Because the one I lifted from the belt was cold, dry and tough from being left on the conveyer for too long. :/ The taste wasn’t bad but it would have been much tastier hot.

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River snail inari. Snails had a crunchy texture and the sauce had a spicy miso flavour.

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Another one of my favourites was the ebi (shrimp), which was topped with a generous smattering of creamy mayo. The mayo had a smoky, peppery flavour which complimented the fresh, springy ebi and rice really well.

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The Tempura Moriawase : Juicy, cooked-just-right fish, thin slices of eggplant that were crispy on the outside but soft on the inside, large and crunchy prawns, green pepper and long beans made up this platter of golden fried goodness. Despite being fried and crispy, the tempura did not leave that nasty, oily taste in the mouth.

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To wrap up the meal, sweet mochi. This took forever to serve.. and I couldn’t find any rotating on the belt. They served it still hard so we had to wait a couple of minutes for it to become bouncy. They came in different flavours such as red bean (azuki) and sakura. Not too sweet, which is how I like it. :)

Sakae @ The Mines has earned a loyal customer for their affordable and yummy Japanese fare. You know how it is with chain restaurants; not every chain has the same quality. (The Sakae at 1Utama was horrible. I remember vomiting for three days after I ate some bad salmon… that was in 2009 and I never went back there again.)

Still, I’ll be popping in this branch every now and then. :)

SAKAE SUSHI (The Mines) 

Lot L3-19B, Level 3, The Mines

Jalan Dulang, Mines Resort City

43300 Seri Kembangan

Selangor Darul Ehsan,  Malaysia

Opening hours: daily, 10am – 10pm 

For my first review of Sakae, click here