Saturday again. And again, I had nothing on my social schedule. Shock horror. Two consecutive Saturdays of dating and courtship. Boy did she get lucky.
Anyway, you guys would know my views on two by two dating. The best place to go and eat is where you get 50% discount, so once again, we found ourselves making our way to that lovely little establishment, Zipangu, at the Shangri-la. I was craving the soft shell crab maki.
What is it with Japanese restaurants? What is that string of Japanese they utter as you walk in? I always feel like I am in a Pentecostal, Assembly of God Church whenever I make my way to the table, as I am bombarded with a foreign language in stereophonic sound, uttered by enthusiastic and polite waiters, maitre d and chefs. Something something "san....". It's a nice feeling to feel acknowledged, as opposed to going to some packed Chinese restaurant, where your presence is as incidental as a cockroach on the wall. Japanese, in contrast to Chinese, are very polite people. I recall seeing two Japanese bowing at each other under water during a scuba diving trip, when their air tanks accidentally clanged one another.
Foie Gras Winter Melon
At first I was alarmed, when I saw the new menu, coz it didnt have my favourite starter, the Pan Seared Foie Gras on A Winter Melon Broth. Previously priced at RM30 for two slices of FG, it is now RM25 for one slice, (but it is a slightly larger slice than one of the previous two), which is still fairly reasonable, considering where it is you're eating this. The foie gras as always is done to perfection, melt in the mouth and sends shivers up my spine.
I actually ordered some yellow tail sashimi, but in the end decided to opt for something cooked instead, so had the prawn tempura. It wasn't until we polished off 3 prawns that I remembered I was taking pictures. The prawns were juicy and succulent, and the tempura batter crispy and not reeking of that used oil taste.
I love mushrooms, in all shapes and sizes. It apparently is bad for uric acid. Mother Nature seems to have some personal vendetta against the mortals. Anything good tasting is bad in some way or other. The teppanyaki enoki was fried to perfection, with a subtle hint of butter.
One thing good about the Shang is the consistency of food. I have yet to have bad beef in this place. The beef is always tender, and juicy, and always done to how I want it. Coupled with some horseradish sauce, it is absolutely yummy.
Seafood Fried Rice
We're Chinese, and need our carbo fix. We shared a small bowl of seafood fried rice. It used to come with a plump scallop; I cant recall seeing one this time, but maybe it was broken up into the rice. The fried garlic, which probably was meant as a condiment to the teppanyaki, goes well with the rice.
Glorious Black Sesame Ice Cream
To top it off, I had a scoop of their black sesame ice cream. It's hard to find good BS ice cream. The only other place I've had outstanding BS ice cream is Isthmus. And the one here at Zipangu is pretty good.
There is no doubt that this would not be a cheap place to dine without the Shang Prestige Card. For the both of us, after discount, the bill came up to RM140. Which of course, is very reasonable, with foie gras and steak.