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Kyu N Kim ramen with two different types of soup
Tucked away in Precinct 10, Sushi Zento has been serving up Japanese meal with pork besides other meats. Renowned for its sushi, yakitori and teppanyaki, other dishes include selection of ramen, sashimi and other assorted dishes. The restaurant has two seating area, with an outdoor air-conditioned area with cosy setting. The other area has a Kaiten belt which services a number of tables and a teppanyaki section with an open kitchen concept.
At Sushi Zento, the udon made fresh with Japanese flour comes with rich pork broth and pieces of roasted pork belly; the Kushu ramen to mention just one. Another interesting ramen is the Kyu N Kim. Priced at RM22, the noodle comes in a huge bowl with two separate and different types of soup and ingredients of roasted pork, flavoured egg and black fungus.
Also not to be missed is the Charshu Chahan, a fried rice dish with roast pork belly.
Yakitori selection of tuna belly wrapped with pork bacon
Moving over to the yakitori, pork selections to tempt your palate are a plenty and particularly interesting is the tuna belly wrapped with pork bacon. The meat has intense grilled flavours and matches well with the succulent tuna belly.
On top of that, there are also several grilled dishes and a crowd favourite here is the Buta Amiyaki – grilled sliced pork served with amiyaki sauce and sesame seeds (RM19). For pork side dishes, the pan-fried gyoza is delicious, filled with a mix of minced pork, cabbage, onions, chives and Japanese leeks!
On the beverage list, there are hot and cold sake, variety of Japanese beers, shochu and a pleasing all-time favourite green tea. For desserts, choose from the traditional ice-cream such as green tea or black sesame.
Diners will have a pleasant experience of dining at Sushi Zento with its comprehensive and innovative menu of appetisers, salads, soups, sushi, set dinners, bento box set meals, yakitori, teppanyaki and lunch specials.
Sushi Zento 10-A-11 & 12 Precinct 10 Jalan Tanjung Tokong 10470 Penang Tel: 04- 899 2725
Business Hours: Monday to Thursday 11:30am to 3.00pm (lunch) 6.00pm to 10:30pm (dinner) Friday to Sunday or Public Holidays 11:30am to 10:30pm