I spotted a new kaiten sushi restaurant a little while ago at Mid Valley Megamall. I’m pretty much a sushi snob, so I haven’t had kaiten sushi in years, but here’s what intrigued me about Sushi Jiro Mid Valley Megamall. They boast of a single price per plate of sushi.
None of that colourful plates with different prices, so you don’t know how much you pay in the end. Every platter of sushi on and off the conveyor belt is just one fixed price RM3.38 each, and if you eat 6 plates or more, it’s just RM2.99 each. I was more curious about that, than the taste to be honest.
Sushi Jiro (not to be confused with the famous Jiro Sushi of Japan which is fine dining) is situated incongruously upstairs, in the middle of a walkway along the quieter sides of the bustling Mid Valley Megamall. It is just 1 floor down from the cinema, and makes a good place to pop by for a quick bite before a movie.
Seating is fairly limited, so large groups will have problems getting comfortable seating. The maximum the booths fit would be about 6 persons although you will have an easier time if you were just 1-2 pax, so you can sit by the counter.
I wasn’t sure what to expect from a RM2.99 plate of sushi if I’m to be honest (I did plan to eat at least 6 plates). My tastebuds have been more suited to sushi and sashimi that cost far more. While I wasn’t expecting a lot, I did not expect Sushi Jiro to serve mini sushi.
Clockwise from Top Left: Salmon Mentai Mayo, Sanma Maki, Unagi, Tamago Mentai Mayo, Scallop, Kani Mentai Mayo
These pictures are close up to show you detail. In reality, each morsel fits in your mouth in one go, with space to spare. The little rice balls are tiny, with very basic topping. 6 plates was just about enough to line your tummy for healthy appetites, so it isn’t very much at all.
You can pick your plates off the conveyor belt as they go past, or you can order them off the menu on the table, and it will be delivered to you by a cute little train-like device that stops precisely in front of you. Be warned that when they’re busy, orders can take a long time to fulfil. The couple next to me were complaining that they had waited for a long time for their orders.
For the most part, the toppings were quite measly. Slices of fish were paperthin, and there was just enough topping to give you a taste of what the sushi was. You eventually find yourself filling up on the rice. That said however, I can understand why it is so popular.
For non-sushi snobs who want fast Japanese-inspired sushi that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg (6 plates of sushi with no drink cost me just a hair under RM18), or for those who aren’t that fussed about their sushi, then this is your best alternative to other conveyor belt sushi chains – at the very least, you can eat a fair bit without feeling the pinch.
AMBIANCE: Noisy and bustling. Best for popping by quickly for a quick meal without lingering, as they are quite busy and seating is limited.
SERVICE: Service is available and you can call waiters over with a little bell that is very helpful. If ordering sushi off the menu be warned that they can take a while to get to you when they’re busy. During busy periods, sushi on the kaiten can be a little limited in variety.
PRICE: At RM3.38 per plate or RM2.99 per plate if more than 6 plates, this is very affordable for Japanese food
TASTE: Average and not for the fussy. Sushi snobs will turn their nose up at this. I thought it was fun albeit not something I’d have again in a hurry.
I believe this is part of the Super Dining chain, which are the ones who run Sushi Zanmai, Hokkaido Ichiba and their ilk. It’s like the budget version of those quick Japanese restaurants.
SK-16, Second Floor,
Mid Valley Megamall
TEL : 03-2202 2638
OPERATION HOURS : 10am – 10pm
A new concept of conveyor belt sushi where all plates of sushi are just one price. It is very affordable and allows you to indulge if you aren’t fussy about taste or portion sizes. Each sushi is tiny, and fits easily into the smallest of mouths. The novelty factor is the variety and the price. Taste is average, and toppings are paper thin and rather measly. Fun just to see how much you can eat without breaking the bank.