What I did for love…

I wonder if anybody remembers this place but I have had posts on it before, for instance…here. It used to be the only surviving Japanese restaurant in town – the others all closed down one by one…but now, there is a new one that my daughter went to not too long ago. Well, we went back to that old place the other night…

Sushi Tie, Sibu

…as my daughter simply loves Japanese food. Like I’ve always said, anything that makes her happy will make us happy too so we all tagged along even though we are not that crazy over the cuisine.

My missus had the spicy ramen bento (RM14.90)…

Spicy ramen bento

…which was quite nice except that I did not quite fancy the excessive use of sesame oil in tossing the noodles.

My daughter had the unagi don (RM12.50)…

Unagi don

I’ve had this before and I found it quite pleasing – I’ve always liked the Japanese-style braised eel, that’s why.

As for me, I decided to try the gyu don (RM11.50)…

Gyu don

…which was, in fact, beef strips with rice. I did not think it was nice – just edible…and for one thing, there was not much gravy or sauce in it so it felt like I was eating boiled beef with plain white rice. It did taste a lot better when I added the sauce from the yakitori chicken (RM8.80) that we also had…

Yakitori chicken

This was to everybody’s liking.

Melissa also ordered the hana salmon sushi (RM4.30)…

Hana salmon sushi

…but the serving was so little that we just let her finish all that by herself. I guess she misses the salmon that she would have ever so often when in Wellington, New Zealand.

I also ordered this tempura moriawas (RM12.50)…

Tempura moriawas

…that comprised a few prawn fritters, two brinjal fritters and one small sweet potato fritter. It was kind of bland…and we had to soak it in the special sauce provided to enhance the taste a little bit.

By the way, should anybody be dropping by the place, do not be deceived by the special offer sign – buy 2 “red plates” (like the salmon sushi above), get one free. Read the hardly-visible fine print way down below – the offer period was already over. I certainly made it a point to express my displeasure and tick the cashier off for not taking down the sign. Tsk! Tsk!

Dining at such places is certainly not cheap, I must say – the total came up to RM71.10 for the three of us…and what amazed me the most was the fact that despite the exorbitant prices, the place was packed. Well, at least Melissa enjoyed the dinner and to any parent, I guess that would be all that mattered…

FOOTNOTE:
All photographs in this post taken by Melissa using her Canon IXUS. The place was a bit too dim for me to take any reasonably nice pics.

Author: suituapui

Ancient relic but very young at heart. Enjoys food and cooking...and travelling and being with friends.

37 thoughts on “What I did for love…”

  1. Hey, the price is a bit steep for that kind of food! Japanese food is all about freshness, presentation and taste which I find what is lacking in the pics…though can’t say about the taste. Since I know what Mel like to nom-nom, I’ll bring her to my fave Jap place if ever she visit me:)

    This one’s slightly cheaper than the other place in town, I hear but from the photos I find the presentation at the other place better. Mel thinks they taste more or less the same but they have different things to offer on the menu. That’s why I’m not a fan of Japanese cuisine – the taste. It’s very mild…to me, bland and many things taste just about the same. Mel went to a Japanese restaurant once in Welly – NZ$25 for a chicken bento…and she never went back again. So shocked that it was so expensive…even though I always told her to go ahead and enjoy eating whatever she likes, never mind the price. She said it was good though and the portion was huge…

  2. we are celebrating valentine’s day at a japanes plc called nobu.very nice food there

    Do they bang the tables and counters when you enter…chanting “Lima sen, dua lima sen…..”? Don’t be deceived! Nothing costs lima sen or ten sen (2 X lima sen) there! Muahahahahaha!!!! Enjoy yourself… ๐Ÿ˜‰

    1. not this one, more fine dining concept so they asked can i get u a drink at the bar while u wait to be seated? hehe! but hve been to ones that greeted us really loudly saying something like ‘wakalimasan’ or ‘mushi or something, i thot they were authentic japs so when i asked which part of japan u from? They say malaysia haha!

      ROTFL!! Maybe from Sibu, Sushi Tie-trained. LOL!! The fine dining ones…not so authentic anymore lah like that – got ang-mo gaya already… ๐Ÿ˜‰

  3. Thought they bang tables saying “lost your sense$” paying so high price for so little food..hahaha

    That certainly makes sense… Normally, it would not be enough for me…but after the feast during Chinese New Year, that was a welcome change.

  4. Just as expected have to dig deeper into our pockets to get a ‘filled’ stomach if you go for Japanese food. They are great no doubt about it. We have something in common here ‘expensive’ daughters who just love Jap food..haha Oishii.~;).

    Thankfully, mine does not spend on much else…other than food and books, so it is perfectly all right. Often have to nudge her a little to get her to spend. LOL!!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  5. Now, I feel like having jap food. Yeah, it seems expensive but I guess it’s the same anywhere. Haha… U guys have a good time anyway.

    Yup…that’s the most important and besides, I would not be going to such places anymore once she has gone back to NZ. ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. You eat jap food for love. Me, i eat steamboat (everything tastes the same!) to humour the wifey ๐Ÿ™‚

    Hey! I like steamboat. I love the soup…and also the dips. The belacan dip at that Twin Star place or what’s the name now is really very nice. For steamboat at home, I will usually make my own chilli dip with lots of lime and garlic… Yum!

  7. Morning Sir. The food in this kind of mid -class restaurants are often over rated. Jap food is all about fresh top class ingredients, I suppose that dull color salmon does not do the price any justice. How about Zen sushi ? heard that they just venture into sibu ?

    The salmon was o.k. Maybe it was the dim orange light at that place. My daughter says Zen’s good too…slightly more expensive, different things on the menu. Well, they claim that everything’s air flown – really really fresh…but unfortunately, often no stock…as they do not keep. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

  8. I like this phrase,”anything that makes her happy will make us happy” how great a dad you are…

    by the way, i am an ardent fan of anything japanese, from onna no to oishi japanese food…

    Gee! Usually old people not really crazy about Japanese food, only the young ones. Ah well…you’re still young… Muahahahaha!!!

  9. Japanese sushi food are always priced very high, yet lots of ppl go there because it caters to a different taste. For me I go on special occasions only, luckily my partner is not a fan Kf sushi. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Lucky you… Will burn a hole in your pocket. LOL!!! With that kind of money, I think there are a lot of things that I would prefer… ๐Ÿ˜‰

    1. XD, but you should have a very deep wallet! So no worries for you !! Hehehe

      Ya…this meal also sponsored by Sports TOTO – still got enough where that came from. Muahahahaha!!!

  10. i never never touch japanese food again after try sushi at sushi king. i don’t think it worth the money nor taste that great.lol. but i might try the unagi, the picture look good! yuum3

    You can buy one whole slab of braised unagi at supermarkets like Isetan in KL (Lot10) – a lot more to eat and I guess would be cheaper that way.

  11. my aunt used to send us ramen instant noodles .. haha she’s working in Singapore but i really don’t know how the taste differs from the other noodle soup…

    i never had a chance to taste sushi…

    by the way arthur… i sent a message to you on Facebook…
    thanks a lot for sharing these bunch of yummy dishes
    have a great day and happy blogging

    Yup, will get down to it this weekend. Just gone back to work, a bit busy right now. I also think ramen is just noodles…and the packet ones are no different from other instant noodles. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

  12. We have very nice Japanese restaurants in JB called Nijyumaru and the price of most of the common dishes are more or less similar to those franchises so I think it is more worth it to visit those restaurants. They do cater some exotic dishes at higher prices. I have photos of the dishes but were too lazy to blog about them. I will, next time, if I visit that restaurant again.

    I’m sure you have nice places in JB…catering to Singaporeans and earning their currency. No doubt it would be more expensive…but much better than elsewhere in the country.

  13. Yes, I agree Jap food is all about the freshness and presentation. Don’t be fooled by the many Jap restaurants and food chains around us…many do not do justice to the authentic Jap food. And authentic Jap food IS pricey. Over here, if I crave for it, I would normally go to a couple of Jap restaurants owned and operated by a Jap couple, whose husband is also the main chef.

    In Penang? If they’re Japanese, then there can be no doubt that it’s authentic. The one my daughter went to in Wellington, they were Chinese – dunno from where.

  14. Wah, reasonable cheap wor compared to other sushi restaurant! normally the salmon rolls with mayonnaise filling will cost about RM6-RM8(depends on its size)!

    Quite expensive by our local standards. I think if the prices are higher, not many people would go. Not me, that’s for sure.

  15. Japanese food not for me. But it’s very healthy wor

    Not for me either… My daughter loves it so just had to take her there. Hope to take her to the other one again before she leaves next week. How time flies… ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

  16. Jap food, my favourite!!

    I never get sick to have Jap food everyday. hahahha, but it is expensive.

    Ok for you lah…so kaya. Can eat every day. Muahahahaha!!! But I think you still prefer Sibu Foochow dishes, right? ๐Ÿ˜‰

  17. Eh, in KL, la. Too bad Japanese is not your favourite food, otherwise I can take you there when you’re in KL. What type of food do you fancy?

    I like Indian, Thai, Indonesian and Malay…and Chinese. I do go for western cuisine too – not a fan of Japanese and Korean.

  18. the gyu don will be better with lots of miso & onion gravy. like how Ichiban does it. My hubs loves the beef don rice.. esp when drizzled with sesame seeds

    LOL!!! The name sounds like itchy bum…like the former PM, itchy bawah. Muahahahaha!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

  19. by looking at all the foodie pics, i really miss japanese food right now..lol. yea..yakitori chicken is always something i die for…

    It’s o.k. but given a choice ,I would go for satay… ๐Ÿ˜‰

  20. Compare to Miri, I think it is cheap. We have a few Jap restaurants here. For the most expensive one, it will easily cost RM100 per person.
    The raw ingredients are not cheap.
    Never mind, once in a while only to keep the economy going!

    Miri a lot of rich orang minyak mah…plus the even richer ones from Brunei! I only go when my daughter’s home. Wouldn’t see me going when she’s not around.

  21. When it comes to Japanese food, my girl can shake hands with your girl… she is on for those food anytime of the day… like u said, as long as they are happy, it is all that counts…

    Yup…and next week, she’ll be flying back to NZ already… No chance to pamper her anymore till she comes home again end of the year. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

  22. Sushi Tie… There’s a Japanese restaurant here in KL, Sushi Tei.. Nice food they serve but Japanese food is expensive as always.

    I don’t think they’re related. This one is Tie – named after the proprietor with that surname.

  23. Unagi I want! I love unagi and dont mind having lots n lots of them!

    Can buy…Isetan supermarket and at the others in KL as well, I’m sure. I bought one home and my daughter enjoyed it so much!

  24. wow, the unagi don looks so nice lor, you evil thing show me this kind of nice food at this dinner time @_@

    the name of the restaurant is quite funny woh, Sushi Tie?? haha!! ๐Ÿ˜€

    Pronounced “tear” (as in teardrops), a Chinese surname – the surname of the guy who opened the place. So? You’re having Japanese for dinner? Muahahahaha!!!

  25. i m not sure what happened but my mouth got itchy (allergy) to the raw fish at sushi tie.
    it never happens to me in Japan before, neither the sushi restaurant at KL….
    By the way, the sushi i m having here in japan only cost about rm3.50 each and the price is fixed.
    Most dishes are rm3.50 but there are some (only a few) that cost you rm7.
    nyam.

    Thank goodness nothing of the sort happened to my daughter or my missus. They had raw salmon in their orders. Nah!!! I don’t think I’ll enjoy the food even in Japan itself. Went there a long time ago…and was not impressed. Just not my cup of tea, I guess…while others may like it a lot. When I went to Thailand, it was a completely different story. Yum! Yum!

  26. chicken yakitori looks nice ๐Ÿ™‚ we have lots of japanese restaurants here but they are not cheap. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Expensive everywhere, it seems. The thing is I do not really like it and with that kind of money, I would rather spend it some place else on food that I like.

  27. Wow….nice food. I love Japanese food but they are very pricey here. I went once. 3 pieces of duck sushi cost about 4 pounds!! Can’t fill my tummy. I better learn to make at home. Ya, as long as your girl is happy, it’s worth it ๐Ÿ˜€

    Well, it is so easy to make – no reason for it to be so very expensive really. Well, I think I saw lots of sushis at your New Year party – can make already lah? LOL!!!

  28. Err… I dun really fancy Japanese food… dunno y… always feel that they are too bland for me… prefer Korean food over Japanese food…and Msian food over all other foods. Hahahahahaha!

    Yup…It’s too bland for those of us more used to strong tastes…very gentle and mild like the people themselves. You like Korean because of the kimchi, I guess – I don’t like that.

    1. Haha, yea… I like korean food cuz I kinda like kimchi…the taste very strong… sourish and spicy(anything sourish goes well wif me… lol), so I like alot…very appetizing… abit like our own sambal and acar nyonya… . I can baham bowls of rice with kimchi alone in one sitting. =.= Used to even put it in my instant noodles too… *pengsan* My anak likes kimchi too… he likes to take them just like that… lagi dahsyat than me. Hahahahaha! Used to make my own cucumber and cabbage kimchi at home… but now dowan to make liao… better buy… cuz each time make, the chilli powder will make my hands hot and pain. (never use glove ma)

      We have a Korean restaurant here…been around for years now and they give free kimchi to all diners – I never touched it. Ewek! LOL!! ๐Ÿ˜€

  29. Awww.. that’s so sweet! ๐Ÿ™‚ And I know how you dislike japanese food, yet you went there just because Melissa likes it! Super cool dad!!

    Well, I wouldn’t be dropping by once she has gone back to NZ, that’s for sure…

  30. wah two japanese posts in a week! you should be a fan of Jap food now!

    Just making the most of the time I have left with my girl – she loves Japanese food but she’s leaving next week to go back to NZ. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

  31. I am not a fan of Japanese foods but I neither dislike it.

    When i want to eat Japanese foods, I have many restaurants to choose from. Seems like many Filipinos like Japanese foods.

    Same here – I wouldn’t mind having them but I would not go out of my way to have them again.

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