It’s the 1st of January today, New Year’s Day, 2019…so let me start off by wishing everybody all the best in the coming year, may God bless us all abundantly with blue skies and everything nice.

And talking about the start of something new, we have this new Japanese franchise place in town

Suchi Mentai

– it just opened its doors on Christmas Eve and is drawing folks by the droves.

We had a very good Japanese restaurant here once and we would go there quite frequently but the owners closed down the place eventually to concentrate on their other ventures here and also in Kuching. Since then, I had not been to any place Japanese even though there is another Japanese franchise (with two outlets now) here but after a couple of disappointments, I never went back again. We also have our own local one which is quite nice and has been around for a long long time now but somehow, I do not feel inclined to go there. My girl goes to one of their outlets quite often though, not me.

In the meantime, the only Japanese delight that I would get to enjoy would be our own homemade sushi – my girl and the mum would make it quite regularly and yes, with all the special ingredients used, I must say that i rather enjoyed those they have made so far.

Well, we did manage to check out this new one the other day – its opening hours on weekdays was supposed to be from 12 noon onwards and we got there at 11.30 a.m. but it was in full swing…

The carousel

…and already full except for one small table for 4 by the side, just nice for the 3 of us…so in we went, hoping that this would be very much to our liking and there would, at least, be one really good Japanese joint here for us to frequent.

Here, if it is full, you will have to go to the cashier’s counter to register your name and go and wait outside – there are seats provided but if all of them are filled, you will just have to stand in a queue…and yes, by the time we were leaving, there was quite a crowd outside. One thing’s for sure, you would never catch me doing anything of the sort.

The carousel went round and round non-stop with all the plates of sushi and yes, there was a very wide variety unlike at the other franchise place where when I went there, I noticed that they had all the plates of the same things circulating the whole time we were there.

We took a few of the blue ones (RM3.70 a plate), the raw salmon…

Sushi 1

…and the unagi

Sushi 2

…and the red plates (RM2.80 a plate), this one wrapped in seaweed…

Sushi 3

…and this one in the tofu pouch…

Sushi 4

…and we also had this…

Sushi 5

…and this…

Sushi 6

…and this…

Sushi 7

…and one of the yellow plates (RM1.80 each)…

Sushi 8

All in all, they were all right, none that got me all excited – honestly, I do think the ones we make  at home are nicer but my girl enjoyed herself very much. This would be a very convenient stop for her when she comes back from her school in the jungle on Fridays for the weekend as if I am not wrong, they are not so busy at those odd hours, around 2-3.00 p.m. in the afternoon.

We also ordered à la carte from their menu…


…their chawanmushi (RM3.80)…


…which was nice and so was their salmon mentaiyaki (RM15.45)…


…but the chicken teriyaki (RM10.00)…


…did not really impress – it was nice but the thought of easily cooking our own at home, and probably do a much better job of it, kept running through my head.

Everyone I asked on Facebook said the soft shell crabs were good so I ordered the spider tempura (RM15.80)…


…but no, the crustacean was bland, quite tasteless and the batter too. The only think I liked in the basket was the pumpkin simply because the vegetable in itself is sweet so that saved the day.

All in all, inclusive of our drinks, the total came up to RM77.50 but with the 10% service tax, it was RM85.00 altogether.

SUSHI MENTAI, Sibu (2.303279, 111.843161) is located at Wisma Sri Minyak, Lot 3065, S/L4, No. 23&25, Ground Floor, Pedada Lane 7 (Now Jalan Dr. Wong Soon Kai).

Author: suituapui

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

16 thoughts on “Hoping…”

  1. Happy New Year! I like the facade on this place! I need to catch up on more of your posts, too!

    Thanks, Jennifer! And the same to you when the countdown begins over at your side of the International Date Line. Cheers!!!

  2. I just had Japanese recently, I am aiming at that salmon mentaiyaki and I like pumpkin tempura too

    So many over at your side, spoilt for choice. Here, beggars can’t be choosers.

  3. They all look good and nice, that much I can say.

    Happy New Year to you and your family.

    Thanks and the same to you and yours.

    It was all right, service was good and fast – this much, I would say.

  4. There is one near the place where I buy pork. But somehow, I am not too keen and based on your experience I don’t think I would be rushing there anytime soon. Happy New Year to you and your family!

    Thank you and the same to you and yours. Maybe that one is nicer, you’ll never know. That’s what I do not like about franchises – two in the same town, one can be good while the other isn’t really so. No quality control.

  5. The sushi looked good and delicious.

    Happy New Year to you and family!!

    Thanks and the same to you and yours. Sushi’s ok – I like our own homemade, extra ingredients.

  6. Hi Arthur, wishing you and your family a Happy New Year! Hope 2019 will be good to you 🙂

    Thank you, and to you and yours too! I most certainly pray it will.

  7. Those are some decent looking sushi especially for the price. Happy new year to you and your family.

    Thanks, and the same to you and yours too.

    The sushi was ok – not more or less those same prices there? At those prices, I sure would think twice about going for those – many nice things I can have with that kind of money. Once in a while is ok…for a change.

  8. Our town also got one outlet. Often full or crowded during peak hours. Probably because its more cheaper than the other Big brand.

    Yeah, when we went to Sushi King, the bill went up to over RM100 even though we did not eat anything much. Looks like it is more expensive.

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