When I tell people I’ve never eaten at Pasta Zanmai, they are surprised. Many of them have been raving about this place, and I’ve read many reviews about its food. Pasta Zanmai serves Fusion Japanese food, so expect dishes like pasta with unagi and pizza with salmon slices. The restaurant occupies the back portion of a retail shop selling Japanese food item. rif and I plonked ourselves at the table where a group of our friends were seated, and ordered our food. The portion of my Kaki Kimuchi Pasta & Tori Karaage Garlic Rice (RM23 per set) was pretty generous. However, I didn’t like this set at all. The garlic rice was not garlicky at all, and the chicken karaage was pretty average. I bit into a bad mussel in the Kimuchi Pasta, so that pretty much ruined my mood for the noodles.rif liked his Ikura Salmon Sashimi Pasta & Chicken Katsu Rice set (RM23). I had a bite of each, and both didn’t impress. While the portion of the chicken katsu rice was big and it came with a lot of runny egg, it tasted very, very ordinary. I really didn’t like the Ikura Salmon Sashimi Pasta – it tasted horribly fishy. The ingredients did not complement each other well, and it left a sick taste in my mouth.To wash away the foul taste in my mouth, I drank plenty of green tea. As I was pouring my last cup of tea from the pot, a housefly came out with it. I called the waitress and told her about it. Her reply? “So what you want me to do?” “Call your manager, NOW,” I said.
She never called the manager. I called for the bill 5 times, but no one attended to me. Impatient, I walked straight to the counter and asked for the bill. They shouldn’t even charge me 10% for the service. I told the counter guy (who looked like a manager) that there was a fly in my tea. His reply? “Oh……sorry.”
Horrible service with below par and unhygienic food. There was SO MUCH MSG, it’s not funny. I had a massive headache (MSG gives me that) the whole night, and an awful feeling at the back of my throat. I’m never going there again, not even if you were to pay me to eat the food there.
Verdict: I don’t get why this place is even popular in the first place. The food sucks.
Ground Floor Promenade
1 Utama Shopping Centre