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Senin, 23 Juni 2014

Sushi Kiosk! By Sushi Tei

Hi Eaters,

I'm a big fan of sushi. Well, actually I loved Japanese cuisine but sushi seems to hold a special place in my heart. The reason would be because of its small one bite size, and also the many varieties it has.
And as a sushi lover, it was a joyful moment when I knew that there was a sushi restaurant who held an All You Can Eat promo. So this was my culinary journey at Sushi! Kiosk by Sushi Tei.



This restaurant is located at the upper ground level of Mall Ciputra. It has a sharing venue with Pepper Lunch, so you will find there are two restaurants occupying the same dining area. For me, it's great because I can eat two kinds of food from two different restaurants at the same time.
The waiters are not that much, so you have to expect busy services here when the restaurant is fully crowded. Luckily when I got there it wasn't that crowded, maybe because it was still hours away from dinner time.


The inside of the restaurant is quite spacious, with wooden element dominating the restaurant. Giving it a warm kind of feeling. The seating are wooden chairs and sofas, you can choose any of your comfort.
Sushi shelves
Sushi shelves
Sushi shelves
Sushi shelves
Bento shelves
Bento shelves
Near the entrance there are shelves that contained sushi put in transparant plastic cases for customers to choose. There are also shelves that contained sashimi and bento in plastic boxes. The concept of this restaurant basically is Grab And Go. So customers can just grab any sushi, sashimi or bento of their liking and just straightly pay them at the cashier. But if customers prefer to have a dine-in then they can ask for the food to be heaten. Yup, the ones on the shelves are preserved cold.
Choices of beverages
Choices of beverages
Choices of snacks
Choices of snacks
In the center, right in front of the cashier there are stands where you can choose between a variety of beverages, snacks and ice creams. So it's really resembles a kiosk in particular. You can ask for the waiter's help though if you feel confused about the food.
All You Can Eat Menu
All You Can Eat Menu
The bill
The bill
As I mentioned earlier, for this visit I get to try the All You Can Eat buffet. The All You Can Eat costed IDR 135K nett after tax and service charge. I was given a menu consisted of a list of items I can order. The system was for me to order as much as I want to the waiter, I can't go and grab myself. I also got a glass of ocha refillable.
Having put a brand which has a great reputation as the best sushi restaurant such as Sushi Tei in their restaurant name, I have great expectation for Sushi! Kiosk.
So let's start eating!
Ika Sushi, Salmon Sushi, Unagi Sushi
 Ika Sushi, Salmon Sushi, Unagi Sushi
Ika Sushi, Salmon Sushi, Unagi Sushi
 Ika Sushi, Salmon Sushi, Unagi Sushi
First I would like to tried something that's not rolled. I tried the Ika Sushi, Salmon Sushi, and Unagi Sushi. So Ika means squid. I loved it. It didn't have that fishy smell, which was good. The Salmon was good also. Salmon was always my favourite for sushi, and the salmon here wasn't disappointing. It was nice, juicy, and fresh. The unagi was excellent too, cooked beautifully and seasoned well.
Ebi Sushi and Unagi Sushi
 Ebi Sushi and Unagi Sushi
The Ebi Sushi made me fall in love with it. Seasoned to perfection. No weird and tangy smell. I'm loving every bite of that shrimp. Wonderful.
The rice was also seasoned perfectly. The right amount of vinegar, so it's not too acidic. And I loved how the rice was very fluffy too.
Wasabi
 Wasabi
The wasabi here are given in sachet. You can ask for more if you ran out of it. Even though they were in sachet, but they're very spicy and went well when mixed with the soy sauce.
Baked Salmon Crispy Mentai
 Baked Salmon Crispy Mentai
Baked Salmon Crispy Mentai
 Baked Salmon Crispy Mentai
Next on I tried the sushi roll. So most of the sushi roll menus are the same as the menus in Sushi Tei. My first order was Baked Salmon Crispy Mentai. It had a bit of spicy sensation. The salmon was great, cooked beautifully. I love the colors. In the center there were those crispy tempura batter and seaweed, giving a texture of crunchy crisp in every bite. Great.
Crispy Cheese Roll
 Crispy Cheese Roll
The Crispy Cheese Roll had kani, seaweed, cheese crumble and cucumber in its center filling and then topped with tobikko. The cheese wasn't too salty and it combined very well with the kani. Again, it's rich in texture. I get the crunchiness from the cucumber. It's so delicious.
Salmon Skin Spicy Maki
 Salmon Skin Spicy Maki
Next one was the Salmon Skin Spicy Maki. It's very delicious. Loving how the salmon skin was seasoned. It's so savory. The flavor was right, not too spicy but I can felt that bite of chilli inside which was not so overpowering the salmon. The layer of tobikko added texture to the moisted rice. Perfect.
Aburi Salmon Roll, Spicy Salmon Maki, Gyu Volcano Roll
 Aburi Salmon Roll, Spicy Salmon Maki, Gyu Volcano Roll
Gyu Volcano Roll
 Gyu Volcano Roll
The Aburi Salmon Roll, Spicy Salmon Maki, and Gyu Volcano Roll were also terrific. The Aburi Salmon Roll topped with that delicious salmon, floss and mayonnaise. It's so delicious, I was afraid I might bit my cheek. Always my favourite menu on Sushi Tei, now I could feel the same taste here. Wonderful.
The Spicy Salmon Maki was also a treat. I just love everything about a salmon dish, and this one just made my day. The perfect level of spiciness. I can put some wasabi and boost the level of spiciness. Salmon at its finest.
The Gyu Volcano Roll with that spicy mayo topping the kani, tempura batter and tuna. It's excellent. I felt the acidity of the mayonnaise just perfect. The level of heat was fine, the tuna cooked nice. Every bite just kept me wanting more and more. 
Cold Ocha
Cold Ocha
The Cold Ocha was served in a small glass. Frankly, I couldn't taste the flavor of the tea. Simply just water. Could be better with stronger flavor and aroma.

Actually I could ordered so much more. But as my last order came to the table, the restaurant started to get pretty crowded. With only about three waiters available, there were jusy too many service to catered. Not to mention they also had to clean up the table, take the dirty dishes away, even for the customers of Pepper Lunch.
It was so annoying for me because I had to wait so long for my last order and I had to go and refilled the ocha by myself. It was so hectic, the waiter even forgot about my order, so I decided to cancelled it since I didn't want to wait too long.
I just wish they would add more waiters regarding the busy service traffic.

Overall conclusion, bearing the name of Sushi Tei in the restaurant's name, I think Sushi Kiosk really lives up to the brand. Identical menus with Sushi Tei followed by the same delicious taste. The place is comfortable, even though it's shared together with Pepper Lunch. The prices are cheaper than Sushi Tei, considering this is a Grab and Go restaurant.
I've heard so many complaints about cold sushi. Well that shouldn't be a problem if you ask the waiter to heat it up. Usually they always heat it when a customer order for a dine-in.
This restaurant could be an alternative for you sushi lovers, especially Sushi Tei lovers.
Just remember to be patient with the service on busy hours though.

Keep on chewing!


Jazzy Dee

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Sushi! Kiosk by Sushi Tei

Mal Ciputra Lt. UG No. 30 A
Jl Arteri S Parman
Grogol Petamburan, 
Phone: (021) 5606552
Jakarta Barat, DKI Jakarta 11470, Indonesia

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