Sushi is definitely one of my most favourite Japanese cuisines. As I would say, sushi is a small bite of heaven. Just to describe how much I am loving the dish.
Some renowned sushi restaurants have already been in my visiting list. But one particular one hasn't. It offers affordable sushi with price tags that are easy on your pocket.
This is my culinary diary at Sushi Miya8i.
So this restaurant is owned by celebrities. Names like Thomas Nawilis, Dude Herlino, Christian Sugiono, Adi Nugroho, and a few more, are owners of this restaurant.
I came here with a couple of my Openricer friends, @dmangakaz and @akuadin. We decided to hang out together that day, and Sushi Miya8i was our choice of place to hang out.
Anyway, I've read quite a lot negative reviews about this restaurant. But again I should always remind you to always give it a try yourself to have a clear judgement and not basing it on someone else's review. So luckily I was helped by a dining voucher for all you can eat sushi at Sushi Miya8i.
This review itself, I am going to write it honestly, based on my dining experience so I won't mislead you. I'm going to be completely honest to prevent any further disappoinment.
The service was disappointing for my consideration. Sadly I have to say so. The waiters weren't standby on the indoor dining area. They only came to deliver orders, so it's pretty annoying that customers have to get up from their seat and call the waiter or having to wait until the waiter enters the indoor dining area. And I think they should smile more so customers could feel a friendly service.
The service also wasn't fast. Supeeerrr sloooowwww!!! And the restaurant wasn't even crowded. It's really annoying!!! My friend had to wait for like half an hour just for a bowl of ramen. I have to wait like more than 20 minutes just for a plate of sushi. Pretty disappointing. And it seemed like the other customers that day felt quite the same.
Why don't we start with what my Openricer friends ordered? BTW I apologize for the pale-colored pictures. The bold red color paint on the restaurant's wall really put an impact on my pics.
First is the Okonomiyaki - Rp. 15.000.
The Okonomiyaki here were presented sliced with carrots filling, topped with mayo, soy sauce (which I think is ponzu sauce) and shaved katsuobushi.
Not much to say about the okonomiyaki. It's quite decent. The flavors were too mild for my palate, almost like bland. Luckily the soy sauce and the mayo helped quite a lot. Otherwise it would be nothing special.
For something that uses cheese (or I thought it would be) I couldn't barely felt it. What's good about it maybe the crispy layer outside. But besides that, there were nothing special. The rice wasn't sticky, no trace of vinegar. Really felt that they used regular rice instead of Japanese rice.
At first, the waiter brought the wrong ramen. My friend wished for it to be replaced. And then he waited....for a friggin half an hour (I think it was more)!!! I mean, seriously, did it take that long just to boil ramen noodle and minced the beef??? By the way, those are the only ingredients on the bowl.
The taste was just so-so. Me and my friends agreed the taste was like Indonesian's "Toge Goreng". Yup, the ramen soup tasted so similar like that.
Now let's see the sushis that I tasted yesterday. By the way, as I said earlier, I used a dining voucher for all you can eat sushi which included refillable ocha and a scoop of ice cream for only Rp. 79.000. Anyway, I was really glad I used a voucher. You will know why through this next review.
I just don't get it. An all you can eat, but they limit it to only 4 platters? WHAT???!?!
Seriously, I would never believe if this restaurant make another all you can eat promo again.
Anyway, this is my first platter. There are 5 different (or maybe the same? well, they all seemed to taste the same!) sushi menus in this plate. 2 are fusion rolls, and 3 are maki rolls.
Well since I was given something pre-determined (and they called this an all you can eat), I wasn't aware and had no idea just what was the names of each sushi presented to me. So pardon me if I only mentioned some that I do know, and not all of them.
Deep Fried Cheese Roll. Basically this is the same as the one my friend ordered. You can check by scrolling up. But for an all you can eat they only gave me 2 pieces! So disappointing!
Kappa Maki (Rolled Kyuri). This one came in quite a small size (and I mean small like mini size). The fillings were cucumbers. Nothing special.
Tekka Maki (Rolled Fresh Tuna) & Salmon Maki (Rolled Fresh Salmon). Disappointing. The fishes weren't fresh as they claimed to be and weren't that much incorporated either.
Floss Salmon Roll. This one had chicken floss in its toppings with baked salmon in the filling. It tasted ok for me. Not disappointing, but not mind-blowing also.
Yin Yang Roll. This is the sushi with black and white sesame seeds on its toppings. Tasted pretty decent also.
Jumping Jack Flash. This one uses tuna, torched tuna and also ponzu sauce. The flavors were again too mild. They should have used bolder ponzu sauce.
Crunchy Pizza Sushi. I don't know what's so special about this one. It's just nori with rice and crunchy tempura crumble on top and dressed with chilli sauce. The taste is no where near the taste of pizza.
Tasted pretty much like a renowned yoghurt drink. They weren't disappointing, but I really hoped they had more distinctive taste.
Overall conclusion, well once is enough. The service was not pleasing for me and my friends. The foods weren't so special also. But maybe it's quite reasonable since you know as they say in Indonesian "ada harga, ada rasa". Actually the prices weren't quite affordable for my opinion since the sizes of the sushi are so darn small.
So if ever you should come here, you must really tolerate the service and also the foods. This place might be suitable if you only want to have a light snack. It needs a lot of improvement IMHO because regarding the restaurant's concept of affordable sushi, I think it has a bright future ahead.
I've had better sushi elsewhere, so to be back and have a dine here again..?? Well, maybe not.
Keep on chewing!
Jl. Tebet Raya No.58B
Phone: (021) 83792877