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Sushi King – Penang

Prangin Mall
George Town

This is one of the Malaysian chain of Japanese fast food restaurants. It has a fairly limited à la carte menu but an extensive selection of small plates of food coming round on the conveyor belt. You sit at the sushi bar and help yourself to these plates, which are colour-coded according to their price. Most of it is very inexpensive anyway, with the most expensive dishes being RM6 (less than £1).

The staff are very friendly and helpful, and the food is tasty. It’s not as good as some other Japanese fast food chains, though. We noticed that salmon appeared to be brought in ready-cut in plastic packets rather than cut from the whole fish on the premises. It was still nice but it lacked the freshness we’ve come to expect elsewhere (such as the Fuji chain in Thailand).

Another downside for us was that they did not sell sake, the Japanese rice spirit. It’s always nice to have a sake with your sushi and sashimi. Sushi King does sell beer, however, so at least it’s not “dry”.

They also run a Privileged Member scheme, which costs RM15 to join. This entitles you to a couple of free gifts (a little green-tea set and a calendar) as well as 10% off your bills. It’s definitely worth getting this if you think you may visit more than a couple of times before the end of 2005.

Overall rating: 3 out of 5

To sum up, we ate there several times because it was the place which appealed to us most, and was convenient and quick. Until or unless we found something better I expect we’d continue to go back there.

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