Sunway Giza is not a unfamiliar location to most. Located right in the middle of the booming township of Kota Damansara or Dataran Sunway to be exact, Sunway Giza is practically the right formula for a piece of successful commercial real estate. And located here, are some of the most popular local and international eateries such as Full House, Chili Pan Mee, Jin Xuan Hong Kong Dim Sum, Daorae Korean BBQ, Lan Jie Steam Fish, Tao Cuisine, The Uma. Dessert shop aren’t lacking too. SnowFlake, Chatime, Ochado, Baskin Robbin and even Tong Pak Fu Hong Kong dessert.

I will cover ALL of these, someday. Somehow. But I would like to bring you attention to one particular Japanese restaurant, Ichiban Boshi which is located inside Sunway Giza, on the 1st floor. Tucked hidden in a corner, you’ll just need to turn around and look back as you take the escalator to the 1st floor. Once inside, the restaurant is pretty spacious. Like most Japanese restaurants, there are seats next to the Kaiten Sushi (sushi conveyor belt) for those who can down endless supplies of sushi. And of course, seats with a view. In this case, views of the Giza Mall below.

Food choices are aplenty, ranging from set meals to ala carte and of course, sushi. A good Japanese restaurants are particular in what they serve. Down to the wasabe. Wasabi is Japanese horseradish and is used as a condiment accompanying your Japanese food. Good and genuine wasabe is very hot and will cause a burning sensation in your mouth so you should eat very small amounts or you’ll find your eyes watering. On the other hand, if you don’t feel any of this when you take your wasabe, you may want to check the ‘freshness’ of your wasabe with the chef.

If you are not sure what to choose, here are some tips. Firstly, go for some sushi. It doesn’t matter if you’re going to order set meals or ala carte later, just order some sushi. A good Japanese restaurant is very particular in the way they make their sushi. Sushi rice has a very delicate flavor and is usually made with short grained rice, water, rice vinegar, sugar and salt.

There are many types of sushi, but just to name a few below are some list of it FYI :

Sashimi: Raw seafood served chilled and sliced, and elegantly arranged. It’s usually prepared with fish fresh from the water, refrigerated but never frozen.

Nigirizushi: Nigiri means something like “hand pressed”. This type of sushi is the most common type at the sushi bar: A small oval made with rice, with an expertly cut slice of fish on top, and with a dab of wasabi on it. Most types of nigirizushi are meant to be dipped in soy sauce, and must be eaten in one bite, slowly. Close your eyes and feel the different textures in your mouth while you eat every piece.

Gunkan: Battleship sushi. This looks like a nigiri piece wrapped once in seaweed. It’s called “battleship sushi” because it resembles the cylindrical sail of a submarine or battleship. Most caviar sushi (e.g. uni, tobiko, ikura, masago) are wrapped in the gunkan style.

Makizushi: Maki means “rolled”. This kind of sushi consists of fish (or crab) and vegetables rolled in a sheet of nori (roasted seaweed) and rice. Makizushi is usually served sliced into bite-size portions. In some restaurants it will be listed as norimaki (seaweed roll) in the menu. Makizushi is an excellent choice for those venturing into the sushi bar for the first time, particularly if they are squimish about eating raw fish. The taste and crackling texture of the the seaweed, the visual delight from its appearance, and the combination of salty seaweed, sweet rice, and delicate fish and vegetables soon win even the most reluctant experimenters.

Temaki: Te = hand. Temaki describes the hand rolls, something like a Japanese nori taco, that you bite into. Many of the ingredients you’ll find in makizushi also exist in temaki.

All the sushi education here does not measure to anything if you don’t try it. Go on, grab a bite and you’ll know what I mean. And here are details on Ichiban Boshi.

Restaurant name : Ichiban Boshi
Food Type : Japanese
Price Factor : Medium Cost

Address : Sunway Giza Shopping Mall, Kota Damansara
Tel : 03-61481844
Email : giza_ib@res.com.my
Facebook : http://www.facebook.com/IchibanBoshi.RESM

Other Locations :
Ichiban Boshi Pavilion Shopping Centre @ KL
Tel : 03-21416621 (Bukit Bintang)
Email : pavilion_ib@res.com.my

Ichiban Boshi Solaris Dutamas Shopping Mall @ KL
Tel : 03-62032271 (Beside Solaris Mont Kiara)
Email : solaris_ib@res.com.my

Ichiban Boshi Setia Alam @ Shah Alam
OPENING May 2012 SMS: 016-9061003 (Setia City Mall)
Email : setia_ib@res.com.my

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