August 4th, 2013 [Saturday]
Gurney Paragon is perhaps the most hyped hangout place in Penang now. i’ve been there few occasions mainly for food (Meet Fresh, Wong Kok Char Chan Teng, Ben’s), and those were before its official opening. and today was the first time i stepped into Gurney Paragon Mall after it’s officially opened. i didn’t get to explore around as i had an event to attend later, and the main point was to have brunch together with Ken of KenHuntFood.com. the mall itself appears posh and quite elegant. <but the parking space is a failure, so narrow and messy. and the autopay machines are nowhere to be seen. we walked a lot of 冤枉路. tsk. we parked at basement, not sure about the multi-storey car park. />end of rant
back to brunch. so we were famished and Ken suggested Pasta Zanmai and since i have never tried it before, i consented.
Pasta Zanmai is located at 6th floor of Gurney Paragon, along with Sushi Zanmai and Rakuzen, the trio of Superdining Group! we were there early, around 1030, no queue spotted, phew! as the saying says, early bird gets the food (without queuing)!
we were told to place our order first but food will only be served after 1100. it’s okay because i can take my own sweet time to decide what to eat. everything seems yummy on the menu and i wanted to try everything!
seating is limited at Pasta Zanmai so reservation is recommended if you’re coming in a big group and or at peak hour.
i like how the whole room is lit up by natural light! perfect for photography.
and while waiting you can see the chefs in action! nothing really interesting actually but the fact that you get to watch them preparing your food in front of you somehow makes you feel that your food is safe for consumption wtf.
Pasta Zanmai, as the name suggests, serves mainly Japanese-Western fusion pasta! so don’t be surprise to see sashimi pasta, teriyaki chicken/beef pasta, and pasta drenched in miso broth!
Hot Green Tea | RM 3 per pot
at first, we wanted a hot and cold green tea respectively. but they only serve either one JAR or one POT of green tea. one pot for RM 3 was pretty reasonable. however, i don’t think it’s refillable.
Hiroshima Oyster with Ponzu Sauce | RM 12
for appetizer, we had oyster shooters. and OMG it’s SOOOO good!
BIG FAT SUCCULENT oyster serves with ponzu sauce, which is a concoction made of lemon juice + lime juice + rice vinegar + soy sauce + sugar (?) + konbu! it’s savory and appetizing indeed! the tanginess from the citrus juice, i’m not sure about Ken, but it definitely whetted my appetite!
the oyster is soooo fresh x juicy! and i’m sure to order this again during my next visit!
Mini Seafood Tomato Sauce Pasta
Grilled Chicken Omelette Garlic Rice | RM 26
i ordered Mini Pasta Set which had both pasta and rice dish! i was famished, remember? and with Mini Pasta Set, i got to
kill try two dishes at once!
the pasta was mediocre to me, the sauce wasn’t tasty enough. seafood wise, there’s two clams, a scallop and two prawns in it. remember it’s just a mini pasta. the only good about it was, the spaghetti was done perfectly, al-dente.
i’m not a chopsticks person, so excuse my fork and spoon.
but really, this photo serves the purpose of showcasing my coloured nails.
i was quite taken aback for its portion. it’s not mini at all! it’s a full-sized dish wei =.= but i managed to gulp both down ALL by myself. i am an ant with a buffalo’s appetite
the fried rice was blanketed with a half done omelette and topped with teriyaki chicken. i love the omelette this way!
i didn’t know it’s garlic fried rice till i referred back to the menu to draft this post. that explains how faint the garlic fragrant is. the fried rice has nothing to shout about at all as i can simply whip this fried rice up at home myself. and because they uses Japanese rice so it’s not 粒粒分明 (literally means each rice biji is separable), which is fine to me actually.
Sirloin Steak Spicy Pasta (large) | RM 26
Ken had this steak pasta!
i had some and i thought the pasta resembles Aglio Olio as it’s plain and had slight heat in it. the steak on the other hand was flavourful and tender, and not overly done.
spaghetti was al-dente again!
overall, there’s hits and misses here. maybe we both are first-timer at Pasta Zanmai and we didn’t do any research on what’s the recommended dishes prior dining in. but it’s okay, at least now i know their oyster shooter is GOOOOOD! oyster lovers you MUST order that okie!
the bill came up to RM73.10 with 10% of service charge & 6% of tax.
special promotion throughout August!
163D-6-38, 6th Floor of Gurney Paragon,
Persiaran Gurney, 10250 Penang.