Sozo is popular with its Japanese Chinese cuisine or Chuka style. This chuka style was popular in Japan in the late 19th century. The dishes originates from China but have been modified to cater the Japanese palate. Sozo is bringing back this Chuka style cuisine and they are helmed by a team of experienced master chefs.
Apparently each of them has over 10 years of cooking experience under their belt. Sozo is offering ala carte buffet from only RM42++ per person. This price includes everything in its menu. From Sashimi, sushi rolls, maki, udon to ramen. You name it, they have it. They have more than 100 selections of dishes. All prepared fresh upon order. Now this is a deal not to be missed.
Since everything is ala carte and we are free to order whatever we wanted to. We chose our favourite food first. We ordered 4 types of sashimi. Salmon, tuna, octopus and yellow tail / amberjack fish. The sashimi are fresh. These delicious rare fish goes very well with wasabi and soya sauce. The sweetness of the fish combined with the saltiness of the soya sauce and pungent taste and smell of the wasabi is why I love sashimi so much.
Oyster sashimi are also available here. The size of the oyster were quite small. They were quite clean though – no sand detected. These oyster sashimi is best with some lemon juice and tabasco sauce.
Enough with the rare food, we now move on to the cooked food. I have been loving grilled mackerel recently and without hesitation, I ordered the Saba Shioyaki. The skin of the fish was crispy, slightly charred and salty. The flesh on the other hand was juicy and flaky. It was good, but I think it would be better with slightly more salt.
This seared hamachi with spring onion and teriyaki sauce is quite good too. But if I were to compare this with sashimi yellow tail, I would prefer the latter more. I may be bias. But hey, this is just my opinion.
This has got to be the ugliest looking spider crab roll. It looks as if the front part has collapsed. This soft shell crab is basically soft shell crab rolled with kani sticks, some lettuce, Japanese rice and bonito flakes. Since the bonito flakes taste are slightly pungent and the size of the soft shell crab was small, all we could taste was bonito flakes. It seems like Sozo have forgotten the highlight of this dish which is the soft shell crab.
Crispy Fried Chicken or Tori Kaarage was crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside. Crispy fried chicken with mayonnaise = Yummy!
Unagi Roll is also a favourite of mine. It was good but I think it would be better with more teriyaki sauce.
There are a few selections for carpaccio. We ordered the Salmon Carpaccio. It was sourish and sweet at the same time. You will like this Carpaccio Salmon if you like Italian food.
Chili scallops were quite average. It was under seasoned. It was bland. More chili and salt would make this dish better.
The tempura morriawasa / assorted tempura vegetables are good. They were crispy on the outside and soft and warm on the inside. If I have to pay the full price, I wouldn’t have ordered it. But since I am paying only 1 price for all my orders, it was very worth it.
Check out the price for buffet:
Lunch (12pm-2pm): Rm42++
Dinner (6pm-8pm): Rm48++
Lunch (12pm-2pm) & Dinner (6pm-8pm): Rm60++
Sozo Japanese Restaurant
Address: Sunway Giza Mall, No.2, Jalan PJU 5/14, Kota Damansara, Petaling Jaya.
Phone: 016-221 9774
Opening Hours: 11am-11pm Daily.
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