Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Pasta Zanmai, Empire Gallery Subang

The plan was to explore Empire Gallery for some shoes at a discounted price and maybe a couple of T-shirts to compliment them before extending it to the nearby Subang Parade. But before we were able to call it a day, Teochew Mama growled that she was starved. We took our time, debated between I Love Yoo! and Pasta Zanmai before deciding on the latter and dividing the meal into two.

The lunch crowd had started to flock into the restaurant the moment we were seated and given some time to mull over the countless varieties of dishes that ranged from rice to pasta, fish to seafood.

We placed our order with the waitress without any further do, and happily waited for the order to be completed and delivered to our table.

First, came the iced lemon tea (RM 6.00 for a glass), plain and without any added sugar.

Iced Lemon Tea (RM 6.00 for a glass)

The first sip told me that there was a trace of Ceylon tea in it and a whole load of freshly squeezed lemon juice in it, almost turning my teeth sour. Teochew Mama loved the bitter taste to it, said that it suited her just fine.

She wouldn't be able to finish the drink if she wasn't sharing it with me because she dislikes cold drinks. This was not our first choice; we were actually looking for a hot drink, something like green tea but couldn't find it on the menu. It wasn't until after we placed the order that I saw someone on the adjacent table enjoying a jug or cold green tea and his food companions sharing a pot of hot green tea.

Next came the set that I ordered, Tori Tortilla MP (RM 25.00) that included.....

Chicken Cream Pasta (exact name, I have forgotten) and Soft Shell Crab.

Now, let's talk about the main dish.

The moment the pasta arrived, the aroma of the dish knocked her right in the nose, rendering her taste buds numb. It was after I tasted the sauce that I knew what she meant. The sauce was cooked with butter and cream, and she doesn't like the latter, especially.

The spaghetti was perfectly cooked; although it was chewy, it was not to the point that I couldn't break it with my teeth easily. As for the chicken, she commented that it had to be grilled with black pepper; she was sure she could taste it on each bite.

But what about the soft shell crab (individual plate at RM 16.00)?

When the plate was placed on the table, the hints of green in the wrap made me suspicious if avocadoes were used as an ingredient as only that item will produce such a color. After a quick check with menu, my suspicions were proved true.

There were indeed avocadoes in it.

Crap. For someone who doesn't have a penchant with the fruit, ordering this might rub off on you as weird, right? But since the other set meals didn't quite appeal to me, this was the only choice. I'd have loved to order seafood pasta but I couldn't quite risk a rash attack and scratch my fingers the whole night long.

Oh, yes, seafood is now forbidden. =(

Upon the first bite, she mentioned that she loved this dish as it contained neither butter nor cream and neither too sweet nor too salty, just the right consistency of mayonnaise. Without much hesitation, I asked her to polish the plate as I knew I'd have difficulties downing the pasta and polishing hers.

My only pet peeve?

The lack of soft shell crab. You'd have dig deep into the middle before you are able to bite onto the crab, and it'll smooth down your throat within two bites.

I however liked that they chose to wrap it with pieces of lettuce leaves.

Yes, I wanted to sample their parfait or their desserts but I had difficulties swallowing the last bits of the soft shell crab and burped twice while the cashier sealed the purchase, waited for the credit debit card approval. There's no way I can order a scoop of green tea ice-cream or parfait without kneeling in front of the toilet bowl and puking everything into it. (I've done that too many times during my younger days at Hotel Equatorial KL's Kampachi buffet brunch; back then, I had a voracious appetite in food. Nothing could satiate me.)

Now I know what Kar Wyai meant when she said that she felt like throwing up after finishing the meal. The sets were definitely designed for couples or a group of two diners, as the portion is a tad bit too much for one person.

Address: Pasta Zanmai
LG33, Empire Gallery,
Jln SS16/1,
47500 Subang Jaya

Tel: 03-5637 1910

Landmarks: Kenny Rogers Roasters, Gelato Fruit, I Love Yoo! and Speedy


  1. Ooo, Pasta Zanmai would have been my choice too, between those two options. And since I'm crazy for avocado, I'd be happy to polish off the meal. In fact, I'd love to have avocado incorporated into every meal! Avocado with eggs for brekkie, with a sandwich for lunch and in sushi for dinner :D

    1. I think you'll definitely enjoy your time in Australia, Sean. There are at least two varieties of avocados there, and they are far cheaper there. xD

      How would that taste? Avocado with eggs?

  2. Tried Sushi Zanmai before but not Pasta Zanmai, hehe...
    The food looks great!

    1. I've never tried Sushi Zanmai; it just seems that the shopping malls I frequently patronize don't house Sushi Zanmai as one of the tenants.

      It tasted great too, Hayley... and it will leave you satiated. =)

  3. made me really hungry with your pictures!!! I would like to try everything!!

    1. Are you sure, Laura? =O

      You'll feel suffocated if you were to try all the dishes. The portion is rather ... big.

  4. Yum! Never been there, people tell me there's nothing much...other than food so no point dropping by unless I'm looking for something to eat.

    1. It's true, suituapui. Empire is rather known for the restaurants, and not for the shopping. In all the times I've been there, I think I've been to the shopping floors not more than twice.

      Come on over; you'll definitely be spoiled by the food choices! =D

  5. Tori Tortilla MP (RM 25.00) hmmm must be good .. i love to try that too.

    1. Just remember to order the dish only when you're starved, cquek.

      Because I wasn't that hungry, it left my stomach uncomfortable with the amount of food. =/

  6. I've been having pasta cravings all week! This is just making them more! ;-)

    1. Sorry about that, Yum List. I however do hope that you'll be able to find a restaurant selling the best pasta. =)

      Speaking of it, I am starting to crave for pasta, too. =D

  7. I used to love Pasta Zanmai! The natto pasta, but I seldom go nowadays.

    However, I took your advice and went shopping at Empire (and also at Big Independent Grocer in Publika). I loved grocery shopping at those places. :)

    1. I hope I remember to give the natto pasta a try whenever I'm at Pasta Zanmai, Huai Bin. My friend, Kar Wyai, mentioned once that the whole gang had difficulties separating the natto and the spaghetti. =)

      Now you know why I would rather go grocery shopping at Empire and Cold Storage. Lots of foreign items to find.

  8. I would think of Pasta Zanmai each time I want to settle for Japanese food. But once I thought about the long queue, that really puts me off.haaahahah

    1. For me, it's Kampachi, but it's too bad that the prices are beyond my range. =/

      Yee Ling, I think the queue at Pasta Zanmai can't beat the queue at Madam Kwan's in KLCC during every PC Fair event there.


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