The first item that we ordered from the August Special menu was the Potato to Broccoli no Cream Soup (RM 6). It was served to us nice and warm, giving off a pleasant aroma.
The soup had a thick and creamy texture; a blend of potatoes and broccoli with a slice of cheese floating on it. We stirred the soup to melt the cheese down and that brought out even more salty flavours from the soup.
This soup is a good starter to whet your appetite with!
Next we had the Saba Shioyaki Combo (RM19). The salted grilled mackerel came on a platter together with rice, nachos, broccoli soup, and mashed potatoes with cherry tomatoes.
The mackerel was good. The grilled skin of the fish was crispy while the flesh was succulent and flaky, not overcooked. We liked the nachos with the chopped onions and tomato dressing too.
Overall, this set is quite balanced and well-presented but it did not knock our socks off. We also felt that the portion of the fish should be bigger.
The Lamb no Ribs Tomato Doria (RM 26) is a mouthful of surprises. It is marinated lamb ribs with tomato cheese rice, some greens and sweet potato on the side.
The lamb was tender and perfectly cooked, served with black pepper source. We liked the sweet potato but didn’t care much for the boiled vegetables, which were rather bland.
Admittedly, we were quite pleased with this set - the flavourful lamb was definitely the highlight of the dish. However, we didn't see much “fusion” elements in the dish. Adding tomato cheese rice alone didn’t making it Japanese-Italian fusion.
We also had the Chicken Pepperoni Cheese Pizza (RM 16), and were surprised when it came because the pizza turned out much smaller than we expected. We’re not kidding - it’s really, really small, like a mini-sized pizza. So we do not recommend ordering this as a main course, but it’s perfect to have as a side dish or a snack.
The pizza had a thin and crispy crust and was topped with chicken pepperoni, herbs, wild mushrooms, tomato sauce and oodles of cheese. It tasted great but we felt the portion was way too small to justify the price.
We ended our meal with a pot of Hot Green Tea (RM3.50) and a cup of Green Tea Cappuccino (RM 9).
Of course we had to order green tea, or else it wouldn’t feel like a proper Japanese meal (as cliché as it sounds!). Drinking green tea carries a lot of health benefits, such as detoxifying the body and calming the mind.
After glancing through the beverage section of the menu, we decided to try the Green Tea Cappuccino as it was presented beautifully in the menu, and we weren't disappointed at all! The Green Tea Cappuccino was frothy, creamy and delicious; perfect after a heavy meal!
Aside from the food, we found the service at Pasta Zanmai Paradigm Mall branch to be friendly and efficient, with the server coming by our table to ask if we wanted to have our pot of green tea refilled. Also, our orders came quite quickly, even though the restaurant was packed.
The service here is definitely heaps better than the branch at Empire Mall, Subang Jaya, which we visited on another occasion and had to wait for over 20 minutes for the food to arrive, even though the place was almost empty.
So head on over to Pasta Zanmai to try out their August Special if you like.
There are other set meals too besides the ones mentioned here - such as the Chicken Cheese Katsu Combo (RM 22) and the Kani Aglio Olio Pasta (RM 13). Whether you favour fish, chicken, lamb, pasta or rice; there is certainly something for everyone!