Kansai @ Niu Che Shui (牛车水) aka Pusat Dagangan NZX, Ara Damansara

>> Jun 25, 2010

When it comes to eating around Ara Damansara area, unfortunately your choices are limited. The only few places I can think of that serves reasonable food would be Daorae, Kansai, E-San kitchen (Thai restaurant) and maybe the hawker centre Do Re Mi as well as the Cha Chan Ting next door. Lala Chong is seriously darn bad (I'm talking about the Ara Damansara branch not the Subang Airport's *I'll do a post on it some other time*). Seriously, that's about it. Sad huh?

Kansai Japanese Restaurant

Parking can be a bit of an issue here sometimes due to the over congested apartment next door that misuse the free parking area in plaza NZX (Niu Che Shui). I have no idea why this place is known as Niu Che Shui but that's not important.

Every time I'm at Kansai, I usually order the same stuff. Its has sort of become a routine for me. We usually come here as its very near to my place (and Mr Lim is a nice guy who deserves some support). I'm sorry to say I still prefer Jyu Raku or Rakuzen's food over this place.

Anyway, we started of with a soft shell crab salad (Soft Kaniko Salad)

Soft Shell Crab Salad

The salad mostly consist of flour (instead of crab), lots of cucumber and radish shredded finely topped with flying fish roe. It is priced at RM10.99 per plate. Although it is mostly flour with some bits of crab, it comes together very nicely I must say. Definitely worth a try.

Black Dragon Roll

Priced at RM17.99, this is by far my younger brother's favourite roll. He says it is even better that Rakuzen's Dragon Roll or Jyu Raku's King Roll. However, I beg to defer. I must say, this roll is a different taste and texture compared to the usual dragon roll. It is crunchy and has a nice bite to it. The Unagi (eel) topping the roll also gives it a nice flavour.

Soft Shell Crab Temaki

The Soft Shell Crab Hand Roll RM5.99 is basically a California roll except that the crab stick is substituted with soft shell crab. The roll was alright.

Yaki Gyoza

Gyoza, the Japanese version of wanton is pan-fried and eaten with a little vinegar. I didn't really enjoy this dish. The flour was too thick for my liking. I doubt I'm gonna order this again. It was priced at RM11.

Cod Fish

The cod was marinated in teriyaki sauce and pan-fried till crispy. It had a nice flavour and texture to it. It was priced at RM23.99. I found this fish to be nice but a little pricey for its size. Good things don't come cheap.

All in all, Kansai is a nice place to have a decent Japanese meal. It certainly doesn't even come close to being the best Japanese place around. The food is alright and the price is reasonable. I would still continue to patronise this place as its location makes it very convenient for me.

I'm off for dinner and then 'Knight and Day' after. Until next time.

*Opinions expressed are solely based on my personal experience

Pricing: About RM35 per person

Map to Kansai @ Niu Che Shui (牛车水)

K-G-08, Block STK,
No. 2, Jalan PJU 1A/41B,
Pusat Dagangan NZX, Ara Jaya
47301 Petaling Jaya,
Selangor Darul Ehsan,

Telephone number: 03 7883 0139 / 012 282 0050

Opening hours:
(12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. & 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m)
Closed on Sundays


Anonymous,  June 26, 2010 at 1:08 AM  

nice pictures

thenomadGourmand June 26, 2010 at 7:48 AM  

U stay so near here?
me too!
Anyway, i wonder hw this plc or anyway else survives really ..

Tummy Rumble June 26, 2010 at 12:28 PM  

@thenomadGourmand: he has another branch which is doing better..

J2Kfm July 1, 2010 at 6:58 PM  

Wait, the funny sounding name aside (Kan ... Sai?), I read that NZX is dying a slow death. Is this true?

Tummy Rumble July 1, 2010 at 11:09 PM  

@J2Kfm: yea, NZX is dying.. looks more like some failed project.. the place is quite empty.. Even J. Co closed down..

Anonymous,  November 7, 2011 at 9:48 PM  

eating japanese food shoul be fresh and healthy. Can you believe Kansai can serve us fresh food when 80% of the time, the place is empty.
Like the saying said, Good thing no cheap and cheap thing is no good.
Beware what yo have eaten. It could be covered with a lot of salt and preservatives.This is very bad for health.
Beware when you dine at any restaurant when the place is deserted.

Anonymous,  December 1, 2011 at 1:58 PM  

Nice pictures to see only at the exterior. Most important is to see the interior - fresh or not. Strongly believe food is not fresh because you can hardly see more than 10 customers per time. Sometimes you hardly see more than 4 customers for dinner.

Wonder their food is real fresh or how to they managed to keep it fresh. One way way is to add more preservatives - that is dangerous. So be smart, think and see first before going to dine.

Anonymous,  December 1, 2011 at 2:12 PM  

What I can said is that this restaurant interior rating is 6.5 / 10 but the food is 3 / 10 . Freshness is most important to eat Japanese food especially salmon fish raw.

Anonymous,  December 12, 2011 at 3:40 PM  

Sorry friends, not really this place to take Japanese food.

Anonymous,  January 22, 2012 at 1:30 PM  


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