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