Rakuzen @ Empire Shopping Gallery, Subang Jaya

>> Sep 23, 2010

Back in the days, Rakuzen use to be this exclusive high end Japanese place that the Japanese expatriates rave about (emphasis on BACK IN THE DAYS). Since then, Rakuzen has been taken over by Super Dining, the company who owns all the Rakuzen, Sushi Zanmai and Pasta Zanmai outlets in Malaysia. They even own Kura (at One World Hotel) and Zen (Sunway Pyramid). The problem with expanding at such a pace is that the quality of the food is bound to drop. Oh well, you can't have the best of everything.

Anyway, its not all bad. Now, they have another outlet in Empire Gallery Subang, meaning, less queue in their SS15 branch.

Soft Shell Crab Temaki

The Temaki is made up of a large chunk of soft shell crab wrapped with some cucumber, sushi rice, mayonnaise and topped with flying fish roe. The roll here was pretty similar to their other branches. The crab was crispy and nice, and the rice portion was just right.

Salmon Sashimi

The Sashimi (RM22) was relatively fresh. No negative comment about this dish.

Note: Their fish comes in twice a week. Kindly ask their branch manager ahead to know the days for their delivery.

Crab Salad

The sauce certainly bound the salad (RM28) together. I would say, this is certainly a good way to have your daily dose of vegetables.

Scallops Hot Pot

This hot pot (RM28) is actually a seasonal thing. Apparently, the ingredients for this dish are from Hokkaido. It tasted ordinary to me.

Prawn Tempura

The prawns were crispy on the outside and succulent on the inside. It was fried till golden brown and not overcooked.

All in all, no complaints about my food here. I hear that the service can get bad when the place is crowded. This outlet is certainly up to par with their other outlets (I've been to all their outlets except for the one in Chulan Square). I recently had some problem with their Plaza Damas outlet. So, when I have nothing to say, I guess its a good thing. I wouldn't say this is top notch Japanese food, but it certainly wasn't bad either.

Until Next time.


*Opinions expressed are solely based on my personal experience

Map to Empire Shopping Gallery Subang

UG17 Upper Ground,
Jalan SS16/1,
47500 Subang Jaya,
Selangor Darul Ehsan,

Telephone number: 603 5635 9818 / 603 5635 9858
Fax number:
603 5635 5898
Website: http://www.superdining.com.my/rakuzen-empire.html

Opening hours:
12.00pm - 3.00 & 6.00pm - 11.00pm daily


"Joe" who is constantly craving September 24, 2010 at 7:54 AM  

its nothing great but nothing bad either, thats the usual case with rakuzen.

with a big company as an owner, the only perk is that they do serve sashimi that are priced reasonable and fresh bcos of their bulk buying power

Tummy Rumble September 25, 2010 at 11:24 PM  

@Joe: yea man, pros and cons.. its good for regular dining but if you're after something exotic, i suggest you go elsewhere..

Anonymous,  October 22, 2010 at 12:27 AM  

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JoinMe,  August 24, 2011 at 3:15 PM  

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Anonymous,  February 29, 2012 at 2:09 PM  

Mind me asking a question, do they serve halal food as you stated?

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