[eating out] Kanta Japanese Restaurant [Langford]

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I am always on the lookout for good Japanese fare in Perth. Whilst there are quite a few new places popping up, many are fusion or have those wacky rolls which I’m not a huge fan of.

I heard about Kanta a very long time ago, but it’s SOR and thus a little too far to drive for a simple meal.

Luckily, arrival and customs took so incredibly long at the airport when I returned from SG in Dec 2015 that it was about 7:30pm by the time I got out of the airport. By the time I’d get home, it would be 8pm at the earliest. So mum and I decided to head to Kanta.

Mum and my brother GC had been previously, and their thoughts were consistent with the reviews I had read previously, particularly WenY’s whose reviews I trust. So, I have to say I had pretty high expectations. Unfortunately, though, it just didn’t meet them.

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Complimentary appetiser

That’s not to say the food isn’t good…it’s just that it just didn’t live up to my expectations. The menu was a lot smaller than I expected, and nothing really jumped out at me.

Upon placing our orders, we received a little appetizer of sorts. It was a something akin to a sweet chilli vermicelli salad. It was a little odd, in fact.

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Grilled whole squid

Mum and I love grilled squids, especially the ones in Japanese restaurants and at the Taiwan street markets! The squid at Kanta was quite nice, a little tough, but it had a nice smoky char to it.

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Shoyu udon

Mum ordered the shoyu udon, which had the naruto fishcakes! I don’t even eat fishcake often, but these are my favourite ones. The soup was incredibly salty (more so than other shoyu bases), and the noodles were nice but overall, nothing outstanding.

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Salmon chirashii don

I chose the salmon chirashii don which came with salmon sashimi and ikura. The sashimi was fresh, and the rice was nicely cooked. The ikura had a slight smell to it, but was nothing too offending. It’s hard to find incredibly fresh briny ikura in Perth (the best I’ve had lately is at James Parker Sushi & Sake). I was a bit disappointed by the thinness of the slices though.

I can see why this place is popular, as it’s decent Japanese fair nestled in a local neighbourhood complex, but would I come here specially? Probably not. If I were in the area, maybe, but there are other Japanese restaurants SOR that I’ve yet to try.

Kanta Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Thanks for reading! ^^

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2 thoughts on “[eating out] Kanta Japanese Restaurant [Langford]

  1. Oh no!!! It didn’t live up to the hype lol. You should give my staples a try like the Teriyakis are definitely one of the best in town especially with ox tongue or chicken :D! Even when Teriyaki is in sushi, its top notch. They also have the salmon wrap with scallop and mayo lol. So drool-worthy! But never go for the noodles or curries. They were sub-par and I had similar thoughts to you.

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