Japan is famous for various reasons – its culture, anime, songs, movies and most importantly, its cuisine! Considering how Malaysia has multiple types of food all around; it is no doubt that Malaysians are serious in choosing what to eat. In fact, Japanese cuisine is one of Malaysians’ most favourite cuisines. Sushi, sashimi, maki, nigiri – you name it all, we love them!
However, even though Japanese food is quite abundant here, it’s difficult to find ones which can satisfy everyone’s taste buds. The authenticity and quality of the food have to be spot on. Thus, for today, we’ll be listing out the best Japanese restaurants in KL. These restaurants ought to get you to experience dining like a local Japanese. Without further ado, let’s get started!
The first place on the list is Fukuya, which literally translates to “House of Happiness”. Just from the name itself, you could already tell that you’re going to have a good time here. As soon as you step in, you’ll realise that the place has a modern look to it. They offer various types of authentic Japanese dishes on their menu; all you have to do is choose! Have a look at their website here for more information.
11:45a.m. – 2:30p.m., 5:45p.m. – 10:30p.m. (Monday – Saturday)
12p.m. – 2:30p.m., 6:30p.m. – 10p.m. (Sunday)
Address: 9, Jalan Delima, Imbi, 55100 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
If you’re a big fan of Yakitori, which is Japan’s grilled chicken on a skewer; then this place has one of the best ones. We can assure you that as soon as you take a bite into it, you’ll experience an explosion of flavours in your mouth. That’s just how good it is! You get to quench your thirst with sake too from their sake dispenser. This restaurant is the epitome of a good time!
Operating Hours: 4p.m. – 11p.m. (Closed on Sunday)
Address: Lingkaran Syed Putra, Mid Valley City, 58000 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
3. Bari-Uma Ramen
Besides sushi, another famous Japanese food is ramen. Many say that the key to a perfect ramen lies in the broth. Well, the ramen at Bari-Uma Ramen has a creamy and thick broth, together with intense flavours; perfect for Malaysians’ taste buds. When you come to visit, you’ll have to try out their Ajitama-Uma and Tari-Ajitama Uma. Trust us; you’ll love these two dishes.
Operating Hours: 10a.m. – 10p.m.
Address: L3-11, Level 3, Jaya Shopping Centre, 46100 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Located in Hilton Hotel, many locals state that Iketeru is the best Japanese restaurant in KL. Considering how it’s situated in the hotel, the price might be higher than average. However, if splurging on food isn’t a problem for you, then you’ll definitely love this restaurant. Choose whichever authentic and top-quality dishes to try; none of it will disappoint you, for sure. Click here to find out more about this spot.
Operating Hours: 12p.m. – 2:30p.m., 6:30p.m. – 10:30p.m.
Address: Level 8, Hilton KL, 3 Jalan Stesen Sentral, KL Sentral, Kuala Lumpur
5. Toku Toku
For an informal Japanese dining experience, head down over to Toku Toku. This spot is located at the heart of the city, so you’ll be able to imagine how famous it is. Here in Toku Toku, you’ll get to eat some sushi platters, sashimi platters, yakitori and many more. The best part of this place is that the prices are all affordable. You won’t have to burn a hole in your pocket upon coming here. Also, not to forget, it has a cosy ambience too!
Operating Hours: 12p.m. – 2p.m., 6p.m. – 10p.m. (Closed on Sunday)
Address: 59a, Jalan Sultan Ismail, Bukit Bintang, 50200 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
Well, guess that’s all for our list. If you’re feeling like Japanese, make sure to check out these spots which we listed out. Meshiagare!
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