Most would agree that the beauty of Malaysia’s food culture lies in its diversity and wide selection available, which ranges from local Malaysia food to even international food. Name any food and Malaysia probably has them—that’s just how open Malaysians are when it comes to food, drawing no line between different cultures and ethnicity. With that said, one of the well-loved international food that has become an indispensable part of our food culture is, without a doubt, Japanese food. From authentic Japanese food to Japanese cuisines with a local twist, Malaysia is filled with Japanese restaurants. If you go to any mall, the chances are that there would be one or two Japanese restaurants there. Though we tend to sate our Japanese food cravings by visiting the typical Japanese food chains like Sakae Sushi and Sushi Zanmai due to how accessible they are, there are a lot of other Japanese restaurants that are too good to be missed! Even in PJ itself, countless Japanese restaurants are available, which are sure to satisfy.
Read on, and we will introduce you to some of the best Japanese restaurants in PJ!
1. Yama-g Fusion Japanese Restaurant
As its name suggests, this Japanese restaurant in PJ is known to serve an extensive menu of Japanese fusion food. If you are Muslim, you can rest assured as this restaurant is certified Halal. If you are a fan of sashimi, their Sashimi Boat is one that you have to try. Comprising of a medley of fresh maguro, shiro maguro, fresh salmon, sweet shrimp, hokkigai, oyster, tamago and one piece of fresh yellow jack, this dish, will bring any sashimi lover to heaven. Besides serving fresh sashimi, another unique characteristic of this restaurant’s dishes is their series of sauces that come along with each meal. Though the dishes are a delight on its own, when mixed with the set of sauces, the dish would be elevated further—the balance of flavour guaranteed to have you chomping down your food in no time. As the ala-carte menu in this restaurant may be on the pricier end, we recommend that you go for their Japanese buffet instead if you would like to save a little.
2. Izakaya Kushi Raku
As Izakaya means bar, this Japanese restaurant boasts a wide selection of alcoholic beverages ranging from beer to wine and Japanese soju. Even then, the drinks aren’t the only star of this Japanese restaurant as it serves a selection of Japanese delicacies as well. If you are a fan of Japanese rice ball (onigiri), you would be delighted to know that a unique variation is served here—Yakionigiri. Unlike the usual onigiri, Yakionigiri is grilled, which gives it a combination of textures, being crunchy outside and soft on the inside. Besides the Yakionigiri, another signature of this restaurant would be the udon, which comprises of a clear, savoury broth and springy noodles garnished with fish flakes—having a homey flavour that warms you with a sip. When visiting this restaurant, be sure to come at a later time, as they are only open from 4 pm onwards.
3. Ichiban the Izakaya
At Ichiban the Izakaya, you would be able to enjoy two things—the line-up of delicious food, and a spectacular city view. Having an extensive menu of Japanese cuisines ranging from Teriyaki Grilled Fish to the Mentai infused Clams, you will be spoilt for choice in this Japanese restaurant. As this restaurant prides itself for its quality of ingredients used, you can be sure that every dish is served with the freshest ingredients possible. Besides its taste, its plating is another attraction of the dishes here as it will tantalise your senses even before you indulge in the food. In addition to that, this restaurant has an outdoor roof space available, which makes it a great place to hold a small gathering or party. If you are of legal drinking age, their Kirin Frozen Beer is something worth trying too.
4. Ichiro Sushi Bar
Unlike the above two Japanese restaurants, Ichiro Sushi Bar is actually not a bar despite having the word in its name. On the contrary, its menu revolves around the serving of authentic Japanese sashimi and sushi. If you are a sashimi fan, you would agree that nothing can be more disappointing and unappetising than a plate of old sashimi considering that it isn’t a cheap delicacy either. At Ichiro, on the other hand, you will never experience this unfortunate scenario as they serve sushi and sashimi using only some of the best and freshest ingredients available. The chef is very generous with the serving as well, where the seafood takes up a more significant ratio of the dish instead of it being the other way round. If you become a loyal customer at this Japanese restaurant, you could accumulate stamps too, which would allow you to enjoy some free sushi!
5. Hanazen Japanese Restaurant
If you’re looking for some scrumptious Japanese food at an affordable price, then Hanazen would be the restaurant for you. Located within Jaya One, this restaurant offers an extensive menu that ranges from ramen to udon and teppanyaki to sushi, almost any Japanese cuisine imaginable is available here, so you would never be short of choices Hanazen. Although the price is relatively low for Japanese food, you can rest assured that the quality of the dishes is maintained, so you would never regret dining at this Japanese restaurant. Besides its savoury mains, their waffles are worth a try too! Stuffed with ice cream, their waffles, are sure to give your meal a perfect closure. As this restaurant could get crowded during peak lunch hours, it is recommended for you to make a reservation if you’re not a fan of waiting in line.
With that, you have the list of some of the best Japanese restaurants in PJ. So what are you waiting for? Get eating
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