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Japan—known for its harmonious and fascinating culture and more importantly, its outstanding gastronomy. Authentic Japanese food is extremely hard to beat, but if you’re not financially apt to travel to the mainland, don’t fret!
Amazing Japanese restaurants with air-flown sashimi, piquant ramen and other sensational dishes are aplenty here in Kuala Lumpur. So if you’re ever wondering where to sate your cravings, here’s a list of the best restaurants in KL for drool-worthy Japanese food.
UROKO Japanese Cuisine
The name “Uroko” is Japanese for “scales,” which is the central theme of the restaurant’s décor with its scale-patterned partitions. UROKO Japanese cuisine offers vibrant range of sashimi, sushi and yakitori, all made from the freshest seasonal ingredients.
If you’re feeling a little fancy, you can also go for the omakase sets (chef’s choice) and watch the finest chefs prepare your food right in front of you. Pair your food with some sake from RM60 onwards for a 300ml bottle.
Check out their full menu here.
Section 17 Address: 2nd Floor, No 22A-1, Jalan 17/54, Petaling Jaya.
Nova Saujana Address: G-19 & G-20, Nova Saujana, Jalan Lapangan Terbang Subang, Bandar Saujana, Selangor.
If you’re a sashimi fanatic like most Japanese food connoisseurs are, Kampachi is where it’s at. Enjoy a delectable assortment of fresh, air-flown sashimi curated all the way from Tsukiji, the world’s largest fish market based in Tokyo, Japan.
The restaurant’s setting is snug with traditional Japanese décor, adding to its authenticity. They also recently won the 2020 Tripadvisor Traveler’s Choice Award, need we say more?
Address: Lot 6.09.00, Level 6, Pavilion Kuala Lumpur, 168 Jalan Bukit Bintang, 55100 Kuala Lumpur.Take a look at the full list of outlets here.
Fukuya translates to ‘House of Happiness,’ and happiness is indeed guaranteed in your dining experience. This restaurant bears a resemblance to the home of a wealthy Japanese family, with specially designed mock houses and secret corridors surrounding the courtyard.
Fukuya is best known for its Kaiseki, a multi-course traditional Japanese cuisine with small, sophisticated dishes—all prepared using strictly traditional methods and fresh ingredients. The Kaiseki options include wa-fuku, sushi and omakase.
Find out more about this unique Japanese dining experience on their website.
Address: No 9, Jalan Delima, Imbi, 55100 Kuala Lumpur.
Hanare Japanese Restaurant
Situated in the city centre, Hanare is often the go-to for business meetings and family events. This comes as no surprise, what with the classy upper-class décor and luxurious Japanese dishes. Some of their signature dishes include fresh sashimi from Tsukiji, wagyu beef, teppanyaki and oysters.
Enjoy unlimited wagyu at RM50 per person, slightly pricey but definitely worth it. Hanare also offers Sunday brunch buffets where you can go wild on their gastronomical delicacies!
Address: Vista Tower 182, Jalan Tun Razak, Kampung Datuk Keramat, 50400 Kuala Lumpur.
Bari-Uma Ramen is perfect for those who are in the mood for a warm, hearty meal. Their thick and flavourful ramen soup is made with high-quality soy sauce for the base, completed with carefully curated ingredients such as chicken feet and pork bones. The broth is then left to boil for over 10 hours.
Some of their signature pork ramen options include Nori (seaweed), Kara (spicy), Shoyo (light shoyu) and more. Check out their full menu and other outlets here.
Address: 00, Lot 7.101.01 & S7.101, 168, Jalan Raja Chulan, Bukit Bintang, 55100 Kuala Lumpur.
Now that we’ve explored the best restaurants in Kuala Lumpur that offer authentic Japanese cuisine, remember to respect and appreciate the elegant culture while you dine as well. Irasshaimase!