Japanese

Aimori Nihonryori, Solaris Dutamas

Steaming-hot meals that stay true to Japanese traditions: Steered by head chef Tamada, who hails from near Kobe, Aimori Nihonryori is Publika’s latest spot for bowls of classic comfort, serving up soulful noodles, rice and more, with sauces and soup bases crafted in this kitchen. Aimori’s current specialities include pork-laden recipes that make for terrific […]

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Toji Sake Bar: Sake Flight Sets

Sake fantasies take flight: Medan Damansara’s sleek Toji Sake Bar has launched a new tasting experience with themed sets featuring different types of Japan’s best-loved alcoholic beverage, guided by a certified sake sommelier – KL’s ideal deep dive for those of us who can’t tell our honjozo from our daiginjo. Take a table with Mount […]

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Yugo, Desa Sri Hartamas

With a restaurant named Yugo (Japanese for ‘fusion’), it’s no surprise to see risotto, guacamole and bird’s eye chillies on the menu alongside otoro, kanpachi and uni. And we shouldn’t be shocked that the results are both appetising and affordable – executive chef Nizam has spent nearly two decades at some of KL’s most inventive […]

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Collins, Taman Tun Dr Ismail

Billed as a Mizayaka – a Malaysian izakaya or a modern izakaya – Collins brings a sleek update to the classic Japanese bar experience. Spend the evening snacking on sofas beneath The Great Wave Off Kanagawa or take a table on the corner to sip the night away beside walls lined with contemporary Japanese prints. […]

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Yakitori Ebisu, Tropicana Gardens Mall

If chicken rules the roost for your Japanese food cravings, wing your way to Yakitori Ebisu, where fowl play ranges from juicy crowd-pleasers to offal rabble-rousers. The yakitori selection (conveniently priced at a reasonable RM4.50 per skewer) covers the neck-to-tail essentials, from seseri, which packs the perfect balance between a meaty, flavourful chew and fatty […]

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Ramen Setagaya, 1 Mont Kiara

Attention, adventurous ramen explorers: Ramen Setagaya recently launched distinctive promotional bowls like the Shionoya Jiro Ramen, pungently swamped with a mega mound of garlic over a blanket of bean sprouts and cabbage, true to the ‘Jirorian style’ introduced in Tokyo a half-century ago. The noodles can scarcely be seen beneath the toppings, which also include […]

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Ore, Damansara Perdana

Oden and okonomiyaki, grilled fish and gyoza: For devotees of Japanese soul food that stems from the streets, Ore is an under-the-radar destination to discover, set up like an alleyway stand with one man cooking up a smoky storm – true to this stall’s name, a masculine singular pronoun. The oden is a soul-warmer, with […]

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Shin Haru Tei, Jaya One

The latest hideout for Japanese food fans in Jaya One, Shin Haru Tei is a distinctive destination that tackles two different genres – soulful fare that spans classic ramen and rice bowls, as well as yoshoku-style Western-influenced recipes that embody a more contemporary culinary spirit. Newly launched this year, Shin Haru Tei remains a well-kept […]

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Kushiya, Sunway Geo Avenue

Kushiya cooks up both Korean and Japanese fare from one kitchen, showcasing distinctive seafood sets, particularly for lunch. The Albab Set puts an interesting twist on the Korean bibimbap that Malaysians are familiar with, replacing meat with a heap of flying fish roe, for a crunchy-pop texture in every bite when mixed with the rice […]

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