Blog #24_5 Best Japanese Restaurants in KL

5 Best Japanese Restaurants in KL

For all Japanese cuisine lovers!

Succulent sushi, light-as-air tempura, super-fresh sashimi, handmade soba… it's hard to describe Japanese food without using elegant terms. If you want to immerse yourself in the Japanese food culture, check out this selection of 5 best Japanese restaurants in KL! An opportunity to know more about Japan for the Bon Odori festival!

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World-famous contemporary Japanese cuisine in a legendary restaurant that has been delighting diners since the opening of its first restaurant in New York in 1994 – it could be no other than Nobu. The reason that has allowed the restaurant to gain notoriety is the way the dishes are done and thought. The concept is to bring a creative modern touch to the traditional Japanese dishes while keeping the authentic flavours.  Nobu’s menu includes plenty of sushi, sashimi and tempura options, hot and cold appetisers like Tuna Sashimi Salad with Matsuhisa Dressing, and Local Jidori Chicken Toban Yaki. For a refreshing dessert try Nobu’s interpretation of a classic Japanese dish – Green Tea Shaved Ice, made with organic soy milk ice, green tea syrup, red bean paste, green tea mochi and green tea tuile.

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Ishin Japanese Dining is the place to discover the genuine Japanese fares and Kaiseki style cuisines that are cooked to order. Ishin uses fresh and the finest ingredients imported directly from the famous Tsukiji Market located in the city center of Tokyo. Ishin's interior design and lighting will set the mood right to get you started on an exquisite Japanese culinary journey. Ishin’s oval sushi counter will give you first-hand experience to witness the chef’ meal preparations and it also encourages face-to-face interaction with the chefs. So fasten your seat belts and get ready to be taken to the city center of Japan!

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Blog #24_5 Best Japanese Restaurants in KL_Hanare

Find elegance on a plate as Hanare dishes up contemporary and traditional Japanese fares with a bomb. Food is meticulously prepared by their Japanese chef, who has transformed the best and freshest seafood air flown from Japan into delectable dishes. We recommend you to taste the signature dishes such as the divine fresh blue fin tuna (Hon Maguro), the rare cut of Tai that is made with fresh red snapper, and the fresh abalone-based Nama Awabi. It’s time to pamper yourself with serves great Japanese food at Hanare! 

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Blog #24_5 Best Japanese Restaurants in KL_Kaihomaru

If you can’t get enough of Japanese food, pay a visit to Kaihomaru at Federal Hotel. You will discover authentic Japanese food in a quiet, elegant and chic atmosphere. Specialising in seafood, the menu offers a wide variety of sushi and sashimi options. The food is so well designed that it melts in the mouth and leaves a lasting flavour and impression. It’s maybe the reason why the restaurant is claimed to be No.1 Sashimi and Sushi in Malaysia. We suggest you dwell on the brilliant tuna varieties directly imported from a Japanese fish market. You should definitely give it a try!

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Located at the 5-starred Palace of the Golden Horses, offering only the freshest and most premium of ingredients, Kin No Uma Japanese Restaurant seeks perfection in every roll of sushi. Famed for its Sashimi and Bento boxes, you will be impressed by the ingredients and taste of those delicious sets. The dining area offers two possibilities – you can either choose the Japanese floor-sitting for a more traditional and authentic atmosphere or the modern chair dining concept for a more contemporary ambiance. Kin No Uma Japanese Restaurant is undeniably a favourite spot for Japanese food lovers!

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5 Best Japanese Haute Cuisine Omakase (and Kaiseki!) Course in KL

5 Best Japanese Haute Cuisine Omakase (and Kaiseki!) Course in KL

Meet the Chanel and Christian Dior of Japanese cuisine.



We have heard of Chanel, Christian Dior, Giorgio Armani in haute fashion.. but how much do you know about Japanese haute cuisine Omakase and Kaiseki course? For those who start scratching your head wondering what omakase and kaiseki are, this post is for you. For those who are familiar with these terms, read on to find out where to get these hard-to-find cuisines!






Omakase means "I'll leave it up to you” in Japanese. It differs from ordering à la carte; you are entrusting the chef to serve you the best he could offer. Customers ordering omakase style expect the chef to be innovative and surprising in the selection of dishes, and the meal can be likened to an artistic performance by the chef. Ordering omakase can be a gamble (well, life is always a gamble!), but the customer typically receives the highest-quality fish available at a lower cost than if it had been ordered à la carte.






Kaiseki, on the other hand, is equivalent to a multi-course Western haute cuisine. It is an appreciation and collection of chef’s skills and techniques that allow the preparation of such meals, even the dining ware and vessels are part of the kaiseki experience! In the present day, kaiseki is a type of art form that balances the taste, texture, appearance, and colours of food. Only fresh seasonal ingredients are used and are prepared in ways that aim to enhance their flavour. Finished dishes are carefully presented on plates that are chosen to enhance both the appearance and the seasonal theme of the meal. Dishes are beautifully arranged and garnished, often with real leaves and flowers, as well as edible garnishes designed to resemble natural plants and animals.

Omakase and Kaiseki style Japanese cuisine are rare to find in Malaysia, as locals are yet to appreciate the haute cuisine and also, the pricing factor. However, if you are keen to try (YOLO, perhaps?), here’re the top restaurants that offer the best Omakase and Kaiseki.




Hanare prides themselves in offering quality authentic Japanese cuisine. They provide some of the best and freshest seafood air flown direct from Japan depending on the season's specialty offering. Favourites such as the divine Hon Maguro (Fresh Blue Fin Tuna), the rare cut of Tai (Fresh Red Snapper), Nama Awabi ( Fresh Abalone ) and other choice seafood depending on its season will be imported direct from Tokyo's famous Tsukiji fish market to give you that unique flavour and dining experience.

Hanare is well known for its 9-course Dinner Omakase. The restaurant offers Kaiseki set as well – 7-course Hiru Kaiseki available during lunch hour and 8-course Dinner Kaiseki available at night.



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Oribe Sushi


Oribe Sushi’s elegant atmosphere provides the perfect place for a fine dining experience. The warm interior tones laced with ambient lighting exude quiet relaxation. Stylish and contemporary décor set the mood for dining with a difference.



Amid this calm atmosphere, diners will delight at discovering a menu refined in quality and rich in tradition. Oribe Sushi do not use sugar for sushi rice, and provide hand-made ginger, wasabi selected by master chef and aims to redefine the sushi dining encounter, transforming quality raw ingredients into distinctive tastes while remaining culturally true to its origins.



Oribe Sushi offers Omakase course, for both lunch and dinner. Free car parks are available for customers at first-come-first-served basis. 



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TEN Japanese Fine Dining


In Japanese, "TEN" translate to heaven. A name that aptly describes the exclusive fine dining experience reserve for the select few. Since opening doors in Kuala Lumpur, Ten Japanese Fine Dining has earned multiple awards and rave reviews among VIP guests and discerning dinners for the exquisite dining experience they offer. They ensure that seasonal ingredients from Japan retain the tradition of Japanese cuisine, and international and fresh local ingredients help to accentuate a contemporary style.



Have a supreme authentic Japanese fare at Ten’s 8-course Dinner Omakase, for it will bring you the very essence of Japanese Fine Dining.



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Manmaru Robatayaki & Bar


A culinary destination where modern Japanese cuisine is elevated and fused with Italian flavours and touches. Explore the Omakase, a daily special, tastefully selected and created specially for diners. All the fishes at Manmaru Robatayaki are air flown in from Japan weekly and once sold out, you will need to book them ahead to secure your catch. 



The Omakase Course at Manmaru Robatayaki is designed for 2 pax. It is recommended to book in advance to avoid disappointment.



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Ishin Japanese Dining


Ishin is well known for its genuine Japanese and Kaiseki style cuisines that are cooked to order. The meals are prepared freshly using ingredient imported from Japan's famous Tsukiji fish market with the finest ingredients of the season.



Ishin's Kaiseki cuisines reflect the four seasons of Japan using imported seasonal ingredients aimed to enrich the final taste using a harmonious blend. They are also intricately decorated to perfection to reflect the seasonal theme of the meal. Using sheer craftsmanship and skill set, Ishin's chefs will arrange and prepare sublime Kaiseki six to twelve multi-course meal.


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