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Omakase: 3 Things You Need To Know Before Trying It

What is Omakase?

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A decadent dining experience relishing and admiring Insta-worthy delights has become a norm and one could hardly resist dining out just to enjoy such eye-pleasing and palate-titillating experience. However, if you are seeking a more soul-satisfying and unique gastronomic dining experience to delight all the senses, Omakase dining would definitely be worth trying.

If you are wondering what is “omakase”, it is actually a Japanese word that simply translates to “I will leave it to you”, in this case the chef will be in charge.

Why try omakase you ask? You will be surprised that not knowing what you are eating actually heightens your senses of taste and smell! Just close your eyes and savour the complex flavours and texture of each and every dish served.

3 Things You Need To Know Before Trying It

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Credit: Kampachi

1. Seated facing the chef

Unlike other restaurants, diners will be seated at the sushi bar and will be able to interact directly with the chef. Omakase dining allows the chef to personalize your dining experience, hence there will be no more than 10 guests per dining session. This way, the chef can make sure each diner is given the appropriate attention and best service.

2. There will be no menu

Don’t even bother asking for the menu because you won’t be getting it. The whole idea of omakase is letting the chef decide what to be served, this way the chef can flex their culinary creativity. So, simply relax and enjoy the show!

3. Expect more attention from the chef

Ever wondered what is the chef’s inspiration behind a dish? In omakase dining, you are most welcome to ask the chef. Besides, diners might even be surprised by how much attention they will be getting from the chef. Expect small talks, dish explanation and also at time, a little instruction on how the dish should be enjoyed.

Here is a fun fact: If you notice a thick wooden ‘Geta’ plate in front of you, don’t move it! That is where the chef put your sushi.

Omakase Dining in Klang Valley

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Credit: Ishin Japanese Dining.

Undecided on what to eat or feeling a little adventurous? Well, omakase is always a great option and if you don’t know where to have it, we have got your back! Here is our hand-picked list of restaurants that offer great omakase dining that you should not forgo!

1. Nobu KL

Location: Level 56, Menara 3 Petronas, Persiaran KLCC, Kuala Lumpur City Centre, 50088 Kuala Lumpur. 

>> Click here to book a table at Nobu KL


2. Sushi Azabu

Location: ISETAN The Japan Store, LOT 10, No. 50, Jalan Sultan Ismail, 50250 Kuala Lumpur.


>> Click here to book a table at Sushi Azabu



3. Kampachi EQ, Kampachi Plaza33 or Kampachi Pavilion


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4. Ishin Japanese Dining

Location: No. 202, Persiaran Klang, Batu 3 3/4, Off Jalan Klang Lama, 58000 Kuala Lumpur.


>> Click here to book a table at Ishin Japanese Dining

5. Sou Omakase Dining

Location: G247, Ground Floor, The Gardens Mall, Mid Valley City, Lingkaran Syed Putra, 59200 Kuala Lumpur.


>> Click here to book a table at Sou Omakase Dining



6. Iketeru @ Hilton KL

Location: Level 8, Hilton Kuala Lumpur, 3, Jalan Stesen Sentral, 50470 Kuala Lumpur.


>> Click here to book a table at Iketeru @ Hilton KL



7. Uroko Japanese Cuisine

Location: 2nd Floor, 22-A-1, Jalan 17/54, 46400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor.


>> Click here to book a table at Uroko Japanese Cuisine



8. Hanaya @ Grand Millennium

Location: Lobby Floor, Grand Millennium Kuala Lumpur, 160, Jalan Bukit Bintang, 55100 Kuala Lumpur.


>> Click here to book a table at Hanaya @ Grand Millennium

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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