Some of the restaurants mentioned are not halal. It’s hard to deny that familiar Japanese franchises are brimming across main shopping malls. You may have visited them. Perhaps is time to make a twist and check out other noteworthy Japanese restaurants around KL, PJ and Klang Valley, and add more favourites into your food list. Here are the 5 Japanese Restaurants you should visit (Click on the restaurant’s name for address and our members’ reviews):
Space allowed, located in Cyberjaya, Kiraku Japanese Restaurant sports a spacious, inviting dining area which is divided into opened and private dining areas. The long hallways leads you to private dining rooms complete with teppanyaki section, where here, skillful chef will prepare impressive teppanyaki dishes alongside with stunning ‘flying knife’ demonstration. Chef James Wong pulls together extensive choices of salad, sashimi, ramen, sushi, hot dishes and dessert into their Grand Menu, as well as Set Menu. In case you couldn’t decide what Japanese foods to have, go for the notable dishes like Kiraku Special, a vegetarian friendly maki having mango and apple rolled in sushi rice, dotted with chilli bits on top to deliver a sweet, tangy and spicy concoction. One can go beyond the menu and ask for secret dish that the kitchen is more than happy to churn out, for example, Ramen Salad.
Known for their ramen, IPPUDO was founded in 1985 in Japan’s ramen capital of Hakata by Shigemi Kawahara, the internationally renowned Ramen King and CEO of Chikaranomoto Company, which encompasses some of Japan’s finest restaurants. There are over 65 stores in Japan, and globally in places such as New York, Sydney, Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan, South Korea and Shanghai. IPPUDO has become the most popular ramen restaurant over the years. Kawahara was crowned Ramen King in 2005 and holds a place in the Ramen Hall of Fame after winning the championship 3 times consecutively between 1995-1998, on “TV Champion Ramen Chef,” a reputable Japanese television show produced by TV Tokyo.
Tucked away behind rows of shop houses in Taman Desa, seputeh. Gerai Makan Japanese BBQ is another hidden gem to discover. This Japanese eatery shares the same management with Sanuki Udon nearby, humbly gaining fame through their fresh ingredients, mouth watering comfort food and fair price. In case you fail to locate the place, look for a stall with zinc roof, exposed bricks, red lanterns, open air seating and maybe, flames. DIY grilling is the selling point here. Choose items like pork belly, pork shoulder, pork tongue, pork innards and throw them on the grill fired up using charcoal. Enjoy the high heat, sizzling and crackling, oil dripping of pork lard and deceiving aroma of meat, before devour them with a pint of beer. This grant you a difference experience to eat Japanese food when compare with dining in a comfortable, air conditioned Japanese restaurant in KL.
Omakase Unagi Maki takes the limelight in Kuriya Japanese restaurant in Bangsar (KL), having whole unagi kabayaki topping over maki sushi brimming with tamago filling. You can’t find this Japanese food elsewhere, and it can be expensive, but the blissful moment of tucking in the giant size, smoky sweet unagi sushi heartily all to yourself or with friends, is priceless. Other Japanese fares that can be spotted including Jikasei Tofu- homemade by the chef, it is not an easy-to-like staple but is worth savouring slowly to experience the aroma that gradually develops in the palate, best to go with sake. Round up the meal with Soba Abekawa, a unique sweet treat made from soba, dashed with red beans and soy bean powders. A meal in Kuriya can be slightly pricey, considering the elegant ambience, and delicate dishes that bridge a traditional and modern creativity.
Another famous for their ramen, Menya Musashi refers to the famous Edo-era swordsman Miyamoto Musashi, who has written a textbookon the martial art practice of kenjitsu entitled Gorin No Syo (The Book of 5 Rings) Taking inspiration from the warrior’s book, Menya Musashi operates on 5 Ramen Principles: CHI (basic) , SUI (idea) , HI (reason) , KAZE (analysis) and KU (truthfulness) as we aim to create the perfect bowl of ramen.