Best Japanese Restaurants in KL

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We all aim to see different cultures around the world, and one of those ways is to eat! With food, we can gain a sense of discovery through tasting and learning about the culinary traditions of a certain country. With the boom in the number of Japanese restaurants over the past few years, many people have been exposed to all sorts of Japanese cuisine from ramen to sashimi and even the notorious fugu. In this post, we hope to present to you some of the best Japanese restaurants in KL that you should head over to.

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    Nobu Kuala LumpurPork free d90bfb235d64e73ff14d8ad65b89aaab71a3af43962907cb9cd494af0a63fa21

    Right smack in the centre of Kuala Lumpur, within the Petronas Tower 3 in KLCC, lies a luxurious gem that serves extravagant traditional japanese cuisine with some special Peruvian fusion variants. Acknowledged as a brand of Japanese premium fine-dining, Nobu was started by Japanese celebrity chef and restaurateur, Nobuyuki "Nobu" Matsuhisa, and veteran actors Robert De Niro and Meir Teper. Nobu KL is the first Nobu restaurant in the region of Southeast Asia. Situated on the 56th floor of the towers, one would be treated to an amazing view of Kuala Lumpur cityscape, especially at night when the city truly comes alive with all the lights. Dishes you should definitely try on your visit here are the Black Cod Miso, Tuna Tataki with Ponzu, Salmon Sashimi New Style, White Fish Tiradito, and Toro Tartar with Caviar.

    Tips

    Make a reservation, as they are usually fully booked.

    Things to expect

    Strictly enforced dress code (smart casual).

    Best with

    Black Cod Miso (Chef Nobu's signature)

    Price

    RM30.00 to RM455.00

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    Nobu View restaurant

    Level 56, Menara 3 Petronas, Persiaran KLCC, 50088, City Center, Kuala Lumpur
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    0321645084

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    Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
    12:00PM—02:00PM
    Every day
    06:00PM—10:30PM
    Saturday, Sunday
    01:00PM—04:00PM
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    Hanare Japanese RestaurantPork free d90bfb235d64e73ff14d8ad65b89aaab71a3af43962907cb9cd494af0a63fa21

    Since opening its doors, Hanare has earned the respect of many culinary artists with their carefully sourced ingredients air flown all the way from the Tsukiji Market in Tokyo, and their unique style of preparing dishes. Taking traditional delicacies and transforming them into extraordinary dishes is something Hanare definitely knows how to do. For those willing to splurge, do opt for the omakase - a showcase of the very best ingredients put together by their expert chefs. For the discerning diner with a humongous appetite to match, Hanare offers a Japanese buffet every weekend, deemed one of the best in the city. Kudos to Hanare for revolutionising the Japanese culinary world!
    Tips

    A weekend buffet is available from 12pm to 2.30pm at RM148++ per person.

    Things to expect

    Impeccable service and a terrific sushi bar.

    Best with

    Their Fugu Shirako Tempura (Seasonal) or any of their fresh seafood dishes.

    Price

    RM30.00 to RM300.00

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    Hanare Japanese Restaurant View restaurant

    Ground Floor, Intermark Mall, 348 Jalan Tun Razak, 50400, City Center, Kuala Lumpur
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    0321642133

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    Every day
    12:00PM—02:30PM
    Every day
    06:00PM—10:30PM
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    Greenhouse by MuirPork free d90bfb235d64e73ff14d8ad65b89aaab71a3af43962907cb9cd494af0a63fa21

    As the name suggests, a step into this place is like walking into a greenhouse, except that this greenhouse features several different eateries. The 'Kuroshio Market' section mimics a Japanese market with fresh produce on display, waiting to be purchased and cooked to order on the spot. Make your choice from salmon, amberjack, oysters, crabs and clams prepared either sashimi style or grilled. Apart from fresh seafood, a wide assortment of Japanese food is available for purchase such as takoyaki, tempura, ready-to-eat salads, sushi and sashimi sets. There is also a small bakery at the back of the building called 'Evendough Cafe' with a pretty selection of Japanese bread and pastries.
    Tips

    Since the dining area is very limited, it’s advisable to takeaway.

    Things to expect

    May not be considered a restaurant by some. Ventilation is poor.

    Best with

    Their fresh pastries or their cold-brew tea.

    Price

    RM15.00 to RM100.00

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    Greenhouse by Muir View restaurant

    1, Jalan Nipah (Kampung Berembang), 55000, City Center, Kuala Lumpur
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    0326306728

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    Every day
    10:00AM—10:00PM
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    Hakata Ippudo RamenNon halal 01f78899591256b47a2708a65f6538333b86089a30fbd22545a41deece4ea490

    Differentiating itself from other ramen joints, Ippudo is an upscale ramen restaurant that serves a magnificent rendition of Kyushu ramen. Featuring a creamy tonkotsu (pork broth) with ramen crafted according to your bite preference (i.e. soft to very hard), Ippudo never fails to consistently serve a hearty bowl of ramen. With a focus on ongoing innovation, you are never short of interesting seasonal side dishes to accompany your noodles as well as desserts to complete your gastronomic journey.
    Tips

    You can choose your noodle hardness. Weekday set lunches available.

    Things to expect

    Great Décor.

    Best with

    Shiromaru Motoaji (ramen in original tonkotsu broth), Sake Mentai Rice, Curry Cheese Haru Maki.

    Price

    RM7.00 to RM35.00

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    Hakata Ippudo Ramen View restaurant

    Lot C4.07.00, Connection Level 4, Pavilion KL, No 168, 55100, City Center, Kuala Lumpur
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    0321106233

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    Every day
    11:00AM—10:00PM
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    Oribe SushiPork free d90bfb235d64e73ff14d8ad65b89aaab71a3af43962907cb9cd494af0a63fa21

    Dubbed as the best omakase sushi restaurant in KL, Oribe Sushi offers an authentic fine dining sushi bar experience. Situated in the middle of the city, Oribe serves the freshest ingredients and seafood flown in directly from Japan for those that who places an emphasis on high quality ingredients. 

    Tips

    Be sure to make a reservation beforehand!

    Things to expect

    Premium prices

    Best with

    Omakase

    Price

    RM148.00 to RM498.00

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    Oribe Sushi View restaurant

    Block C-1, Ground Floor, Vipod Residences, 6, Jalan Kia Peng, 50450, City Center, Kuala Lumpur
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    0321814099

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    Every day
    12:00PM—03:00PM
    Every day
    06:00PM—11:00PM
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    Ippudo RamenNon halal 01f78899591256b47a2708a65f6538333b86089a30fbd22545a41deece4ea490

    It’s not an exaggeration to say Ippudo Ramen serves one of the best authentic Japanese ramen, since they won an award for ‘World’s Greatest Ramen King Finals’ aired by TBS to be crowned the first “Ramen King” according to their website! From ramen, takoyaki, salmon roll, sushi, to desserts, Ippudo Ramen serves a broad range of Japanese food that will make you feel like ordering everything from the menu! 

    Tips

    Takeaway & Delivery available

    Things to expect

    Japanese food

    Best with

    Shiromaru Motoaji

    Price

    RM4.00 to RM40.00

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    Ippudo Ramen View restaurant

    Lot C4.07.00 Connection Level 4, Pavilion KL, 168, Jalan Bukit Bintang, 55100, City Center, Kuala Lumpur
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    0321106233

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    Every day
    10:30AM—10:00PM
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