Best Yakitori in PJ

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Whether it be in the form of a satay, shish kebabs, corn dogs, or anticuchos; no culture is the exception in enjoying flavour-packed serving of meat-on-a-stick. Thus this brings up the topic of yakitori, the Japanese rendition of this skewered meat goodness. The meat in a yakitori is often skewered with a kushi, a type of skewer typically made of steel, bamboo, or similar materials. The skewered meat is then grilled over a charcoal fire and seasoned with either tare sauce or salt. With plenty of permutations to be had, be it a combination of meat, vegetables, seafood; it is no surprise that this is becoming a common Japanese favourite amongst diners. So without further ado, let’s get into this list of the best yakitori to be had in the Petaling Jaya area.

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    Sumi-KaNon halal 01f78899591256b47a2708a65f6538333b86089a30fbd22545a41deece4ea490

    Only open for dinner, Sumi-Ka has been a busy mainstay for yakitori in Subang Jaya as it has always had a full house, especially on Saturday evenings. At Sumi-Ka, there is only one Japanese chef that is responsible for cooking the yakitori there. However, it is interesting to note that the man is in no way deterred by this in the slightest, and still insists on serving up some great yakitori. Where diners are concerned, there are plenty of yakitori options available; ranging from the regular pork slices, to the more extravagant Chicken Breast with Wasabi and Mentai Mayonnaise, and salted ginko nut.

    Tips

    Do book a reservation should you want to dine here on a Staurday night.

    Things to expect

    Beef tongue in ponzu sauce may come as a free appetiser.

    Best with

    A glass of cold sake will work well with the hot, rich yakitori.

    Price

    RM4.00 to RM20.00

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    Sumi-Ka View restaurant

    19, 1st Floor, SS15/4, 47500, Subang Jaya, Selangor
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    0356329312

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    06:00PM—12:00AM
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    Skewers

    With a name that says it all, you sure know that this charming restaurant take their yakitori seriously. From scallops marinated in teriyaki sauce to bacon wrapped enoki mushroom and pork belly to assorted vegetables, varieties are one of their forte. Each skewer is deftly done over precise heat, exuding a nice aroma with desired grilled speckles, thus it’s somewhat hard to stop once you start. If you’re really looking to bloat your tummy up, do check out their pasta and Western dishes too. In short, bring over your entire entourage and stack up the skewers. 

    Tips

    Opt for the mixed platter

    Things to expect

    Contemporary and cosy atmosphere

    Best with

    Beers

    Price

    RM1.90 to RM20.00

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    Skewers View restaurant

    46, Jalan SS 1/23, Kampung Tunku, 47300 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia, 47300, Petaling Jaya, Selangor
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    0183998260

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    Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
    12:00PM—12:00AM
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    MokuNon halal 01f78899591256b47a2708a65f6538333b86089a30fbd22545a41deece4ea490

    At Moku, the name of the game for the yakitori here is diversity. Coupling the pork belly items such as enoki mushrooms and scallops take the dish to a higher level. The sweetness of the soy sauce base, together with the richness of the pork belly, the earthiness and juicyness of the mushrooms, and the seafood flavour profile of the scallop, leave you having quite the flavour bomb presented to you. Even the chicken wings give a great textural experience with the crispy skin and the soft, juicy meat. The yaki tofu presents a similar story, with the crispy skin of the tofu working well with the soy sauce base. The bonito flakes placed on top also give a sense of lightness to the dish. In short, the yakitori at Moku is more than capable of delivering a diverse and unique experience, and it is definitely worth coming for.

    Tips

    Start slow with the yakitori and order more later as you go along if desired.

    Things to expect

    Difficulty parking at peak hours.

    Best with

    Pork Belly with Enoki Mushroom

    Price

    RM2.50 to RM25.00

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    Moku View restaurant

    Block A-G-8,Oasis Damansara, Jalan PJU 1a/7e, Ara Damansara, 47301, Petaling Jaya, Selangor
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    0378597657

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    11:30AM—11:00PM
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    Marufuku Udon @ Jaya OneHalal a81b201f94b2180a29928950eefa06850871fc85c2ba8fcb39753bdbcdfb49cfCertified
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    While its name strongly suggests an emphasis on Udon dishes, Marufuku Udon does serve yakitori as well, an endeavour that began at the end of 2010. For a restaurant that specialises in Udon dishes, there are still plenty of yakitori options to enjoy at Marufuku Udon. Diners can enjoy some of the more conventional yakitori items served like chicken skin, chicken leg meat, and much more. For those who are a little more adventurous, the chicken innards are also served like gizzards, liver, and hearts. The yakitori can be ordered to have grilled with a soy sauce base or using mainly salt.

    Tips

    Have the yakitori together with udon dishes in mind as the main meal.

    Things to expect

    Yakitori is only available after 5pm.

    Best with

    Have soy sauce on the side for a stronger flavour in the yakitori.

    Price

    RM2.00 to RM3.00

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    Marufuku Udon @ Jaya One View restaurant

    Jaya One, 72A, Jalan Universiti Petaling Jaya, 46200, Petaling Jaya, Selangor
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    03-79576368

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    11:00AM—10:00PM
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    Vino Vino Bistro @ Petaling JayaNon halal 01f78899591256b47a2708a65f6538333b86089a30fbd22545a41deece4ea490

    At Vino Vino Bistro, yakitori is definitely to be expected as the establishment is an izakaya after all. This izakaya is open only on weekdays for lunch and dinner. With that in mind, it is no surprise that Vino Vino Bistro has the wide variety of yakitori items that it does have, all with a unique twist with their secret recipes. There are 5 categories of yakitori at Vino Vino Bistro; namely chicken, lamb, seafood, vegetables, and barbecue. Each category has at least 6 options; each ranging from the conventional (i.e. chicken wings) to the more adventurous (i.e. chicken tails).

    Tips

    Make sure to try at least one item from each category for an all-rounded experience.

    Things to expect

    Conventional and unconventional yakitori varieties are available at Vino Vino Bistro.

    Best with

    Have an appetiser like edamame to accompany the yakitori.

    Price

    RM3.00 to RM25.00

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    Vino Vino Bistro @ Petaling Jaya View restaurant

    Unit 106,Block C, Ground Floor, Phile Damansara 1, Jalan 16/11, Pusat Perdagangan Phileo Damansara, 46350, Petaling Jaya, Selangor
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    +603-76606266

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    Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
    12:00PM—11:00PM
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    Uroko Japanese CuisineNon halal 01f78899591256b47a2708a65f6538333b86089a30fbd22545a41deece4ea490

    Uroko Japanese Cuisine, an Omakase style Japanese Restaurant in Section 17, is largely considered the place to be for Japanese cuisine in that particular residential area. With a signboard that explicitly highlights yakitori as a specialty; the presence of Uroko Japanese Cuisine can’t be ignored. The menu is extensive & enticing (which is apt considering Uroko literally translates to “scale”). One of the more popular items amongst customers in this vast menu is the chicken tail and chicken skin. Both are noted for their succulence and smoky flavour, which is enough reason to further delve into the selection that’s available at this establishment.

    Tips

    Have sushi along with the yakitori to properly to take in the full Uroko experience.

    Things to expect

    A number of other items besides sushi and yakitori, like salads and luxury items are available.

    Best with

    A glass of sake will work well with the dishes served.

    Price

    RM4.00 to RM30.00

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    Uroko Japanese Cuisine View restaurant

    1, Jalan 17/54, Seksyen 17, 46400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia, 46400, Petaling Jaya, Selangor
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    0379320191

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    Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
    11:30AM—02:30PM
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    05:30PM—10:30PM
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    The Bar @ Empire DamansaraNon halal 01f78899591256b47a2708a65f6538333b86089a30fbd22545a41deece4ea490

    Since its inception in 2014 by two seasoned Japanese bartenders, The Bar at Empire Damansara has had a slow start, but is definitely gaining momentum as time goes on. A big contributor to this rise is the fact that it is staying true to being a Tokyo bar, with a wide selection of drinks and yakitori available. The yakitori at The Bar is given special treatment. This is because from August to November, a master Yakitori chef is on-site to grill this succulent Japanese rendition of meat-on-a-stick; with a selection of chicken, liver and vegetables options at your fingertips. The chef grills the yakitori using simple seasonings and at the right temperature, allowing the true flavours of the ingredients to shine, as well as making sure they were tasty, succulent, and crispy, with minimal greasiness.

    Tips

    Come anytime from August to November to have the yakitori chef from Japan some skewered meat goodness.

    Things to expect

    A mellow, light mood as the bar is still picking up momentum

    Best with

    Have the bamboo cocktail to work well with the yakitori

    Price

    RM18.00 to RM38.00

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    The Bar @ Empire Damansara View restaurant

    11 Empire Gallery Heritage Lane, No 2, 47800, 2, Jalan PJU 8/8, Damansara Perdana, 47820, Petaling Jaya, Selangor
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    +603-76110153

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    Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
    06:00PM—02:00AM
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    06:00PM—12:00AM
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