Visit the best new Japanese restaurants in Kuala Lumpur in 2022

Are you looking for the best Japanese restaurants in Kuala Lumpur?

For those who love Japanese food, you’ll be pleased to know that there appears to be no shortage of new Japanese restaurants in Kuala Lumpur, with a number of new entries coming onto the scene in 2022.

Malaysians’ taste for Japanese food has clearly evolved from conveyor belt sushi to authentic and traditional Japanese cuisine, such as omakas and izakaya-style meals.

If you can’t get enough of Japanese cuisine, here are the best new restaurants that recently opened in 2022.

Best new Japanese restaurants in Kuala Lumpur to dine at:

Shin Labo by James Won

‘Dazzling’ oysters (French or Japanese, depending on freshness and seasonal variety) Image credit: Shin ‘Labo by James Won

A restaurant that contemporary upscale Japanese food lovers shouldn’t miss is Shin’ Labo by James Won. Located by the fountain at the main entrance to LaLaport Bukit Bintang city centre, Shin’Labo aims to reinvent the omakase experience by combining Japanese and French cuisine, while using carefully sourced authentic Malaysian ingredients.

According to Chef James Won, super gourmet expert, Shin Labo’s idea stems from his aspiration to invigorate Yoshoku Western-influenced cooking in Japanese cuisine – elevated by modern French techniques. Hence, dishes like Truffle Hayashi Rice and Binchotan Duck à l’orange grace the menu, and are just a few of the many experimental dishes that Shin’Labo has to offer.

Tabuk: Lalaport BBCC, G-13A & G-13B (Ground Floor), Mitsui Shopping Park, 2, Jalan Hang Tua, Bukit Bintang, 55100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, +60 17916 6991

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Sushi Mastero Nikki

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Recently opened in February 2022, Sushi Mastro Nikkei in Kepong puts a local twist on the original Peruvian Nikkei cuisine. The restaurant focuses on Nikkei, a cooking style that fuses Japanese cuisine with Peruvian elements, brought on by the immigration of Japanese nationals to Peru in the early 1900s.

Dishes that you must try here include the sashimi range of northern Malaysian fish – siacap, red snapper, Malabar grouper, mango salmon nikki, and hamachi uramaki sushi rolls.

Tabuk: Unit 1-1 Fortune Centra, No. 2, Jalan Metro Perdana 6, Taman Usahawan Kepong, Kepong, Federal District, Kuala Lumpur, +60 12312 4112

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Cuomo Kuala Lumpur

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Although not entirely new, Shin Nihon KL has been rebranded to Kyomo KL Desa Sri Hartamas, offering Yakiniko (Grilled meat) with premium wagyu imported from Japan. For more intimate dining, the restaurant now offers 31 private rooms, expanding from 17 former private dining rooms. The restaurant has also been given an updated look with minimalist Japanese interior design elements.

If you plan to dine here as a group, be sure to try the Premium Wagyu Bridge, a 600gm dish that serves 5 different pieces of wagyu.

Tabuk: No. 26, Jalan 2470 A, Desa Sri Hartamas, 50480 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, +60 32856 7350 / +60 12373 9554

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Ní.KIZOKU Modern Japanese Food Bar

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Opening in December 2021, this addition to the emerging food and beverage scene in Chinatown should not be missed by those who love modern Japanese cuisine. The European-inspired space paired with Japanese elements sets the scene for a relaxing meal where you’ll enjoy creative creations using the freshest seafood.

For a unique dining experience, you can also choose to dine in the main dining hall (a lively scene on weekend evenings), at the chef’s counter to watch the masters in action, or for a more private occasion the curtains can be closed to create a private cave-like room that accommodates for 12 people.

Tabuk: 59A Jalan Sultan, 50000 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, +60 32222 3889

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Ken Shin Ryo Japanese Ramen

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Image credit: Ken Shin-Ryu Japanese Ramen / Instagram

For an excellent Japanese ramen, this one at 1 Mont Kiara should be on your list of restaurants to try. The ramen here reflects his years of experience and expertise, run by Sapporo-born Chef Keita Koichi. This non-halal Japanese restaurant uses sakura pork and egg kinkori in the dishes, adding a distinctive twist to its humble ramen.

Quality ingredients take center stage here with noodles made fresh from Japanese wheat flour every day. Classic shoyu broth is made without MSG and artificial flavorings. The restaurant was temporarily closed in May and reopened on July 6, 2022.

Tabuk: Level 1, L1-02, 1 Mount Kiara Mall, Jalan Kiara, Mount Kiara, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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Since its opening in April 2022, Apuri in Taman Ton Dr. Ismail has been doing its best to serve up authentic Japanese cuisine. With its vibrant decor and warm ambiance, the atmosphere sets the tone for a fun Japanese experience that you won’t soon forget.

Must-try items include the karaage-style spicy fried chicken and wagyu gyoza with cheese. From fresh sushi to fiery yakiniku and curated omakase, this restaurant has it all.

Tabuk: No. 5, Lurong Datuk Suleiman 7, TTDI 60000 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, +60 37733 0906

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(Hero image and featured image: Photo by Stephen Bedas on Unsplash)

This story first appeared on PrestigeOnline Malaysia

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