4 novelties to try in 2022

Looking for the best Japanese restaurants in Kuala Lumpur?

For those who enjoy Japanese cuisine, they will be pleased to know that there is apparently no shortage of new Japanese restaurants in KL, with a number of new entries making waves on the scene in 2022.

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

If you just can’t get enough of Japanese cuisine, here are four restaurants that recently opened to try in 2022.

4 of the best new Japanese restaurants in Kuala Lumpur to discover:

Sushi Mastro Nikkei

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Newly opened in February 2022, Sushi Mastro Nikkei in Kepong brings a local twist to Nikkei cuisine of Peruvian origin. The restaurant focuses on Nikkei, a cooking style that fuses Japanese cuisine with Peruvian elements, stemming from the migration of Japanese citizens to Peru in the early 20th century.

Must-try dishes here include the sashimi selection featuring northern Malaysian fish – siakap, red snapper and Malabar grouper, Nikkei Salmon Mango and the Hamachi Uramaki sushi roll.

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Kyomo KL

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Although not entirely new, Shin Nihon KL has been renamed Kyomo KL Desa Sri Hartamas, offering yakiniku (grilled meats) with their premium wagyu imported from Japan. For more intimate dining, the restaurant now offers 31 private rooms, expanding from its previous 17 private dining rooms. The restaurant has also been given an updated look with minimalist Japanese interior design elements.

If you plan to dine here with a group, be sure to try the Premium Wagyu Bridge, a 600g platter that offers 5 different cuts of wagyu.

Ní.KIZOKU Modern Japanese dining bar

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Opened in December 2021, this addition to Chinatown’s emerging F&B scene is not to be missed for those who enjoy modern Japanese cuisine. The European-inspired space combined with Japanese elements sets the mood for a relaxing meal where you savor creative creations using fresh seafood.

For unique dining experiences, you can also choose to dine in the main dining room (a lively scene on weekend nights), at the chef’s counter to watch the masters in action, or for a more private event, the curtains can be closed off to create a private cave-like room for up to 12 people.

Ken Shin-Ryu Japanese Ramen

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For high-end Japanese ramen, this new restaurant at 1 Mont Kiara should be on your list of restaurants to try. Led by Sapporo-born chef Kita Koichi, the ramen here reflects his years of experience and expertise. This non-halal Japanese restaurant uses Sakura pork and Kenkori eggs in dishes, putting a premium twist on humble ramen.

Quality ingredients take center stage here with noodles freshly made from Japanese wheat flour daily. Classic clear shoyu broth is made without MSG or artificial flavors.

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