Visit These Best New Japanese Restaurants in Kuala Lumpur in 2022

Looking for the best Japanese restaurants in Kuala Lumpur?

For those who love Japanese cuisine, you’ll be pleased to know that there’s 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 conveyor 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 food, here are the best new restaurants that recently opened in 2022.

Best new Japanese restaurants in Kuala Lumpur for dinner:

Shin’Lab by James Won

The “dazzled” oyster (French or Japanese, depending on freshness and seasonality) Image credit: Shin’ Labo by James Won

A restaurant not to be missed for true lovers of contemporary Japanese cuisine is James Won’s Shin’ Labo. Located right next to the fountain at the main entrance to downtown LaLaport Bukit Bintang, Shin’Labo aims to reinvent the omakase experience by marrying Japanese cuisine with that of French, while using carefully selected indigenous Malay ingredients. .

According to Chef James Won, foodie extraordinaire, the idea for Shin’Labo stems from his own aspiration to revitalize the yōshoku – Western-influenced cooking in Japanese cuisine – elevating it using modern French techniques. Thus, dishes such as Truffle Hayashi Rice and Orange Binchotan Duck grace the menu and are just a few of the many experimental dishes Shin’Labo has to offer.

Address: Lalaport BBCC, G-13A & G-13B (ground floor), Mitsui Shopping Park, 2, Jalan Hang Tuah, Bukit Bintang, 55100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, +60 17 916 6991

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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.

Address: Unit 1-1 Fortune Centra, No. 2, Jalan Metro Perdana 6, Taman Usahawan Kepong, Kepong, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, +60 12 312 4112

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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.

Address: No.26, Jalan 24/70A, Desa Sri Hartamas, 50480 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, +60 32 856 7350/ +60 12 373 9554

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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 to create a private cave-like room for up to 12 people.

Address: 59A Jalan Sultan, 50000 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, +60 32 022 3889

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Ken Shin-Ryu Japanese Ramen

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For high-end Japanese ramen, this 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. The restaurant temporarily closed in May and reopens on July 6, 2022.

Address: Level 1, L1-02, 1 Mont Kiara Mall, Jalan Kiara, Mont Kiara, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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Since its opening in April 2022, Aburii in Taman Tun Dr Ismail has been doing everything possible to offer authentic high-end Japanese cuisine. With lively decor and a warm vibe, the atmosphere sets the tone for a fun Japanese experience you won’t soon forget.

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

Address: No 5, Lorong Datuk Sulaiman 7, TTDI 60000 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, +60 37 733 0906

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(Hero and featured image credit: photo by Stephen Bedase on Unsplash)

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