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Digest The Ultimate Guide To Sushi In Kuala Lumpur

The Ultimate Guide To Sushi In Kuala Lumpur

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By Tien Chew
August 08, 2018

Sushi is one of the highest luxuries and most popular aspects of Japanese dining, offering the best bounties of the sea in bite-sized form. Good sushi dining can start from the mid-tier to the upper ends of the price spectrum.

We here at T.Dining are huge fans, so much so that this list is as much for you, our dear readers, as it is for us. Bookmark this so you have an easy and quick access to dedicated sushi restaurants the next time you have a craving.

Don't see your favourite afternoon sushi spot on the list? Tell us all about it via email at editor-my@asiatatler.com.

1/18 Umai Sushikan

Umai Sushikan
Photo: Courtesy of J's Gate Dining

Fairly new to the sushi scene in KL, Umai Sushikan opened as part of a star studded cast of restaurants from Japan at J's Gate Dining, Lot 10. Promising quality sushi in a casual ambiance, air-flown ingredients and a Japanese chef team, this is a restaurant that can offer an affordable yet quality sushi experience. 

Availability: lunch and dinner

Highlights: à la carte, sushi platters, sushi counter, mid to high end prices, mall setting

2/18 Ginza Sushimasa

Sushi Ginzamasa
Photo: Steven Sum/Malaysia Tatler

One of the best spots in town for authentic sushi, straight from Tokyo, Ginza Sushimasa offers a premium omakase dining experience. The restaurant does offer an à la carte option, but its omakase option is where the restaurant really shines.

Availability: lunch and dinner

Highlights: à la carte, omakase, sushi counter, luxurious ambiance, sister outlet in Tokyo, hotel setting

3/18 Sou Omakase

Sou Omakase
Photo: Shaffiq Farhan/Malaysia Tatler

Situated at The Gardens, Sou Omakase offers a small 6-seater sushi counter for those inclined for the full experience. The restaurant features an eclectic assortment of Japanese foods, even introducing foreign ingredients to the cuisine to jazz things up. When it comes to sushi however, fans should get the course set.

Availability: lunch and dinner

Highlights: à la carte, omakase, sushi counter, luxurious ambiance, mall setting, connected to The Gardens Mall

4/18 Sushi Hibiki

Sushi Hibiki
Photo: Courtesy of Sushi Hibiki

Also another new kid on the block, Sushi Hibiki takes up residence in Four Seasons Place Kuala Lumpur, offering quality sushi with an ambiance befitting an intimate dinner. The chef, Makato Saito Sam, stays true to the techniques and sushi making disciplines he learned in Japan but isn't afraid to experiment and try new things that would suit the local market.

Availability: lunch and dinner

Highlights: omakase, focused menu, luxurious ambiance, hotel plaza setting

5/18 Fincch Sushi Room

Fincch Sushi Room
Photo: Courtesy of Fincch Sushi Room

Instead of going for a downtown vibe, Fincch Sushi Room opts for a neighbourhood locale over at Medan Damansara. Diners can expect fresh choices air-flown from Tsukiji market (which seems to be pre-requisite of quality sushi restaurants here in KL) that promises to offer gourmet level dining at affordable prices. 

Availability: lunch and dinner

Highlights: à la carte, omakase, varied menu, sushi counter, modern Japanese ambiance, neighbourhood setting

6/18 Sushi Azabu

Sushi Azabu
Photo: Shaffiq Farhan/Malaysia Tatler

After earning its Michelin star in New York, Sushi Azabu comes to KL at Isetan The Japan Store. The restaurant serves authentic Edomae style sushi, the predominant type of sushi served since the 1820's, which is the kind we all know and love today. 

Availability: lunch and dinner

Highlights: à la carte, omakase, sushi counter, Michelin star sister outlet in Tokyo, downtown setting

7/18 Taka By Sushi Saito

Taka By Sushi Saito
Photo: Tien Chew/Malaysia Tatler

Sushi with a Michelin star pedigree, Taka by Sushi Saito is one of the the most premium restaurants on this list. Sushi master Takashi Saito makes "the best sushi in the world" and choose Kuala Lumpur as his maiden restaurant outside of Japan. The restaurant offers three omakase menus for lunch and one for dinner.

Availability: lunch and dinner

Highlights: set menu option, focused menu, sushi counter, 3 Michelin star sister outlet in Tokyo, luxurious and modern ambiance, hotel setting

8/18 Sushi Hinata

Sushi Hinata
Photo: Courtesy of Sushi Hinata

Clean wooden and white elements pervade the atmosphere of this modern and elegant sushi establishment. Already creating a name for itself in town, Sushi Hinata is a favourite for many Japanese food lovers in the city, where live culinary artistry is part of the meal. Watch out for their reasonably priced lunch deals.

Availability: lunch and dinner

Highlights: à la carte, omakase, focused menu, sushi counter, modern and clean Japanese ambiance, downtown setting

9/18 Wasabi Bistro

Wasabi Bistro
Photo: Courtesy of Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur

Californian-inspired Japanese cuisine is the name of the game at Wasabi Bistro, with a sushi boat to satisfy your cravings for the raw delicacy. However, the impressive looking sushi boat is only available Thursday and Fridays from 6pm to 10:30pm and Saturdays and Sundays from 12pm to 3pm. Although it primarily consists of sushi, you'll find other goodies to feed up to four persons.

Availability: lunch and dinner

Highlights: à la carte, sushi platters, varied menu, sushi boat promotion, hotel setting

10/18 Sushi Oribe

Sushi Oribe
Photo: Courtesy of Sushi Oribe

Anoter crowd pleaser, Sushi Oribe commands respect from sushi gourmands and chefs alike, thanks to a consistently quality experience throughout the years. This is in part due to their willingness to order fresh fish in for every day of the week to give diners the best possible experience. To top it all off, guests have 5 omakase menus to choose from.

Availability: lunch and dinner

Highlights: à la carte, omakase, sushi counter, focused menu, traditional sushi restaurant ambiance, downtown setting

11/18 Hanare

Hanare
Photo: Courtesy of Hanare

Helmed by two Japanese chefs, Hanare serves sushi from what you would expect out of a top notch sushi restaurant – imported ingredients, skilled cooks and a mostly positive response from those who have dined there. Located in The Intermark Mall, the restaurant gets bonus points for being near an MRT stop.

Availability: lunch and dinner

Highlights: à la carte, omakase, varied menu, sushi counter, downtown setting, close to Ampang Park MRT stop

12/18 Kampachi Troika

Kampachi Troika
Photo: Courtesy of Kampachi

One of KL's longstanding Japanese restaurants with a reputation for delivering consistently tasty Japanese food, Kampachi's flagship outlet at The Troika offers a kaiseki (traditional Japanese multi-course meal) focusing on just sushi, as well as an omakase course that offers a variety of Japanese food items should you crave for other food items to go along with your sushi choices.

Availability: lunch and dinner

Highlights: à la carte, set menus, modern Japanese ambiance, long-time reputation, downtown modern Japanese setting,

13/18 Sushiya

Sushiya
Photo: Courtesy of Sushiya

Opening its doors two years ago at Plaza Mont Kiara, Sushiya (basically sushi shop in Japanese) is a quaint sushi restaurant run by a Japanese chef. Diners are welcome to order à la carte but the restaurant also offers set menus should you decide to leave your meal to the hands of the chef.

Availability: lunch and dinner

Highlights: à la carte, set menus, sushi counter, neighbourhood setting

14/18 Tsukiji No 8

Tsukiji No 8
Photo: Courtesy of Tsukiji No 8

Relative newcomer to the downtown sushi scene, Tsukiji No 8 serves fish imported from the very market of which it gets its name from, so you can expect a high level of quality when it comes to the food here. The restaurant markets itself as a gourmet Japanese restaurant focusing on delivering an interesting blend of fine dining and molecular gastronomy.

Availability: lunch and dinner

Highlights: à la carte, sushi platters, sushi counter, varied menu, downtown setting

15/18 Hanaya Japanese Dining

Hanaya Japanese Dining
Photo: Courtesy of Hanaya Japanese Dining

Taking up residence at Grand Millennium Kuala Lumpur, Hanaya goes the popular route of offering more than just sushi at the restaurant. With that being said, the restaurant does offer a sushi counter made of wood from a 350 year old Hinoki tree and two omakase courses that lean towards either a light version or the full course.

Availability: lunch and dinner

Highlights: à la carte, omakase, sushi counter, hotel setting

16/18 Kurata Japanese Fine Dining

Kurata
Photo: Courtesy of Kurata

Yet another high end restaurant located in a hotel, this time at Parkroyal Kuala Lumpur, Kurata specialises in omakase sushi, sashimi, sukiyaki, tempura and more. If you feel like enjoying sushi with other delicacies, you're free to do so but the restaurant also offers a sushi set that's reasonably priced. 

Availability: lunch and dinner

Highlights: à la carte, omakase, sushi counter, varied menu, hotel setting

17/18 Sushi Kinmedai

Sushi Kinmedai
Photo: Courtesy of Sushi Kinmedai

With an affordable 10 piece nigiri and aburi (roasted) sushi course, diners find the quality satisfactory for the price offered at Sushi Kinmedai over in Publika. However, its name may not necessarily reveal that the restaurant also features a wide range of non-sushi food items.

Availability: lunch and dinner

Highlights: à la carte option, set menu option, sushi counter, offers more than sushi, mall setting

18/18 Bonus – Ichiro Sushi Bar

Ichiro Sushi Bar
Photo: Courtesy of Ichiro Sushi Bar

The next time you're craving sushi whilst shopping in 1 Utama, skip the sushi train type joints and head for this dedicated restaurant called Ichiro Sushi Bar situated on the second floor of Isetan. You may also be surprised to hear that this particular sushi restaurant has been around since 2012.

Availability: lunch and dinner

Highlights: à la carte, sushi platters, varied menu, sushi counter, mall setting, situated in 1 Utama

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