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We have been eating around town for the past few months and we have visited quite a handful of sushi restaurants, izakayas, yakiniku restaurants and etc. Please find our top pick for the best sushi restaurants in KL as below:
#1 Sushi Oribe
Price: Lunch RM 128-RM 350, Dinner RM 228-RM 498
More Readings: http://kampungboycitygal.com/2017/10/sushi-oribe-vipod-residences-kl/
On the ground floor of ViPod Residences, off Jalan Kia Peng, is Oribe Sushi, helmed by the most skilful and friendly sushi master chef, Chef Oritsuki. It is not surprising that Oribe Sushi has received much fanfare and praise from sushi purists since its opening. The limited menu focuses on sushi and sea produces from Osaka & Fukuoka. Ori san knows the best way to season the fishes, by using yuzu rinds, soy sauce, salt, spring onion and others. So there’s no need to ask for wasabi or soy sauce.
His cholesterol bowl is often the highlight of my meals here. It is a miniature dish of Uni, Chopped Otoro, Shiro Ebi, Ikura on a bed of sushi rice. Remember to stir everything together to enjoy the exquisite flavours.
Delicious from start to finish, we have never been disappointed by the choices of courses that Chef Ori presents to us.
#2 Ginza Sushimasa
Price: Lunch RM 320-RM 690, Dinner RM 450-RM 1050
Located on a very quiet Level 7 of Le Meridien Kuala Lumpur, Ginza Sushimasa offers an authentic Japanese dining experience that is made from the freshest produce and savoured in a tranquil ambience.
The sushi specialist also has outlets in Tokyo’s Ginza area and Sendai. They even have special licence that allows them direct access into the world-famous tuna auction in Tsukiji Market where they get to pick the best quality cuts. Seafood is brought in at least four times a week from Tokyo and from Fukuoka.
Everyone raves about their engawa or halibut fin sushi and Kobe beef roll with uni. The engawa is marinated in a homemade sauce made from malt, shoyu, dried chillies and served aburi (torced) style. Who can say no to beautifully marbled Kobe beef slices topped with fresh Hokkaido sea urchin with a pinch of wasabi – an insanely decadent ‘Surf & Turf’ item. Our other favourites were the monkfish liver sushi with baby watermelon marinated with sake kasu and tuna sushi. The tuna sushi was aged for seven days, and marinated in a citrusy shoyu sauce. Both were mind blowing.
An omakase meal starts at RM690 for lunch and RM800 for dinner. Sushi set stars from RM 320 for lunch and RM 450 for dinner. Just like any other sushi restaurants, we recommend opting for the main sushi counter (which seats 10) and watch master chef Hiroyuki Murakami at work.
Kobe beef roll with uni
Address: Level 7, Le Meridien Kuala Lumpur, No.2,Jalan Stesen Sentral, KL 50470
Hours: (Lunch) 12:00–14:30, (Dinner) 18:00–22:30, closed on Sundays
#3 Sushi Hinata
Price: Lunch RM 85-RM 295, Dinner RM 165-RM 500
Established since 2013, Sushi Hinata has since earned recognition for its fresh sushi cuisine that offers an authentic Japanese experience to its customers.
Helmed by Master sushi chef Yoshiki Yamada, Sushi Hinata’s menu is devoted to showcasing the produce of the sea. The lunch menu here starts from RM85 and we opted for the RM160 set that consists of appetiser, 10 piece sushi, steamed egg, soup and dessert. Each mouthful is an explosion of flavour and the freshness of the fish leaves you wanting more.
Address: A-0-1 , Ground Floor St.Mary Residence, No.1, Jalan Tengah 50450 Kuala Lumpur
Hours: (Lunch) 12:00–15:00, (Dinner) 18:00–23:00, closed on Mondays
#4 Sushi Kinmedai
Price: nigiri set RM 168, ala carte available
The low key Sushi Kinmedai at Solaris Dutamas is no strangers to Japanese expats in KL. Originated from Tokyo, the restaurant takes pride in its sushi and fresh produce from Japan. The sushi chef, Tanaka San is adamant on using red vinegar for his rice and he said it is all about the balance of rice, vinegar and salt.
In Sushi Kinmedai, certain types of fish are refrigerated and aged to enhance the texture and taste, in the same way good steaks are aged for flavour and tenderness. Through aging process, the fishes develop umami and depth, and hence better flavour. This is why we love the aged tuna sushi here.
At Sushi Kinmedai, you can get a special sushi nigiri course of 10 pieces for RM168 – great value for money as we get to try exquisite sushi topped with Hirame, Chutoro, Nodoguro, Anago and etc.
#5 Sushi Azabu
Price: RM 120 to RM 420
More readings: http://kampungboycitygal.com/2017/02/sushi-azabu-the-table-isetan-the-japan-store-kl/
It is exciting news to hear that the KL outpost of one Michelin starred Sushi Azabu from New York that is being headed by Chef Toshihide Terado s now at The Table, Isetan The Japan Store KL.
This 40-seater restaurant serves traditional Edo-mae (Tokyo-style) sushi. It is a very simple and traditional way of preparing sushi. Just before the chef present it to the customer, he or she will daub on a single coating of nikiri with a brush. Wasabi is usually being placed under the fish, so you do not need any form of extra dipping sauces/wasabi. Our platter of nigiri sushi consists of Chutoro (tuna), Shimaaji (Trevally), Ika (Squid), Saba (Mackerel), Hotate (Scallop), Ebi (Prawn) and Ikura (Fish Roe). We particularly enjoyed the Hotate, Shimaaji and Ebi, all were fresh and sweet to the bite.
Sushi Azabu @ The Table
Add: 4th Floor, Isetan The Japan Store KL
Tel: 03-2119 2624
Hours: (Lunch) 11:00–15:00, (Dinner) 18:00–23:00, closed on Mondays
Price: Sushi Set RM 50 to RM 160, ala carte available
If you think that menu in Sushiya looks familiar, this is because the folks behind Sushiya also run 1 Utama’s respected Ichiro Sushi Bar.
Located in Plaza Mont Kiara, Sushiya has slightly more casual set up than the rest on this list, but the food quality is assured. The chef keeps on changing seasonal selection of fresh raw fish imported from Japan three times a week at Sushiya. Pricing here is reasonable – the matsu set (RM 100) consists of 8 pieces of nigari and my favourites were the botan ebi, uni and hotate. Remember to state that you would to omit wasabi because the chef tends to be a bit heavy handed on the amount of wasabi.
Honorary Mention: #7 Taka by Sushi Saito
Price: Lunch RM 450-RM 1400, Dinner RM 850-RM 1400
Taka by Sushi Saito, located at the St Regis Kuala Lumpur, is the only extension of Takashi Saito’s restaurant. It is the first and only three Michelin-star brand in Malaysia. However, we have exhausted our budget just to try the above mentioned sushi restaurants. Taka by Sushi Saito is definitely in our list, give us some time to save some moolah.
Taka by Sushi Saito
Address: Level 3A, The St. Regis Kuala Lumpur No. 6,, Jalan Stesen Sentral 2, Kuala Lumpur Sentral, 50470 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 012-330 3600
Hours: 12pm to 12am, closed on Mondays