Sushi is valued for its simplicity and a thrilling sensation that lingers for a brief moment in time. These profound expressions – natural sweetness of fish, fragrant mix of vinegar and rice, pungent notes of wasabi, and umami from the soy sauce – complement each other.
Sushi chefs will tell you that the most fundamental element in sushi-making is the rice. The right balance of vinegar, fluffy rice and fresh ingredients stretch a long way. The way the chefs explore and prepare sushi is limitless and these creative renditions stem from the basic art of sushi-making.
Nevertheless, there are two types of diners in a sushi bar or omakase restaurant – one that sticks to tradition and one that combines non-Japanese ingredients. These sushi bars in Kuala Lumpur know how to please the crowd with unique sushi menus that harp on taste, artistry and creativity. Newly opened ones like Sushi Ryu and Nori Sushi also put together solid menus that combine traditional techniques with modern sensibilities. Here are six best sushi bars in KL to check out.
(Featured image: Sushi Ryu)
This exquisite sushiya focuses on the craft of Japanese omakase and its sushi platter is one of the finest you’d find in Kuala Lumpur. Start with the nigiri sushi that has the perfect fish-to-rice ratio, featuring freshly flown fish like aji, red tuna and other Japanese seasonal catches. The Ryu Signature Aburi Sushi Platter is another recommended option that celebrates the flavours of the sea. Brush each sushi with the Nikiri, sweet soy sauce that lends beautiful umami saltiness in every bite.
If you’re looking for a luxurious dining experience to impress your significant other, Sushi Hinata makes up with exceptional omakase sushi and other artisanal creations. The freshness of each ingredient is unquestionable as everything that the chef brings to the plate is steeped in artistry and care. You can basically find everything you’re craving for here – from decadent sea urchin (uni) and ark shell to flounder and Japanese barracuda.
Sushi Hibiki is where you can dine in an intimate setting as you watch resident Chef Makoto Saito entertain you with his artistry in sushi-making. Come here to experience an authentic experience that is paired with impeccable quality, fresh seafood and the perfect balance of flavour. If you’re in luck, you’ll be able to taste the chef’s signature sushi with fresh Japanese cockle. The sushi restaurant is rather hidden – just look for Poseidon Reserve Caviar & Oyster Bar; Sushi Hibiki is right behind it.
The muscles behind this bar-style restaurant take their sushi seriously, presenting a more conventional take on sushi-making. The sushi menu checks all-time favourites like scallops, salmon, tuna, shrimp and yellowfin. The fresh produce is sourced directly from Tsukiji fish market to ensure the best experience of melt-in-the-mouth sashimi and delicious sushi creations. Fincch also has a good range of sake to pair your sushi with.
Tucked in the quaint neighbourhood of Jalan Kasah, Haru Japanese Restaurant has been around for several years serving gourmet sushi creations and Japanese staples like grilled fish, maki rolls and more. If you’re looking for variety, there aren’t many items on the menu but the ones that are on the list are good enough to impress. Pair your sushi with a good selection of sake.
Nori Sushi is a new kid in town, helmed by Chef Joe-san who has over 18 years of experience in the cuisine. Come here for its sushi balls that are wrapped with freshly sliced fish, doused in chef’s special sauces and torched for an extra hint of smokiness. Purists will enjoy a good range of sushi options heroing everything from fresh sashimi to shellfish, crustaceans and octopus. If you need help, simply ask the chef for his recommended sake and shucho to go with his sushi creations.
Combine your sushi and sashimi with a variety of original sakes, leaving your taste buds craving for more.