The recently opened Isetan The Japan Store Kuala Lumpur in Lot 10 Shopping Mall has been drawing much excitement for many reasons. The four-storey establishment is the world’s first Japanese lifestyle specialty store with products ranging from consumables and collectibles, to books and fashion.

On 16 February 2017, the fourth floor called The Table, enjoyed an official launch party.

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For some cool cocktails and contemporary Japanese cuisine with the essence of Tokyo, head to The Tokyo Restaurant.

The Table is essentially a collection of six premium Japanese dining venues, but only five of them are currently open to public. They include Sushi Azabu (sushi), Yakiniku Toraji (yakiniku), Tonkatsu Anzu (tonkatsu), Toriden (Japanese hot pot) and The Tokyo Restaurant (cocktails and contemporary Tokyo cuisine).

Amidst some very special cultural performances, we got to sample specialty dishes from each of the five restaurants. Have a look below at some of the dishes we really enjoyed.

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Sushi is prepared à la minute by the friendly chefs in the kitchen, so grab a seat when you head there.

Our first stop was Sushi Azabu, which has its main outlet in New York. Fortunate enough to enjoy front row seats, we watched how the chefs delicately prepared the sushi as we sipped on our first sakes of the night. Needless to say (but we’ll say it anyway), the salmon, prawn, sugarfish and scallop sushi were impeccably fresh, plump and juicy.

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Beautiful slices of premium Wagyu beef are served, for guests to grill at their individual tables.

If you enjoy beef, Yakiniku Toraji is an absolute must-try. We were served slices of raw Wagyu beef which we then grilled by ourselves at our table. The self-grilling experience was great, because each individual could choose his or her preferred level of doneness. It also made for a fun Insta-story opportunity. We grilled our beef slices to medium rare, and they were tender, juicy and wonderfully flavourful — highly recommended!

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For some steamy hot pot action, head to Toriden and immerse yourself in a more traditional Japanese seating arrangement.

Next on our list was Toriden, where we had a bowl of hot pot goodness — chicken, mushrooms and vegetables. The broth was tasty, and would make a fantastic dinner on a cold, rainy night. Our visit would not have been complete without a taste of Tonkatsu Anzu. The tonkatsu (breaded, deep-fried pork cutlet) had a lovely crunch, and the meat was perfectly seasoned. There was also an array of sauces to enjoy the meat with: Mustard, a thick sort of Worcestershire sauce called tonkatsu sauce, and ponzu.

For dessert, we savoured a delightful slice of cheesecake, and a bowl of chopped fruits with a sorbet-like concoction of lime and mint at The Tokyo Restaurant. Light and fluffy, the cheesecake was a wonderful way to end the night.

All in all, we love the concept of The Table and highly recommend that you visit the restaurants for a taste of Japan.

The Table, Level 4, Isetan The Japan Store Kuala Lumpur, Lot 10 Shopping Mall, 50 Jalan Sultan Ismail, 50250 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, +60 3 2141 7777