This CMCO has seen many of our favourite establishments slowly reopen its doors for business. The same can be said for all the top Japanese restaurants in KL, who are now accepting dine-in customers.

Having been stuck indoors for over two months now, it’s safe to say that it has taken a toll on many of us. We have had to drastically adapt to the new social etiquettes and rules, especially when it comes to social distancing. Now that we’re in the conditional movement control order (CMCO), many of the strict SOPs and rules have been loosened.

This is, of course, great news for chefs, owners, and restaurateurs of the F&B industry in Malaysia. Having had to rely on delivery and takeaway services, many can’t wait to open its doors with Nadodi being one of the first. But it’s more than just that; Japanese restaurants in KL, in particular, have been operational for the entirety of the movement control order (CMO). This is because we as Malaysians cannot seem to get enough of Japanese food.

Thankfully, we don’t have to wait for them to come to us. Instead, we’re going back to them, albeit with a different mindset this time. These are some of the top Japanese restaurants in KL right now who are still capable of offering top quality seafood during these troubling times. You will spot some familiar names on the list, many of which were also available for both delivery and takeaway.

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Sushi Oribe

Sushi Oribe is considered to be one of the OGs in KL when it comes to omakase. Not only does it offer self pick-up and delivery services, but it is also now open for dine-in customers as well. Sushi Oribe is currently on a lunch and dinner service with 12.00 pm to 3.00 pm and 6.00 pm to 10.00 pm respectively. It also has a special CMCO lunch and dinner menu, which focuses on both sushi and omakase courses.

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2
Sushi Hibiki

Located at The Four Seasons Place is none other than Sushi Hibiki, offering its exceptional Japanese cuisine to all. However, do note that it has changed its operating hours. As it stands, it will be closed on Mondays while Tuesdays are reserved strictly for deliveries only. But from Wednesdays to Sundays, it will be open for dine-ins for both lunch and dinner periods.

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3
Sushi Hinata

Another popular household name is Sushi Hinata at the ground floor of E&O Residences Kuala Lumpur. Having been around for some time now, Sushi Hinata is also known as the “sushi sunny place”. Sushi Hinata is all about serving seasonal fish, which were carefully selected to ensure its quality. While it will be reopening its doors for dine-ins, it will be done in stages. It’s closed on Mondays and Tuesdays and operating on a lunch and dinner service for the rest of the week.

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4
Tsukiji No. 8

Named after the famed Japanese fish market, Tsukiji No. 8 is all about providing the most authentic experience one can have when indulging in sumptuous Japanese cuisine. Most, if not all of its produce comes directly from the eponymous market, ensuring that its quality never falters. It will be open every day for both lunch and dinner service while also maintaining takeaway and delivery service.

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Sushi Den at Platinum Park

Platinum Park is home to not one, not two, but three high-end Japanese restaurants in KL with the first being Sushi Den. It touts itself as KL’s first sushiya in the city skyline, resting atop the 48th floor of Skyviews at Naza Tower. This intimate eight-seater omakase restaurant offers an experience like no other so making a reservation is compulsory. To fully immerse yourself in the experience, Sushi Den brings in fresh seafood produce from various prefectures in Japan.

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Sushi Ryu

The second high-end Japanese restaurant in the immediate vicinity of Platinum Park is none other than Sushi Ryu. If you’re looking for an elevated omakase experience, this is your best bet. Sushi Ryu prides itself on only using premium, seasonal fish that is flown in from Japan. It also only has an 11-seater sushi counter if you’d like to experience how an omakase chef operates. There are also private rooms if you have a small party with you.

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Tenmasa

The third and final Japanese restaurant in Platinum Park is Tenmasa, which also happens to be the sister restaurant of Sushi Ryu. Instead of sticking with omakase, Tenmasa is a chic and casual tempura bar that is all about elevating your tastebuds to some of Japan’s most common foods. It seats 10 guests at one time at the counter and up to eight guests at the private tables. Although, this will surely be different after taking into account the SOPs and guidelines put forth by the government.

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Nobu Kuala Lumpur

Leave it to Nobu Kuala Lumpur to take Japanese cuisine to new heights. Currently, Nobu is only open for dinner but it will be open for lunch as well come 1st June 2020. Do expect all of its signature favourites that will be available while you take in the breathtaking views it has to offer of the KL city skyline.

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Wi-Liam Teh
Senior Writer
Wi-Liam is a geek at heart with a penchant for tattoos. Never without a drink in hand (preferably whisky, gin, or Guinness), he is also a writer by day and a keyboard warrior by night. On his day off, he masquerades as a streetwear and sneakerhead enthusiast while his bank account says otherwise.