There are plenty of Japanese restaurants you can find in Penang from the heart of George Town to other areas such as Bayan Lepas and Tanjung Bungah. Check out our list of 8 restaurants in Penang where you can savour good Japanese foods ranging from sushi to sashimi, ramen, yakitori and bento sets.
Located in Cititel Penang, Kirishima Japanese Restaurant specialises in authentic Japanese cuisine. They serve a wide array of sushi and sashimi, all of which are made fresh using quality ingredients. Try their classic Salmon Nigiri Sushi or enjoy the high-grade tuna belly sashimi of Nama Otoro. Apart from a la carte dishes, they also offer hearty set menus, namely the Sukiyaki Udon Set and Unagi Bento. Each set comes with side dishes such as egg custard and miso soup. Also, do try some of their specialities too, namely Tori Avocado Grill (crispy chicken thigh meat with sauteed prawn & avocado) and Lobster Volcano (baked lobster with rock melon & white sauce).
Address: Cititel Penang, No. 66, Jalan Penang, 10000 George Town, Penang.
Azuma goes beyond the usual Japanese dishes, as evidently with their unique Azuma Thousand Layer Mini Sushi Hamburger. Think of it as a Japanese version of a hamburger but instead of the typical meat patty, it’s an interesting combo of deep-fried sushi rice and assorted raw fish topped with special sauce. Alternatively, there’s Azuma Pizza — a fusion mix of homemade sushi rice crackers with savoury salmon & eel toppings. They have assorted sushi, covering the eggy Tamago Sushi to the raw Salmon Sushi and the premium Una Tama Sushi (grilled eel & Japanese omelette).
Address: Unit 2F-87 (South Zone), Queensbay Mall, 100, Persiaran Bayan Indah, 11900 Bayan Lepas, Penang.
Good food doesn’t have to cost a fortune and this is where Matsuki Japanese Restaurant excels the most. It may look like a nondescript restaurant from the outside but if food matters to you more than the aesthetics, you’re in for a treat. Try one of their wholesome bento sets, namely Miso Katsu Bento and Special Lunch Bento. The latter consists of unagi, sashimi, chicken teriyaki and other side dishes served with steamed rice. Alternatively, go for the restaurant’s Kaiseki specials such as Special Sushi Kaiseki and Special Tempura Kaiseki — all of which come with assorted side dishes (e.g. miso soup & steamed egg).
Address: 62, Jalan Pemenang, 10250 George Town, Penang.
J-Garden offers a mix of classic and contemporary Japanese dishes, covering from appetisers to mains and desserts. For instance, give their savoury-sour fusion style of Pork Hamburger Steak with Citrus Vinegar Sauce a try. Or go for the classic Crispy Chicken Katsu, where they only fried them using fresh chicken supplied on a daily basis. They have assorted dons such as Katsu Don and chicken-and-egg Oyako Don. If possible, leave some room for a dessert, namely the smooth-tasting Pumpkin Creme Brulee or the bittersweet Romantic Tiramisu.
Address: 368-1-1, Bellisa Row, Jalan Burma, 10350 George Town, Penang.
True to its name, Hachiban Izakaya offers patrons a laidback izakaya experience for drinking and of course, savouring some grilled meat on the skewers a.k.a. kushiyaki. Speaking about the latter, they have various selections such as Nankotsu Iri Tori Tsukune (homemade chicken meatball with soft bone) and Gyu Enoki Maki (golden mushroom wrapped with sliced beef). Those who prefer pork and seafood can look forward to Buta Bara (pork belly), Hotate (scallop) and Surume Ika (squid). Not to be left out is their crunchy vegetable kushiyaki such as Asupara (asparagus) and Negi (leek). Best enjoyed with their dipping sauce.
Address: Level 1, 32, Jalan Kelawai, 10250 George Town, Penang.
Here is where you can enjoy delicious yakitori at Kushikobo Asian Bistro. Located in Jalan Fettes, this bistro serves all kinds of skewered and grilled chicken parts such as breast, thigh, liver, skin and gizzard. Best enjoyed with one of their house-poured shochu, sake or wine. They also served assorted otsumami (appetisers & snacks) ranging from gyoza to ika shiokara (salted squid) and agedashi tofu (deep-fried tofu with agedashi sauce).
Address: Fettes 10 50G-1, Jalan Fettes, 11200 Tanjung Bungah, Penang.
Managed by a Japanese chef, expect plenty of authentic goodness of a la carte and set dishes. Start with their appetising Potato or Tomato Salad followed by one of their mains such as Sashimi Zen (assorted sashimi served with chawanmushi, rice, miso soup & dessert) and Tempura Soba/Udon. Pair them with a cup of hot green tea or warm sake.
8) Aji Noren 味暖簾
Choices are aplenty upon dining at Aji Noren, which has been around for nearly 20 years. Among the must-order dishes on their extensive menu include Okonomiyaki, a simple but satisfying Japanese egg-based pancake filled with assorted toppings such as Japanese mayo and bonito flakes. Do try one of their piping-hot ramen dishes or value-for-money set lunch menu served with rice, miso soup, salad and fruit.
Address: 98-G-35, Prime Tanjung, Jalan Fettes, Kampung Belachan, 11200 Tanjung Tokong, Penang.
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