Omakase is a Japanese concept that is well-suited to adventurous eaters, because it means you will be served with the chef’s selection – and it could be anything. Japanese cuisine isn’t limited to sushi and teppanyaki, and if you’ve always wanted to explore their food on another level, this is a fun way to do it. Half the fun is in the anticipation, as you will have no idea what goes into your food. Just put your trust in the chef, and enjoy your meal. Here are some restaurants in Kuala Lumpur and Selangor that provide Omakase style meals.
If you want a temporary refuge away from the hustle and bustle of KL to enjoy a course of fresh Japanese cuisine, Oribe is a good choice. In this elegant and classy restaurant, they provide only the best – in terms of atmosphere and ingredients. With a combination of the finest food that’s steeped in Japanese tradition yet still contemporary, you’ll be in for a treat. Their Omakase meals start from RM350 onwards.
Location: Ground Floor. Block C-1, Vipod Residences, No 6, Jalan Kia Peng, 50450, KL.
The list wouldn’t be complete without Nobu, which was previously only accessible to the stars of Hollywood. Today, you can make like a celebrity in KL’s Nobu, the first of their outlets in Southeast Asia. They have two variations of Omakase here that are available on their dinner menu. One is the Nobu Signature Omakase, and the other is the Special Omakase.
Location: Level 56 Menara 3 Petronas Persiaran Kuala Lumpur City Center 50088, KL.
3) Sou Omakase Dining
Sou Omakase Dining serves lunch and dinner, and in the true tradition of Omakase styled meals, they will present a series of plates – starting at first with lighter dishes, and ending on a high note with richer dishes. Customers have commented that the freshness of their meat and seafood is a highlight. This restaurant is located at The Gardens Mall, Mid Valley.
Location: G247, Ground Floor, The Gardens Mall, Mid Valley City, Lingkaran Syed Putra, KL.
Uroko is located in Section 17, and is known for their selection of fresh seafood that’s flown in from Tokyo. Their Omakase offering consists of a full course meal designed by the head chef, using in-season ingredients. There are three budget options to choose from, so just pick one that you feel is appropriate and they will do the rest. They open daily for lunch and dinner.
Location:2nd Floor, No 22A-1, Jln 17/54 (Section 17) Petaling Jaya, Malaysia
5) Sushi Azabu
The newest on the block is Sushi Azabu, but that doesn’t mean it’s any less stellar than the rest. Admirers of all things Japanese in Malaysia would have been excited to sample the goods at Isetan The Japan Store in Lot 10, and Sushi Azabu is a Michelin-star establishment that’s made its way to our shores, following a successful run in New York. Their omakase meal starts at RM420.
Location: LOT 10, No. 50 Jalan Sultan Ismail, 50250. KL.
Hanaya comes under the Sushi Train company of restaurants, which is headquartered in Australia. Having built a successful brand in Australia, they have made their way here with a few restaurants. Hanaya is one of them and is located within the Grand Millenium Hotel. Each month, they switch up their Omakase offerings. You will get to see previews of what’s in store by following them on Facebook.
Location: Grand Millennium Hotel, Jalan Bukit Bintang, Bukit Bintang, KL
Manmaru styles their dining as a “couture” experience, which means you are in for some exquisite cuisine. Here, they fuse Japanese style cooking with Italian flavours, which makes for a unique experience. Their Omakase is a daily special, which is curated with great care and contains fresh ingredients. They are located in Atria Shopping Gallery.
Location: G26, Ground floor, Atria Damansara, Jalan SS22/23, Damansara Jaya, 47400 Petaling Jaya.
You’ll have to head to Hilton Kuala Lumpur for a taste of Iketeru’s Omakase menu. Their Executive Chef Ricky Kamiishi holds down the fort, and his unique touch has resulted in this establishment being known for its authentic Japanese cuisine. From their stunning interior to the precision and care put into the artistry of their food, it is something not to be missed.
Location: 3, Jalan Stesen Sentral 5, Kuala Lumpur Sentral, 50470 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan