Japanese for a week: six restaurants for the next six days


February 21, 2017 | BY Tien Chew

Isetan The Japan Store in Bukit Bintang unveils their latest addition, a floor filled with quality fare to satisfy those looking for good Japanese food.

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It is safe to say that Japanese food is one of the main gateways into the island culture beloved the world over. Food offers diners a chance to glimpse into what a particular culture deems tasty, therefore also allowing insight into the culinary history and preference of a particular society. 

In Japan, most restaurants spend years, if not decades, perfecting their craft specialising in a particular area of Japanese cuisine. This can range from yakiniku to yakitori, ramen to somen, or even takoyaki to dorayaki. The Japanese take pride in mastering their craft to ensure that they perform at their best for each and every customer.

Isetan The Japan Store Kuala Lumpur recently opened its fourth floor to the public, with six restaurants to offer a taste of premium Japanese Washoku dining, each specialising in different areas of Japanese cuisine. For the uninitiated, Washoku cuisine is Japan’s symbolic traditional food culture and was selected to be a part of UNESCO’s cultural heritage list.

Here are the restaurants you can look forward to:

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Japanese eatery Toriden opens its first outlet overseas, a restaurant that focuses on simple dishes to more dynamic dishes centred on the humble chicken. Be sure not to miss their signature chicken hot pot called mizutaki.

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Fans of deep fried pork cutlets, known as tonkatsu, can head to Tonkatsu Anzu to experience this popular japanese dish that uses aged pork cuts sourced from the Kyushu region in Japan and cooked with care using ingredients to enhance a traditional food.

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Sushi Azabu from New York City makes its first appearance in South East Asia with its award-winning Michelin-starred sushi. This establishment is touted to be popular with New Yorkers and celebrities alike.

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The Tokyo Restaurant introduces modern Tokyo fare in what is also another first in the region. Classic cocktails and a healthy selection of wine at The Tokyo Restaurant will accompany contemporary Japanese cuisine at this this stylish new eatery.

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Lastly, Yakiniku Toraji from the popular district of Shibuya also makes its first debut in the country with premium cuts of beef cooked via the traditional Japanese BBQ method. Beef lovers will surely find a cut to their liking at this inviting food destination.

At the time of this writing, the sixth restaurant is expecting some delays and will open at a later date. Japanese chefs helm each one of these restaurants and aim to offer delicious specialised forms of Japanese food to Malaysians and tourists alike.

For more information, visit Isetan The Japan Store's official Facebook page.