Sushi AzabuRestaurant, $$$$, Japanese, Kuala Lumpur City Centre
Opens at: 11:00keyboard_arrow_down
Mon - Sun
- Mon - Sun 1100-1500
- +603 2119 2624
- 4th Floor, Isetan The Japan Store, Lot 10 Shopping Centre, 50 Jalan Sultan Ismail, 50250 Kuala Lumpur
- Private RoomYes
- Accept Credit CardYes
- Dress CodeCasual
- Bring Your Own BottleNo
- Car ValetYes
Sushi Azabu is a traditional Japanese sushi restaurant located in the Isetan The Japan Store on the top level of Lot 10 shopping mall in the heart of KL. Like in all traditional sushi restaurants, the centrepiece of the restaurant is the sushi counter. The lighting and interior design is sufficient but all the action is at the sushi counter. You can reserve seats at the counter as a group or as an individual, which is what makes the counter so great – it’s diverse enough so you can be a lone diner or in a group and feel completely comfortable.
It’s a traditional Japanese restaurant here in a sense, because diners can choose from and order one of three available courses. Definitely go with the omakase course, which features a diverse selection of the chef’s choice dishes including sashimi, nigiri, sushi rolls, appetisers, palate cleansers and dessert.
Standout dishes from the course are the Hokkaido oyster and the ark shell nigiri. Of note is the rice texture of the nigiri which is firm and sports good cohesiveness with a hint of vinegar for extra flavour. Another appetite pleasing course is the seasonal nigiri, featuring appetisers, 10 pieces of nigiri, sushi rolls and soup.
Sushi Azabu’s menu is diverse and changes seasonally to accommodate the freshest cuts of fish. The chutoro and otoro cuts are some of the best that you can find in Malaysia with its high-grade marbling of muscle and fat adding to the smooth and viscous texture of the fish. There is even availability of seasonal exotic fish such as loaches which are typically only found at fish markets in Japan. This quality and variety of fish are only found in a select few restaurants in Malaysia and Sushi Azabu is one of them.
Besides the requisite shochu, Japanese beers and soft drinks, the restaurant has several varieties of premium daiginjo and ginjo sakes to choose from. There is also Awashu, a sparkling sake available. Diners wishing to familiarise with the different varieties would do well to go with sake tasting of three varieties for only RM58. On the non-alcoholic side, the homemade ginger ale is a refreshing choice.
The staff are friendly and attentive. When sitting at the sushi counter, you have the bonus of the chef being right in front of you and he will give an explanation about the dishes being served. The chef and sous chef both have extensive knowledge of the menu and are happy to speak with you about it. They will tell you both the Japanese name and English name if you so choose. Also, they will inform you which fish are in season and which market in Japan they came from. It really is a pleasure sitting in front of someone who is so passionate about the food they prepare.
Sushi Azabu is a high-end sushi restaurant, so expect to pay high-end prices. You must order a set menu when you come for dinner. You can get away for less money if you come for lunch and order a la carte. Overall, compared to other high-quality sushi restaurants, Sushi Azabu is on the pricier end so expect to spend around RM350 to RM500 a person.