Food For Thought specialises in Japanese Cuisine, with a range of different types of Japanese cooking methods. Japanese cuisine is known for its meticulous preparation, with an emphasis on the seasonality of ingredients and cooking methods. Here, we list a range of Japanese restaurants in Kuala Lumpur, with many modern restaurants using Japanese ingredients because of their popularity of high quality ingredients ranging from hotate to uni.
WHAT IS JAPANESE FOOD?
Japanese Cuisine is defined as cuisine which has its origins in Japan, with each region specialising in different cooking methods and styles. Food from Hokkaido, which is a seaside county, will use fresh fresh seafood as its main ingredients, and may differ from Kansai or Tokyo. Japan is also famous for its different styles of cooking, where food may be cooked on hot coals known as binchotan, popularly known as Yakitori. Japan is also known for its own version of fine dining known as Kaiseki, in which an Omakase is a personal recommendation by the Chef on the freshest ingredients of the day. Other popular forms of Japanese food styles include Tempura, Teppanyaki, Ramen and Udon. Japanese food has also greatly influenced most cuisine worldwide.
REGIONAL JAPANESE CUISINE & STYLES
For many people around the world tempura is one of the most well-known of the Japanese cuisines, but what many do not realise is that most restaurants in Japan specialises in specific cuisine, be it a ramen shop, sushi bar or takoytaki stand, and this is the same for tempura. Within Platinum Park in Kuala Lumpur sits exactly this type of specialisation, with a fine dining touch, Tenmasa, Kuala Lumpur’s first fine dining tempura restaurant, from shirako to foie gras to uni tempura. Continue reading →
Mouthfeel is key ingredient to the success of many chefs, with those knowing how to play with them creating some of the best food you will have ever eaten. Today, this is made more interesting by molecular gastronomy with a scientific approach. From the crisp of a chicken skin to the warmth of a lobster bisque, you can see how the crunch of a dish or the heat of a soup can make a huge difference. Continue reading →
Situated at the end of the hustle and bustle that is Keong Saik Road in Singapore is Neon Pigeon, a modern izakaya style eatery that makes interesting interpretations of modern Japanese cuisine. However, don’t take this place lightly as they have a cocktail programme that packs as powerful a punch as its food. From their iconic Tokyo Hummus made from edamame to their Teared Negroni using rosemary infused sake umeshu, you can see why the light of this pigeon shines bright. Continue reading →
If you were to be asked how many flavours is there when it comes to cooking, well, the short answer is it depends on who you’re asking. Different cultures are accustomed to different flavour palates, so your answer may vary depending on whether the chef is classically trained in European cuisine, or if they were trained in Chinese cuisine. Continue reading →
The Chinese New Year is one of the biggest celebrations in Malaysia, and there is no better times to experience the festivities. Genting Highlands is one of the best local destinations, with its cool temperature, newly opened Sky Avenue and assortment of over to 70 restaurants. Yee Sang (yusheng, 魚生), also known as the Prosperity Toss, is integral to the Chinese New Year tradition in Malaysia and Singapore and is one of the most interesting experiences you will find. Here, we will venture to bring you some of the best Yee Sang restaurants in Genting Highland, specialising in all forms and sorts, from lobster, to Norwegian salmon and abalone. Continue reading →
Located within the luxury apartments of Clearwater in Damansara Heights sits an elegant restaurant serving one of Kuala Lumpur's most interesting cuisines, Babe – Japas Fun Dining. This restaurant is the creation of Michelin awarded Chef Jeff Ramsey, where an homage to his mixed heritage is cleverly displayed on his plates, taking heavily from Japanese cuisine, with a mix of molecular gastronomy and traditional techniques. Their ethos when it comes to food is to make fine dining into fun dining, serving tapas sized dishes in the most entertaining manner. Continue reading →
Located within the recesses of the Damansara City Mall sits a refined contemporary European restaurant with an Asian twist. Beaming with art deco inspired gold fixtures throughout, this opulent eatery is aptly named Soleil. With contemporary cuisine in mind, Soleil serves a mixture modern French and Belgian, with an equally decked out cocktail bar that equally complements. Continue reading →
It comes as no surprise that DC Restaurant by Darren Chin is known as one of the best Malaysian fine dining restaurants in Kuala Lumpur. What makes them stand out is not only its usage of some of the highest quality ingredients from all over the world, but how DC Restaurant has sought to define their own dining experience, a journey of culinary growth by the restaurant and its restauranteur, introducing DC Restaurant cuisine. Continue reading →
One of the latest cuisines that has achieved international attention is the very delicate and light poké. This raw fish dish is normally served on its own, but is more commonly seen in its modern interpretation form, the poké bowl. This very light and healthy dish has its origins within Hawaiian cuisine, with culinary influences from the significant Japanese and Asian diaspora of Hawaii. We speak to some of the arguably best poké bowl eateries to learn more about poké culture in Kuala Lumpur. Continue reading →
Located within the recesses of One Utama shopping complex is a restaurant that seeks to deliver a unique experience, Marco Creative Cuisine. What is unique about this place is that they aim to serve fine dining quality food at an affordable price. The 7-course dining menu starts with an amuse-bouche and ends with a nice cuppa joe, and can be experienced at the very reasonable price of RM78. Continue reading →
There are very few restaurants that caters to a high quality dining experience, and DC Restaurant by Darren Chin on Persiaran Zaaba in the Taman Tun Dr. Ismail area of Kuala Lumpur is one of them. Serving a modernist take on traditional French cuisine, this restaurant is generous with its use of high quality ingredients such as imported French pigeons to the use of black winter truffles. Continue reading →
The Dining Room by Macalister Mansion has never failed to impress with their creative menu and use of ingredients from all over the world. A latest fare from the Dining Room by the remarkable Executive Chef Eric Heijkoop is the Winter Degustation Menu, comprising of a unique and modern twist, drawing inspiration from classical Indian and Japanese cuisine. Continue reading →