[Updated on 11 June 2019]

Konnichiwa! It’s no secret that we love all things Japan – especially yummy, authentic Japanese food! 😍 Unfortunately, many Japanese restaurants in Malaysia use non-halal ingredients (like mirin, a sweet rice wine that is considered essential in Japanese dishes) in their cooking process, even if halal meats are used 😱

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If you’re craving for some Japanese cuisine, go on a hunt for some guilt-free dining on your favourite sushi and check out these 5 eateries in the Klang Valley!

1. Sushi King

Serving colourful plates of nigiri, maki or sashimi, to bento meals and slurp-worthy noodles, when you think of a place to get your halal sushi fix, look no further than Sushi King! Take your pick from the sushi belt or order ala-carte, Sushi King offers a great variety of dishes that suits even the non-Japanese food lover 😉

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With over a 100 outlets around Malaysia, you’re bound to locate one near you. Just make sure to come with an empty stomach!

#HHWT Tip: If you see something you like on the menu that’s not on the sushi belt, just order one up and they’ll make it just for you! Getting the Sushi King Card is also well worth your money if you’re a sushi lover as card members get exclusive discounts!

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Food status: Halal certified
Address: Multiple outlets in Malaysia
Opening hours: Depending on outlet, generally from 10am – 10pm
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2. Agehan Japanese Restaurant, Grand Bluewave

For an authentic, traditional Japanese cuisine experience, head to Agehan Japanese Restaurant at Grand Bluewave Hotel, Shah Alam, the first halal certified Japanese in a five-star hotel. The best part is, not only is Agehan the place to go to for a fancy Japanese dinner, there are also reasonably priced buffets on weekends, for the more budget conscious!

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Whether you choose to go with the buffet or ala carte, there are whole lot of delectable dishes are waiting for you like Makimono, Temaki, Nigiri and Hosomaki Sushi. If you are a big fan of Tuna Mayo Maki or the Spicy Tuna Mayo Maki, Agehan Japanese Restaurant serves Cili Padi (bird’s eye chilli) Tuna Mayo Maki giving it a local twist!

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Food status: Halal certified
Address: Agehan Japanese Restaurant, Grand BlueWave Hotel Shah Alam, Persiaran Perbandaran, Seksyen 14, 40000 Shah Alam.
Opening hours: Lunch: 11.30am – 2.30am, Dinner: 6.00pm – 10.30pm. Open on Tuesdays – Sundays, Public Holidays. Closed on Mondays.
Contact: (603) 5511 8811   ext.2623
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3. Hei Sushi, MyTOWN

The Halal certified sister to the Sakae Sushi chain of restaurants, Hei Sushi takes its blend of East meets West Japanese cuisine to another level – think local cuisine mixed with traditional Japanese sushi rolls!

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Taking  pride in their lineup of Special Makimono, try interesting signature dishes like the Hei Maki, filled with a mouthful amount of ‘otak-otak’ layered with omelette, cucumber and lightly fried seaweed giving that extra crunchy taste or the fruity Jackfruit Ebi Maki 😋

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Food status: Halal certified
Address: L3-041, Level 3, MyTOWN Shopping Centre, No. 6, Jalan Cochrane, Seksyen 90, 55100 Kuala Lumpur
Opening hours: 11am – 10pm daily
Contact: 03-9201 1588

4. Toyyiban Sushi, Bangi Gateway

For a cosy and personal experience, check out Toyyiban Sushi located at Bangi Gateway! A family business and owned by a local Muslim who once studied in Japan, Toyyiban Sushi named themselves after the verse in the Qur’an (Surah Al Maidah 5:88)  where Allah commanded Muslims to consume “Halalan Toyyiban”, Toyyiban meaning good and Halal meaning their sushi!

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Although they don’t have a wide selection of sushi compared to bigger sushi retails, Toyyiban Sushi is an intimate restaurant and you will get a personalised experience. Many customers love their crispy fried sushi coupled with spicy soy sauce and wasabi – it’s like eating deep fried banana fritters, only its sushi! You know how us Malaysians love our deep fried food 😉

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If you need to eat more than just sushi, Toyyiban Sushi also serves choices of noodles like Udon and Soba, as well as Bento for a reasonable price compared to others. What’s best about this place is that they also give a local twist where they serve sambal kicap (spicy soy sauce) as an option to the traditional wasabi and soy sauce. 

Food status: Muslim-owned
Address: Bangi Gateway, Seksyen 15, 43650 Bandar Baru Bangi, Selangor
Opening hours: C2-2 ground floor Bangi Gateway Persiaran Sekeliling Seksyen 15 Bandar Baru Bangi Selangor
Bangi 43650
Contact: +60123206393
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5. Zipangu Japanese Restaurant

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One of the older and well-known Japanese restaurants in KL, Zipangu is a must-visit for every Japanese food lover. Indulge in the best of sashimi, sushi, temaki, and other Japanese delights 😍

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Food status: Uses halal-certified meats and ingredients. Alcohol is served separately on the premise. We advise readers to dine at their own discretion.
Address: 11, Jalan Sultan Ismail, Kuala Lumpur, 50250 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
Opening hours: 12pm – 2.30pm, 6.30pm – 10.30pm
Contact: 03-2074 3900
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6. Ramen Village

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Slurp on a delicious hearty bowl of ramen at Ramen Village 🍜 Enjoy tender chicken pieces and noodles in miso broth and fried chicken gyoza appetizers 😍 The eatery also offers a modern twist to their ramen noodle meals with Thai and Korean influences!

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Food status: Uses halal certified ingredients
Address: NU Sentral, Lot L5 09, No. 201, Jalan Tun Sambanthan, 50470, Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan, Malaysia, 50470 Kuala Lumpur
Opening hours: 10am – 10pm daily
Contact: 017-393 8828
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[P.S. Looking for more cafes in KL to try out? Here are 19 cafes in KL that you should try in 2019]

7. Momotalo Yakiniku

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Yakiniku lovers, you do not want to miss out on this place! Enjoy beefy delights such as wagyu and kobe cuts! Their melt-in-mouth meats will surely leave you wanting more to satisfy your cravings 😋 The meats will be served to you raw, and you can cook it on a charcoal grill (on your table) to your liking. For dipping, you are given a special dipping sauce which is a mixture of spicy miso paste, garlic and homemade soy sauce. The place also boasts a variety of seafood for you to feast on such as salmon, unagi, squid, and shishamo fish (pregnant fish).

#HHWT tip: The place is well-known for its supreme ox tongue cuts!

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Food status: Uses halal-certified meats and ingredients. Alcohol is served separately on the premise. We advise readers to dine at their own discretion.
Address: 20, Jalan 24/70a, Desa Sri Hartamas, 50480 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
Opening hours: 12.30pm – 2.30pm, 6pm – 11pm daily
Contact: 03-6206 1557
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8. Wagyu Kokoro

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Wagyu Kokoro Halal Yakiniku serves premium quality Japanese wagyu and their chef has been in the yakiniku industry for over 30 years. So expect high-quality meats that will leave a lingering wagyu taste on your taste buds. A small grill is provided on your table for you to cook it the way you like it too. It’s one of the few fully halal certified places in town that serves yakiniku 😋

Other dishes include Wagyu Kokoro Spicy Ramen and Beef Bone Ramen! For those that are not too keen on) beef, the place also serves chicken yakitori, bibimbap and seafood to grill.

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Food status: Halal certified
Address: B1, 1-7, Jalan Teknologi 2/1C, Taman Sains Selangor, 47410 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday 11am – 3pm, 6pm – 11pm, closed on Mondays
Contact: 010-265 3690
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Find out more about Wagyu Kokoro and its tantalizing wagyu delights here!

9. Konichiwa Cafe

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Located in the heart of Bangi is Konichiwa Cafe. It’s a well-known eatery among the locals for its large selection of Japanese delights such as cheezy tori karaage, temaki rolls, bento boxes, teppanyaki, okonomiyaki (Japanese pancakes) and sushi!

The cafe also serves a variety of western and Malaysian dishes too such as chicken chop, lamb chop, pasta, curry mee and fried rice 😋 If you and the rest of the family can’t come to an agreement on which cuisine to have for dinner? This is definitely the right place for you! With this variety of food, no one can complain.

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Food status: Muslim-owned
Address: Konichiwa Cafe, No.9, Jalan 6/7b, Persiaran Pusat Bandar 2, Seksyen 6, 43650 Bandar Baru Bangi, Selangor
Opening hours: Tuesday to Thursday 12pm – 10pm, Friday 2pm – 11pm, Saturday and Sunday 12pm – 11pm, closed on Mondays
Contact: 012 – 200 2090 / 012 – 2277036 / 03-8210 4152
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[P.S. Looking for more Muslim-friendly places to eat in Bangi? Here are 11 places in Bangi you must try!]

10. Suki-Ya

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Why not enjoy a hot pot, shabu-shabu or sukiyaki buffet? At Suki-ya, you can enjoy all three in one place! Savour their free flow of four soup bases, freshly sliced meat such as chicken and beef, eggs, and a whole range of vegetables and sauces 😍 With its unlimited refill of meat and soups, your tummy will thank you for the satisfying shabu-shabu meal!

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Food status: Pork-free. Uses halal certified ingredients.
Address: Pavillion outlet – 6.24.04, Pavilion, 168, Jalan Bukit Bintang, Bukit Bintang, 55100 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
Opening hours: Pavillion outlet – 11am – 10pm daily
Contact: Pavillion outlet – 03-2141 4272
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11. Kampachi KL

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Kampachi is one of KL’s star Japanese restaurants since it was established in the Equatorial Hotel Kuala Lumpur over 40 years ago. Now there are multiple outlets ranging from Pavillion to Jaya 33 mall. And it has kept its quality by flying in shipments of fresh fish from Tokyo’s Tsukiji market a few times a week 😍 This is the place to enjoy Japanese cuisine classics such as o-toro (tuna belly) sashimi, springy handmade soba noodles, a selection of lightly battered yet crispy tempura or tender beef-rolled enoki mushrooms!

The restaurant also offers a variety of bento sets for those who prefer a single complete meal rather than a variety of ala carte orders 😊

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Food status: Uses halal-certified meat and ingredients (except mirin sauce in the miso soup and rice). Pre-book your meals beforehand and the restaurant can arrange for a fully halal meal without mirin sauce. Alcohol is served separately on premise. We suggest readers dine at their own discretion.
Address: Multiple outlets in Kuala Lumpur
Website | Facebook | Instagram

[P.S. Dining with the kids instead? Here are 9 kid-friendly cafes for a fun-filled family day out]

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Time to head out for some Japanese! Itadakimasu!

P.S. Know any other awesome Halal sushi joints? Let us in the loop and share with us the awesome details! Arigato gozaimas!


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