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Best Eats: A Glimpse of Japan in Jakarta

Best Eats: A Glimpse of Japan in Jakarta

Auli Cinantya
26 September 2022

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From a hearty bowl of ramen, and fresh sashimi to an exquisite omakase experience, here are some of the best and most authentic Japanese restaurants helmed by Japanese Chefs you can find in Jakarta.

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“Iraishaimase!” the friendly greetings always welcomes you when you enter Japanese restaurants. Japanese cuisine is one of the most popular cuisines in Jakarta, and you can easily find Japanese restaurants in malls, office buildings, or even in humble food stalls. 

While some want an omakase experience, others are satisfied with a steaming bowl of ramen; we have it all. Here are our top selections when you’re craving some delicious Japanese food crafted by Japanese chefs‘ talented hands.

Japanese Restaurants in Jakarta

Kaihomaru

Located in the heart of Melawai, South Jakarta, or “Little Tokyo,” Kaihomaru restaurant offers a genuine Japanese food experience. The friendly restaurant with exposed-brick columns serves fresh fish directly shipped from Japan and serves innovative sushi and other traditional Japanese fares. Japanese expatriates would often be seen at this establishment. Besides sushi and sashimi, Kaihomaru also sells a variety of tempura, ramen, or Japanese snacks.

The place is a beautiful venue for a midweek date night or a formal sushi meal, and it’s famous for its sashimi and classy atmosphere. Try to ask for the freshest catch of the day and prepare it as sashimi; you will get a more excellent experience savoring it with a side of good old-fashioned sake. 

KITA 喜多 Restaurant at Park Hyatt Jakarta

Helmed by Japanese Executive Sous Chef Takeumi Hiraoka, KITA 喜多 Restaurant offers the authentic flavors of modern Japanese cuisine ranging from Teppanyaki and Shabu-Shabu to Tempura, Robatayaki, Sushi, and Sashimi. All are prepared from the finest and freshest ingredients in a lively open kitchen.

The original Japanese concept includes a series of nine private rooms, comprising tatami rooms and a large VIP room with a private kitchen. Each dining area has breathtaking city vistas, while Japanese motifs, textures, and artworks enhance the culinary experience. Guests will savor the authentic taste of Sushi and Sashimi, authentically crafted from the freshest fish and seafood, complemented by our exquisite fresh wasabi and shoyu. 

Read more: KITA 喜多 Restaurant Opens at Park Hyatt Jakarta

Kurune

Located at Jalan Senopati No. 67, Kurune, born from the creative minds behind the famous Japanese restaurant Sumibi in the Gandaria area. Headed by Chef Tsuchiya, Kurune took a different approach from its sister, with a broader selection of modern, fusion Japanese delicacies in upscale presentations.

There are around 120 dishes on the menu, including a seasonal menu that change each month. From eclectic appetizers like Caviar Chawanmushi to Charcoal Grill dishes to fresh seafood like oyster and sashimi, Kurune will never bore you with its extensive selection of Japanese fusion dishes.

Read more: Fix Your Japanese Fusion Crave at Kurune

Man Man Unagi

Man Man Unagi, founded by Chef Teppei Yamashita, serves traditional Japanese unadon and Kansai grilled unagi. Man Man Unagi, originally from Singapore, was awarded the Michelin Bib Gourmand in 2019. Man Man Unagi specializes in Nagoya-style charcoal-grilled Japanese unagi and is proud to source high-quality unagi from Isshiki, Aichi Prefecture. 

The name itself translates as “Full of Eels” or “Eels, Full Mark.” The unagi are all grilled alive on 800-degree charcoal, and the chefs ensure that each unagi is perfectly cooked. There are three methods to enjoy the unagi. The unagi is eaten in three ways: directly to experience the unagi’s original flavor, with seasoning to feel the unagi’s umami, and finally with soup.

Nishimura, Shangri-la Jakarta

Nishimura, located at the Shangri-La Hotel in Jakarta, is a traditional Japanese restaurant with a solid reputation that few can match. Nishimura presents authentic Japanese cuisine with fresh ingredients and traditional Japanese cooking styles.

Guests are invited to indulge in a Japanese dining experience with a wide range of traditional Japanese cuisine and choices of sake. From the freshest sushi and sashimi to popular teppanyaki and traditional hot pots, Nishimura offers a well-rounded Japanese dining experience. From an authentic kaiseki experience to a wide range of sushi and sashimi. 

Senju Omakase & Sake Bar

An elevated Japanese restaurant specializing in omakase, teppanyaki, and robatayaki, Senju Omakase Teppanyaki & Sake, is a beautiful venue that serves a fantastic selection of Japanese cuisine to discerning diners.

Senju’s warm-minimalist lighting, whimsical ceiling decoration, and blackwood furnishings create a dashing mood. This semi-fine dining Japanese restaurant sources all its ingredients directly from Tokyo’s Tsukiji Market. On the menu is the popular omakase, which allows you to let the chef guide your dinner with various eight, ten, and twelve-course set meals that include a beginning, a variety of delicious delicacies, and a moderate dessert.

OKU, Hotel Indonesia Kempinski Jakarta

OKU practically requires no introduction to the city’s elite eating scene. OKU, the Japanese premium restaurant in Hotel Indonesia Kempinski Jakarta, is led by Chef Kunihiro Moroi. OKU gives a contemporary perspective on classic Japanese foods. Fresh seafood is imported twice weekly from Tokyo’s Toyosu Fish Market to ensure that the restaurant only provides the freshest and highest-quality sashimi, sushi, and other seafood-based products.

Savor the freshness of the product even more by ordering the sashimi platter with seven types of chef-selected seasonal fish. Modern sushi delicacies, such as the OKU Aburi Salmon Roll with salmon roe and caviar, are also available. The Truffle Gyu Don, topped with truffle sauce and a runny onsen egg, is a must-order hearty dish. The exquisite wooden interior and clean lines, reminiscent of Japanese aesthetics, round out the OKU experience.

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