The restaurant offers a modern take on traditional Japanese dishes like you’ve never seen before.
Japanese restaurants in Malaysia may be a dime a dozen but nothing comes close to Kouzu – be it the menu or the décor. Its concept is simple – to serve patrons unique modern interpretations of authentic Japanese recipes. The result? The best Japanese food to not originate from the Land of the Rising Sun.
Now, before you jump into any conclusions, rest assured the menu is crafted by Japanese food maestro Chef Kaito, who has experience with Japanese and other East Asian cooking for almost 20 years now. The chef’s innovative menu is so well-received that Kouzu has opened a second branch in Bangsar (the first one is in TTDI), which we had the opportunity to visit recently.
The first thing anyone would notice walking into the outlet is the huge orange dragon and a green Japanese lady in traditional Japanese attire painted on the wall. The graffiti art is by the famous Malaysian artist Katun who has won many recognitions and part of a graffiti crew that encompasses members from Singapore and Los Angeles.
Modern Japanese Dishes
Back to the restaurant in question, even if graffiti is not your cup of tea, the food is the main reason why you should be paying a visit to Kouzu. From Japanese tapas and pizza (made out of crispy rice), to yakitori, the fusion restaurant is perfect for casual dining as well as a sit down dinner. The best part? The joint also offers irresistible set lunch menu at very affordable prices.
Our favourites off the menu are the Smoked Kamo Steak, which is a compilation of sliced juicy duck meat paird with a decadent onsen yolk and creamy spinach, and the Jidori Yuzu Kosho, a variation of in-house crispy rice pizza topped with a mouth-watering combination of grilled spring chicken, yuzu miso mozza cheese, dried tomato, pineapple, wasabi mayo and teriyaki.
Wash down the delicious dishes with an ice cold beer or a wide selection of spirits, wine and sake available for order.
19, Jalan Telawi 3,
59100 Kuala Lumpur.
*All images by UPPRE.
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