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5 Best Japanese Restaurants in Penang [2024]

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Japanese Restaurants Penang

Best Japanese Restaurants Penang
Best Japanese Restaurants Penang

Are you in search of the best Japanese restaurants in Penang, Malaysia? Then, this article is your must-read as we have accumulated all the details regarding the Best Japanese Restaurants in Penang. From sushi, ramen, teppanyaki, bento, don, and even matcha-flavoured ice-cream, everything is worth splurging your money on.

Azuma Japanese Restaurant, Edo Ichi Japanese Restaurant, Kirishima Japanese Restaurant, Kappo by Arakawa, Koshien Yakitori Bar and Dozo Malaysia are the top Japanese restaurants in Penang in the year 2024.

Key Consideration Factors

  • Authenticity: Japanese restaurants that have a higher level of craftsmanship and aim for adherence to tradition will likely strive to offer their diners an authentic Japanese experience, typically by using authentic ingredients for their dishes and preparing them using traditional techniques with traditional recipes.
  • Quality of Ingredients: When it comes to Japanese restaurants in Penang, the best should only have quality ingredients imported from Japan. It is important that the ingredients are fresh and the taste is authentic because Penang is known for its local food. The ingredients to be used should always be of high quality, from the seafood to the Wagyu beef (high grade beef).
  • Skillful Craftsmanship: Japanese food is often exquisitely prepared and delicious. Look for restaurants where the chefs show off their dexterity – making sushi, kneading noodles, grilling.
  • Menu Variety:A good restaurant has a menu that is varied enough, which serve the different tastes of people and should have some options which are good for people with vegetarian, vegan, or other diets. People usually will like to eat some traditional sushi or sashimi, but not everyone knows about the other dishes like tempura or yakitori, so a good restaurant should have a menu that includes both classic and less popular dishes.
  • Ambiance and Atmosphere: The ambiance of a restaurant can contribute to the experience of eating there. When looking for an authentic japanese restaurant, try to find an establishment that promotes a Japanese atmosphere through its decor, music or service.
  • Customer Reviews and Ratings: Check online customer reviews and ratings so that you have a better idea of what others experienced on past dining visits. Read up on food quality, service and the overall experience to make an informed selection.

Best Japanese Restaurants Penang

1. Azuma Japanese Restaurant

(Credit: Azuma Japanese Restaurant's Facebook)
(Credit: Azuma Japanese Restaurant’s Facebook)
Key ServicesRestaurant Penang
Address2F-87 (South Zone ) , Queensbay Mall , 100 , Persiaran Bayan Indah 11900 Bayan Lepas, Penang, Malaysia
Phone+60 4-641 3118
Operating hoursDaily 11:00 AM – 9:45 PM

Azuma is tradition meets innovation.We will prepare sushi, sashimi, yakiniku, teppanyaki, washoku and many more of traditional Japanese Cuisine cooked with a twist in a modern relaxing ambience. Azuma cuisine is unique in its own, and are all made by the expert of their kind to satisfy customer’s appetite.

It’s still fine to say: ‘You should book before you go, because this place always gets full for lunch and dinner.’ And mention the famous fusion signature dish: Azuma Zushi Pizza.

Key differentiators

  • Combo Platter
  • Discounts
  • Black Cod, Cream Croquette and Okonomiyaki

Customer Testimonial:

Serves very authentic Japanese cuisine. The omakase lunch was very good. The dishes for this menu was selected and prepared by Chef Arakawa himself. He uses only the freshest ingredients sourced at the local markets. The shashimi is of course imported from Japan. Had a lovely lunch prepared by the chef. Yummy.

Andrew Khoo

2. Edo Ichi Japanese Restaurant

(Credit: Edo Ichi Japanese Restaurant's Facebook)
(Credit: Edo Ichi Japanese Restaurant’s Facebook)
Key ServicesRestaurant Penang
AddressG-05 & G-06, Island Plaza 118, Jalan Tanjung Tokong, Jalan Utara, 10470 Pulau Penang
Phone04-890 3199

Edo Ichi Japanese Restaurant offers a refined version of the traditional style of eating and drinking (called Izakaya) in Japan.

From the beginning, food is an essential element of life and in Edo Ichi it is believed that eating should be uncomplicated, open, and sociable at all times.

Edo Ichi has been in Penang for years and most residents know it. It is one of the oldest restaurants. Food is fresh. Try the soft shell crab salad, sushi, garlic fried rice, and dried prawns fried rice!

Key differentiators

  • Authentic flavor of the east while respecting the traditions of the past
  • The Sashimi Dinner set, which includes four types of sashimi, is available.

Customer Testimonial:

Came here with HK friends to celebrate New Year. They are extremely picky with Japanese food but we’re all satisfied with the food here and enjoyed the services and ambiance.

Suk Cheing Tiong

3. Kirishima Japanese Restaurant

(Credit: Kirishima Japanese Restaurant)
(Credit: Kirishima Japanese Restaurant)
Key ServicesJapanese Restaurant Penang
AddressCititel Penang, No.66, Penang Road, 10000 Penang
Phone+604-370 0108
Operating hoursBusiness Hours Lunch: Daily 12:00noon – 2:00pm, Dinner: Daily 6:00pm – 10:00pm

One of the best restaurants to savour the authentic flavours of Japan is Kirishima Japanese Restaurant. It offers a sushi counter, private rooms, two primary dining areas, a sake cellar and more.

Key differentiators

  • Special Promotion
  • Authentic Japanese dish

Customer Testimonial:

Came here with my wife for dinner. Both of us are very happy and satisfied with the food, service and enviroment. Will definitely come back again!

Darren Tang

4. Kappo by Arakawa

(Credit: Kappo by Arakawa's Facebook)
(Credit: Kappo by Arakawa’s Facebook)
Key ServicesJapanese Restaurant Penang, Omakase Restaurant In Penang
Address253G-1-4, Premier Centre, Jalan Burma 10350 Penang, Malaysia
Phone +60 16-449 0647
Operating hoursDaily 11:30 AM – 3:00 PM, 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM Monday Closed

Kappo by Arakawa, a Kappo type of restaurant dining in which people sit at a counter and watch the chefs on the other side prepare their meal.

Special feature of the kappo restaurant is that you can see the head chef cooking right in front of you! He will proudly show you how to dress a fish and how to brown it by the right way using the typical Japanese equipment. It would be an amazing experience for those who have a plan for making Japanese food with Japanese and western dishes.

Key differentiators

  • The Kappo style of restaurant dining
  • Traditional Japanese meal
  • Seasonal and fresh ingredient

Customer Testimonial:

Had a great lunch of omakase set. The food was freshly made and serve immediately. The staffs are friendly and their service is tip top.

Tien Tien

5. Koshien Yakitori Bar 

(Credit: Koshien Yakitori Bar's Facebook)
(Credit: Koshien Yakitori Bar’s Facebook)
Key ServicesJapanese Restaurant Penang
Address70-1, Lebuh Nordin, 10600, Georgetown, Penang
Phone(+60)19 889 5732
Operating hoursDaily 5:00 PM – 12:00 AM

Koshien Yakitori Bar (real yakitori skewers in Georgetown’s Lebuh Noordin), a little-known novelty here, is one of the world’s best secret addresses, their yakitori grilled with import-only charcoal from Japan, offering 20 different skewers.

Moreover, small serve of udon that you can eat with your favourite sake, hot or cold. On top of that, Koshien Yakitori Bar’s setting uniquely replicates Japanese setting, so you may get a feeling of travelling to Japan without leaving your home!

Key differentiators

  • Hidden Japanese Authentic Yakitori Izakaya
  • Available for dine-in and takeaway

Customer Testimonial:

Awesome 😎 I like the environment and the way the arrange their Omakase … Totally worth

Shaun Lee

Other Considered Options


Izakaya dining style – Robataya, located at 2F-02, Queensbay Mall, 100, Persiaran Bayan Indah, Queens Bay, 14300 Bayan Lepas, Pulau Pinang offers an authentic and fun Japanese dining experience. Try air-flown seafood and vegetables imported directly from sushi grade in Japan. Choose how the chef prepares your seafood either robata cooked over charcoal flame, sashimi or tempura. Experience your seafood done the Japanese way at Robataya.

Dozo Malaysia

Dozo Japanese Restaurant, in London state in their menu that they provide best Japanese food in town. The menu is full of Japanese dishes some of them cost high but the portion of the food is more and quality is also high.

Japanese Restaurants Penang

If you desire an authentic Japanese dining experience, variety is not lacking in Penang either. Our 5 best Japanese restaurants will bring you a taste of the best of Japan from the sashimi sushi bars to cosy yakitori joints. Get out there!

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

If you have any questions about Japanese Restaurants in Penang, you can refer to the frequently asked questions (FAQ) about the best Japanese Restaurants in Penang below:

Does a Japanese restaurant in Malaysia serve Halal food?

Is there answer yes, because there are many Japanese restaurant in Malaysia which serves Halal foods. Menu that served by Japanese restaurants in Malaysia are sushi, sashimi, tempura, also noodle dish.

How much does it cost to eat at a Japanese restaurant in Malaysia?

Their price for a meal in a Japanese restaurant in Malaysia differs depending on the category of restaurant and the dishes. For instance, sushi is mostly less expensive than sashimi.

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