August 9th, 2022
10 Places for Japanese Skewers in KL and Selangor
1. Sumi-Ka at Subang Jaya
The Klang Valley’s reigning champion for kushikatsu for many years now, Sumi-Ka still attracts capacity crowds for its reasonably priced, remarkably extensive range – chicken liver to beef tongue & pork throat, prepared with the sort of expertise that other outlets strive to emulate.
Address: No. 19, 1st Floor, SS15/4, 47500 Subang Jaya
2. Fukuda at Desa Sri Hartamas
Hard-boiled chef YasunoriDoi rules the roost at chicken specialist Fukuda – the yakitori here is terrifically executed; from the juicy chicken thigh to the luscious tail, the heart to the liver to the meatball, each bite proves deliciously seasoned & cooked.
Address: 39-G, Jalan 23/70A, Desa Sri Hartamas
3. The Bar at Empire Damansara
Yakitori photo courtesy of The Bar’s Facebook page
For a limited time only, The Bar is serving yakitori – chicken breast with wasabi, crispy skin with salt, & more, prepared by a visiting Japanese chef who specialises in skewers. Catch him soon, as he’s only expected to be in the Klang Valley for several months this year
Address: 112, Empire Damansara, Heritage Lane , No.2, Jalan PJU 8/8A, 47800 Damansara Perdana
4. Torii at Taman Tun Dr Ismail
Torii excels in a sweeping selection of grilled skewered specialities, ranging from chicken liver coated with BBQ sauce & sansho pepper to garlic cloves irresistibly wrapped in crispy-fatty chicken skin with sea salt to beef tripe with tangy-thick salsa.
Address: 8-6, Ground Floor, Jalan Batai, 50490 Damansara Heights
5. Maruhi Sakaba at Taman Desa
Maruhi Sakaba sticks it to us with everything from basic yakitori to greasy-juicy rolls of pork meat stuffed with red-ripe tomatoes.
Address: 6A, Faber Plaza, Jalan Desa Jaya, Taman Desa
6. BWB Yakitori Bar at Desa Sri Hartamas
This might be a dream destination for fans of ‘kushi’ skewers – expect a well-prepared selection of juicy, flavoursome meat, seafood & vegetables, spanning chicken-based yakitori (tail, gizzard, wing, tsukune meatball) to saba, shishamo & even escargot, plus enoki mushrooms, asparagus, okra, leek & garlic.
Address: 8, Jalan 27/70A, Desa Sri Hartamas
7. Kushi Raku at Taman Tun Dr Ismail
Kushi Raku gets its grill going with both chicken (breast, thigh, wings, liver & gizzard) & pork (meatballs, belly & bacon wraps), as well as beef, vegetables & seafood.
Address: 28, Jalan Tun Mohd Fuad 2, Taman Tun Dr Ismail
Read Review: Kushi Raku at TTDI: Snapshot
8. Moku at Oasis Ara Damansara
Moku proves to be a protein powerhouse, with skewers of chicken liver, pope’s nose & cheese tsukune; pork belly, neck & streaky bacon; beef tongue, lamb short loin & whole squid, all smoky, juicy & flavoursome.
Address: A-G-08, Oasis Square, 2, Jalan 1A/7A, Ara Damansara
Read Review: Moku at Oasis Ara Damansara: Snapshot
9. Toridoki at Desa Sri Hartamas
This casual restaurant scores points for sheer comprehensiveness – expect everything from signature sticks of chicken thigh & breast wrapped in skin to ‘seseri’ neck meat, chicken-leek combos to juicy skin, tail, cartilage, liver, gizzard & heart, ‘sasami’ tenderloin with wasabi or plum to ‘tsukune’ meatballs to Nagoya-inspired ‘tebasaki’ crispy wings – effectively executed, easy to enjoy.
Address: 40, Jalan 24/70A, Desa Sri Hartamas
Read Review: Toridoki at Desa Sri Hartamas: Restaurant Review
10. Vino Vino Bistro at Phileo Damansara
This discreet destination in Phileo Damansara is not exactly a crowd magnet, but it merits a mention for its sticks of enjoyably crunchy chicken skin, both served on its own or wrapped around garlic, alongside plenty of other yakitori – chicken thigh, tail, cartilage, liver, heart, gizzard & meatballs & a smattering of other meat skewers, like lamb, ox tongue & duck breast.
Address: 105, Block C, Ground Floor, Phileo Damansara 1
Read Review: Vino Vino at Phileo Damansara: Snapshot