Top Dishes to Try at a Japanese Restaurant: Izakaya Edition

Have you ever stepped into a place and felt like you were transported miles away?
That’s exactly the feeling we strive for at Izakaya Group. Inspired by the
heartwarming and lively atmosphere of Japan’s traditional Izakayas, our restaurants
in Malaysia are designed to give you the most authentic Japanese dining experience
without ever having to board a plane.

At our Izakayas, you won’t just eat; you’ll engage in a culinary adventure featuring
dishes prepared by chefs trained in Japan and enjoy sips of carefully selected
imported beverages. So, whether you’re a first-timer or a seasoned aficionado of
Japanese cuisine, join us as we explore the top dishes that every dinner should try at
our Japanese Restaurant.

Curious? Visit us online at Izakaya Group to peek at our menu or make a reservation.

  1. Yakitori (Grilled Skewers)
    Imagine sitting around a warm, bustling grill, the air filled with the mouthwatering
    aroma of charcoal-grilled skewers. Yakitori, one of the staples of any Japanese
    Izakaya, is all about simplicity and taste. Our chefs, armed with their expertise from
    Japan, skillfully grill every skewer to smoky perfection. From succulent chicken
    thighs to tender meatballs, each piece is marinated in traditional spices and sauces
    that will tantalise your taste buds.
    Why not try a skewer… or five? They’re perfect for sharing, so bring friends or come
    ready to make some new ones!
  2. Sashimi
    There’s something truly magical about sashimi. It’s not just food; it’s an art form
    where freshness is king. At Izakaya Group, we serve sashimi that is as visually
    stunning as it is delicious. Our chefs hand-select the best cuts, ensuring every slice
    is perfect. From vibrant salmon to buttery tuna, each piece is a testament to the
    quality and purity of our ingredients.
    Dive into our sashimi and experience the depth of flavours that only expertly
    prepared, fresh fish can offer. It’s a taste of the ocean, right here in Malaysia.
  3. Tempura
    Crunchy on the outside, soft on the inside — that’s the secret to perfect tempura, and
    we at Izakaya Group have mastered this delightful contrast. Whether it’s fresh
    vegetables or succulent seafood, our tempura is lightly battered and fried to a golden
    crisp. It’s a satisfying crunch that unveils tender, flavorful interiors with each bite.
    Pair our tempura with a dash of our homemade dipping sauce or a sprinkle of sea
    salt to enhance the natural flavours. It’s a simple dish with complex tastes, ready to
    capture your heart.
  4. Izakaya-Style Tofu Dishes
    Tofu is a versatile star in Japanese cuisine, and our Izakaya-style tofu dishes are no
    exception. Experience the silky smoothness of our agedashi tofu, gently fried and
    served in a warm dashi broth that complements its mild flavour beautifully. Or try our
    hiyayakko, chilled tofu topped with a sprinkle of scallions, ginger, and soy sauce — a
    refreshing dish that’s as clean and simple as it gets.
    Our tofu dishes are a favourite for their comforting textures and subtle flavours,
    perfect for balancing out a meal of bold, spicy, or fried foods.
  5. Japanese Curry
    Curry in a Japanese restaurant? Absolutely! Our Japanese curry is a rich, hearty stew
    that’s profoundly comforting, especially on a rainy day. We simmer it slowly to
    develop deep, complex flavours and serve it piping hot over steamed rice — a
    satisfying meal that will warm you from the inside out.
    Our secret? A blend of spices brought straight from Japan, which gives our curry that
    authentic taste and an irresistible aroma. It’s not just a dish; it’s a hug in a bowl.
  6. Ramen
    There’s nothing quite like a bowl of steaming hot Ramen to satisfy your soul. At
    Izakaya Group, our Ramen is a labour of love, slow-cooked to draw out rich,
    umami-packed flavours. Dive into our broth — clear yet profound, creamy yet not
    overpowering — cradling perfectly chewy noodles, tender slices of meat, and a
    medley of fresh toppings. Each spoonful is a journey to the bustling streets of Japan,
    where Ramen is not just food but a way of life.
    Whether you’re a fan of classic tonkotsu or prefer something lighter like miso, our
    Ramen bowls are sure to delight you. Don’t miss out on this quintessential Japanese
    comfort food!
  7. Udon
    Udon may just be the ultimate comfort noodle — thick, chewy, and wonderfully
    slippery. At our Izakaya, we serve Udon in various forms: swimming in a savoury hot
    broth, or stir-fried with crisp vegetables and savoury meats. No matter how you like
    it, Udon offers a delightful texture and flavour that absorbs every bit of our delicious,
    carefully prepared broths and sauces.
    Our chefs make sure every bowl is hearty and comforting, aiming to fill your stomach
    and warm your heart. It’s the perfect meal for any day, rain or shine!
  8. Grilled Fish
    Grilled fish is a testament to the beauty of simplicity. Our selection at Izakaya Group
    features the freshest catch, grilled to perfection with just a touch of salt to enhance
    its natural flavours. This method, known as “shioyaki,” allows the delicate texture and
    sweetness of the fish to shine through, providing a healthy and flavorful dining
    option.
    Savour the smoky notes and crispy skin as you bite into one of our grilled fish dishes,
    each served with a side of steamed rice and seasonal vegetables. It’s a beloved
    staple in Japanese cuisine, and one taste will tell you why.
  9. Japanese Cocktails and Beverages
    At Izakaya Group, our dedication to an authentic Japanese dining experience extends
    to our drinks menu. From traditional sake to innovative Japanese-inspired cocktails,
    each beverage is chosen to complement the flavours of our dishes perfectly.
    Immerse yourself in the full Izakaya experience with a cold glass of Sapporo beer, a
    sip of smooth Japanese whiskey, or a refreshing highball.
    For something uniquely delightful, try our signature cocktails crafted with Japanese
    ingredients like yuzu, shiso, and umeshu (plum wine). These drinks not only taste
    great but also capture the essence of Japan’s rich beverage culture. Whether you’re a
    novice to Japanese drinks or a seasoned enthusiast, you’ll find something to excite
    your palate and enhance your meal.

    Conclusion
    From the moment you step into one of our Izakaya Group locations, you’re embarking
    on more than just a meal — you’re entering a world of rich flavours, warm hospitality,
    and genuine Japanese culture. Each dish is crafted with care, each setting is
    thoughtfully designed, and every meal is an opportunity to create memories.

    We can’t wait to welcome you and share our passion for authentic Japanese cuisine.
    Visit our website at Izakaya Group to explore our full menu or to reserve a table.
    Follow us on our social media platforms to stay updated with our latest offerings and
    special events. Experience Japan, right here in the heart of Malaysia.

    Ready to dive into an authentic Japanese dining experience? Make your reservation
    today, and let’s make your next meal unforgettable. Visit Izakaya Group to book your
    table now!

Address: No. 36, Jalan SS 22/25, Damansara Jaya, 47400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor

Remember, these are just a few of the many amazing izakayas in KL and PJ. So grab your friends, explore, and discover your own favorites!

For more information, please visit Izakaya Group Website. 

Call us at
Tansen Izakaya: 03-7731 3386
Teppan Sakaba: 03-7971 7678
Butaya Izakaya: 03-2389 4172

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