Doraku Japanese, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Japanese restaurant, Kuala Lumpur

Doraku Japanese Restaurant

by Lisa Mangelsdorf

Lumpur certainly has no shortage of fine sushi restaurants but Doraku presents
a unique and refreshing twist to traditional Japanese cuisine with subtle hints
of Latin American and SE Asian flavors.
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Executive Chef
Yutaro Tsuchiya, once mentored by Japanese Iron Chef Hiroyuki Sakai, selects from only the finest ingredients and freshest herbs to
ensure the highest quality of flavors in each hand crafted dish.  He brings
familiar dishes to life with creative, subtle and complimentary flavors such as green
chili, mango salsa and garlic aioli.

located in the Life Centre on Jln. Sultan Ismail, Doraku offers an elegant indoor and outdoor dining
setting complimented by warm dark wood furniture and floors for an intimate
dining atmosphere. Attention to small details from Japanese lanterns blowing in
the open windows to traditional earthenware for spices and sake complete the  eastern ambiance.

Before indulging on the “Valentine” Set meal we decided to have a sampling of a few the many fusion cocktails from the extensive bar menu.  These included…
Sangria – Much like its Latin cousin but with a distinct after taste of Sake.
Mojito – A creative refreshing version of an old favorite!  The Shiso leaf gives this a distinctive
Japanese flavor.
Margarita – My favorite!  A whole plum pit
is at the bottom of the glass letting you know exactly what to expect.  The sweetness of the Japanese plum is the
perfect balance to the tangy fresh lime and Sauza Gold.
and Cold Sake – Hand selected to suit your taste, both were the perfect companions
to the variety of dishes tasted.
The plentiful seven course Valentine set meal was a delightful variety of hot and cold dishes, each with it’s own special flavour or certain “je ne sais quoi?”
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Carpaccio – 28 RM

in your mouth delicacy. The salmon carpaccio floats lightly in a gentle ginger
sauce and topped with the perfect amount of Tobiko for a beautiful burst of

Doraku Japanese, Kuala Lumpur

Garlic Shrimp – 32 RM 

This lightly fried and mildly spicy dish has a lot going on, including a fresh bed of spring salad and tempura onions.  These came in very handy for soaking up the wonderful soy and garlic aioli at the end!

Emperor Roll – 38 RM 

riceless roll was a favorite at the table. Tuna, crab, shrimp, scallop and avocado
all rolled up tight in nori and Panko the flash fried for an extra crunch.  Very unique. 

Doraku Japanese, Kuala Lumpur

Lover’s Roll – A special roll created for the Valentine set!

Tuna Sashimi wrapped “lovingly” around the rice and mild salsa in a sweet heart shape.

Doraku Japanese, Kuala Lumpur

of Fire – 33 RM 

roll with a Malaysian kick!  The little
green chili tucked inside this spicy tuna roll looks innocent but got us all
right at the end. The perfect Malay twists to a classic sushi. 

Doraku Japanese, Kuala Lumpur
Eggplant Miso 

Delicate eggplant deep fried to an almost creamy texture with served with a light but sweet miso glaze.  

Doraku Japanese, Kuala Lumpur


name says it all… or so I thought. Much better than anyone could have imagined. 
The brownie was so moist it was almost like a molten lava cake. The
light tempura batter gave just a hint of savory to compliment the sweet. A must have!
Macha Ice Cream 9RM

part of the Valentine set but we had to try – glad we did!  Rich, creamy homemade ice cream that finishes
with the perfectly bitter Macha.  A perfect Green Tea finish to a perfect meal!

to Visit:
lovely interior and outdoor seating, delicious fusion cocktails and
food, friendly staff and good value for money.
Doraku Sushi and Sake Bar
Mezzanine Floor, Life
Jalan Sultan Ismail
Kuala Lumpur
+6 03 2181 4828
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  1. very interesting mix! the cocktails looked awesome and so does the sushi…. 🙂

  2. Definitely yummmnesssss 🙂

  3. God of Fire looks fiery!! Sounds dangerous too. Lol!

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