Missing those small bars that serve Yakitori in Japan? Unfortunately, Japan is not open for solo travel right now. However, you can cure your longing by visiting these 8 best izakaya and Yakitori bars in Klang Valley. Indulge in some delicious yakitori while downing a cup of 🍶sake or two right away!
Naruto fans rejoice! Because not only do you get to enjoy some scrumptious yakitori, but you also get to enjoy it in the Naruto universe! Located on the first floor, you can find the entrance on the side alley. Just like many other izakayas, the ambience is dim with some Naruto-themed decor that will make any hardcore (and softcore) fan scream in excitement.
The types of yakitori served here include chicken thighs with scallions, 🍆eggplants, oreo wrapped 🥓bacon, 🌽sweet Japanese corn, and even the rare 🐔Kanmuri (rooster's comb). You should also order their Susanoo fries which are topped with okonomiyaki sauce, Kewpie mayonnaise, and bonito flakes. Besides the yakitori, do indulge in their 🍸cocktails under the watchful eyes of Sasuke's blood-red Sharingan.
⏰Hours: 6pm - 12am (Mons Closed)
📞Phone: 011-5417 0902
📍Address: Overseas Union Garden, 2A Jalan Hujan Rahmat 3, Jalan Klang Lama, 58200 Kuala Lumpur
Get ready to be thrown into Japan as the door of the lift opens! With the rows of ⛩red torii arches with 🌸cherry blossom trees in between, a chozuya (a large basin with wooden dippers commonly found at shrines in Japan) and a wishing tree filled with colourful papers, you might want to rub your 👁👄👁eyes a few times before realising that you are still in Malaysia. This place is also great for groups as it is quite spacious.
You can enjoy yakitori and other meals while listening to some 🎤live singing sessions. If you want to enjoy more meals, you can order from the restaurant below as it is owned by the same owner. They also serve refreshing Sapporo 🍺beer from tap to go with your skewers. Besides that, there are lots of other Japanese liquors and with that, you will once again be under the impression that you are in 🗻Japan. Hey! You might even get so 😵drunk that you can’t feel the difference.
⏰Hours: 3pm - 12am (Tues Closed)
📞Phone: 019-808 1010
📍Address: (2nd Floor) 42, Jln Radin Bagus 3, Bandar Baru Sri Petaling, 57000 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
Here is another yakitori bar for anime fans who enjoy Initial D or Jay Chou fans who watched the movie on repeat. How did the Fujiwaras go from selling tofu to selling yakitori? 🤔Hmm…no idea. However, what we know is that the shop front is very 📸Instagrammable and looks exactly like in the movie.
With cheap drinks, reasonably priced food and an amazing decoration theme, this bar should not be missed. There is even a free-to-play arcade with games to keep you entertained while waiting for your yakitori to be grilled to perfection. This yakitori bar is 🚫🐷pork-free, but they do serve 🍻alcohol.
⏰Hours: 3pm - 11pm (Mons Closed)
📞Phone: 03-7773 9728
📍Address: 24, Jalan Kampung Pasir, Kampung Pasir, 58200 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
Once in a while, it is nice to try something different from your usual Japanese yakitori. Enter Palillos Yakitori Bar, which is a Spanish Japanese fusion yakitori bar. Helmed by Spanish chef Roberto Solanes, who is also the owner, this bar serves yakitori made with ingredients flown in from Spain. Due to that, you get to enjoy the matrimony of flavours between Japan and Spain with menus like Iberico pork belly with shiso, Spanish octopus with a Japanese twist Romesco sauce, Patatas Bravas with mentaiko mayonnaise and more!
This bar adopts an open kitchen concept, so you can see the chefs grilling yakitori in front of you. If you don’t like having your meal in the bar, you can always sit in the al-fresco courtyard. This restaurant is almost always full, so make sure to make a reservation in advance!
⏰Hours: 5pm - 11:30pm (Suns Closed)
📞Phone: 016-472 3635
📍Address: 23, Jln Mesui, Bukit Bintang, 50200 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
This restaurant is easily recognisable with that huge yakitori above its signboard. You can’t mistake it for selling anything else🤣. Syokudo means casual, friendly and local ‘Dining Room’ izakaya restaurant. Yakitori Syokudo Yae is named after the co-founder, Sasaki Yaeko who hailed from Daisenshi, Akita, Japan. Mdm Yaeko has been living in Malaysia for 14 years, while her Malaysian husband and co-founder of this lovely yakitori bar is a chef who has resided in 🎌Japan for over 20 years!
The meats here are said to be tender with simple seasonings that give a surprising punch flavour! The prices are also affordable, making it the crowds' favourite. So make a reservation if you plan to come after 7 pm. Not forgetting to mention the Wow Beer that comes with a bottle of beer plunged in a mug of cold limeade is a must-try to pair with your yakitori. With friendly bosses and staff, you can experience an authentic izakaya, just like in 🎌Japan.
Note: The cut-off time for food orders is 2:30 pm (1st session), so if you want to dine here, please order your food before 2:30 pm.
⏰Hours: 12pm - 3pm, 5pm - 11pm
📞Phone: 03-7660 9486
📍Address: 65-G, Block D, Jaya One, 72A, Jln Profesor Diraja Ungku Aziz, Seksyen 13, 46200 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Here is another yakitori bar for some authentic Japanese flavours. It is often filled with Japanese customers, so you can bet your entire family’s fortune from the 10 generations prior that the yakitori here is as authentic as you can get in 🎌Japan! It is also recommended to make a reservation if you plan to come over on Friday nights or weekends as it can get full house pretty fast.
There is a wide range of 🐔chicken parts offered here, as many as 11. So you get to try some exotic parts which can rarely be found at other izakaya and yakitori bars in Malaysia. Besides the chicken, there is also fresh 🦪seafood and high-quality 🐖pork and 🥩beef. However, the prices here are a bit steep, so be ready with your 🤑wallet.
⏰Hours: 5pm - 11pm
📞Phone: 03-6206 3526
📍Address: No 39-G, Jalan 23/70a, Desa Sri Hartamas, 50480 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
If you are looking into enjoying some nicely grilled yakitori with your family or a group of friends, then come to Sanzaru Izakaya & Bar. They have a private room equipped with a 🎤🎶Karaoke machine and can accommodate up to 8-12 pax at a time! No minimum spending is required for the room. All you have to do is make a reservation beforehand. With the lively ambience and bright Japanese 🏮lanterns, you can feel the 🎎Japanese vibe here.
They have 2 branches in Klang Valley, one in Ara Damansara and one in Bukit Jalil. Both restaurants have a team of amiable waiters & waitresses, which makes you feel very welcome. The range of yakitori here is pretty limited which enables them to specialise in perfecting the taste of it. Led by a chef with more than 10 years of experience in 🎌Japanese cuisine, you definitely can expect to have an enjoyable meal here.
⏰Hours: 11:30am - 2:30pm, 5pm - 11pm
📞Phone: 03-7832 2949
📍Address: F-G-11, Blk F Jln PJU 1A/20D Dataran Ara Damansara, Ara Damansara, 47301 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
⏰Hours: 11:30am - 2:30pm, 5pm - 11pm
📞Phone: 03-8999 0268
📍Address: No : 12-22-G, Ground Floor Jalan Jalil Perkasa 13 Arked Esplanad, Bukit Jalil, 57000 Kuala Lumpur
With a 4.9 star rating on Google reviews, it seems like many people actually agree that the food here is good! The interior does have an izakaya vibe with simple decor and matching wooden furniture. The place is pretty small and private. On top of that, the boss and staff are very friendly, entertaining customers with talks and jokes.
However, they are pretty short-handed here. So if you have a 😫growling stomach that is screaming to be filled with food, please don’t come here. This place is more suitable for you to chill and relax with friends. If you are looking for a place with Midnight Diner vibe in Malaysia, this is one of the closest that you can get.
⏰Hours: 5pm - 2am
📞Phone: 016-331 9768
📍Address: b-01, 01, Jalan Bangau 11, Bandar Puchong Jaya, 47100 Puchong, Selangor
The smoky smell of freshly grilled yakitori is probably one of the best things in the world🤤. The best part of it all is you don’t have to go to Japan to taste it! These 8 best izakaya & yakitori bars in Klang Valley are some of the places where you get to enjoy yakitori and chill like a Japanese person in Japan!