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25 Jan, 2012

Nihon Kai Japanese Restaurant (日本海)

Posted by: Wen Ching In: Japanese Food

After hearing a number of compliments about Nihon Kai, we decided to give this place a visit since it was located rather close to where we live.

Interior, Nihon Kai Japanese Restaurant
Reservations were not allowed and we arrived late on a Friday night for dinner. It took a while before we were seated. But fortunately service was fast and efficient.

Interior, Nihon Kai Japanese Restaurant
Other than indoor seating, patrons can also choose to dine at the sushi counter or outdoors.

Nihonkai Maki, Nihon Kai Japanese Restaurant
As mentioned above, service was speedy and food was served rather fast, even though the restaurant was quite packed. We had our first sushi served – Nihonkai Maki (日本海巻き) priced at RM26. The seaweed roll was generously filled with sashimi, crab stick, egg, pickles and fish roe. It was one of the better versions of futomaki we’ve had, very fresh and flavourful, and it was reasonably priced too, definitely worth a try!

Nihonkai Sp Maki, Nihon Kai Japanese Restaurant
The Nihonkai Sp Maki (日本海スペシャル巻き) was one of our favourites too. Priced at RM16, fresh salmon slices and julienne vegetables were wrapped with thin rice paper topped with fish roe and mayonnaise, sprinkled with tempura batter. Again, the maki roll did not fail to impress us, the combination was simply delicious, very juicy, fresh and crunchy too!

Tenzaru Soba, Nihon Kai Japanese Restaurant
Craving for something cold for our main the other day, we ordered the Tenzaru Soba (天ざるそば) which was priced at RM13. Cold buckwheat noodles were served with tempura and their dipping sauce. It was simple and nice, a dish that we enjoyed all the time.

Tempura, Nihon Kai Japanese Restaurant
Pictured above was the tempura served with the soba. They were nicely deep-fried, not too oily, crunchy and juicy!

Chirashi Sushi, Nihon Kai Japanese Restaurant
We also had a Chirashi Sushi Jo (ちらし寿司) priced at RM52. A variety of raw fish were served on a bed of seaweed and rice. The sashimi was very fresh and we were happy with the selection of sashimi too. The salmon sashimi and the scallops were my personal favourite, coupled with their properly vinegared sushi rice, it was fantastic! Our only complaint was that they could’ve provided us with more sushi rice.

Overall, food was very good and we were satisfied with their price and portion too. Do give this place a try if you like Japanese food, but try to be early to beat the crowd!

Restaurant Information
No. 4-2, Jalan Telok Gadong,
Off Old Klang Road,
Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03-7982 3668

10 Responses to "Nihon Kai Japanese Restaurant (日本海)"

1 | Eunice

January 26th, 2012 at 8:47 am

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yum yum~~~~~

2 | Choi Yen

January 27th, 2012 at 2:21 pm

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Came here once many years ago, I remember I had the beef sukiyaki, pretty good :)

Gong Xi Fa Cai!

3 | iamthewitch

January 27th, 2012 at 5:57 pm

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Oh this place is SO near my place! Almost walking distance :P Went there a few months back.. had to wait for a while before we had a table. Service was quick too!

4 | eatonlylar

January 30th, 2012 at 12:57 pm

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Eunice, haha, nice having dinner with you the other day!

Choi Yen, Happy Chinese New Year! Oo, thanks, that’s another item that we can order next time! =)

Iamthewitch, haha, that means you can get good Japanese food within walking distance, that’s nice! Yeah, the restaurant is very crowded, but luckily service was quick.

5 | caitlinmommy

June 14th, 2012 at 3:21 pm

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Not sure about the one in Old Klang Road, but the latest one in Kota Kemuning is one of the WORST experience I had with Japanese restaurant. We arrived before 12:30pm and only 2 other tables were occupied. The guy took our order just before one big group submitted theirs. 20 mins later the table with big group was served their food. We thought we should be next but waited another 10 more mins before 1 out of 4 lunch set that we ordered was served. Highlighted this to one of the waiter/boss. He checked and said they the kitchen is preparing the other three sets now. I ate mine, the only set that was served, very slowly and observed that other tables who came in later were served their food one by one. I finished my set, albeit eating it extremely slow and still no sign of other sets being served. My family after waited for 40mins decided not to wait anymore, especially after seeing other tables who came in much later being served. I called for the bill and told the same guy whom I highlighted that we are not waiting for the rest anymore, I’ll pay for the set that I ate only. Not only he didn’t apologise for such long wait, he turn around and accused that it’s because we ordered later than others! Nevermind one of the set was served already. Nevermind that I highlighted that we saw other tables came in after we ordered ours. He insisted it’s our problem and not theirs. During the argument, 2 out of the 3 outstanding sets lunch appeared. I was already very mad then and told them to take it back cos we donot want to spend another minute in the restaurants and just let me pay the one I ate. One of the waiters came and gestured that we don’t have to pay, just leave.
I would not be so upset if they could just admit that they made a mistake or the kitchen couldn’t cope or missed our orders. What I can’t accept that no apology was offered but we were instead blamed for ordering late, which was clearly not the case.

6 | MG Ling

July 22nd, 2012 at 12:25 pm

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Went to the one in Old Klang Road. Nothing to shout about. This is not a Japanese restaurant. It is a Chinese restaurant serving Japanese food. It is obvious they are a “neighbour” type restaurant catering to known faces. Walk in like us were greeted with luke warm expressions. No reservation means no point driving 20 minutes not knowing if you can get a table or not. Not worth the trouble.

7 | Sam Chin

October 9th, 2012 at 5:11 pm

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Yea It’s a must to try if you love Japanese Food, Reasonable price and taste awesome!
Recommended !

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February 18th, 2013 at 2:07 pm

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[...] Ingredients are fresh, foods are delicious, and the service is efficient. Please try the Nihon Kai Sp Maki. Salmon slices and lettuce are wrapped in thin rice paper topped with fish roe and mayonnaise. Reminded me of the Vietnamese spring roll, but better. The Maki roll is fresh and crunchy and worth every bit of it. (Image is from Eat Only Lar) [...]

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February 24th, 2013 at 8:41 pm

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[...] Ingredients are fresh, foods are delicious, and the service is efficient. Please try the Nihon Kai Sp Maki. Salmon slices and lettuce are wrapped in thin rice paper topped with fish roe and mayonnaise. Reminded me of the Vietnamese spring roll, but better. The Maki roll is fresh and crunchy and worth every bit of it. (Image is from Eat Only Lar) [...]

10 | ashleigh

January 18th, 2014 at 2:11 pm

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We been to the Kota Kemuning outlet yesterday. We have no complain,food is good , big portion and well prepared. Service oso good, i just dont understand why so many complaints.. hu hu hu. We will pay a visit there again.. love it !

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