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Nine must-try authentic Japanese restaurants in Jakarta


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Jakarta  /  Thu, February 2, 2017  /  10:10 am
Nine must-try authentic Japanese restaurants in Jakarta

Dim but not too dark, sharp but harmful, Enmaru is, sufficed to say, very well-designed. Food wise? Balanced, and nicely goes with the ambiance. (

Japanese food is not new in Jakarta, however, a refreshed list of new restaurants serving only authentic Japanese cuisine might tickle your fancy. Here are our recommendations.

Takumi Robata & Sushi


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Craving fresh and high-quality sushi? Takumi Robata & Sushi is definitely one of Jakarta's best players in the league. While enjoying a broad variety of sushi and other dishes to discover here, you'll get to be surrounded by peaceful ambience presented by Senayan golf course's lush view. 



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Having been around for nearly seven years, Tatemukai's walls have become the favorite spot where visitors normally take photos to upload to their Instagram accounts. For those who seek an omakase-serving style, though, Tatemukai will be one of the best you'll find in the city.

Kahyangan Shabu Shabu Restaurant

With high-quality Japanese dishes, Kahyangan has gained itself the reputation of being one of the most respected fine dining restaurants in Jakarta. Live cooking featuring skilful chefs and the use of only premium quality beef are just some of the reasons for you to visit Kahyangan and indulge yourself in a luxurious Japanese food experience.

Shabu Shabu Gen

Opening its Jakarta branch late 2015, Shabu Shabu Gen, which originates from Singapore, has received a warm welcome from Jakarta's foodies who enjoy cooking meat and vegetables on the dining table. Created only for the very selective in terms of dining, Shabu Shabu Gen claims itself as one of the few restaurants that offer premium-style of shabu-shabu in Jakarta. 

(Read also: A sushi master’s five simple rules for not embarrassing yourself)

Akira Back

With only a handful restaurants in the MD Place building, Akira Back certainly stands out with its creative presentation of Japanese fine dining. For you who wants to see and be seen, this place is also known as the new melting pot for A-list Indonesian celebrities. 



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Located in Kempinski Hotel Jakarta, OKU presents a clean, peaceful, and modern ambience, which will charm you into taking a well-crafted experience in enjoying modern Japanese cuisine.

Yoshi Izakaya 

Yoshi Izakaya's somewhat earthy character will mix well with your dining experience. Visit this restaurant on Saturday and Sunday to get the most out of its buffet, which clearly makes this place the right one to bring family and friends along.



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Enmaru has a unique architecture that blends well with the food experience. The restaurant's well-designed interior is a representative backdrop for intimate dinners as well as gatherings and parties. Its use of Hitomebore and other high-quality ingredients in its recipes ensures high-quality Japanese food you wouldn't want to miss. 


Another omakase restaurant to consider, Kokoro in Cikini area features sushi and other premium Japanese dishes. Its traditional Japanese decor allows you to enjoy your feast in private. (asw)

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