ISHIN Japanese Dining – savour their signature dishes!

Ishin Japanese Dining is located in a bungalow lot along the ever-busy Old Klang Road and it’s one Japanese restaurant that has stood the test of time.  Established more than 6 years ago, Ishin remains a popular place to head to for some decent Japanese fares at mid-range prices.  Read about my first review of Ishin here.

On a recent re-visit, we were happy to note that Ishin was still consistent in its quality of food.  We had a couple of appetisers – Chuka Kurage (chilled pickled jellyfish) and Potato Salad with Sesame Dressing to get the meal going.  Both starters were good – refreshing and light, which really whetted the appetite.

Chuka Kurage

Potato Salad

Then came our special Sashimi Moriawase – slices of the freshest seafood arranged beautifully on Ishin’s signature igloo ice-carving.  Our favourite sashimi was all there – isaki, botan ebi, shima aji, kanpachi, salmon belly, Hokkaido uni and Hokkaido nama hotate!

We enjoyed the Ebi Tempura, Dobin Mushi and Hokkaido Oysters Teppanyaki, all of which were executed nicely by the chefs.  The tempura batter was light and crispy, encasing bouncy fresh shrimps within.  Equally good was the Dobin Mushi with its sweet clear broth brewed from dashi and fresh seafood.

Ebi Tempura

Dobin Mushi

Try the Softshell Crab Maki here as well

Hokkaido Oysters Teppanyaki

The star of the meal was undoubtedly the Ishiyaki Unagi Rice.  Thick slices of fat juicy unagi glistening with a lovely umami sauce were cooked with rice in an earthen pot.  The aroma was insane and we just had to scrape every grain of rice from the crusty layer at the bottom of the pot.  This is one dish we’d go back for!

Ishiyaki Unagi Rice

We had more Hokkaido scallops in the the Hotate Yanagawa dish where the shellfish was cooked in a light broth, in order to savour the natural sweet flavor of the scallops.

Hokkaido Hotate Yanagawa

End your meal on a sweet note here 

The 2-storey bungalow offers comfortable seating on regular tables as well as tatami-style seating.  Service was attentive and friendly.  So, if you want to avoid the malls and just want a nice quiet restaurant for a decent Japanese meal, Ishin fits the bill.



202 Persiaran Klang
Batu 3 3/4 Jalan Klang Lama
58100 Kuala Lumpur


ISHIN – Japanese dining at its best

Mention “Ishin” and most people would wax lyrical over its exquisite offerings. Located along the busy Old Klang Road in a building by itself, Ishin has made a name for itself for its genuine Japanese and Kaiseki-style cuisine.


The restaurant exudes a cosy classy feel with its chic interior decor. The oval-shaped sushi counter takes centre-stage – a perfect perch to see the chefs deftly at work. One wall is decked from ceiling-to-floor with racks of sake of every size, shape and brand. Private tatami rooms are available on the upper level. We had our Kaiseki meal experience in one of these.




A platter of appetisers appeared to kick-off our meal. On the long plate, there were these delightful morsels:


Pan-fried Duck Liver with citrus sauce


Smoked Duck Breast salad with truffle dressing


Deep-fried Sweet Potatoes in the foreground

Great care has been taken in the plating and presentation. It was a feast for the eyes as much as for the stomach. I savoured every single bite of everything there, lingering over the decadent velvety duck liver, the aromatic duck breast and the sweet crunch from the paper-thin sweet potatoes.



The Double-boiled Bluefin Soup was a rare treat. The two precious chunks of umami gelatinous bluefin were just superb, the taste and texture really incomparable. The soup was sweet and clear with a hint of earthiness from the mushroom.


To preserve the freshness of the raw fish, our sashimi was served on ice – on an igloo, no less! Yes, the curved carved ice provided a total cold environment for the sashimi so the Akaza prawns, maguro and shima aji (striped jack) were perfectly fresh, sweet and succulent.


Fresh wasabi

Fresh wasabi

More premium items came in the form of Pan-fried Ankimo (monkfish liver) with Tara Shirako (codfish milt) Cheese Yaki. In case you are wondering what milt is, it’s the sperm sac. Highly prized as a delicacy, the Japanese love this. It’s creamy with a tasty umami tinge to it and if you don’t think of it as “sperms”, it’s actually deliciously palatable!


The Kagoshima Beef was really to-die-for. The almost-translucent slices (thanks to the awesome marbling) were stone-grilled at table side and we were told to not overcook them. They just needed to be grilled less than a minute on each side and they practically melted in the mouth.


Kagoshima Beef


We had a bowl of Seared Otoro (tuna belly) and Uni (sea urchin) Don to round up the meal on a resounding note. Life couldn’t get any better than otoro and uni, right?


Oh, for dessert, we had the sweetest musk melon, persimmon and Kyushu grapes, all flown in from Japan, of course.


The above Kaiseki meal was about RM600 per person. It is pricey but bear in mind, the items served were all top-notch premium stuff, flown in from Japan. If there’s a special occasion for celebration, perhaps it’s fine to splurge on a Kaiseki experience here.

Ishin does serve daily set lunches too, with prices starting from RM25++.


202 Persiaran Klang, Batu 3 3/4
Off Jalan Klang Lama
58000 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03-7980-8228

Business hours:
Lunch: 12pm-3pm
Dinner: 6pm-1am

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