Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Nippori Cafe, Empire Damansara, PJ

Tucked away on the first floor of Empire Damansara's Heritage Lane is Nippori, a charming Japanese restaurant with a cosy, relaxed ambiance. This hidden gem is run by the Fukuzato family, with a menu focusing on lovingly prepared Japanese home-style food.

We were warmly greeted by the service staff and led into the cosy, quaint restaurant. There are tatami seats with round tables at the front of the restaurant, with lots of natural lighting flowing in through the large windows or tables through the back of the restaurant to cater for larger groups.

The food is freshly prepared everyday using quality ingredients, with no MSG or artificial flavouring added. From the a la carte menu, diners can choose from various appetizers, salads, sashimi, makimono, sushi, handroll, Japanese sandwich, wafu pizza, grill, deep fried, rice and noodles. Nippori also offer great value for money set menus, with prices starting from RM30.

To start, we had the Thick cut trout sashimi (RM38) which came with five impressively thick slices of salmon sashimi. The salmon trout is air-flown in from Norway three times a week to guarantee freshness of the produce. Absolutely luscious!

Nippori-style Caesar salad with homemade dressing (RM28)

The set menus are highly popular with their guests as they offer a complete meal with main(s), chawanmushi, miso soup, rice, salad, nimono, tsukemono and fresh fruits.

One of the recommended sets is the Grilled salmon and chicken karaage set (RM48). This came with two pieces of salmon fillet, which was nicely grilled so it was still moist with crispy skin. I love chicken karaage, and this is possibly one of the best I've tried in KL - the chicken was so juicy and the skin was deliciously crisp.

Another bestseller here is the Deep fried fish tartar and salmon sashimi set (RM48). The batter was nice and crisp, and the fish was topped with Nippori's special Japanese tartar sauce. This set also comes with five thick slices of salmon sashimi.

We also had the Unagi hitsumabushi and salmon sashimi set (RM65) which arrived in a two tier bento wooden box. The staff kindly explained how to enjoy this dish - we were to remove some of the unagi and rice to the empty serving bowl and pour hot tea over and eat it chazuke-style. Baby D loved this and proceeded to finish the whole portion of the unagi rice. This set also comes with salmon sashimi.

Nippori is also doing a Hambagu promotion currently. Hambagu is Japanese-style hamburger, usually eaten with white rice. We had the Original Japanese hamburger rice set (RM38), a juicy chicken burger with Nippori's homemade Japanese-style BBQ sauce and a sunny side egg on top. Nippori is also offering hambagu with cheddar cheese sauce, white cheese garlic sauce and cheese lava red sauce (tomato).

Honey peach soda (RM13), Kyoho grape soda (RM12), Yuzu soda (RM12), Strawberry frozen (RM13)

Reservations recommended, book your table online here:

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Don't forget to check out the Instaworthy spots around Empire Damansara after your meal.

Operating hours: Lunch 12pm - 2.30pm; Dinner 6pm - 10pm.


Service: Good.

Location: Nippori, F-02(102), Heritage Lane, Empire Damansara, Jalan PJU8/8, Damansara Perdana
Petaling Jaya, Malaysia. (Parking rate RM2 for first hour, RM1 for subsequent hour on weekdays, RM2 per entry on weekends).

Tel: 03-7733 8592

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  1. Typical Japanese, very neat, very clean, pleasant presentation. I wonder if I can get up if I sit like that. LOL!!!

  2. Such a nice cozy looking place, haven't been to Empire Damansara for a while now, thought the parking there is always a bit confusing for me.


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