I got to taste many luscious Japanese delicacies during my two visits to the country, in 2015 and 2016. After coming back to Nepal I wanted to taste authentic Japanese, especially the freshly-made sushi, sashimi, the rich and perfectly cooked grilled fish, and refreshing sake—my favorites. At that time I was clueless. But thankfully, I have over the years found a few places in Kathmandu to satisfy my craving for Japanese food. Here are five of them.
This homely restaurant in Jhamsikhel run by a Japanese family is quite famous in Lalitpur area. It opened its doors in 2003 and has since been serving authentic Japanese food. With an outdoor garden as well as private rooms, this restaurant can accommodate up to 50 people. DanRan is known for its clam ambience, excellent service, and fresh and delicious Japanese cuisines. Sashimi, Tenpura and udon here are mouth-watering. Check out their Facebook page as they also organize parties with Japanese food. If you are out for a cozy family Japanese dinner, we suggest you to visit this restaurant. The average price of food here is Rs 1,000. Call 015521027 for details.
Sapporo Japanese Restaurant Kathmandu
Situated in a quiet neighborhood in Baluwatar, this restaurant serves typical Japanese food and drinks. Known for its homemade soba, udon, ramen, goma-ae and teriyaki, this is a food haven for the lovers of Japanese cuisine. Located right opposite Russian Embassy, this restaurant, opened in 2017, also has a seasonal menu you can choose from. Relax in the peaceful and shady garden during warm summer days and evenings. You can also choose traditional Japanese seating as well as standard tables and chairs. Private rooms are available too. Visit for a true taste of Japan. The average price of food here is Rs 900. Call 9803445405 for details.
At Hotel Ambassador in Lazimpat is hidden a gem of a Japanese restaurant, Kotetsu, serving authentic Japanese cuisine. They have a sushi bar, Teppan counter and private rooms as well where you can enjoy the yummy food. Many reviewers have gone on to say that it is the best Japanese restaurant in town. The grilled fish that is quite hard to cook right is a must-try, but the sushi is the restaurant’s specialty. And there is an elaborate menu you can order from. If you drink, then don’t forget Kotetsu sake. The average price of food here is Rs 1,000. Call 016218513 for details.
Urutora Japanese Restaurant
Urutora (“Strong tiger” in Japanese) in Baluwatar has an upbeat ambience and serves great Japanese cuisine that will lift your spirits. There are separate rooms for groups and couples, if you want privacy. They have live music, beer offers and cocktail parties. You enjoy your food listening to soothing Japanese music. The specialty of this lavish restaurant is sushi, Japanese rice sets, pork cutlet rice ball and ramen. The lunch here will keep you energized for a full day. The average price of a dish here is around Rs 700. Contact 014419057 for details.
Tokyo Izakaya food and bar
Izakaya is what I miss the most about Japan. It is an informal Japanese pub that people go to for drinks after work. Drinking is a common way of socializing in Japan and Izakaya is built just for that. And there is one right in the heart of Kathmandu, Thamel. Known for its finest Japanese and continental cuisines, Tokyo Izakaya food and bar was established in 2017. Its mission is to serve the very best food in a relaxed environment. The menu here is exactly like the ones you see in Japan and also gives you a lot to choose from. There are five types of ramen—so you can imagine. Of course, while at it, try some sake too. The price of food here is Rs 500. Contact 014413548 for details.