This article serves as a double purpose for Malaysians that are either visiting Tokyo or working, studying and living there. As they say, Malaysians sometimes find it very hard to go without their Nasi Lemak or Nasi Ayam, hence even in Tokyo, you can find Malaysian restaurants there.
So, if you are in Tokyo, and have that sudden urge to get your Malaysian food fix, below is a list of Malaysian restaurants found all over Tokyo. Some of them are easily found, while others may require some traveling with the subway, and the nearest train stations are also listed at each of the restaurants.
For Muslim travelers, you should know that most of the Malaysian Restaurants in Tokyo are in fact Halal, and this also goes out to all Muslim travelers from around the world. Below is the list in no order, and awaiting your patronage.
Malaychan Satu in Tokyo
This is one of the true Malaysian style restaurants where you can get Hainanese Chicken Rice, Nasi Goreng, Roti Jala, Curry Fish Head, Rendang, Murtabak, Satay and many other popular Malaysian dishes. Prices range from ¥850 to ¥3000, depending on what you order.
They are also known for their state courses, which are quite unite and different. Customers can order the Kuala Lumpur, Melaka or Penang course set which includes a complete meal from starters to dessert.
Entrance to Malaychan Restaurant in Tokyo
For tourist groups or Malaysians living in Tokyo, Malaychan Satu also provides Lunch Box Sets for your convenience. The include dishes like Lemon Chicken Rice, Nasi Goreng Satay, Chicken Curry Set, Mee Goreng Set, Tofu Rice Set and many other interesting dishes that shout Malaysia.
There is also a Malaychan Dua, located at – Toshima-ku, Higashi-Ikebukuro 4-6-12 Sakaebiru 1F. The Japanese tend to call this place Murray Chan, due to the pronunciation issues. If you are a Bitcoin user, Malaychan is one of the restaurants that accept Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies.
Where: 3-22-6 Nishi-Ikebukuro Toshima-ku, Tokyo 171-0021
Time: 11.00 AM to 11.00 PM with three hour break after lunch
Nearest Station: Ikebukuro Station (All Major Train Lines)
Phone: +81 03-5391-7638
Malay Asian Cuisine
With two branches in Japan, the Malay Asian Cuisine restaurant is located in Shibuya, and the other is in Yokohama. The first restaurant is the Aoyama Street venue in Shibuya which opened in 2014, and now offers over 50 different dishes that are authentically Malaysian. With such a selection, you can almost feel as if you are not in Japan when you dine here. Well, the Japanese staff will give it away.
Their chefs are pure Malaysians that come from various states, hence you can be assured of a very local taste here. Feel like some chicken, beef or prawns? They have it all, and in various styles of cooking. I believe you cannot go wrong if you visit this place and order your fix of Nasi Goreng.
Nasi Kandar Night at Malay Asian Cuisine Restaurant
Their speciality here is that they cook dishes from the three main races of Malaysia which is Malay, Chinese and Indian cuisine. Plus they also have Peranakan dishes for anyone coming from Melaka. Missing your Kangkung Belacan or Curry Laksa? Not to worry, you can find it here! For price, four sticks of Satay will cost you ¥880 and a bowl of Curry Laksa or Mee Goreng will cost ¥1100, and these are the standard prices in Tokyo.
Malay Asian Cuisine
Where: 2-9-9 Shibuya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo SANWA Aoyama Building 2F.
Time: 11.00 AM to 11.00 PM, with break after lunch
Nearest Station: Shibuya Station (All Lines, exit and head northeast)
Phone: +81 03-3486-1388
Malay Kampung Restaurant in Tokyo
This is another local Malaysian run restaurant where the owner comes from Ipoh and the the manager-chef comes from Perhentian Island in Terengganu. Malay Kampung offers over 50 Malaysian dishes that range from Satay, Nasi Goreng, Yong Tau Foo, Chi Kut Teh, Nasi Lemak, Ikan Bakar, Beef Rendang, Hakka Chicken Rice, Char Kuey Teow and many more.
If you are in need of a quick Malaysian food fix, you can also visit this restaurant and order some Roti Canai, Wat Tan Hor, Kon Loh Mee, Laksa or Mee Hoon Goreng. In general, this restaurant has an almost complete selection of Malaysian food, and they also have Sambal!
A Nasi Goreng from Malay Kampung Restaurant. Photo Halal Navi.
Malay Kampung Restaurant also provides catering services with a guarantee of pure Malaysian taste in the food dishes. For visitors or locals that visit this Malaysian restaurant, you can order individual dishes or even eat a full course Malaysian meal complete with desserts like Pisang Goreng and the all time favourite of Teh Tarik or Kopi Tarik.
For take away, they offer Halal Bento sets with Malaysian dishes. Prices are relatively cheap and affordable and an example is a Mee Siam Bento Set will cost you ¥950 only.
Where: 1-4-8 Hacchobori Chuo-ku, Tokyo Morita Building 2F, Chuoku, Tokyo, Japan
Time: 11.00 AM to 10.30 PM, break after lunch
Exterior of Penang Restaurant. Photo from their Facebook Page.
Penang Restaurant Tokyo
How can this not make it to Tokyo? Penang is well known for some of the best Malaysian food and of course, you can find the Penang Restaurant in Minato district of Tokyo which opened in February 2012. This restaurant is a family run business and the owners are from Penang.
So, when you say Penang, you will be finding some authentic Penang Fried Kuay Teow, Penang Laksa, Seafood, rice dishes and wait for it…. Musang Kind Durians! Apart from the Penang favorites, you can also find the regular Malaysian dishes like Satay, Curry Puffs, Chicken Rice, Nasi Lemak, Curry Mee, Kuay Teow Noodle Soup, Mamak Mee Goreng, Hokkian Mee, Kopi and Toast Set, and the list goes on.
Interior of the restaurant
But for anyone who wants to experience some good old Penang food, this is the place to visit. On selected days, the restaurant does a Penang Nasi Kandar Night where you can take your rice and choose from the many dishes. Price is very affordable and single rice dishes are ¥880.
Where: 2 Chome-4-16 Shiba, Minato-ku, Tōkyō-to 105-0014, Japan
Time: 11.00 AM to 10.30 PM, break for a while after lunch
Nearest Station: Hamamatsucho Station (Yamanote, Keihintohoku and Tokyo Monorail)
Phone: +81 3-3456-3239
Exterior of Cafeteria Spice Jaya in Tokyo
Cafeteria Spice Jaya Tokyo
Opened in March 2017 is one of the new Halal certified Malaysian restaurants in Tokyo called Cafeteria Spice Jaya. Overall, the menu here serves some Malaysian favorites like Nasi Goreng, Laksa Noodles, and a fusion of Japanese-Thai-Indonesia-Malaysian style dishes. Not much choices, but 100% Halal. They also have basic snacks like Samosa, Curry Puffs and Salads.
Though they are new, they operate with a concept of living healthy using the power of spices in their cooking. In general, their mission is to provide Halal food not only for Malaysian, but for all Muslims that are visiting Tokyo.
A Salad and Chicken Curry with Rice
One of the menu at Cafeteria Spice Jaya
In the cafeteria, they have a food ticket vending machine to order, where you buy your coupon for the dishes you want, and the staff will send the food to your table. A very Japanese concept that is still misunderstood by many travelers. Basically, this cafeteria is a very small start up and has a lot of room for improvement, but if you are in the Kappabashi Dogugai area, then it is worth to check this place out.
Cafeteria Spice Jaya (カフェテリア スパイス ジャヤ)
Where: 4-26-14 Matsugaya, Taito-ku, Tokyo 111-0036
Time: 11.30 AM to 9.00 PM, short break after lunch, Closed every Monday
Nearest Station: Iriya Station (Hibiya Line)
Phone: +81 3-3841-3823
Interior of Rasa Ginza Restaurant
Rasa Ginza Restaurant
In the high end area of Tokyo, you can find Rasa Malaysia Ginza, a Malaysian restaurant that is 28 years old and caters to anyone who needs a taste of Malaysia.
The menu is pretty straightforward and offers popular Malaysian dishes like the KL Curry Laksa, Nasi Goreng Kampung, Fried Kuay Teow, Mee Goreng, Popiah, Kangkung Belacan, Tom Yum Soup and a few more.
Penang Fried Kuay Teow
Rasa Malaysia was originally located in another building, but in early August, they moved to a new location nearby on the fifth floor. The restaurant is modern, small and cozy, and perfect for a quick or even a full meal while you are exploring the Ginza area.
Prices are quite affordable where starters are from ¥840, and set lunches are from ¥1000, which is surprising considering this is in the Ginza district. There are a total of 58 seats in this restaurant too.
Ipoh Chicken Rice
Fish Curry Noodles. Photos from Rasa Ginza Website.
Rasa Ginza Restaurant
Where: Tokyo Ginza 3 – 6 Ginza Morita Building 5F, 3 Chome-3-6 Ginza, Chūō, Tokyo 104-0061
Time: 11.00 AM to 10.30 PM (Monday Closed)
Nearest Station: Ginza Station (All train lines)
Phone: +81 3-6263-2381
There you go, six Malaysian restaurants found all over Tokyo for you to get your local Malaysian food fix when you are in Japan. There are of course a few other Malaysian restaurants around Tokyo, but these were selected based on their menu and locations, so if you come across others, do give it a try.
Please take note that some of the Malaysian restaurants can easily get crowded during lunch and dinner times, especially on weekends. Plus the local Japanese love to indulge in different cuisines, hence you may see more Japanese than Malaysians at these restaurants. Often, if you visit during peak hours, you could end up waiting for a table, so I recommend going a little earlier.