[Food & Beverage]
MHB’s Naomi Tham and I headed over to IPPUDO Bar in Bangsar Shopping Centre, Kuala Lumpur for their official launch on 20 January 2015. IPPUDO Bar maintains the high quality and service standards that are synonymous with the IPPUDO brand around the world. IPPUDO Bar is located in the IPPUDO Bangsar Shopping Centre outlet, taking up the outdoor area section with a dedicated bar with high tables, sake chiller and bar shelves to display authentic Japanese alcohol.
IPPUDO Bar’s menu features award-winning Japanese whiskeys such as Yamazaki, Hibiki and Taketsuru that can be paired with the authentic IPPUDO bar snacks. Also available are eight different varieties of sake, and a variety of Japanese beers including Suntory The Premium Malt’s, Kirin Ichiban, Sapporo and craft beers like Hitachino’s White Ale and Nipponia. There are also unique Japanese-inspired cocktails for those who prefer them.
IPPUDO Bar offers the same Japanese bar food as it does in Tokyo, notably Crispy Sushi Pinchos and Camembert Cheese Tempura which are served alongside fresh sashimi and sushi rolls. You can also opt to try some specific food pairings created from the premium alcohols and Japanese food menu. Just ask IPPUDO Bar’s mixologists and bar staff to recommend and highlight which food pairings are best suited for your drink choices.
Some of these pairings we tried included:
Hanakawa Sparkling Sake paired with Crispy Sushi Pinchos, which are deep fried sushi rice top with spicy mayonnaise with raw salmon.
Junmai Ginjyo Hakuryu paired with deep fried squid tentacles with seaweed powder
Pure Malt Taketsuru 12 years paired with Camembert Cheese Tempura, which is Tempura fried Camembert cheese served with blueberry sauce. This was definitely my favourite pairing as I love both whisky and cheese!
“The nightlife and culture of Japan is truly unique and offers visitors and locals alike an exciting experience every time they go out. With the IPPUDO Bar, we are aiming to recreate this experience for Malaysians to bring them a taste of Japan’s famous nightlife right here in Kuala Lumpur. We offer our customers the chance to immerse themselves in an authentic Japanese atmosphere complete with Japanese alcohol and bar food prepared with the same high quality and standards of IPPUDO’s world famous ramen,” Tomo Kudo, Ippudo Regional Operations Consultant. “From our experience, IPPUDO diners are sophisticated and value the finer things in life. With the introduction of IPPUDO Bar, we want to extend this experience from ramen to premium Japanese whiskeys, beers and sake. One of our key offerings will be the food pairings we provide to complement the premium Japanese alcohol. This will showcase how alcohol can enhance the taste of your food and vice versa.”
More info on IPPUDO Bar and IPPUDO at
IPPUDO outlets in Malaysia are located at:
IPPUDO Pavilion KL
Lot C4.07.00, Connection Level 4, Pavilion KL
Tel: +603 2110 6233
Business Hours: 11.00am – 10.00pm
IPPUDO The Gardens Mall KL
Lot No T-218, Third Floor, The Gardens Mall
Tel: +603 2201 6238
Business Hours: 10.30am – 10.00pm
IPPUDO Bangsar Shopping Centre
Lot G110, Ground Floor, Bangsar Shopping Centre
Tel: +603 2011 6238
Business Hour: 11.00am – Midnight
Photo credits: IPPUDO Malaysia and author’s own