Indulge in the Artistry of Japanese Cuisine at Chennai’s Finest Restaurants!

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When it comes to savouring authentic Japanese cuisine in Chennai, the city boasts a selection of restaurants that excel in taste, ambience, and traditional culinary techniques. From meticulously prepared sushi rolls to flavourful ramen bowls, Chennai's dining scene offers a delightful journey through Japan's rich gastronomic traditions. We have curated a list highlighting some of the best Japanese restaurants in Chennai, known not only for their exquisite dishes but also for their commitment to delivering an authentic dining experience that will transport you straight to the heart of Japan. Discover these culinary gems that promise a symphony of flavours and a taste of Japan right here in Chennai.

Dahlia

Dahlia, Chennai's oldest Japanese spot, has been serving up tasty food for more than 31 years in the same cosy spot at Kaveri Complex, Nungambakkam open every day from 12–2:30 PM for lunch and 6:30–9:30 PM for dinner. While other Japanese joints go for the glitz with fancy ingredients, foreign chefs and aesthetic interiors, Dahlia keeps it simple with a homely atmosphere that lets the food do the talking. Whether you're into sushi or sashimi, their Maki rolls are a hit, and the Don Buri dishes with prawns, tuna, and deep-fried pork are a definite crowd-pleaser. Customers swear by the Tekka Maki (tuna) and other delights like Yaki-Niku, Beef Katsu Set, Miso Ramen, Age Dashu, and Chicken Udong. They even throw in a complimentary Wheat Tea to aid digestion once you place an order. Customers can't get enough of the diverse and flavourful options, with a special shout-out to Miso Ramen, Prawn Tempura, California Roll, Tempura Moriawase, and Pork Tonkatsu Ramen. With an approximate cost of Rs 2,000 onwards for two, non-vegetarian and vegetarian preferences are well-catered for making Dahlia a beloved spot in Chennai's culinary scene. Despite a potential closure scare in 2018, recent crowds confirm Dahlia's continued success, with customers praising the generous portions and authentic flavours asserting Dahlia’s lasting presence.

Nippon

Nippon Japanese Restaurant has emerged as a haven for Japanese cuisine enthusiasts. Boasting a menu that mirrors the flavours of Japan and an ambience that transports diners to the Land of the Rising Sun, Nippon has garnered acclaim for its impeccable service, diverse menu, and authentic ambience. The restaurant offers a variety of seating options, including private booths, traditional Japanese floor seating, and standard tables. Customers consistently applaud the authenticity of the dishes, with the taste and quality similar to that of establishments in Japan. Highly recommended dishes include the crispy Veg Tempura, fresh and assorted Sashimi, hearty Miso Soup, and Shoyu Ramen. The standout Karaage Chicken, Pork Katsu Curry Rice, and sushi options like Dragon Roll and Salmon Roll are also praised. Service at Nippon is prompt and attentive, with a unique touch — each table is equipped with a call button, ensuring that you can request assistance easily. The inclusion of antiseptic wipes and a hot glass of barley tea upon seating adds to the thoughtful and customer centric approach. Nippon is open every day from 11:30 AM–2:30 PM and 5:30–10:30 PM and will cost approximately Rs 2,000 onwards for two. 

Hokkaido

Indulge in the authentic and delightful Japanese cuisine at Hokkaido, TTK road, popular for its Nigiri sushi. They are open every day from 11:30 AM to 10:30 PM. With an approximate cost for two set at ₹2,000 onwards and a solid 5-star rating, the restaurant has earned widespread acclaim. Customers rave about the outstanding flavours showcased in dishes like sashimi, shrimp tempura, yaki udon, salmon maki and ramen, all crafted with top-quality ingredients. They offer a range of sushi platters under the regular, premium, and special categories, each of which comes with 10 different kinds of sushi that you can savour. The modern twist on traditional Japanese dishes, efficient service, and inviting ambience create an impeccable dining experience. The Japanese tea is a must try while visiting the restaurant. If you're considering trying Japanese cuisine for the first time, and on the hunt for sumptuous, authentic sushi in Chennai that doesn’t burn a hole in your pocket, Hokkaido emerges as the ideal choice. The menu introduces you gently to Japanese cuisine with the nuanced flavours they offer.

Teppan

If you wish to indulge in an extraordinary culinary journey available every day from 12:00 –3:00 PM and 7:00–11:00 PM with an approximate cost of Rs 2000 onwards for two, this Japanese restaurant stands out for its impeccable service, diverse menu, and delightful ambience, making it a must-try destination. From the visual treat of a live grill to the tasty sushi options like the Pink Dragon, Salmon and Crab varieties, every dish captivates the taste buds. The starter fish skewers promises to melt in your mouth. The live cooking of the main course, particularly the sticky rice, showcases the chef's skill and passion making it a visual treat. Noteworthy dishes include the Prawn Tempura, Teppanyaki, and Sushi Deluxe among customers. The mocktails, featuring the purple lychee boba, cold coffee, and wild berries shake, add to the overall experience. The staff's politeness and courtesy, coupled with prompt and friendly service, contribute to a lovely dining experience. One customer notes that the restaurant goes out of its way to help with dietary preferences, and the staff will assist with any allergies regarding shellfish or any such, further enhancing their customer-centric approach. The atmosphere is perfect for both large gatherings and private dinners, creating a fun place for family and friends to meet. 

Oyama

Oyama, an authentic Japanese fine-dining establishment, has quickly become a favourite among Chennaiites for its commitment to using the freshest and finest ingredients. The restaurant, situated in Gandhi Nagar, Adyar, offers a serene escape with its quiet and minimalist ambience featuring wooden and bamboo interiors. Each group enjoys privacy in separate rooms divided by sliding doors, and for those seeking a truly authentic experience, there's the option of traditional tatami seating. The culinary journey at Oyama includes a delightful array of sushi, with Norwegian salmon sushi being a standout choice. The menu also features hot and cold noodle options, such as the warm Curry Udon and the refreshing Zaru Soba. A must-try dish is the Yaki Tori, chicken thigh skewers that are crunchy on the outside and juicy on the inside. To ensure a sweet ending to the meal is an assortment of Mochi ice creams made from Japanese mochi (pounded sticky rice) with a delicious ice cream filling and a lighter, healthier Anin Tofu option made from almond milk. Oyama is a perfect fine dining experience with an approximate cost of only Rs 1,300 onwards open all days from 11:30 AM–2:30 PM for lunch and, 5:30–10 PM for dinner.

Koox

Koox seamlessly combines the sophistication of fine dining with the laid-back allure of a casual restobar, creating a unique rooftop experience atop Novotel Chamiers Road. The restaurant offers an impressive array of Japanese and Sichuan cuisine that caters to both meat lovers and vegetarians. The star of the menu is an extensive selection of sushi, including the must-try 'Sushi Boat.' With a 360-degree view of the city, Koox provides a luxurious ambience, perfect for a romantic date or a high-budget celebration. Open from noon until midnight, the vibrant atmosphere transforms as the night progresses, transitioning into a lively party spot. The bar boasts exotic cocktails, with the 'Fifty Shades Of Gold' being a must try. Despite occasional congestion due to huge crowds, the menu impresses with flavourful offerings. Special mentions are the 5 Spice Chocolate Molten Chocolate Cake and the Rock and Roll Pondicherry Bay Tiger Roll. Expect to leave the resto-bar paying Rs 2,600 onwards for two.

A2

A2 located in The Park is known for its diverse and innovative menu. The restaurant offers a variety of sushi options, including sashimi, nigiri, and maki. Anegi Tare and Negi Tempura are standout dishes. The culinary journey at A2 begins with creative sushi creations, such as the Hamachi Sashimi with a unique yellow mustard-komezu drizzle. The A2 Nigri Special comes with salmon, tuna, yellowtail, red snapper and others. Their Spider Maki (made with soft shell crabs) and Tuna Tataki with truffle miso and ponzu jelly are also dishes you must not miss, the restaurant boasts an open Sushi Bar as well. The dessert menu features the Chocolate piñata, a show-stopping dish with creme anglais, stewed berries, vanilla creme brûlée, and almond chocolate snaps. A2's chic interior has garnered plenty of attention. Designed by Gunjan Gupta it complements the water-themed ambience, creating an inviting atmosphere. The menu also ventures beyond sushi, however, if you're looking for authentic and fine Japanese cuisine you can find it at A2 for an approximate price of Rs 2,000 onwards.

Oji Ramen

Oji Ramen in Chennai welcomes ramen enthusiasts into a vibrant anime and manga-inspired setting, located on Bawa Road in Alwarpet. They operate every day of the week from 12:00 to 3:00 pm during lunch hours and from 6:30 to 11:00 pm during dinner hours. Their customers express enthusiasm for the authentic ramen, praising the well-prepared dishes, flavourful noodles, and quality ingredients. While some note the higher pricing and limited spacing, the consensus is that the culinary experience justifies the cost. With an approximate cost of Rs 1200 for two, customers can indulge in a diverse menu featuring gyoza, available in vegetarian, chicken, and pork, which serves as the favourite starter. Moving on to the main attraction, The Oji's Special Mix Ramen, is prepared with an eight-hour pork broth and a six-hour chicken broth, slow-cooked pork, poached chicken, scallions, nori, and a soy milk-infused, thickened broth, the ultimate ramen for meat lovers. For the vegetarians ,The Shoyu Vegetable Ramen is a must try, it has a vegetable and soy-based broth with silken tofu, scallions, and an array of crunchy vegetables. This cosy establishment, inspired by the charm of Japanese hole-in-the-wall eateries, embraces the theme of an "uncle's" kitchen (Oji in Japanese), providing a unique and inviting dining experience. Despite potential queues, the efficient service ensures a swift and enjoyable experience. Immerse yourselves in authentic ramen, complete with the distinctive sound of noodles being joyfully slurped up.

Sushi in a Box

Nestled in Teynampet, this Japanese restaurant invites Chennaiites into a world of Japanese cuisine with operating hours from 12:00 Noon to 3:00 PM and 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM every day with an approximate cost for two at Rs 1,800. The restaurant is dedicated to delivering an exceptional dining experience, renowned for its commitment to top-notch food quality and trendy interiors, Sushi in a Box boasts a lively and welcoming atmosphere. The restaurant prides itself on its distinctive food preparation, utilizing only the freshest seafood and meat in crafting a diverse menu. Customers applaud the vibrant ambiance, warm hospitality, and extensive authentic menu, featuring highlights like Hata Sashimi, Ika Sashimi, Ebi Tempura, and Fish Katsu. The staff's efforts in explaining dishes to first-time Japanese cuisine visitors are also well-appreciated by customers. While some appreciate the cosy atmosphere, delicious food, and efficient service, others provide specific recommendations like Prawn Tempura, Miso Ramen, and various Sushi options. Sushi in a Box stands as a recommended destination for sushi enthusiasts and Anime lovers, promising an authentic and diverse Japanese culinary experience.

Kuuraku

Discover the captivating world of Kuuraku in Vadapalani, where the fusion of bamboo decor, warm yellow lights, and an attached bar creates an immersive Japanese experience. Customers claim the atmosphere mirrors the charm of a quaint Japanese town, heightened by the must try traditional Japanese beer and intriguing cocktails featuring green tea and litchi. They offer a diverse menu comprising of barbeque skewers, teriyaki wings, yakitori, and sushi, that caters to varied preferences. Despite some mixed reviews touching on air conditioning, pricing, and maintenance concerns, Kuuraku has cultivated a dedicated customer base appreciative of its authentic Japanese ambience and flavourful dishes. Notably, the attached bar, where customers can play games to win drinks, adds a unique and engaging dimension to the dining experience. Operating from 6 PM to 11 PM daily, with an estimated cost of Rs. 1,000 for two, makes it an irresistible destination for those seeking a taste of Japan in Vadapalani.

Pro - Tip:

Mamagoto (KNK Road), Asian Kitchen by Mainland China (RA Puram),  Nasi and Mee (KNK Road) and Black Orchid (RA Puram) also provide Japanese cuisine, but it's worth noting that they may not be as authentic, as these establishments primarily focus on pan-Asian cuisine. If you're interested in exploring a variety of Asian flavours, you might want to give them a try.

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