After much anticipation, Clearwater Group announced the opening of KINTSUGI Kuala Lumpur with Tokyo Michelin-starred Chef Jeff Okada Ramsey, at Isetan The Gardens Mall, Kuala Lumpur.
Inspired by the centuries-old practice of "golden joinery", a Japanese art of repairing broken ceramics with gold lacquer; KINSUGI is a progressive Kaiseki and Sushi Kaiseki restaurant which reflects Chef Ramsey’s style of kaiseki cuisine.
“The Kintsugi (repaired) pottery is considered beautiful as the breakage and repair were highlighted as part of the history of the pottery. In keeping with the Japanese Kaiseki’s ethos of treating the best seasonal ingredients with love and respect, I hope our guests will also learn to appreciate the cherished Japanese value of finding beauty in imperfection,” Chef Ramsey explained.
Chef Ramsey is no stranger to the culinary scene here in Kuala Lumpur having previously opened Babe by Jeff Ramsey and Japas, both also with Clearwater Group, making him the first Michelin-starred chef to open his restaurant in Malaysia in 2016.
KINTSUGI epitomises Chef Ramsey’s culinary finesse in uplifting the traditional Japanese fine dining experience which is often stiff and rigid, with modernist elements and techniques, infused with the flavours and nuances gathered on his culinary journey as an American- Japanese who has lived in Southeast Asia for the past 8 years.
The menu is meticulously crafted to pay tribute to the Kintsugi philosophy and Kaiseki traditions. While pushing boundaries, it remains Japanese from a taste and aesthetic perspective.
The restaurant sources many of its ingredients from Western Japan, where Chef Ramsey’s maternal family and his Japanese wife hail from, and combines these with, high-quality local produce.
Located on the third floor of Isetan The Gardens Mall, KINTSUGI Kuala Lumpur is now open for lunch and dinner daily. For reservations, please visit www.kintsugirestaurant.com or call +6010 381 1330.