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The Maltese Islands, a melting pot of Mediterranean charm, are not just about sun-kissed shores and historic landscapes, these Japanese eats are something you wont want to miss!

Amidst its meandering alleyways and bustling seafronts, Malta harbours a culinary secret – a flourishing Japanese dining scene that promises to transport your taste buds straight to the Land of the Rising Sun. Whether you’re a sushi savant or a ramen enthusiast, join me on a gastronomic journey to discover the top Japanese eateries Malta has to offer.

1. Sakura Delights

Nestled in the vibrant streets of Valletta, Sakura Delights is more than just a restaurant; it’s a sanctuary for sushi lovers. Each dish on the menu that Chef Hiroshi, a sushi master from Tokyo, curated is a work of art.

LocationPreluna Towers, Sliema, Malta
Price Range€€

The restaurant’s minimalist decor, with hints of Japanese aesthetics, sets the perfect stage for a sushi experience that’s authentic, fresh, and utterly delicious. Don’t miss out on their signature Sakura Blossom Roll, a fusion of flavour that beautifully encapsulates the essence of Japan.

2. Sapporo Ramen EZO 蝦夷 

Address29, Triq Ball, Saint Julian’s, Malta
Phone Number2711 0760
FeaturesDine in · Outdoor seating · Roadside collection
Price Range€€

Tucked away in a cosy corner of Paceville, Ramen Rapture offers a soul-soothing ramen experience that rivals the bustling noodle houses of Kyoto. The star of the show is their Tonkotsu Ramen – a rich, pork-based broth that simmers for hours, paired with perfectly chewy noodles, tender slices of pork belly, and a soft-boiled egg. It’s a bowl of comfort that promises warmth with every slurp.

3. Sako Sushi

Address7A, St.George’s Road, Spinola Bay, San Giljan, Malta
Phone Number2138 2000
Price Range€€

Dive into a sushi adventure at Sako Sushi, nestled in the lively Spinola Bay, San Giljan. This sushi spot is a vibrant culinary gem where the ambience is as delightful as the menu. Whether it’s a cosy dinner or a fun outing with friends, Sako Sushi offers an unforgettable dining experience with flavours that tantalize and entice.

4. Zen Sushi to Go

LocationsLuqa, Msida, Qormi, Mosta, Ta’ Xbiex, Central Region, Marsaskala, San Giljan,
Customer Service Emailcustomerservice@zensushitogo.com
Price Range€€

For those on-the-go moments or a quick sushi fix, Zen Sushi to Go, with multiple outlets across the island, is your best bet. Known for its quality, convenience, and affordability, Zen offers a wide array of sushi, sashimi and more.

5. Tea Fusion Malta – Bubble tea 

AddressLevel 0, The Plaza Commercial Center, Bisazza Street, Sliema, Malta
Phone Number9957 6051
Price Range

After all that savoury goodness, it’s time for something sweet! Mochi Magic is Malta’s answer to Japan’s beloved dessert. This quaint little spot serves up a rainbow of mochi flavours, from traditional matcha to adventurous passion fruit. Each bite is a pillowy soft cloud of happiness, guaranteed to put a smile on your face.

6. Foodisland Sushi & Japanese

Address5, Triq Sir Fredrick C. Ponsonby, Gzira, Malta
Phone Number9954 8058

Nestled in the heart of Gzira, at 5, Triq Sir Fredrick C. Ponsonby lies a dining treasure waiting to be discovered. This vibrant eatery, known for its inviting ambience and delectable cuisine, promises an unforgettable gastronomic adventure. Whether you’re a local foodie or a visitor exploring Malta’s culinary landscape, this spot is a must-visit. With just a call, you’re steps away from indulging in some of the island’s most tantalizing dishes

7. OBI Japanese Fusion

LocationMalta, San Giljan, Malta
Phone Number2138 6184
Price Range££

With a menu that blends innovative dishes with classic flavours, OBI caters to a diverse palate, offering everything from fresh, local seafood to expertly grilled meats and inventive vegetarian options. The chefs at OBI take pride in sourcing the finest ingredients to create meals that not only satisfy but also inspire. Whether you’re indulging in the cosy ambience indoors or enjoying the gentle Mediterranean breeze in their outdoor seating, each bite promises to be a revelation

8. Amami

LocationMarfa Road, Mellieħa, Malta
Phone Number2152 1156
Price RangeDine in · Outdoor seating · In-store collection

AMA MI in Mellieħa invites you to dive into the rich and diverse world of Japanese cuisine. Open for your dining pleasure, this gem offers an immersive experience that combines traditional flavours with modern twists. From the delicate art of sushi and sashimi to hearty ramen bowls and exquisite tempura, AMA MI caters to every palate. The restaurant prides itself on using fresh, high-quality ingredients to bring the authentic taste of Japan to Malta

9. Yami Yabi 

Phone Number2133 7939
Price Range££

Yami Yabi stands as a beacon of Japanese culinary excellence in the heart of Gzira. Open to all who wish to explore the depths of authentic Japanese cuisine, this restaurant offers an array of dishes that speak volumes of Japan’s rich gastronomic culture. From the intricately prepared sushi rolls that boast the freshest of fish to the warming bowls of ramen, each dish is a testament to traditional cooking techniques blended with contemporary flavours.

10. SHATT sushi.fish.wine 

LocationTigne Seafront, Sliema, Malta
Phone Number2799 2779
Price Range££

From succulent grilled fish to rich pasta dishes with the treasures of the ocean, SHATT offers a diverse menu that caters to various tastes and preferences. Whether you’re in the mood for a leisurely dine-in experience by the sea or prefer the convenience of roadside collection, SHATT ensures your dining experience is nothing short of spectacular. Embrace the opportunity to feast on delectable seafood creations in a setting that complements the culinary journey at SHATT.

And there you have it, a whirlwind tour of Malta’s top Japanese eateries, each with its own unique flavor and flair. Whether you’re a local or just passing through, these spots promise a culinary adventure that’s as delightful as it is delicious. So, grab your chopsticks and let’s eat – itadakimasu!

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