Yotsuba Japanese Restaurant @ Jalan Merdeka, Malacca

Two weeks ago, Danny and I went for a short trip at Malacca. After check-in at our first BnB (which I am going to share my experience next time), we went for our dinner at a Japanese Restaurant located at Jalan Merdeka – Yotsuba Japanese Restaurant.
Yotsuba Japanese Restaurant is an izakaya (in Chinese “居酒屋“), in Japanese, it means Yotsuba is a casual place for after-work-drinking. It serves premium Japanese cuisine such as sushi, shabu-shabu and kushiyaki. 
FYI, Yotsuba Japanese Restaurant has two storeys; nonetheless, they normally close the upper level unless there are crowd. I am not sure whether customer can reserve the upper level for event, but I personally think it is suitable for mini party. The interior design is a combination of Japanese and modern feeling.
Ground floor
First floor
As said, Yotsuba serves wide variety of Japanese cuisine, we tried the kushiyaki (grilled meat) in the first place. We had few different types of kushiyaki served in one plate. All were heavenly tasty, all meats were well-marinated.
Kushiyaki Set
Coming next, we had their seafood ishiyaki. The prawn and squid were fresh, no fishy smell when eating. The ishiyaki sauce was perfectly matched with the seafood, we love that a lot. BTW, most sauces in Yotsuba are prepared by their chef. Thus, all tasted different from the ready-made sauces.
Seafood Ishiyaki
Meanwhile, we were waiting for our shabu-shabu. Yotsuba offers 4 soup bases; but too bad i forgot what the name of the soup. It tasted similar to herb soup. If you prefer to stimulate your tastebuds with spiciness, you can go for their hot and spicy soup bases which you can ask for suggestion from the chef. And also, you can request for special spicy level which suits you.
Not forget to mention, Yotsuba does not serve chicken. Thus, their shabu-shabu only has the choice of pork or beef. The slices were thin, few seconds after putting it into the shabu-shabu pot, the slice was ready to eat. Again, it was a perfect match with their homemade sauces.
Of course, we wouldn’t leave without trying any sashimi and sushi rolls. For sashimi, you can order as per menu. Alternatively, you can actually request them to personalised a sashimi combo according to your preferences. We had our combo which was visually gastronomic; at the same time, every piece of sashimi was fresh according to Danny.
For me, I am a Tamago sushi roll fan. So, I got myself Tamago sushi. I was surprise with the color of their Tamago. It was not in yellow. Due to curiosity, I asked the chef why it look differently from the others. And he told me this is the actual color of Tamago; the more bright and good-looking tamago, the more preservative ingredients it contains. So, if you also love this sushi roll like me, you would have to beware of the tamago you are eating.
All in all, Yotsuba Japanese Cuisine is an izakaya which serve wide variety of Japanese food. Their menu has a lot of delicacies; yet, we were not able to try all. This round, I didn’t attach the price because most dishes were customised based on our request. However, I swear the pricing was reasonable and affordable. If you have never been to Yotsuba Japanese Cuisine, feel free to drop by there anytime with your friends and family. The boss is really friendly. If you have any question or special request of the food, try talk to them so that they can serve you the best of the best.
Yotsuba Japanese Cuisine
Address: 44, Jalan Merdeka, Taman Melaka Raya, 75000 Melaka.
Tel: 016 – 647 0125
Facebook: Yotsuba Japanese Cuisine


  1. Now I know what Izakaya means. There are a lot of Japanese restaurants here with Izakayas in their resto names. I recently was at one and the place where I was looked a lot like Yotsuba 🙂
    I’m a huge fan of Japanese food and Yotsuba is a restaurant that I’d love to try. I don’t like cooking though but I guess I’ll let my boyfriend do that. Lol.

  2. Wooo the salmon looks damn tasty and tempting! I still prefer Japanese food as it is more healthy and tasty as well, most important they’re fresh!

  3. this japanese restaurant designed to be so calm, and the foods look really fresh.
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  4. Love the thick cuts of sashimi. I ended up scrolling back to look at them. Hehehe. Tamchiak style!
    Good selection and I reckon it should be popular after work with the working adults. Good food and some sake. Yummeh!

  5. You really take great pictures, what camera do you use?
    I’m a sucker for Japanese, particularly Shabu-shabu, Yotsuba’s ingredients look fresh and well-prepared. I love Tamago but without the rice, sashimi it is for me always haha.

  6. The presentation of the food are as good as the interiors of the place. It’s so consistent. Simple yet elegant restaurant to dine in. My dad would love this place since in the family, he’s the person who is so into Japanese food.

  7. malacca! love that place, was there for a year a decade ago, and have gone down for short trips every now and then.
    would you believe i’m not a fan of sashimi? :(.. but i do love grilled noms though. and that kushiyaki set above is to die for.

  8. The food looks nice and fresh but I am not much of a shabu shabu fan. I do not like that I still have to cook in the restaurant, and come out smelling like the food.

  9. The setup looks really comfy for meetings and bonding between family and friends since its not congested. They do have a really great ambiance here.

  10. I love the neat and cosy setup of this restaurant. I also like the idea of customised sashimi combo. Nothing beats having the choice of your favourites put together on a platter 😉

  11. I am fans of sashimi, and those thick cuts look really appetising 🙂 Will put this restaurant in my list if I travel down to Malacca one day.

  12. Your photos really made the food look 100% delicious! I love Japanese food and Yotsuba seems like a great Japanese restaurant.


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