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A 4095 meter tall mountain

A 4095 meter tall mountain

Mount Kinabalu is the tallest mountain in Malaysia and the 20th tallest in the World. Mainly because of the biological diversity the mountain is listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site. Climbing the mountain is not an easy feat for the untrained; though it will absolutely be one of the best experiences ever. Watching the sun rise in the early morning will definitely make you forget all the hardships you had to endure during the hike up.

Sepilok Orangutan sanctuary

Sepilok Orangutan sanctuary

Sepilok rehabilitation centre is one of the biggest and most well known orangutan sanctuaries in Malaysia. The sanctuary is located nearby Sandakan; the total site is over 43 square kilometer in size. Around 75 orangutans roam free within the forest reserve. During their rehabilitation the animals rely heavy on the help of the people that work at the centre; and also on the donations from tourists. Tourist can snap precious pictures during daily feeding time.

Kinabatangan river cruise

Kinabatangan river cruise

One of the most popular destinations in Sabah is the Kinabatangan River. This river has a length of 560 kilometers and stretches through half of Eastern Sabah. Alongside the riverbanks there is an abundance of wildlife. During a river cruise you will have a chance to spot the rare orangutan, the pygmy elephant, proboscis monkeys and saltwater crocodiles. During night cruises you might spot the leopard cat, numerous sleeping birds, wild boars, snakes and many crocodiles.

Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park

Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park

TAR Marine Park is the perfect place to enjoy scuba diving, snorkeling and light jungle treks. The marine park is made up of five small islands: Gaya, Manukan, Sapi, Sulug and Mamutik. The best beaches and probably also the best corals can be found around Gaya island; the biggest of the five islands. The marine park is only a 20 minute boat trip away from the city of Kota Kinabalu.

Mulu National Park

Mulu National Park

Mulu National Park is the biggest national park in Sarawak. The park is best known for the amazing caves. The Sarawak Chamber is the world's biggest cave chamber. It is said that 40 Boeing 747 aircraft's fit in the cave. Clearwater cave is the world's longest cave with a length of over 110 kilometers. The caves aren't the only highlights at Mulu NP. The amazing pinnacles at Mount Api are absolutely stunning to witness. A visit to Mulu NP will bring your holiday in Malaysia to new heights!

Maruyama Japanese restaurant (former Ikkyu)

One of the best Japanese restaurants we have visited so far is Ikkyu, located in Taman Desa. The restaurant really stands out because of its authentic atmosphere and dishes. We have been here quite a few times now, and every time we were amazed by how nice and fresh all the dishes we ordered were. One of our friends told us that this is a place where Japanese businessmen take their clients to in order to taste and experience the authentic Japanese kitchen.

UPDATE: Ikkyu has been relocated to a different area within Taman Desa. The new name is Maruyama. Address and contact details can be found at the bottom of this page.

Ikkyu Japanese restaurant in Taman Desa 1

The Negatives

So far we didn’t come across any real negative aspects at Ikkyu. Tourists may find the place difficult to get to, as it is located within the area Taman Desa which is a 20 minute drive out of KLCC.

Ikkyu Japanese restaurant in Taman Desa 2

The Positives

The place is run tight by Japanese chef Yasunori Maruyama. Staff is very well trained and offers a fine service. The food is great; at Ikkyu we feel we are experiencing 100% authentic Japanese dishes. The quality of the dishes is very high. Their Sashimi Maguru (fresh tuna slices) is the same every time we come. This is often something that annoys me a bit at the more common Japanese restaurants in Malaysia; one visit the tuna is the best I ever had, the next visit I feel like I am served a rubber tire with the color of tuna. They have a nice selection of set meals, their Unagi set really stands out. One of my personal favorite sets is the Beef Teppanyaki set. Prices are great, not too expensive compared to similar Japanese restaurants in the city. For a typical set you pay around RM30. Besides the main dish each set contains numerous small dishes.

Ikkyu Japanese restaurant in Taman Desa 3


Ikkyu has been added to our list with favorite restaurants in Kuala Lumpur. Though it is perhaps not a ‘fancy’ Japanese restaurant, the food is great and the atmosphere gives us that really Japanese vibe. Prices are reasonable and you definitely get more than you pay for. A place like this in Kuala Lumpur City Center (KLCC) would probably be packed every day. There usually is a table available at Ikkyu, so there is no need to make any reservations up front (though during weekends Ikkyu can be quite crowded with local visitors).

Ikkyu Japanese restaurant in Taman Desa 4

Contact details

Japanese restaurant Ikkyu
G9, Ground Floor, Faber Towers
Jalan Desa Bahagia
Taman Desa (off Jalan Klang Lama/Old Klang Road)
58100 Kuala Lumpur

Maruyama Restaurant
G2, Wisma Miramas
No. 1, Jalan 2/109E, Taman Desa
Jalan Klang Lama, Kuala Lumpur
Opening hours: Daily between 12.00-2.30pm and 6pm-11pm. Sunday between 6pm and 11pm.

How to get there

The restaurant is located at Wisma Miramas. You can see the big restaurant sign from outside. When you come from the city center you go to Jalan Klang Lama first (Old Klang Road). Take a left into Taman Desa (Jalan Desa). After 100m another left into Jalan Desa Utama. After another 100m turn left again into the small commercial area.


Note: Reviews are subjective in nature. What we find fantastic others may find atrocious. Some don’t mind waiting for a few minutes, others would have left by then. Some don’t care about a minor mishap in service; others don’t visit the place ever again. Try to read through the subjective parts and decide for yourself whether you do or do not want to visit the place!

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6 comments on Maruyama Japanese restaurant (former Ikkyu)

  1. PuiPui
    7 years ago
    March 12, 2012 at 8:44 pm

    I am Pui Pui. i was working at Ikkyu restaurant like 4 months and i moved to America. I was injoy working at IKKYU because there are all the staff are respect each other and my boss was so kind on me. Now. i have been in US 1 year and 2 months. I want to visit to malaysia and meet my friends. Miss You Guys.

  2. Ilya
    7 years ago
    March 19, 2012 at 2:58 am

    Thanks for your reply. We all love the place, and visit at least once every few weeks. People that we bring there also always like it there. I can imagine you must miss Malaysia :).

  3. Ahmad
    6 years ago
    October 10, 2013 at 5:03 am

    do they serve pork in ikkyu? is it a halal establishment? i really want to try the unagi set!!! i’m growing tired of zanmai already…

  4. Pui Pui
    6 years ago
    October 13, 2013 at 4:09 am

    Unagi set doesn’t contain with pork. You can go and eat it.

  5. Chee Kin
    4 years ago
    August 31, 2015 at 3:24 pm

    Hi, I tried to go to Maruyama but I cannot find it anymore, do u know if they’ve relocated or are they gone for good?

  6. Ilya
    4 years ago
    September 21, 2015 at 7:22 pm

    They moved and changed their name. Still operating in Taman Desa, but wasn’t able to find them. Also, I am not sure if the same chef is still working there.


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