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Japas defines itself as ‘fun dining’ as opposed to ‘fine dining’, and enjoys the spirit of sharing a creative cuisine served as modern Japanese tapas. Casual, imaginative and refined, with stunning views over the Kuala Lumpur skyline, Japas delectable cuisine can be experienced as both a la carte and tasting menus. The restaurant also features Malaysia’s # 1 cocktail bar with an enviable selection of sake, wine, cocktails, ready to delight a multitude of tastes and desires.

The Chef and the Brigade

“Food should be fun! I want diners to be filled with a sense of wonderment during their meal with us. Chefs have magical powers to turn raw produce into pure, divine sensation and a long lasting memory of joy. That is the power of gastronomical food. Stay hungry, but eat well!”

Biography - Chef Jeff Ramsey

Born in Japan, the son of an American Air Force soldier and a Japanese Hiroshima Bomb Survivor, Jeff has always lived in a juxtaposition of opposing worlds. Jeff began his culinary training in 1996 at Tako Grill in Bethesda, MD working from Dishwasher up to a full-fledged sushi chef over a long span of 8 years, including training in Japan with Masayoshi Kazato, the official Sushi Ambassador of Japan. Kazato San eventually bestowed the honor of officially being the first non-Japanese Master Sushi Chef. Not one to rest on his laurels, Jeff took a culinary detour and left the sushi world to broaden his perspective and gain knowledge of techniques from outside the realm of sushi in a quest to develop an original style. He studied under Chef Jose Andres, protégé of the legendary Catalonian chef Ferran Adria of El Bulli. He was then picked up by Japanese “Super-chef” Hide Yamamoto to open the 6-star Mandarin Oriental Tokyo hotel. There, he explored his own style of modernist cooking, earning and retaining a Michelin Star-rating from 2009 (gained at the age of 32), until his departure, making him the first and still only American to earn a Michelin Star outside of the United States.

Since then, Ramsey has been featured at pop-up restaurants across the globe and a sought-after culinary educator consulting on restaurant openings in the United States, Europe and Asia.

Chef Ramsey has chosen Malaysia to be the recipient of his first restaurant, Japas, which opened its doors just days before the birth of his twins. And so a new chapter begins...

“Leading the new wave of sophisticated eateries in Kuala Lumpur and gaining a legion of fans for romantic dinners or important celebrations, Japas is located on the 11th floor of a city skyscraper in Damansara, and features breathtaking, 230 degrees views across the great city.”
Kim, the discoverer.


With postcard-perfect views, guests can dine in simple elegance whilst sitting along the edge of the city skyline and enjoy nature’s magnificence as day passes through dusk.


Japas offers an exquisite mix of flavors, textures and temperatures, promising an unparalleled multi-sensory dining experience. The approach to food is simple – honour the integrity of fresh produce and seasonal discoveries, and present them in a way that satiates the appetite with a lasting impression. Japas' menu is curated into sections – Umi (‘Sea’), Tochi (‘Land’) and Hamono (‘Plants’), paying homage to the source of the ingredients and setting a foundation for their approach to cooking. True to the tapas concept, the “Japas” menu is sharing-style, with the philosophy that social interaction enhances the overall dining pleasure.

Facilities and Highlights

Japas highlight
  • WifiWifi
    Air ConditioningAir Conditioning
    Champagne TaittingerChampagne Taittinger
    Indoor DiningIndoor Dining
    Outdoor DiningOutdoor Dining
    Locally Sourced ProduceLocally Sourced Produce
    Chef/Tasting MenuChef/Tasting Menu

Useful Information

Annual closing:

Time zone: (GMT+08:00) Kuala Lumpur
Currency accepted: MYR
Credit cards accepted: Visa, Mastercard
Electricity voltage: 240V
Electricity plug type:
We are located in the affluent neighbourhood of Damansara Heights, just minutes from the city center. 200m from Semantan MRT Station - Nearby Pintu Istana Negara 2.

Note: Dress smart casual, no kids menu, children and walk-ins are accepted.

11th Floor, Work@Clearwater, Jalan Changkat Semantan Damansara Heights, 50490


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We Care

Chef Ramsey and his team grow many of their own produce, cultivating hard-to-get plants, using natural methods and helping. reduce the building's energy usage. Worm farms made from diatomaceous earth (clay) are fed kitchen scraps to produce compost and guano creating a natural fertilizer, without pesticides. This urban garden features many plants and vegetables including roselle, wild pepper, Thai basil, mani cai microgreens (Sayur Manis), and lavender sorrel.

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