Best Japanese restaurants in Bangkok

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The Japanese community in Bangkok

There’s been a quiet transformation in the Thong Lor area of Bangkok in recent years. You’re as likely to hear Japanese spoken there as you are Thai. Along Sukhumvit between Phrom Phong and Ekamai, the neighbourhood has become extremely desirable among young Japanese families who’ve moved to Thailand to service the 4,500 Japanese companies which have sprung up around the country. At last count, Japanese restaurants exceeded well over 2,000 in the Thai capital. Considering the population, that’s a mightily impressive ratio 25:1 – Japanese expats to restaurants. Read our full feature on the Japanese community here.

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Best Japanese restaurants

The best Japanese restaurants in Bangkok

Sushi Masato

High-quality omakase dining where the chef selects the courses. Serving just 20 diners a night in two sittings (5:30pm and 8:30pm).

  • Website: www.sushimasato.com
  • Phone: 02-040-0015
  • Address: Sushi Masato, 3/22 Sukhumvit 31 Soi 1, Bangkok, Thailand
  • Area: Nana-Asok
  • Nearest train; BTS Phrom Phong
  • Email: info@sushimasato.com

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Kom-Ba-Wa

Japanese with Western influences

Highlights: Aged Tajima wagyu beef steak with ponzu jelly and squid ink ramen with Maine lobster and uni sauce

  • Website: www.kombawa.com
  • Phone: 02-679-3775-6
  • Address: Kom-Ba-Wa, 39/19 Soi Suanphlu, Sathorn Rd., Bangkok, Thailand
  • Nearest train: BTS Chong Nonsi

Mitsumori of Tokyo

Traditional Japanese!

Highlights: Yakitori and soba (made from flour imported from Hokkaido), steamed black cod. For value for money, try the lunch sets.

  • Website: www.mitsumori-bkk.com
  • Phone: 02-640-8283
  • Address: Mitsumori of Tokyo, 47/1 Sukhumvit Soi 23, Bangkok
  • Area: Nana, Asoke
  • Nearest train: MRT Sukhumvit

Sakuragawa Sushi

Tucked into the basement of Jasmine Tower, serving sushi-ya.

  • Websitewww.facebook.com/Sakuragawa-Sushi
  • Phone: 02-661-7284
  • Address: Sakuragawa Sushi, B1/F, Jasmine, Sukhumvit Soi 23, Bangkok, Thailand
  • Area: Nana, Asoke
  • Nearest train: BTS Asok

Ten-Sui

Housed in a beautiful Japanese-style building set in a lush garden. The waitresses wear Japanese traditional dress. There are private rooms upstairs allow for a much more sedate dining experience.

Highlights: hot stone dishes to noodles, sushi and shabu shabu. Lunch sets especially recommended.

  • Website: www.tensui.co/
  • Phone: 02-663-2281
  • Address: Ten-Sui, 33 Sukhumvit Soi 16, Bangkok, 10110 Thailand
  • Area: Nana, Asoke
  • Nearest train: BTS Asoke

Kappo Hanako

Adjacent to teppanyaki karaoke bars. Highlights: Smoky broiled eggplant, tempura and specialty seafood

  • Websitewww.facebook.com/KappoHanako/
  • Phone: 02-712-6371/-2
  • Address: Kappo Hanako, 113/1 Thonglor Soi 13, Bangkok, Thailand
  • Area: Thonglor

Kitaohji

Founded 70 years ago in the motherland, this first branch outside Japan specialises in kaiseki (meticulously prepared multi-course meals made with seasonal ingredients) and a la carte.

  • Website: www.fb.com/KitaohjiBKK
  • Phone: 02-714-7997
  • Address: Kitaohji, 212 Thonglor Soi 8, Sukhumvit Rd., Bangkok, Thailand
  • Area: Thonglor
  • Nearest train: BTS Thong Lo
  • Email: Kitaohji.bangkok@gmail.com

Mikaku

Founded 80 years ago in Kyoto’s Gion district, this teppanyaki restaurant opened its first branch outside of Japan in Bangkok. Highlights: A4-5 graded Kobe-sourced wagyu beef and seafood options – king crab and tuna steak.

  • Websitewww.facebook.com/MikakuThailand/
  • Phone: 02-712-9080
  • Address: Mikaku, 2/F, (above Maison Eric Kayser), 103/2 Sukhumvit Soi 55, Sukhumvit Rd., Bangkok
  • Area: Thonglor
  • Nearest train: BTS Thong Lo

Sushi Kanda

All the best ingredients come from Japan. Omakase style, chef Takahiro Hato chooses your dinner and sometimes gives diners a sushi tutorial. Highlights: uni (sea urchin).

Tempura Kanda

Deep-fried fish and veges in an airy batter. Highlights: omakase of tempura – selections of the freshest produce from the market that day.

  • Website: www.facebook.com/TEMPURA.KANDA
  • Phone: 095-720-0557
  • Address: Tempura Kanda, 1/F, No. 88 Mall, 88 Thonglor Soi 5, Bangkok, Thailand
  • Area: Thonglor

Yashin by Tenyuu

Highlights: Sushi omakase (chef’s market selection), and shabu shabu (thin slices of meat boiled briefly in broth stew, dipped in sauce and eaten with rice and boiled vegetables)

  • Website: www.facebook.com/yashinbytenyuu/
  • Phone: 02-712-6868
  • Address: Yashin by Tenyuu, 2/F, Nihonmura Mall, Thonglor Soi 13, Bangkok
  • Area: Thonglor

Yuutaro

Shares space with Thai restaurant Khao in a dark wood setting and Zen garden. Thai chef Uthit Jittrong has over 30 years’ experience. Highlights: Sushi, kampachi with ponzu jelly and wagyu toro maki.

  • Website: www.yuutaro.com/
  • Phone: 02-662-6070
  • Address: Yuutaro, 64 Sukhumvit Soi 51, Bangkok
  • Area: Thonglor
  • Nearest train: BTS Thong Lo
  • Email: info@yuutaro.com

Joushitsu Sushi

Simple surroundings and a sushi bar. Highlights: imported engawa (flounder fin), uni (sea urchin), unagi (sea eel) and hotate (scallop). Try the sushi set, unagi don (grilled eel over rice) and the value-for-money lunch sets.

  • Phone: 02-714-3984, 089-025-8583
  • Address: Joushitsu Sushi, 20/2 Ekkamai Soi 2, Bangkok, Thailand
  • Area: Ekkamai
  • Nearest train: BTS Ekkamai

Sushi Cyu and Carnival Yakiniku

Perhaps it has seen better days, but a popular establishment with a yakiniku section (beef barbecue) and sushi counter.

  • Website: www.sushicyu.com
  • Phone: 02-251-1995
  • Address: Sushi Cyu and Carnival Yakiniku, 3/F, CRC Tower, All Seasons Place, 87 Rd., Bangkok
  • Nearest train: BTS Phloen Chit

Sushi Hinata

Sushi chefs and omakase-style service – prepared at the counter. Has branches in Nagoya and Malaysia also. Lunch sets are good value.

  • Website: www.shin-hinata.com
  • Phone: 02-160-5935
  • Address: Sushi Hinata, 5/F, Central Embassy (shopping mall), Phloen Chit Rd., Bangkok
  • Nearest Train: BTS Chit Lom

Yamazato

Has a one-Michelin-star sister restaurant in Amsterdam. Highlights: A la carte (based on kaiseki ryori, or Japanese “haute cuisine”), two teppanyaki tables and a sushi bar stocked with fish flown straight from Tsukiji.

  • Website: www.okurabangkok.com
  • Phone: 02-687-9000
  • Address: Yamazato, 24/F, The Okura Prestige Bangkok, 57 Wireless Rd., Bangkok
  • Nearest Train: BTS Phloen Chit

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Fillets

Only eight bar seats for dinner. High-end restaurant offers traditional omakase dining. Highlights: Sushi and sashimi fish comes direct from Tokyo’s Tsukiji Market. Wagyu beef and an a la carte menu

  • Website: www.filletsbangkok.com
  • Phone: 02-041-6056
  • Address: Fillets, 3/F, Portico, 31 Lang Suan Rd., Bangkok, Thailand
  • Nearest train: BTS Chit Lom

Karatama Robatayaki

Robatayaki (Japanese barbecue). Quality ingredients imported twice a week from Japan Highlights: awabi (Japanese abalone), kinki (rockfish), Kagoshima beef and Hokkaido corn are served grilled, fried or steamed.

  • Website: www.karatamarobatayaki.com
  • Phone: 02-662-4237
  • Address: Karatama Robatayaki, Piman 49, 46/10 Sukhumvit Soi 49, Bangkok, Thailand
  • Area: Phrom Phong
  • Nearest train : BTS Phrom Phong

Mugendai Penthouse

A stylish restaurant that sits alongside a laid-back bar environment. The fish is imported from Tsukiji five days a week.

  • Websitewww.facebook.com/mugendaibkk/
  • Highlights: generous portions of sushi, uni hotate tempura and the delicious beef bowl.
  • Phone: 02-003-6333
  • Address: Mugendai Penthouse, 9/F, Emquartier, Sukhumvit Rd., Bangkok
  • Area: Phrom Phong

Jidori-Ya Kenzou

Highlights: Flavourful Thai chicken skewered and grilled over an open flame and dipped in soy sauce, housemade tofu, pumpkin salad and vegetable dip with bagna cauda sauce.

  • Website: www.facebook.com/Jidoriken
  • Phone: 02-661-3457
  • Address: Jidori cuisine Ken, 10/12 Sukhumvit Soi 26, Bangkok
  • Area: Phrom Phong
  • Nearest train: BTS Phrom Phong

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Guide to Japanese food

A quick guide to Japanese cuisine

Ramen, sushi and teppanyaki. Confused about what it all means? Here’s a handy little glossary.

Cooking/preparation styles

  • Sushi – the instantly recognisable Japanese cuisine – bite-sized combinations of vegetables and raw fish with cold, cooked, vinegared rice. Great for sharing
  • Sashimi – thinly sliced, raw food often arranged atop of a bed of shredded daikon (which we know as radish) and garnished with shiso leaves (Perilla frutescens var. crispa… obviously).
  • Ramen – a hearty bowl of hot broth filled with fresh wheat noodles, a soy or miso flavouring, and usually topped with thin slices of meat and garnishes
  • Yakitori – usually cooked over charcoal, these bit-sized chicken skewers are made from the breasts, thighs, skin, liver and other unmentionables.
  • Tempura – lightly battered, deep fried seafood and vegetables
  • Udon noodles – thick noodles made from wheat flour. They are thicker, white and chewier than soba noodles.
  • Soba noodles – made from buckwheat flour, as thick as spaghetti, and prepared in various hot and cold dishes.

Restaurant styles

  • Izakaya – pub-style restaurants that are great for an after-work drop-in, serving up all manner of popular Japanese food, as well as bottle after bottle of sake and pints of Asahi.
  • Shabu-shabu – vegetables, meats and garnishes hand-cooked at the table in a Japanese hot pot
  • Kaiseki – a more upmarket, traditional multi-course Japanese cuisine prepared by a master chef – akin to Western haute cuisine
  • Teppanyaki – chefs cook voluminous steak dishes on a huge iron griddle, often in a showy display, surrounded by seated diners at a horseshoe-shaped table.
  • Omakase – selections of the freshest produce from the market that day

Food map

Food map