Ginza Sushi Ichi

One of the best Japanese restaurants in Bangkok

Ginza Sushi-Ichi at Grand Hyatt Erawan has only been open a year but is already standing as one of the best sushi restaurants in Bangkok. Before describing further, it is important to understand that Sushi-Ichi is not your usual sushi place but an affiliate of the original Michelin Star restaurant of the same name in Ginza, Tokyo.

This is the real thing and you will need to book in advance and get your credit card ready. Such treat doesn’t come cheap but if you are familiar with the art of sushi mastering from the real Japanese dining scene, you will understand the price tag (and forget everything you know about those shopping mall sushi chains).

Read More

We sat at the counter, facing master sushi chef Narisawa and his impressive set of Japanese knives. Just by the look of the metal we could tell how sharp those long iron blades were. A waitress speaking excellent Thai, English and Japanese came to describe the menu and explain how it works to those not familiar with this way of dining, as it can be a little intimidating if this is your first time. Usually in fancy restaurants even a dinner course is described, but not here. Basically, it says ‘it’s up to the chef, so you will have to trust him’.

We picked two sets from the menu… both of course without any description of what will be served in those sets… all it says is ‘Sakura Course - Chef’s choice - 4,000 Baht’ and ‘Omake Nigiri - Chef Choice Sushi - 5,000 Baht’. There was also an ‘Omakase - Chef’s Choice - 7,000 Baht’ and ‘Sushi Ichi Course - Exclusive Chef’s Choice - 10,000 baht’ but those two were definitely out of our range.

You are asked if there are any fish, shells or seafood you do not like, and from this Chef Narisawa starts preparing some of the most delicate sushi in Bangkok. The rather high price is justified by two factors: the master skills of the chef who artfully balances the ingredients to compose the perfect sushi, and the origin of the fish. When a single sushi only uses extremely simple ingredients, each touch becomes important and the balance becomes the key. Just a touch of sauce, wasabi or yuzu zest, there is no way to hide the freshness and the quality of the sushi: it has to be perfect. The four chefs are all trained by the Masakazu Ishibashi, the Michelin Star of the original restaurant.

The second reason that justifies the price and the rare quality is unsurprising: the fish and seafood is flown in every day from this very exclusive Tsukiji Market in Tokyo. If you had the chance to visit it (and it’s becoming difficult) you will instantly understand… the best Japanese sushi chefs get their fish from there, and just watching how they auction those enormous tuna is a show itself. Just to show the dedication to the quality, know that the restaurant is closed on Monday, because the Tsukiji market is closed on Sunday! 

The chef serve the sushi one by one and we were three, so it seems that it could take a long time, but the overall dinner is an experience, each piece is delicately prepared with small touches of this and that and it results in a complex combination of tastes, each unique for being extremely fresh and of the most basic ingredients.

We were served many kinds of fish, all names in Japanese so not easy to memorise; Aji, some amazingly good Ika (squid) quite a lot of superb Uni (sea urchin), anago (sea eel) and some incredibly fresh Ikura (Salmon eggs) 

A special mention should be made of the small but excellent selection of Sakes. They appear to be quite expensive, and we tried three of them: one at the top, middle and bottom of the list and yes, it was obvious that the difference of price was fully justified. The cheapest is a little rough and dry while the best one was smooth and surprisingly fruity. Just remember to drink with moderation as sake is stronger than most think and since you are responsible and you are not driving, the main danger is to keep on ordering… at 1,000 baht a flask it adds faster than you think!

Ginza Sushi Ichi also serves an affordable lunch menu starting at 1,300 Baht and it’s an excellent deal. Of course lunch will never compare to the real experience of dinner, something you should definitely treat yourself to for a special occasion. 

More to discover in this hotel! Take a look...

Grand Hyatt Erawan

Anyone looking for a hotel to provide luxurious, resort style facilities in the very centre of Bangkok simply must consider the Grand Hyatt Erawan.The towering, white granite colonnades that line the entrance and lobby provide a suitable sense of grandeur that is continued throughout, with 10 separate bars and restaurants, a premier spa and fitness centre, freeform swimming pool and sundeck, as well as tennis and squash courts.There are several standout dining options for guests to enjoy: Tables, a unique tableside-cooking European restaurant serving some of the best steaks in the city, a quirky and casual noodle restaurant called You&Mee, and Spasso, a speciality Italian restaurant that serves an unforgettable buffet brunch and at night caters to Bangkoks jetsetter crowd with live music and dancing into the small hours. Read More...

Ginza Sushi Ichi

Hide Map Show Map
Rate This Place: ( votes)

Tours You May Like

Related Pages

  • Scala Cinema in Siam Square

    Scala Cinema

    Scala Cinema in Siam Square offers a more modest one-screen experience compared to the large complex situated in Siam Read More»

  • Old City Restaurants

    If you're after food toned down for the Western palate and Thai fusion foods, the best place to eat and drink in the Old Read More»

  • 10 Best Hotels Discounts in Silom

    The best hotel discounts in Silom are all collected in this list for your convenience. Often this can mean savings of Read More»

  • The Roof Restaurant & Bar

    The Roof Restaurant & Bar

    The Roof Restaurant at Siam@Siam Hotel has impressive views over the old town towards the river, and it is very easy to Read More»

  • 5 Best Bars and Restaurants in Ari

    The best bars and restaurants in Ari are places where the cool, arty crowd that make up this area of Bangkok all go to Read More»

  • Where to Stay in Sathorn

    Sathorn has seen phenomenal growth over recent years due to its close proximity to the city's prime areas like Silom, Read More»

You May Also Like

20 Best Bangkok in Restaurants

20 Best Bangkok Restaurants

When it comes to dining in Bangkok, the question is not what, where, or even when to eat. The options are endless, so Read More...

Erawan Bangkok

Erawan Bangkok

The graceful mall with direct access to the Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok right in the heart Read More...

Kom-Ba-Wa Bangkok

Kom-Ba-Wa Japanese restaurant is one of the latest high-profile openings to join the emerging dining scene on Soi Suan Read More...

Best hotels around this place

Hotels.com

Talk to us!

Help us keep this site up-to-date by sending us your comments:


Loading...