Taihei Japanese Restaurant in Bangkok
Sushi and Teppanyaki at Banyan Tree Hotel
Taihei Japanese Restaurant serves remarkable sushi and teppanyaki over two floors of the Banyan Tree Hotel on Sathorn Road. Perfect for a business lunch or romantic meal, the restaurant is arranged in a number of small rooms which creates an exclusive vibe and the floor to ceiling windows from the 53rd and 54th floor add a touch of awe to proceedings. Guests can choose to sit upstairs at a live cooking station, downstairs in a private room laid with tatami mats, or up at the sushi counter to watch the skilled sushi chefs in action. The private rooms cost an additional 1,000 baht to book, unless you come with eight guests or more - in which case it is free. Taihei Restaurant is open from 11:30 to 14:30 for lunch and from 18:00 to 23:00 for dinner.
As you would expect from a restaurant serving premium Japanese cuisine, the presentation of the sushi and sashimi is exquisite. Sashimi is cut thicker than average and they have a truly world class range of fish. All the fish is imported from Japan every two days ensuring an authentic taste and the quality here is far higher than the vast majority of sushi restaurants in Bangkok. Sushi options can be selected per piece (starting from 60 baht++), sashimi selections per plate (5 pieces starting from 250++ baht) or, for the ultimate treat, by platter. The Chef’s selection of sashimi costs 2,300++ baht for three slices each of 10 different types of fish – 30 pieces in all. The fish used depends on availability and season but the mainstays are kingfish, salmon and tuna. On our platter were several rare cuts including otoro (premium tuna belly), sawara (Spanish mackerel), barracuda with a lightly seared skin on one side, sea bream and giant scallops.
The size of each slice means each flavour can be savoured, and we particularly enjoyed the meaty, fatty texture of the tuna belly, the kingfish with a faint bloodline to prove its freshness, and the soft, white scallops that when laid flat look bigger than some burger patties. The mound of fresh wasabi is served room temperature so it dissolves in soy sauce with minimal effort. As an accompaniment we had a serving of shrimp and vegetable tempura for 400++ baht. The tempura is light, crispy and without oil, and the shrimp underneath is springy, creating a lovely contrast of textures. Taihei Restaurant at the Banyan Tree Hotel also has a range of signature sushi creations such as spider sushi rolls, made with flash fried soft shell crab and decorated with crab legs, hence the unusual name.
If you are more of a meat eater, then the teppanyaki selection is no less impressive. The beef selection runs from Australian strip loin to the top-of-the-line Kobe beef. The Kobe beef set costs 2,900++ baht and comes with an appetiser, mixed salad, rice and miso soup. The beef is seared on a teppanyaki hot plate with soy sauce, sake, brandy and garlic – the taste is truly memorable. The meat is sliced into bite sized strips and served with seasonal vegetables that are firm to the bite. Our set contained asparagus tips, shitake and enoki mushrooms, and capsicum. The meat is cooked medium rare and has a marbled texture that is tender and full of flavour. There is also an excellent value Set Lunch on offer at Taihei, starting from 380 baht++ (not including tax or service charge), which offers curious foodies a chance to sample the amazing menu.
Everything the Banyan Tree in Bangkok does is special and Taihei is no exception. This is not the cheapest Japanese cuisine in the city, but if you are looking for something truly memorable then push the boat out and book a table – if its sushi, teppanyaki or even a bit of both, a meal at Taihei is something you will remember for a long time to come.
Taihei Japanese Restaurant
- Opening Hours: Lunch: 11:30 to 14:30 – Dinner: 18:00 to 23:00
- MRT: Lumpini
- BTS: Chong Nonsi
- Address: Banyan Tree Hotel, Sathorn
- Tel: +66 (0) 2679 1200