Fine Dining Japanese Restaurant0
Yamazato Bangkok is a fine-dining restaurant that evokes the calm and graceful aesthetics of Japan to the point that you could quite easily forget you are in Thailand. With Japanese chefs in the kitchen, Japanese staff in kimono serving the food and traditionally decorated private dining rooms, this is a completely immersive experience. Anyone looking for the best Japanese food in Bangkok simply must consider Yamazato for lunch or dinner. One caveat, however, is people unaccustomed to the subtleties of high-end Japanese cuisine might not realise just how good this food actually is, and why it costs more than most Japanese restaurants in Bangkok.
- Private Grand Palace, Emerald Buddha & Reclining Buddha Morning Tour
- Damnoen Saduak Floating Market Tour
- Banyan Tree's Apsara Dinner Cruise
- Calypso Cabaret Show
- Thonburi Klongs & Grand Palace Morning Excursion
- Ayutthaya Ancient Capital Tour with River Cruise
- Siam Niramit Show
- Sea Life Bangkok Ocean World with Private Roundtrip Transportation
- Bridge on the River Kwai & Historic Railway Tour
- Dream World Excursion with Roundtrip Transfer
Located on the 22nd floor of the ultra-luxe Okura Prestige Bangkok hotel, this is a large restaurant with several sections, each specialising in a different area of Japanese fare: there is a sushi bar as you first enter, with two specialised chefs slicing fish on demand (it is never cut in advance), a main dining room for people who would like a selection from the menu and a teppanyaki grill with a row of seats for watching the chef grill their choice of premium grade Japanese beef with city views behind. There are also four private rooms that can be booked in advance, which we highly encourage to really get the most of this experience.
Each ingredient is carefully selected at Yamazato and all these subtle differences combine to create a culinary experience to savour. Raw ingredients, from the fish and meat, right down to the type of salt and soy sauce, is painstakingly sought, which undoubtedly adds to the price, but is also reflected in the quality and authenticity of the food. It is also worth mentioning that the wine and sake list is also incredible at Yamazato, with sake starting from 490 baht per carafe.
Appetisers are exquisite: salted raw squid in a yuzu (sour orange) is about as strong as Japanese cuisine can get but it is a fantastic start to prepare the palate for what is to come. Handmade tofu with steamed uni (sea urchin) is also a fantastic combo of briny and creamy tastes and complex textures (both appetisers cost 580 baht each).
A sashimi platter, chosen ‘omakase’ (selected by the chef), is the best way to try why Yamazato is such a beloved restaurant by purveyors of the freshest fish in Bangkok. Deliveries are made three times a week: twice from Tsukiji Fish Market in Tokyo and once from the cold waters of Hokkaido, often considered the best place in the world for sushi and sashimi. Expect fatty cuts that look irresistible and taste sublime…as they should when a platter costs 2,800 baht. otoro (tuna belly), hamachi (yellow tail tuna), madari (sea bream), awabi (abalone) and hirame (flounder), were each particular in texture and taste due to expert craft and care. For sashimi lovers, there is no greater pleasure.
For heartier mains, go for black cod grilled in teriyaki sauce for 680 baht, or push the boat out and take the premium beef tenderloin for 3,200 baht, served with foie gras and a yuzu miso soup. For dessert, fresh mochi (smashed rice balls, 280 baht) and green tea ice cream (300 baht) with red beans are two classics to bring a meal to a sweet, if not a little predictable, end.
Although Yamazato excels at intricate cuisine, curious souls who want to see what the fuss is about without spending serious cash can still enjoy single dishes, such as soba or udon noodles for around 300-400 baht or zousui (rice porridge with Japanese pickles) for 160-460 baht depending on ingredients. Ultimately, Yamazato is a great place to come for genuine high end Japanese food in Bangkok, especially for genuine foodies who want the real deal without the six hour flight to Tokyo.
About the Hotel
- Opening Hours: 07:00 - 23:00
- Address: Okura Prestige Bangkok Hotel, Wireless Road
- Tel: +66 (0) 2687 9000
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