Zuma Japanese Restaurant at St Regis Bangkok
Trendy Japanese Dining in Bangkok
Zuma is a beautiful and exquisite Japanese Restaurant designed by Noriyoshi Muramatsu of Studio Glitt Tokyo. It’s set on the ground floor of the St Regis, one of the trendiest hotels in Bangkok. Zuma is actually more an Izakaya lounge than a traditional Japanese restaurant and it combines in a very large space several ways of enjoying Japanese cuisine. The restaurant is vast, basking in well-distributed soft lighting, keeping its tables in a cozy atmosphere while counters just next to them are brightly lit. If you prefer to enjoy few cocktails before or after dinner, you can walk to the pleasant outdoor air-conditioned terrace.
The restaurant offers several ways to enjoy Japanese cuisine. You can sit at the sushi counter as it's often the best way to enjoy a true sushi experience in Japan, or if you are a meat lover, try the robata yaki. Zuma prides itself on its robata, where a chef skillfully cuts and grills beef, lamb or seafood for the customers seated around the cooking table. Dishes available here are abara yuzu miso (pork belly skewers with yuzu and miso mustard), honetsuki ko hitsuji no hatchou miso fuumi (hatcho miso marinated lamb chops, pickled onions and myoga), gyuhire sumibiyaki karami zuke (beef tenderloin with sesame red chili and sweet soy), hotate toringo wasabi no robatayaki (hokkaido scallops with grated apple, wasabi and sweet soy) and so much more...
The choice of dishes is as vast and varied as you would expect in such a high-end restaurant. Among the familiar sushis, sashimis, fishes and salads listed on the menu, some unusual names might intrigue you... Zuma dragon maki (prawn tempura, freshwater eel, avocado and spicy tempura flakes) or dynamite spider rolls (softshell crab, chili mayonnaise, cucumber and wasabi sauce.) Zuma serves their own creations and you should definitely try some of them, it's always fun in Japanese cuisine to take a walk on the wild side.
If you come with friends it's an opportunity to order a lot of dishes and eat them the Izakaya way, which is very similar to the Thai way: order a lot and place all the dishes in the middle of the table so everyone can try a bit of everything. It's a lot more fun. Don't be shy, order the dynamite spider roll; it’s great, and so is every single dish, each beautifully presented, extremely fresh and each bite is simply delicious. The best way to end such a sumptuous dinner is to order the special dessert combining almost every sweet on the menu: sorbets, ice creams, cakes fruits – all beautifully arranged on a huge bed of ice – definitely a memorable moment and a nice photo to take back home. Overall, prices are steep but remember you are at St Regis and it's more than just dining, it's an entire experience.
Later in the evening the music takes on a new dimension and you might find the selection rather unusual for a Japanese restaurant. You won't hear old-fashioned traditional Japanese music or even J-Pop hits, but a good selection of recent hits, never played too loud and not intrusive at all; it works surprisingly well. Zuma, being an Izakaya lounge, even has its own and very skilled DJ! A good thing to keep in mind when dining at St Regis is to plan for the whole evening as the ambiance warms up as time passes and you might want to enjoy few more cups of sake in the cosy garden area.
Zuma Japanese Restaurant
- Opening Hours: Daily Lunch 12 :00 – 15 :00, Daily Dinner 18 :00 – 23 :00
- Location: G/F, 159 Ratchadamri Road
- BTS: Ratchadamri
- Tel: 66 2252 4707