Blowtorching Matsuzaka beef at O'zake — Photo courtesy of Dave Stamboulis
While you might want to shake your head at yet another review of another new Japanese restaurant in Bangkok, hang around a bit and go check out O’zake - the new sashimi and Japanese alcohol establishment on Thong Lor.
This four-story restaurant has walls covered with sake barrels and various niches to eat and drink in, ranging from an open sushi bar where you can watch the master chefs whip up their creations to a casual downstairs area with intimate tables and a relaxed vibe. (Think of a sake and cocktail bar with tapas.)
The food is sublime, with such specialties as blowtorched Matsuzaka beef wrapped around fresh sashimi or the signature dish salmon box, which combines salmon and ikura roe spread on top of crispy negi tempura and nori seaweed.
Other standouts include the wagyu beef with ponzu sauce and engawa; the toro sashimi set - which features the best cuts of tuna both in aburi and pure sashimi style; and the maguro, foie gras, spicy miso and avocado combo roll, another superb creation. And the fish here is flown in fresh from the famed Tokyo fish market
O'Zake Sashimi and Sake, Bangkok — Photo courtesy of Dave Stamboulis
The drinks are every match for the food, too. The menu features dozens of varieties of thirst-quenching umeshu plum wines, and plenty of signature cocktails like the Yuzu Highball (Yuzu and Japanese whiskey), Blushing Geisha (Gekkeikan Nigori sake and green tea) or the wild Kyoto Sour (sake with Tabasco, lemon juice, grapefruit and agave nectar!).
For purists, there are literally hundreds of bottles of sake to choose from. All the best brands come well represented, and if you want to spoil yourself rotten, then you can even partake of an 18-year-old Hakushu single malt whiskey, which might not burn a hole in your throat, but perhaps in your wallet!
O'zake is a great new Bangkok addition.