Bangkok's Best Japanese Food: From Sushi to Sashimi and Plenty More

The list of Japanese restaurants in Bangkok is staggering, enough to fill an encyclopedia, which isn't surprising given that over 50,000 Japanese expatriates call Bangkok home. With this clientele and demand, it is natural that hundreds of new spots open up each year, but some really stand out for their fresh ingredients and preparation just like in Japan.

Of course leading the list are the top sashimi and sushi joints, all of whom fly in their fish from the prestigious Tsukiji Fish Market in Tokyo, with deliveries to Bangkok several times a week. Mugendai Penthouse is at the top of this list, with some amazing creations such as their Unagi eel foie gras and their Matsuzaka beef sushi. On their tails, Honmono and Maru also get fresh cuts of tuna and other delicacies, and you wont be complaining about the bill if you are feasting on the top bluefin and fatty tuna slices that are melting in your mouth. Chicago style fusion make sushi rolls have become all the rage, and Maki Maki is a great spot to sample them at. However, top billing has to go to the sushi roll masters at Isao, which has to be the only restaurant in Bangkok with a line out the door 365 days a year!

Not that it has to be all sushi either. Bankara Ramen is also high on the expat list, with humongous bowls of traditional ramen keeping their tables packed through lunch and dinner. The tonkatsu stewed pork belly is made with the pork bones dissolved completely into the soup broth, extremely pungent and rich. For creative nouvelle Japanese try the new Kom-Ba-Wa or else the creative and sumptuous Zuma.

The listings of Japanese are so numerous, one could probably just stroll down Thonglor night after night and pop in to a new eatery for months and not go wrong.

Tsu & Nami
Photo courtesy of Tsu & Nami

Actually two restaurants, Tsu is the sushi bar and Nami is the teppanyaki grill, so take your pick. Certainly not cheap, but visitors often remark that it is the best Japanese food they've had outside of Japan at this upscale affair in the...  Read More

Yes, you are going to spend a lot, but it's hard to complain when you've got bluefin tuna or king crab flown in from the Tsukiji Fish Market in Tokyo sitting on your plate. Mugendai raises the bar for fine Japanese food in Bangkok, with some...  Read More

Photo courtesy of pittaya

Honmono has several branches to choose from, including Thonglor, Ekamai, and Bang Na, and they are all packed every evening with discerning sushi lovers. The fish here, like other top sushi establishments in Bangkok, gets the freshest catch...  Read More

Maki Maki brings a breath of fresh air to all the endless number of sushi joints clamoring for attention on the Japanese heavy Thong Lor dining scene. The restaurant pays homage to Chicago style fusion maki sushi rolls, which dominate the...  Read More

Maru Kaiseki Japanese Restaurant
Photo courtesy of pttaya

Given the sky high prices, you wonder why Maru is so crowded on Tuesday and Friday nights. Well, these are the days when the fish gets flown in from the Tsukiji Fish Market in Tokyo, and the faithful join the queue to get their fix of fresh...  Read More

Zuma, the posh Japanese eatery with branches in London, Hong Kong, Istanbul, Miami, and Dubai, has arrived in Bangkok. Based on a traditional Japanese izakaya, yet with a very sophisticated and elegant twist, and designed by Noriyoshi Muramatsu,...  Read More

Photo courtesy of Uomasa Bangkok

Uomasa is a long standing player on the Japanese food scene that has been serving up some of the best sashimi and traditional Japanese food in town that often falls under the foreign tourists radar. Slightly hidden away in Nihonmachi "Japan...  Read More

Kom-Ba-Wa leads the new wave of artistic nouvelle Japanese joints that are springing up right and left in Bangkok. Set in a fine dining shop-house adorned with 1920 photos on the wall and brass chandeliers, the restaurant serves both as a sushi...  Read More

Bankara Ramen
Photo courtesy of Bankara

This is the first international branch of the famed Ikebukuro ramen house, and boy is it authentic. The interior and decor,along with all the ravenous Japanese expat regulars make one feel like one is in Tokyo, and even more genuine is the food,...  Read More

Photo courtesy of Isao Bangkok

Fusion Japanese food is always hit or miss, and fortunately for intimate Isao, it is a home run night after night. This small eatery just off of Sukhumvit is always packed with discerning diners coming to try out creations that just aren't...  Read More


Meet Dave Stamboulis

Dave Stamboulis is a travel writer/photographer based in Bangkok. Born in Athens, Greece and growing up in Berkeley, California, Dave first discovered Bangkok while on a 40,000-kilometer bicycle...  More About Dave

comments powered by Disqus

Build your own lists that you can easily reference or share stories with your friends.

Login ×

Forgot login/password?
Don't have an account? Create Your Account!

Enter your username or email in the box below and click
"Remind Me".

Remind Me ×
Create Account ×
Create Account ×

Already have an account?

Add to List ×
Save ×

Go to Lists Close Window ×