Bangkokians have long had a love affair with Japanese food and the incredible number of Japanese restaurants in the city is a testament to the popularity of menu items from the Land of the Rising Sun. As you might expect, with so many restaurants serving Japanese fare, there is going to be a wide range of quality, price and value. With so many different types of Japanese food and ways to serve it, there is no way we can unequivocally identify the very best destinations for Japanese cuisine in Bangkok. Instead, let’s look at a few of the top rated best Japanese Restaurants in Bangkok that are known for their delectable Japanese menu items.

Benihana

Combining culture, entertainment, and delicious Teppanyaki style fare, Benihana – Bangkok, at the Anantara Riverside Resort and Spa provides an excellent ambiance for family dining. Your personal chef prepares the food right at your table with an exciting display of knife wielding dexterity. If you have kids that get a little rambunctious during the course of a meal out, this table top display of cooking and food prep skills will keep their attention! Lunch is served daily from 11:30 – 2:30 while dinner hours are from 6:00 to 10:30 each evening. Besides the teppanyaki steak, be sure to sample the hand crafted sushi and sashimi. Prices are on the high side, as you might expect when provided with your own personal chef, but the experience is still well worth it.

Takumi Japanese Restaurant

If Japanese food, and lots of it, is your wish, then the place for you is Takumi Japanese Restaurant in the Swissotel La Concorde at 204 Ratchadapisek Road. Here you will undoubtedly go in to gastronomic overload with their all you can eat menu offering. The price per person comes to a little over 700 baht per person, but you can order any and everything off the menu that you can eat in one sitting. The only caution is to “clean your plate” as there is a 100 baht adder for those who don’t finish what they order. The menu items are extensive and mouthwatering from Tempura to squid nuggets and a great sashimi platter.  Teriyaki beef, seared salmon and a sinfully rich Japanese pancake – okonomiyaki- are all good candidates for your dining pleasure. Be sure to leave a little room for the milk & cheese pudding and the tea flavored ice cream. Lunch is served daily from noon until 2:00 while dinner hours are from 6:00 – 10:00.

Edoya

For a very traditional Tokyo style dining experience, you will want to try Edoya on the first floor of Charn Issara Tower I on Rama 4 Road in Suriyawong. This is one of the oldest Japanese restaurants in all of Bangkok featuring a large and affordable food and drink menu served in an environment that harkens back to the Edo traditions of old Tokyo. Edoya is easy to access from either the Saladaeng BTS or Silom MRT stations, with lunch hours from 11:30 – 2:00 Monday through Saturday while dinner is available 7 days a week from 5:30 – 11:00. Menu items of note are their Shukuo Koachi, Sarada Yasai and Okonomi. Private dining rooms are available and after dining you can step next door where they offer Karaoke and a Cabaret bar with an extensive drink menu.

By Greg Johnson