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Ashley Niedringhaus
August 18, 2014

Bangkok is home to one of the largest populations of Japanese citizens outside of Japan, which means luxury sushi and Japanese cuisine are in high demand. All five of the restaurants on this list will likely put a dent in your wallet—especially in a city where delicious food can be incredibly inexpensive—but will leave you thinking of your meal for days. Plus, as you eat your sashimi lobster tail, unagi eel, or wagyu beef, you’ll be surrounded by some of the poshest décor in the city. Choose a seat near the action at the bar or opt for a private room, but for the best eats, it’s worth asking an in-the-know concierge when each restaurant receives their shipment of fresh fish from Japan’s markets. Patrons unwilling to pony up high prices for the full dinner experience should book a table for lunch and choose from the budget-friendly pre-determined menus. 

Mugendai

Absolutely worth the splurge, the menu at this upscale restaurant changes daily based on what type of fish has arrived fresh from Japan. Rub elbows with fellow diners at the long bar, where you can watch the master chefs prepare the sushi, or request a table by the window for a stunning view of the active Thong Lor neighborhood.  

Maru Kaiseki

Businessmen from Tokyo rank among the top patrons here, and they crowd the restaurant on Tuesday and Friday when the fish arrives fresh from Japan. Your bill won’t be cheap, but a few nights eating the city’s delicious $4 street food should serve as proper penance. Order the freshwater unagi eel and otoro tuna—they’re menu favorites. 

Yellow Tail Sushi Bar

Sake barrels, rustic dining tables, kimono prints, and a slatted wooden ceiling all add to the cool Japanese décor of this VIE Hotel restaurant. It offers an impressive list of sake and fresh fish, but menu favorites include the wagyu beef “Rossini “ rolls, salmon sushi rolls, and the chef’s sashimi platter.

Sen-Ryo

Patrons of this well-priced eatery in the Nihonmura Mall rave about the salmon belly sushi, wagyu beef, and kama toro. Grab a seat at the conveyor belt and serve yourself items a la carte as they pass (they’re tagged to ensure freshness) or chose a table for a more traditional experience. 

Ten-Sui

Dining at Ten-Sui is all about the details. From private rooms with bamboo lining the walls and ceiling to waitresses dressed in traditional outfits, nothing is overlooked here. And that meticulous attention is also paid to a beautifully presented menu of dishes. Ten-Sui is mainly a kaiseki restaurant but the a la carte items shouldn’t be overlooked. 

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