Scattered with endless upmarket restaurants, Thonglor is hands down one of Bangkok’s swankiest culinary destinations for Japanese cuisine. From traditional dishes to fusion food, there’s no shortage of delectable Japanese fare at every street corner on Thonglor. Whether you’re seeking a fancy fine dining spot or a casual-chic bistro, we did some research and tasting around the neighbourhood to bring you the best Japanese restaurants.
Best Japanese restaurants to try in Thonglor
Ranichi Japanese BBQ
Calling out all wagyu aficionados. If there’s any place where you can satisfy your inner wagyu geek, it is here at Ranichi. Though there’re various spots where you can indulge in the marbled delicacy, the fact that Ranichi sorts out only the under-three-year-old, A5 wagyu beef imported from the markets throughout Japan makes it hard to compete with. Known for its sweet and silky texture, A5 wagyu beef is a game killer in its own league. Tuck into the Omakase Wagyu 5 Kinds Plate (THB 1,300), Wagyu Nigiri (THB 200), Wagyu Tataki (THB 420), and also Truffle Wagyu Yukke (THB 590) along with side dishes like the house-made kimchi and Namul (Korean seasoned spinach).
Ranichi, 87 Thonglor 13, Bangkok, +662 185 2781
KAZE Fresh Japanese Restaurant
KAZE Fresh Japanese Restaurant is the true sushi and sashimi-fuelled joint you raw fish lovers need to check out. Located between Thonglor Soi 10 and 12, KAZE boasts an airy space, featuring minimalist furniture like wooden chairs and a long wooden table, attached to the sushi bar where guests can watch the chefs in action. The outlet imports pristine ingredients from Japan three or four times a week. Undoubtedly, this guarantees the freshness of the food they’re serving. Menu highlights include Kagoshima Suchi (THB 450), Wagyu Don with Truffle (THB 930), and Sushi 5 Kinds (THB 1, 230), which includes Otoro, Negi Toro, Engawa, Hamachi, and Madai sushi.
KAZE Fresh Japanese Restaurant, 318 Sukhumvit 55, Bangkok, +662 392 3544
Treat your taste buds with the Japanese premium Yakiniku (grilled meat) at Seiniku-Ten, a Japanese charcoal-barbecue haunt specialising in prime cuts of meat. The venue offers a variety of wagyu beef and pork, such as Kobe wagyu, New Zealand beef, glistening Harami Beef, Kuro Buta, Akai Duck, and Australian Lamp. Apart from the meat, veggie and sushi selections are also looking gorgeous. From tempura and Maki to fried rice, Seiniku-Ten has got it all to complete your BBQ experience. Diners can also pick between a la carte dishes or the two-hour buffet (THB 559) — which includes all-you-can-eat meat, veggies, deep-fried delights, side dishes, desserts and drinks.
Seiniku-Ten, 916/21 Soi Thonglor, Sukumvit Road, Bangkok, +6681 925 6663
There’s no lack of quality and luxury in a Kaiseki meal (Japanese multi-course dinner) at KITAOHJI. Known for its use of seasonal ingredients, the restaurant offers gourmet course meals which vary during each season in a Japanese garden-inspired setting. Diners will first feast on six to nine seasonal appetisers before tucking into six more courses. Priced from THB 2,000++ to THB 5,000++, the sky-high price will be totally worth it as soon as you spot the slices of well-marbled wagyu or a gigantic Tabara king crab on your plate.
KITAOHJI, 212 Sukumvit 55 Thonglo8 Wattana Bangkok, +662 714 7997
Katana Japanese Dining
Why always settle for the classics when you can have international cuisine-inspired Japanese dishes to swap out to? Perched on the 2nd floor of Ei8ht Thonglor, Katana serves modern Japanese dishes with bold and bright twists, in a golden light-lit, Japanese-style space – which is as cosy as it is luxurious. Gorge on Steamed Clam with Sake (THB 200) and Grilled Gyoza (THB 150) for stellar starters. As for mains, opt for the Sashimi Platter Super Deluxe (THB 1,280), Uni (THB 1, 250), Beef Tendon Stew with Miso (THB 280), and the Assorted Nigiri Sushi 5 Pieces (THB 590). And don’t forget to check out their desserts. The Mascarpone & Honey with Bread (THB 290) is the perfect semi-sweet delicacy to cap off your meal.
Katana, 8/1 Eight Thonglor, Sukhumvit Soi 55, Bangkok, +6684 944 4158
TEPPAN by UOMURA
Established in 2017, TEPPAN by UOMURA quickly made a name for itself for its wide selection of premium meat, from Kobe steaks to seafood sensations. Here, you can watch the chefs in action at the counter, preparing mouthwatering dishes – think a Japanese beef tenderloin and perfectly grilled king prawn, served with fresh vegetables and smashed potato. Don’t leave without trying its delicious slices of filet mignon, too.
Teppan by uomura, 2/F, 102 Bangkok Nihonmura Mall, Sukhumvit 55, Khlong Tan Nuea, Watthana, Bangkok, +662 185 3475
With over 70 branches in Japan, Umenohana is an authentic Japanese restaurant located in Soi Thonglor 13. Specialising in kaiseki style, it serves up a scrumptious series of small and intricate bites, made from the purest ingredients possible. For starters, try taraba seiro mushi, which is a succulent steamed king crab with kanisu dipping sauce. Soy lovers shouldn’t miss the popular hikiage yuba, featuring rich soybean milk in a simmering pot that slowly forms tofu skin. For casual gatherings, you can also create your own customised rolls of temaki sushi sets.
Umenohana, Thong Lo 13, Khlong Tan Nuea, Watthana, Bangkok, +6684 438 3892
Thonglor is now dotted with omagase restaurants, and here’s another noteworthy spot for you to check out. A great alternative for Japanese foodies, Tempura Kanda is famous for its selective tempura, all made using top-notch shrimp. Here, you can order from a set or an a la carte menu. Start off with its deep-fried dish of tempura with mioga and speciality salts. If you prefer a generous bowl of rice, opt for a tasty anago tendon topped with fried tempura and sautéed vegetables.
Tempura Kanda, 88 Soi Prommitr, Khlong Tan Nuea, Watthana, Bangkok, +6695 720 0557
Maki on Fifth
Tucked away within the No. 88 building, Maki On the Fifth is a sushi bar with a modern twist, offering a lush array of aesthetically pleasing fusion dishes. Begin your meal with its heart-warming poseidon on fire, a flambéing appetizer with seared crab meats. For maki rolls, go for its beauty n’ the leaf, which is a sushi spread with salmon and scallop dressed with spicy seasonings. You’ll also get to savour its Japanese delights with sweet sounds from the live music in the background.
Over at Gyuma Thonglor, you’ll find an exclusive buffet package, where you can indulge in various selections of grilled goodies, ranging from hearty meats to fresh seafood. On top of that, the restaurant also serves up gochujang paste, a savoury and spicy fermented condiment made from chili powder, which complements well with the splendid BBQ buffet spreads. You can also order other signature dishes such as their river prawn and beef don.
Gyuma Thonglor, 25/11, Sukhumvit 55, Thonglor, Khlong Tan Nuea, Watthana, Bangkok, +662 714 0518