B1/F, United Center Building, Silom Rd /
+66 2237 6717 /
10am-9pm Mon-Fri 1, 9am-6pm Sat
With a deluge of Japanese food options having arrived in Bangkok in recent months, restaurants are having to think on their toes, and although not an obvious pairing, entrepreneur Khun Patra Sila-On (S&P restaurants) has ventured to marry the Thai and Japanese cuisines.
Though the two share key ingredients such as noodles, soy sauce, ginger and garlic, Japanese food is traditionally lighter in taste, while the aromatic and spicy components in Thai cooking create world-renowned flavour and depth – a interesting and promising juxtaposition for sure. With this in mind, Japanese lunch set restaurant Tokyo Shokudo has been remodelled to become Bangkok Shokudo, providing contemporary Thai cuisine with a Japanese twist.
This revamped diner in the basement of the United Center Building is proving a popular spot to grab a lunchtime bite with its calming Japanese décor of simple beechwood and a brief menu of hearty comfort options. Starters such as spicy grilled eggplant salad with boiled egg and shrimps are undeniably Thai, while Japanese-inspired mushroom tempura comes with a spicy chilli dipping sauce perfect for the typical Thai palate.
For us though, it’s the Isaan-style noodles in curry sauce, topped off with breaded deep-fried tonkatsu pork and a splash of lime juice, that provides the best example of Japanese meets Thai. A match made in heaven!