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March 06, 2017
Bangkok’s Best New Japanese Eats
Know your sushi from your sashimi? Our favourite Bangkok Japanese resto openings of the last year (and there were many) include these fantastic five. Kampai!

Head to hot-right-now Sushi Masato for a 20-course omakase, served at a minimally sleek, pale wood counter. Chef Masato Shimizu draws on over 20 years of experience to deliver a seasonal fish- and shellfish-focussed menu backed by akazu (red rice vinegar)-flavoured rice.

Seating just six diners, intimate, authentic Tama Sushi prepares around 20 small dishes for its oh-my-god omakase menus, which you can pair with palate-piquing sakes served in artisanal glassware. Region-spanning Japanese produce gives seafood the starring role in this Ginza-inspired gourmet gem.

Morimoto Bangkok is Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto’s mod, fun fusion table, sister to global outlets from NY to New Delhi. Enjoy six-to-eight-course omakase options, choose a chef’s combo or just select from the mouthwatering à la carte menu. Hamachi tacos, with avocado, yuzu kosho and lime gets our vote.

If you prefer hot stuff, go for Gen, which specialises in binchotan charcoal-grilled meats and other seasonal ingredients, served in an atmospheric recreated heritage timber Kyoto townhouse. Try the roasted Ibaraki Hitachi beef sirloin steak or Nippon-native Shamo chicken legs finished over the fire.

Finally, lovers of lip-smacking ramen should get slurping at much-loved Tokyo import Menya Takeichi, a casual no-frills chicken-broth ramen shop, where noodle soups are consumed at simple wooden tables in a light, bright space. Garnishes, from eggs to spring onions and seaweed, keep the flavour coming. Nom nom.
Sushi Masato / 3/22 Soi Sawasdee 1 / Sukhumvit 31 / +66 2 040 0015 / dinner Tue-Sun /
Tama Sushi / 46/10 / Piman 49 Community / Soi Sukhumvit 49 / +66 9 1871 0666 / dinner Tue-Sun /
Morimoto / 4/F / MahaNakhon CUBE / 96 Narathiwas Ratchanakarin Rd / +66 2 060 9099 / lunch & dinner daily /
Gen / 267/31 Soi Sukhumvit 63 / +66 2 048 0008 / dinner daily /
Menya Takeichi / 2/F / K-Village / 93-95 Sukhumvit 26 / +66 2 259 9300 / 11am-11pm daily /